Welcome to the world of Supernatural!

So I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before or not, but I don’t normally watch too much TV.  While some people I know are hooked on ten shows at a time, I really only have two or three, and most are shortened seasons (like 12 or 13 episodes) and I can’t obsess for more than three months at a time.  But now I’m here now to tell you all about my new obsession: Supernatural.

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester.

Now, I’m clearly very late to the Supernatural bandwagon.  It’s on the 8th season!!  According to Wikipedia‘s Supernatural page, they’ve just aired the 168th episode.  So yes, I was very, very behind.

I’ve been meaning to watch it for years.  I’ve had the first season sitting in my room for years, and my brother had the next three in his room, just waiting for me to watch them.  But I always found something else, something better, something different.  And to be honest, the idea of having to catch up on that many episodes was daunting enough to make me not want to.

And then one day,  I was bored.  So I flipped through Netflix, and I decided, “Hey, why not?” and watched the first episode.

And I was hooked.  I caught up in about two weeks or so.  I watched them almost non-stop.

So the show is about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), whose father raised them to be hunters in order to hunt down the creature that kill their mother two decades earlier.  When the show starts, Sam is living with his girlfriend, Jessica, and is preparing for law school.  Dean shows up, after two years of not talking, and asks Sam for help finding their dad, who has gone missing while on a hunting trip.  Sam agrees to help, and while they solve the case, they sadly do not find their dad.  Sam goes back home just in time to see Jessica get killed in the same way his mom was, pushing him to leave behind law school and join Dean on the road.

(l-r) Dean, Sam, and Castiel.

(l-r) Jensen Ackles as Dean, Jared Padalecki as Sam, and Misha Collins as Castiel.

This show has everything I love: hot guys, ghosts, demons, angels, spells, and action.  It also has hilariously funny episodes as well as heartbreakingly sad ones.  It has great writing, awesome characters, and fantastic dialogue.

The second, third, fourth, and fifth season are equally as good as the first, in my opinion.  Although the “monster of the week” format is less prevalent in the fourth and fifth seasons, the focus on the overall “big bad” story is still good.

Sadly, I didn’t find the sixth or seventh season to be particularly awesome.  They’re still good, but if the were all I’d seen, I don’t know that I would have kept going.  The eighth seasons has, thankfully, gotten back to the basics of Sam and Dean in their car killing monsters.

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(l-r) Mark A. Sheppard as Crowley, Richard Speight Jr as Gabriel, Rob Benedict as Chuck Shurley, Sebastian Roché as Balthazar, Misha Collins as Castiel, and Chad Lindberg as Ash.

This show also has a great amount of memorable characters, and I have so many favourites that it’d be a smaller list to write out which ones I didn’t like.  But I did want to give you an idea of who’s awesome, in case you do decide to give it a shot.   Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is definitely one of the favourites.  What was originally supposed to be a one-off guest spot became a long-running, 55-episode, 8 season guest role.  The A.V. Club has an awesome article, From Deadwood to Justified: Acknowledging Jim Beaver’s Awesomeness, which is great, ’cause Jim Beaver is pretty awesome.  There is also Castiel (Misha Collins), an incredibly literal and unwittingly hilarious angel who has been both the good guy and the bad.  He always does what he believes is the right thing, and is incredibly loyal.  His confusion with the human world and our popular culture adds a funny twist to most of his scenes. Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) is fantastic as a sarcastic, arrogant, and self-serving King of Hell.  He makes no excuses for the things he does, loves to cause problems and get power, and is always, always out for himself. Chuck Shurley (Rob Benedict) is a heavy-drinking, nervous prophet who writes books based on the Winchesters’ many adventures which may one day (post Apocalypse) be known as the “Winchester Gospel.” Gabriel (Richard Speight, Jr.) is an archangel-in-hiding (as the trickster god Loki), whose episodes are always a laugh, from beginning to end. The second version of the demon Meg Masters (Rachel Miner), an enemy-turned-eventual-ally who’s only out to save herself, adds some good scenes. She and Castiel have a hilarious and kinda weird relationship.  Keep an eye out for pizza man references between them!

I was trying to find a video that would show how awesome the show is, and I found this one, which is done as though Supernatural was a movie that’s coming out soon.  It’s a little slow, but does a good job of showing key things.  Take a look:

I think this show may have surpassed Buffy as my go-to show for marathoning, random episodes, for when I’m sick, to cheer me up, and even as just background noise.  I could watch it over and over and over again – and I have!

The only thing it’s missing is a strong female character.  Come on, writers, get on that!  Meg was pretty awesome, but evil. Ruby was good, then they changed her and made her less awesome.  Lisa was good, but too sweet.  Jo had potential, but she was like the little kid sister.  Someone who kicks ass, à la the first Ruby (Katie Cassidy) would be awesome!

So give it a shot!!  And I leave you with this short scene, which is my favourite scene.  It never fails to make me laugh.

I’m sure I’ll be writing about this show again as it goes on, as it’s been renewed for a ninth season, so you should totally go ahead and catch up now!!  This season only has three more episodes left, but there’s time to catch up before the next season starts!!

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