It’s not new knowledge to my friends how much I enjoy my TV shows. Watching in fact is almost the only thing I do in my free time that my father often calls me out on it ‘coz I never go out of my room. I’m obsessed and proud! One such addiction in particular is my on-going love/hate relationship with Supernatural. In my last link-up, I mentioned that my baby is back in the small screen so to celebrate that, I opted to write an appreciation post for it! Yay!
For those who haven’t watched it yet, let me give you a brief background of what it is all about.
Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.
This show has been around for twelve years now so imagine the amount of fans it gathered over the years. And why wouldn’t it? Supernatural literally has every – fucking – thing, and that’s not exaggerating it! Sounds unreal? Yeah, I initially thought so, too. But after receiving a copy from my best friend and watching the first three episodes of the first season, I’ve immediately and irrevocably fallen in love with it to the point I sacrificed my sleep just to finish all nine seasons in 2 weeks! Imagine, 2 weeks! Nine seasons! Ha!
Case in point, here’s a run down of why I love this treasure so much:
10: THE ROAD
The roadtrips, the adventure, the sequences, the story per episode – all of it! I love everything about Supernatural. This The Road theme specifically separates them from all other shows out there because of its dynamism and movement. We are never on the same place doing the same thing. Sam and Dean are always on the road, saving people, hunting things, and doing their family business. It’s entirely unique.
9: THE CREW
I respect and admire all those that make up this wonderful team. From the directors to producers to showrunners down to the writers and the crew, everyone is simply amazing. Their creativity is great and the gags and fan services they think of are unlike any other.
And the meta, boy the meta.
Supernatural is not afraid to explore uncharted waters – let it be taking the boys to a parallel world where their show is a tv show, bringing them to the past to see their history, killing their own crew in an episode, having a book about them published and letting the boys watch a musical inspired by their lives, this show has done everything – literally breaking the fourth wall. Ha.
Also, I have this feeling the research crew is always on top of things. They seem to be aware of what’s going on in the fandom as they are never afraid to give us what we want – sometimes even reaching out to us in several episodes.
8: THE FANDOM AND GIF
Supernatural has everything, and I mean everything! The fandom is huge and we’re conquering tumblr simply because we have gif for everything. No exaggeration there. Thanks to its long years on the small screen and its uncanny tendency to try out different and random things, we have a wide selection of quotable quotes, images, and gifs to use to express our feelings and thoughts – and even to invade and take over a tumblr post.
The fandom is so notorious that other fandoms know and dread their tendency to invade. Ha. Even non-fans are aware of the storyline because of how spread out we are.
Not to mention we have a unique array of quotes and lines thanks to the writers and casts. Like Assbutt and idjit and Bitch & Jerk (aww!) plus a few more other sassy lines coming from equally sassy characters.
7: MONSTER OF THE WEEK
Supernatural is pretty rich with myths and urban legends. They explore and highlight different monsters/creatures every episode and it’s this scare factor that rose them to fame despite starting quite small in season 1. People just love the gore and fright, as well as the unique portrayals of the myth creatures.
Some of these monsters were common to us, like the usual vampires, werewolves, angels, demons and ghosts but there were rare ones, like Wendigos, Djinn, and so many more. What I like about Supernatural though is their take on angels/demons and God. It’s nice and refreshing to see how they’ll create a fresh twist on a tale that most of us, if not all, already know.
6: COMIC RELIEF
One of the best thing ever. I love that they don’t just focus on the gore, drama and action, but they also give time to create funny scenes to lighten up the mood – even better, they usually throw these funny lines between and during tough situations! If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend that you do so now. With the tv shows references to agent names to come-backs to meta to gags to dean’s love of porn, you’ll definitely get addicted to Supernatural. And there’s Castiel too, our resident angel, who’s probably the focus of half the gifs in the fandom.
Lemme give you a taste of his spell…
It’s really hard to not get attached, don’t you think?
I wasn’t a fan of classic rock until Supernatural. But Dean does – so much! One thing I can say is that this show really knows its songs well. They got great choices here so expect a whole tad of great bands like AC/DC, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, Bad Company, and many more.
And that’s not the end of it. Boy, don’t even get me started with the official soundtrack.
Carry On My Wayward Son is so rad and lit that I get goosebumps everytime I hear it – especially if it’s playing on the season finale with all those flashbacks and recaps! Dayum, Kansas really did well with this baby!
4: STORY AND WRITING
This show will pull at your heartstrings. If it doesn’t, then you’re not normal. Either that, or you failed to get into the world fully.
Supernatural has all the main issues and factors one would want to see in a TV show. It showcases love, family, duty, strength, heroism, fatal flaws, weaknesses and even conflicts and death. It has life and death (literally) and everything in between, hence why it’s so damn believable and organic. They don’t only show the external struggles, they also focus with the internal ones. I love how it doesn’t focus on romance but it centers around family. I remember crying so much in some episodes, especially in season 5, and I also remember laughing my lungs out whenever Castiel or Bobby Singer pops up and says something funny or sassy.
It’s a quicksand, see. Once you step in, there’s no other way but to fall deeper into is web of magic. There’s no way out.
It’s also commendable how fluid, well-rounded and cohesive the story is. Supernatural has its long list of writers, crew and even showrunners but they have consistency and we don’t get lost even when they throw us in a different direction. And can we just appreciate all the hard work they put into their research? It shows. It really shows, because I always find myself wondering where on earth they got those content? Fantabulous. Simply fantabulous.
The story and plot is, although common, still brilliant and heartwrenching that I can’t get enough. It gets darker and sadder and harder. But there’s light at the end of every tunnel and Sam and Dean always find a way to make it work for them. They’re not perfect but they got each other and that makes a damn difference.
Sam and Dean are brothers with an unbelievably tragic history, arduous present and bleak future. They have friends but most of them are gone or away. They only have each other to rely on and this is what makes this show bittersweet. This show did a great job in emphasizing the importance of family, especially in those episodes where they showed John and Mary, because they remind us of the little things we tend to ignore. While most of us neglect the small matters of our daily life, Sam and Dean are pining for this sense of normalcy. They’ve been robbed of normal childhood and all they want are home and family, which makes them more relatable. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see them long for the family they want, the parents they barely had, the dreams they weren’t allowed to have. I think this is the main reason why they’re so bonded. They literally don’t have anything but each other. That makes it more special.
2: THE CAST
Supernatural has a long list of actors and actresses in their midst and most of them made an impact to the fandom.
Even Mary Winchester whom appeared only a few times on TV remain one of the popular characters in the show.
What I like about SPN is its tendency to create fleshed-out side characters – and really good villains. Oh yes, definitely the villains as well.
We get to have Castiel, the innocent and funny angel whom has stolen everyone’s hearts. A character we love to love.
Then there’s Crowley, the sassy king of hell that everyone simply hates to love.
Don’t even start with Lucifer. He’s by far my most favorite because it’s really hard to hate this villain. We understand him, we relate to him, we know his strengths and flaws, and we know where he is coming from. The showrunners did a great job in portraying Lucifer in the show and Mark Pellegrino is the best cast for him! Definitely.
Then we also have Bobby Singer, the father of all great quotes and sass remarks and the boys’ father figure. Words can’t describe how much I value his presence in the show. He’s just that awesome!
We also have other characters, those that give us a glimpse to the rest of the world to create a sense of realism and believability. You’d be surprised how much you’ll learn how to care for them even though they’re just supports.
You should follow the casts on their twitters. Their chemistry and sense of humor are not only good onscreen but offscreen as well. They’re really a joy to be around.
1: SAM AND DEAN WINCHESTER
Why we love and stay with Supernatural to begin with. There’s nothing more amazing than to see two brothers bromancing each other on TV. They are the heart and spine of the show and they are literally the core of everything. In a show where monsters and myths dominate, the Winchesters give us the human side of the show – they represent us and they connect to us.
Dean Winchester is the older brother and the more sarcastic and impulsive of the two. He’s obedient to his absent father, almost like a blind soldier already, and supportive of his little brother whom he dotes on.
While Sam Winchester is the more studious type, a careful guy who thinks before he acts. Despite his reserved nature, Sam is more flawed than his brother and he more than once made mistakes that drove a wedge between them.
Together these boys make us laugh, cry, hurt, scream and just feel. They are strong and flawed and unstoppable and painfully humane.
I love how the showrunners focused on their relationship. It made me care for the boys, made me laugh and cry with them, made me get mad at them and forgive them. It’s totally a great thing to build such connection because this is how you know how much something has affected you.
Not only that, I love how the writers depicted the progress of the relationship. It’s the reality within the paranormal theme of the show. Sam and Dean had always been close since they were little boys. Then things changed when Sam went away to study in a university. This is where the story started, because Dean had to find his brother again and enlist his help in finding their father. From there, the relationship just got deeper in the sense that they are too in tune with each other so much so that it creates memorable and rather funny scenes sometimes. Of course this changed over the years and the seasons as problems and conflicts were hurtled in their direction.
Still, the brotherly affection and duty remained. Sam will always be Dean’s Sammy and Dean will always be Sam’s big brother. The writers are so good in making them more believable and lovable that I can’t seem to get myself out of their bromance web.
SPECIAL ADDITION: BABY
1967 Chevy Impala, a.k.a Baby, stole the limelight from the boys despite being damaged more than once. It’s not just a car, it’s the symbol of the boys’ entire lives. See, in a life where nothing is ever constant for the Winchesters, Baby is the only thing they have – that one thing that’s always around even before everything went wrong. Originally their dad’s car, the Impala has been their home and haven since they started on the road. It’s so important that Chuck even wrote a special part dedicated to it.
You should see how much Dean loves his baby. It actually adds to the comic relief/emotion-rifling part of the show!
Supernatural is not just a show for me. It’s part of my life. It taught me the importance of family, friends and dreams. It taught me to fight for what I believe in, to fix every mistake that I caused, to be more aware of what’s right and wrong. It helps me build my moral principles and for that alone, I am grateful that I discovered this show.