TV Shows took a hiatus the last two weeks in lieu of the Olympics. But with the Olympics’ closing ceremony this past Sunday, TV shows are once more gracing our television screens. And even though I enjoyed the Olympics, I’m quite ready for the return of some of my favorite shows, one of them being, Supernatural.
Supernatural’s been around for thirteen years and I’m only just a baby in the #SPNFamily. Can you believe that there are thirteen seasons of Supernatural?! So what exactly drew me to this supernatural thriller? No pun intended.
Since today is not only the premiere of the first Supernatural episode post-Olympics but also the first day of March and Jensen Ackle’s birthday, I’ve decided to do something different today. Instead of a fandom feature this week, I’m giving you five reasons to start watching Supernatural!!
THE STORY ABOUT TWO BROTHERS AND FAMILY
At the core, Supernatural is about two brothers and their bond with each other. Each brother’s actions drive the other’s and growing up in a dysfunctional family without many close ties to anyone, I find this co-dependency and love for each other so intriguing. In each season, their love for each other gets tested and sometimes it comes close to breaking. Yet somehow, they always seem to forgive each other and move past it. But as their pseudo father said, “family don’t end with blood”. And you see this when the brothers start opening up to certain individuals in later seasons and see them as part of the family. Truly inspiring.
THE FOLKLORE and MYTHOLOGY
What makes Supernatural so different from other similar shows is that it somehow interweaves seamlessly real folklore and mythology into the fictitious tale of Sam and Dean. Even though what Sam and Dean go through in Supernatural is fiction, the angels and monsters they fight are most definitely not. Simply Google and you’ll find hundreds of articles mirroring the legends and stories told in the show.
THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Despite their dashing good looks, it is unrealistic to expect the boys to remain unchanged over thirteen years. I often feel that TV Shows start struggling around season five and six. Plots become repetitive and the characters grow stagnant and boring. There’s no growth or progress.
The boys are no longer boys. They are men who fight and struggle harder than anyone could possibly even imagine. They are soldiers that get broken time and time again and I love that. The writers really do work hard to stay as close to canon as possible.
ALL THE FIGHTS AND ACTION SCENES
Because let’s be real, everything’s a little bit more interesting when there’s an explosion or two. Supernatural’s fight scenes are really well choreographed and shot. Plus, I love that the actors do not hold back at all. It’s so awesome to see and after a few episodes of intense angst and drama, sometimes you just want to punch something. Although, sometimes watching Lucifer and Castiel punch each other is just as satisfying.
LASTLY, THE WRITING AND ACTING
A TV show cannot be a good show if the writing or acting is trash. True story. Misha Collins, Jensen Ackles, and Jared Padalecki are class acts and incredibly talented actors. They are extremely versatile and the freedom they get from the writers really makes Supernatural special. Because after thirteen years, the actors know their characters really well. So without your typical forced one-liners and awkward phrasings, the trust between writers and actors regarding this show really shows onscreen.
So there you have it, five reasons to start watching Supernatural. There’s truly something in it for everyone. Into folklore and mythology? You’ll learn a lot from this show. If you love your action and pyromaniac explosions, then this show is perfect for you. But if you need a distraction from real life and a reason to always keep fighting, say hello to the #SPNFamily.