6 Reasons Why You Should Watch SUPERNATURAL March 18, 2011 Featured, Supernatural, TV Chat The better question would be why SHOULDN’T you watch SUPERNATURAL? Nope, wait, scratch that – why AREN’T you watching Supernatural (assuming you’re reading this article because you want reasons TO watch it; and not because you’re an uber-fan who already knows how awesome Supernatural is)? I’m putting out a fair warning here – I’ve been with this show from day one and tend to, for lack of a better (and more politically correct) term, “fan-girl” like CRAZY over anything involving Supernatural. For those of you who ARE fans that are reading this, it’s tough to cram (almost) six seasons into a paragraph or two, so I’m basing my explanations on the first few seasons. New viewers, I’m going to try to stay as spoiler free as possible, so buckle in and add your comments below! It’s Like A New Scary Movie Each Week! The premise of Supernatural is that everything that you’ve ever been afraid of, or even thought was hiding under your bed or in your closet actually is. And there are these groups of hunters around the world, and their job is to keep the world safe from the ghosts and demons. The first few seasons of Supernatural focused on a different myth each week, and each was scarier than the next. We’ve seen Bloody Mary, The Hookman, Dracula, and even Lucifer himself. That being said – if scary isn’t your thing, well you’re in luck. This is a CW show after all, and the scares aren’t TOO scary. Just enough to make you jump, and (sometimes) make you seriously ponder sleeping with holy water under your pillow. Another good thing about the scares – they don’t take away from the overall heart of the show. Supernatural is a story about family; and the horror aspect adds to this instead of overshadowing. Sam And Dean Winchester: Their Relationship, Looks, & Personalities Let’s just get this one out of the way at the top of the list. Not only are the Winchester boys delicious (and do I mean DELICIOUS) but they each have their own unique set of traits that has caused the fans to declare themselves “Sam girls” or “Dean girls” (and I’m sure “Sam boys” and “Dean boys” as well). Dean (Jensen Ackles) is the older brother. The smart ass, the pop culure junkie, the charming one. Dean will shoot first (usually) and ask questions later while Sam (Jared Padalecki) is the more reserved, puppy dog eyed younger brother. Sam is the sweet one, keeps Dean in check (sometimes), and (sorry Dean girls) is the smart one. Sam researches while Dean hits on girls. Now, I’m going to avoid going on for sixteen paragraphs about the difference between Sam and Dean, and instead just say that their relationship alone is a good enough reason to watch Supernatural. Sam and Dean have an absolutely true family dynamic between the two of them, and to see how the emotions run the gamut between the seasons is something that EVERYONE can relate to. There’s love, hate, jealousy, anger, angst, you name it – the boys have felt it. Pop Culture References Working as a hunter isn’t the easiest job in the world, and sometimes… okay, MOST of the time, Sam and Dean have to use aliases when they pose as FBI officers. (Did I mention this show has humor, too? Because um, it really does!) Well, when you need an alias, why not turn to famous musicians? Dean’s love of classic rock shows brilliantly when the boys introduce themselves as Agent *fill in the blank*. We’ve heard: Plant, Nugent, Hetfield, Bonham, Landis, Dante, Page, Campbell, Rami, and a LOT more. No one is saying those boys aren’t clever. In addition to the aliases, the writing of Supernatural also injects pop-culture. Barry Bostwick has guest starred, and in an episode in season two Linda Blair appeared! Dean, of course, makes a comment of craving “pea soup”. While not all references smack you in the face like that particular instance, they are everywhere and are some GREAT laugh out loud moments. The Writers, The Cast, & The Production Team With the exception of a few (and I can count on my fingers the number of these) dud episodes, the writers of Supernatural are second to none. They write horror, they write angst, they write humor, they create alternate universes, angels, demons, ghosts, they bring folklore to life… and I’ve never (even in the so-so episodes) felt cheated or like a writer took a short cut to get the job done. The love that goes into these episodes is something that you don’t usually see on TV. As a viewer you can tell that everyone involved in the episode from the director to the person that binds the scripts LOVES what they’re doing. And they do it well. Ackles and Padalecki are in every episode and I can’t say that I’ve seen a bad performance from either of them – Ackles especially sells every performance nearly flawlessly. Overall, it’s just a well done, well loved show. Dean’s Car I know what you’re thinking… a CAR is a reason to watch a show? And you’re thinking I’m insane and shouldn’t be writing this article. HOWEVER, ask any Supernatural fan and we will ALL tell you – the 1967 Chevy Impala that Dean and Sam drive across the country is more than a car – it’s another character. And just wait until the season 5 finale; you’ll see what I mean. The Music… Classic Rock, Anyone? The use of classic rock in Supernatural is just another thing that sets it apart from other shows. Dean’s music is the soundtrack to the show, and some of the most amazing music placement in television is in Supernatural. The second season episode “Nightshifter” introduced Styx to a generation of fans that didn’t know the band existed (however, those older fans that watch the show probably cheered right out loud at the “Renegade” sequence), not to mention Blue Oyster Cult is the soundtrack to an entire first season episode… and the fun doesn’t stop there. I could (quite literally) go on for PAGES about Supernatural, but I will spare you my ramblings. Instead, I will just tell you that I have never seen a fan base as dedicated to a show as fans are to Supernatural, and that has to count for something. Let me know what I missed and why you watch Supernatural in the comments below! Follow me on Twitter @singmesweet Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Mattweber123 Straight up http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Thanks for reading! Kat Ahh! I love this article! And yes – anyone reading this who isn’t currently a Supernatural fan, the Impala IS a reason to watch, I assure you! She’s so… shiny… I love her. One thing I would have included is how the writers listen to the fans. If enough fans rally to have a character brought back for another episode, the writers listen! The fanbase has gotten their way on many things and I think that’s how all shows should be! This article is so great I’m even going to let it slide that you’re a Sam girl, Kelly. 😉 http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly EXCELLENT point about the writers listening to the fans. I haven’t been involved in a fandom that has gotten their way with so many plot points… and that includes character deaths (and sometimes resurrections!). http://www.daemonstv.com/ Eric I am actually a recent convert to Supernatural as I started watching it this season. Throughout the years, I sort of vaguely paid attention to it but never really sat down to see what it was all about. I have to say that I really love it. It’s funny, original and always keeps me entertained. Oh and in case you are wondering which side I am on, I am Dean-man…..hmm, that sounds kind of weird saying it like that….oh well. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly LOL! I guess I should have phrased it as Dean & Sam “men” not “boys”. But hey, kudos to you for coming out there with a side! I’ve heard what you’re saying from a lot of people, actually. They never gave Supernatural a second thought until they actually sat down and watched a few episodes. Glad you like it now! http://www.facebook.com/rjhoward Rachel Howard I agree with everything here, but you have to mention the fun addition of Castiel (Misha Collins) to the cast, the only character to be made a regular character (Bobby isn’t even regular cast yet) and a sure fan favorite (Cass-Girls do exist!) The show is awesome, I really hope they get the 7th season. Kat Can I be a Dean/Cas-Girl?? http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly I thought I replied to this comment yesterday! I think most Dean girls (stop me if I’m wrong) tend to lean towards the Dean/Cas girl line…. you’re okay! Nics I’m a Dean girl, but next in line is Sam! Always will be, Castiel hasn’t changed that! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Oh, COMPLETELY! Cas is a HUGE addition to the show, but I was pretty much trying to keep my points to the first three seasons. But maybe that will open a door for a follow up article “The Best Of The Seasons 4 – 6 of Supernatural”! SPN2005 What a great synopsis of Supernatural. As a “super fan”, I couldn’t agree more about your comments. Fingers crossed for season 7…… http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Thank you for the nice comment, I appreciate it! I’m hoping for a 7th season as well! Xenasculee First, I can deduce from this article that you must be a Dean-girl ;). Second, from an already avid fan of this show, I’ve gotta go ahead and say ‘Well done’! The next ‘reason’ I’d have put up, (and this would be for the guys lol) would be ‘The Weapons’. hehehe. I’m gonna go ahead and share this article with all my friends, fans or not, and hopefully the recruiting will be successful…mwahahaaaa http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly The weapons. So true. I do enjoy Dean’s flowered gun…lol. I actually was going to write a point about Supernatural would teach you to use table salt as a weapon instead of just a condiment. BUT, for those keeping track at home I’m a TOTAL Sam girl! I’ll have to make sure my next piece is much more Sam-centric… 😉 Please do! Share it with everyone, post on message boards, wherever! Thanks for your comments! Anonymous It amuses me that you have to clarify that. You couldn’t be more pro-Sam if you WERE Sam. (Hell, even Sam isn’t as pro-Sam as you.) http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly HA! That is a true statement my friend. Smilinjack1989 COOL http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Thanks for the comments! http://profile.typepad.com/6p00e55366ef348834 Tessa Great synopsis, you’ve hit on a lot of the best points Except this bit, and I’m sorry to have to argue with you(however lightheartedly) about it but 😀 : “and (sorry Dean girls) is the smart one. Sam researches while Dean hits on girls” Because we’ve seen Dean does plenty of research, both without hitting on girls and even while hitting on girls–he’s an excellent multi-tasker LOL –and he’s shown himself to be plenty smart, he just didn’t go to college–Sam had time to devote study, because Dean spent his whole childhood watching out for Sam and trying to keep them safe when their father left them alone for weeks a time–which shows he was probably smart and highly responsible for his age because they both managed to live through it. Dean almost always recognizes on sight the various plants and how they are used in supernatural lore, and he’s also been shown to have an almost photographic memory for the symbols that are needed to invoke Enochian magic, something he was never even taught because that was something they only discovered when the angels appeared. We have at least two examples of Dean being caught completely unawares by angels who very quickly do a spell in front of him including arcane written symbols and both times Dean’s remembered them perfectly afterwards.(Castiel in Lucifer Rising and Balthazar in The French Mistake and Balthazar’s even included other items needed for the spell). As far back as season 1 Dean recognized an obscure demonic symbol in blood spatter on a rug at a crime scene, and it was one he’d never come into contact with before but he recognized it meant something and he found out, and he helped solve a case by remembering some small symbol on a record album cover he saw in a record shop where they had to interview a witness. Dean can build various electronic and mechanical equipment almost from scratch and make an “emp bomb” to erase computer information. When a professional thief needed someone to disarm a high tech alarm, it was Dean who did it while Sam got hit on by an old lady–the theif knew he could do it because he was the one who broke into her alarm system and stole something from her, and we know Dean’s read Vonnegut, The Odyssey and Bukowski. Dean’s is also excellent at thinking quickly on his feet and he tends to “read people” better. You ever notice how quickly Dean tends to adjust in “new” situations – stick him in a prison and within days he’s totally working the system to his advantage, stick him as a PA on a movie set and pretty soon he’s like an old hand at it, even giving other people instructions? He didn’t go to school for any of those things, he learned them, very quickly too, both on his own and by watching other people do them(and remember even lawyers, which Sam’s college subject, didn’t used to go to school for law, they were apprenticed to lawyers and learned by watching). I’m just saying you might want to reconsider your definition of smart, in this case, I think. 😀 It might adjust how you see certain aspects of the show. I think we’re supposed to see that Dean is in fact a very intelligent man but the circumstances of his upbringing which put large amounts of adult responsibility on him from a very young age meant he didn’t develop that intelligence in a traditional way, unlike Sam. Kat Let me start off by saying that I actually agree with both of you. That being said, a lot of your post references things that have happened in the 4th, 5th, and 6th seasons, though Kelly states that her article is only going off of the first few seasons. In the first couple of seasons, I think it’s pretty obvious that the writers were making Sam the smart, researching, more nerdly brother where Dean was more the street wise and witty. I agree that it comes down to what you consider “smart”. The way I read Kelly’s article was that Sam was more bookishly smart than Dean. That’s absolutely not to say that Dean is dumb but it seems pretty obvious that Sam is smartER than Dean as far as schooling and lore/legends go in the 1st and 2nd seasons. http://profile.typepad.com/6p00e55366ef348834 Tessa You are right I did use some examples from post the first 3 seasons(to me a couple seasons is the first 2, the first few seasons would be 3). The only things specifically after the first few seasons that I mentioned were Dean’s reading material and the Enochian spells. I disagree that Sam was shown to more about lore, etc, in Season 1 and 2–he was the one who never wanted to be a hunter, had done as little of it as he could get away with doing and did everything he could to get away from the life which he did for 4 years? In fact I think in Season 1 and 2 both Dean and Sam frequently showed they knew equal amounts about lore because back then instead of writing “info dumps” which called inexplicably for having one of the boys not knowing something, the writers actually used to have the boys really DISCUSS the cases and they would both toss in ideas showing they were familiar with many aspects of lore and legends. As for the others, Dean’s knowledge of plant lore and quickness with picking up on symbols were both shown first in Seasons 1 and 2, it’s been a consistent point, which is why it would be annoying when suddenly a writer would seem to forget that they’d already shown Dean knowing something in a previous episode. The demonic symbol in the blood spatter was in Season 1 episode Shadows, the symbol on the record was from Season 1’s Hell House, Dean’s ability to remember the Devil’s trap quickly and in detail was also shown in season 2. One example of the plant lore was how quickly he recognized they were at the right crossroads in Season 2’s Crossroads Blues based on the plants that were planted around the crossroads. They were all plants used to spells. In Season 3’s Malleus Maleficarum another example was when he recognized the witches based on the plants they had planted around their houses. He built the EMF meter out of walkman sometimes prior to Season 1, he rebuilt the Impala in Season 2, in Season 3 he built the “EMP bomb” and did the high tech alarm disarming. Dean’s ability to fit in in many and various situations quickly through his abilities to learn quickly through observation and memory – both Folsom Prison Blues and Hollywood Babylon took place in Season 2. So pretty much everything I mentioned had it’s beginnings in the first few seasons of the show. We found out about Dean’s reading material after that. Kat I’m not disputing the fact that Dean is smart. I’m absolutely not – I am a Dean girl through and through and I love when he’s the first one to pick up on something or he gets an opportunity to surprise Sam with what he knows. In those instances I’m always like, “Aww, yeah… Dean’s just as smart as Sam!”. But either I’m not expressing myself well or my point is falling flat. Looking primarily at the first and second seasons, there’s really no disputing that the intention of the writers was to portray Sam as the bookish one while Dean was off enjoying the thrill and physicality of hunting. How many times in the first few seasons is Dean at a bar or out with a girl while Sam is researching? (Example: The Mangificent Seven, Sam is researching in the car while Dean is inside with “The Doublemint Twins”.) How many times in the first few seasons does Dean stare at Sam in awe when he knows something completely obscure? (Example: Roadkill, when Sam points out that the tree is the gravemarker.) There are numerous moments like this throughout the first few seasons. To me, it seems to be a big character point that Sam was written to be bookish and Dean more street wise. I remember MANY early episodes where Sam is inside on his laptop and Dean comes in from having a drink or leaves to get a drink… but Sam keeps on studing. (Example: Tall Tales, Sam is studying after Dean breaks his computer looking at porn, and Dean is on the bed eating… something disgusting looking.) That being said it has absolutely changed since then and I love that! I don’t mean to imply that Sam being written as the bookish one means that’s his ONLY characteristic and because he is the bookish one, Dean is an idiot and brings nothing to the table. If it came off that way that was NOT my intention. I agree with all of your points but I’m not arguing that Dean is dumb or lacking in any way when it compares to Sam; I’m just saying that in earlier seasons it seems evident (to me, anyway!) that they were purposely portrayed certain ways. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Tessa! I agree with your points completely (how could I not when you back them up with those facts?!), and disagreements are always welcome! I’ll debate the nuances of Supernatural until I’m blue in the face, so keep it coming! I didn’t mean to imply that Dean wasn’t intelligent. That’s not even debatable, he would have to be given (like you said) everything that he had to do at a young age. What I was referring to was the “book smart” that Sam has over Dean in the first three seasons. I tried to keep the article tied to that time frame within the show since this was supposed to be a “Why you should watch” piece (granted I do mention angels and Lucifer which I realize didn’t appear until later), which is the only reason I would disagree with SOME of your points. Again, I think I’ll need to do a follow up of Seasons 4 – 6! Thank you so much for your comments… like I said, I love talking about Supernatural, so keep them coming! http://profile.typepad.com/6p00e55366ef348834 Tessa Great synopsis, you’ve hit on a lot of the best points Except this bit, and I’m sorry to have to argue with you(however lightheartedly) about it but 😀 : “and (sorry Dean girls) is the smart one. Sam researches while Dean hits on girls” Because we’ve seen Dean does plenty of research, both without hitting on girls and even while hitting on girls–he’s an excellent multi-tasker LOL –and he’s shown himself to be plenty smart, he just didn’t go to college–Sam had time to devote study, because Dean spent his whole childhood watching out for Sam and trying to keep them safe when their father left them alone for weeks a time–which shows he was probably smart and highly responsible for his age because they both managed to live through it. Dean almost always recognizes on sight the various plants and how they are used in supernatural lore, and he’s also been shown to have an almost photographic memory for the symbols that are needed to invoke Enochian magic, something he was never even taught because that was something they only discovered when the angels appeared. We have at least two examples of Dean being caught completely unawares by angels who very quickly do a spell in front of him including arcane written symbols and both times Dean’s remembered them perfectly afterwards.(Castiel in Lucifer Rising and Balthazar in The French Mistake and Balthazar’s even included other items needed for the spell). As far back as season 1 Dean recognized an obscure demonic symbol in blood spatter on a rug at a crime scene, and it was one he’d never come into contact with before but he recognized it meant something and he found out, and he helped solve a case by remembering some small symbol on a record album cover he saw in a record shop where they had to interview a witness. Dean can build various electronic and mechanical equipment almost from scratch and make an “emp bomb” to erase computer information. When a professional thief needed someone to disarm a high tech alarm, it was Dean who did it while Sam got hit on by an old lady–the theif knew he could do it because he was the one who broke into her alarm system and stole something from her, and we know Dean’s read Vonnegut, The Odyssey and Bukowski. Dean’s is also excellent at thinking quickly on his feet and he tends to “read people” better. You ever notice how quickly Dean tends to adjust in “new” situations – stick him in a prison and within days he’s totally working the system to his advantage, stick him as a PA on a movie set and pretty soon he’s like an old hand at it, even giving other people instructions? He didn’t go to school for any of those things, he learned them, very quickly too, both on his own and by watching other people do them(and remember even lawyers, which Sam’s college subject, didn’t used to go to school for law, they were apprenticed to lawyers and learned by watching). I’m just saying you might want to reconsider your definition of smart, in this case, I think. 😀 It might adjust how you see certain aspects of the show. I think we’re supposed to see that Dean is in fact a very intelligent man but the circumstances of his upbringing which put large amounts of adult responsibility on him from a very young age meant he didn’t develop that intelligence in a traditional way, unlike Sam. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly The bookish smart is exactly what I was talking about. I NEVER wanted to imply that Dean wasn’t smart, because he completely is. But the first few seasons definitely show Sam as the (to quote Dean) “Walking encyclopedia of weirdness”, which is what I was trying to say in that point. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Lol. I think so. I would wager that MOST Dean girls (I’m probably going to get slaughtered for that blanket statement) are Dean/Cas girls. But what do I know? I like Sam. Rachel Hey, can I be both a Dean and a Sam girl? Cause I really can’t choose. They’re both just plain adorkable. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hmmmm…. I kicked this idea around with some friends and we decided that you have to choose a side. 😉 No, in all seriousness, I understand what you mean! Like I said, I lean more towards Sam for different reasons, but Dean IS pretty awesome! Anonymous Nope. Dean-girl here, but Cas really needs to go. Now I’ll probably get slaughtered by all the Cas Minions. *gulp* Help!! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Oh no! lol. I think those might be fighting words. Personally, I do like Cas and my best friend is pretty much in love with him. Any particular reason why you’re not a Cas fan? I’m completely curious, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before! And don’t worry, I’ll protect you from the Cas Minions. 😉 Anonymous I just think his story has played out. I think Misha is great, but, in my opinion, Cas has been kind of a dick this season, and I just don’t think the character adds anything. He’s used too much simply for awkward humor. Just my opinion, but what may have worked for the whole Heaven vs. Hell Apocalypse storyline doesn’t exactly cross over into everything. And remember, you promised to protect me from the minion hoards! I’m holding you to that! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly LOL! I will. And I love that you actually backed up your opinion with why you dislike Cas. See, I don’t think his story line is necessarily played out, but I do see how the Heaven/Hell thing doesn’t cross over into every story. That said, I think that Cas’ story right now with the war in Heaven is something that I’m interested in seeing where the writers take it. Cas has been ad Sam and Dean’s disposal for too long, and I think him not being around at the drop of a hat anymore is forcing the two of them to reevaluate how they respond to certain situations. Anonymous I’ll admit I am interested in seeing how the writers connect Cas’ war in Heaven to the rest of the mythology. So far this season he’s been unhelpful, judgmental, cryptic and downright rude, especially to Dean. I have the feeling he’s been doing things that aren’t exactly in line with who the Winchesters believe him to be. Just a hunch, but I think Cas has been a bad little angel who had more of a hand in things than anyone knew. He was a little too adamant about Dean not getting Sam’s soul back and somehow I can’t understand how an angel would want a soulless human (who was obviously capable of hurting anyone anytime) roaming the earth if there was a way to prevent it. I’m guessing we’ll learn something in the last few eps that will make sense of how he’s been acting all along. It’s kind of like what they did with Bela. I really had no idea why they had her suddenly enter the boys’ lives and become so prominent when they really had never used or needed ‘objects’ that she had access to before. It was contrived and didn’t make any sense to me until they tied her into the mythology and Lilith. I’m hoping that’s what they’re doing with Cas. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly That’s a very interesting point. I know that I’ve read a few things about Cas’ story line (which I won’t spoil here), and they sound REALLY interesting, and I’m excited to see where they go and what it will mean for the boys. I’d be intrigued to see a “bad” version of Cas… or to see just exactly how much trouble and angel can get into, you know? I mean, we saw it with Uriel and Anna… but that was strictly to annihilate humanity, which I don’t think Cas wants. We’ll see! Giraffe99 How is it that Jensen Ackles is not a big movie star, he is one of the best actors out there! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Not only is he a great actor, but with the fan base he has I’m thinking anything he does that’s mass released would be a hit for ticket sales! Excellent question, maybe we should start a petition! Giraffe99 I’m ready to put my signature on it. I hoping that he has his Jeremy Renner moment, and receives the recognition he deserves. He definitely has a greater range than many of the so called Hollywood stars! I think what makes Supernatural so great is that it is able to balance humour and drama, as a total fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it’s totally my filling the space nicely left by Buffy http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly This is off topic, but since you brought it up – I LOVE BUFFY!! And yes, I agree with you, Supernatural fills Buffy’s place nicely. I also agree about Jensen. I’d like to see him in something other than a horror movie. Somewhere that he really gets to show off his talent. jillyanne Fantastic article – if I wasn’t already a totally obsessed SPN fan I would be checking it out right now. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Jillyanne! Thanks for the really sweet comment. I appreciate you reading the article and since you’re already obsessed, go convert a friend! http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7KKTLTAIDNYTWS4RCGPOAAQ64 C H I really like that article SO true. Ok I’m going to be shallow in this post but I just have to say that they cry…..a lot…..a lot lot and for good reasons that is. And ohh is there anything better than those guys crying? (well I bet there is but after spending the last 3 weeks with watching every single episode I find that I fell in love with them more and more every time they cried). And come on, who doesn’t want to comfort them? And I love the humor of the show. I think I have never seen anything that is comparable to SPN in that department. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly LOL! They do cry a lot, and you’re absolutely right for good reasons. I think Jensen has it nailed with the single tear that falls when he cries. I can honestly say I don’t think anyone posting on this article would pass up a chance to comfort either one of them…lol! The humor is AMAZING; and written so well that sometimes it comes out of nowhere and EXACTLY at the right moment. BUT it doesn’t feel forced. Like a writer didn’t say “Oh, it’s getting too heavy in here, let’s throw in a stupid joke…” It’s very natural and, well… awesome. Thanks for reading C H! http://twitter.com/aythia Annie Aninir From a fangirl to another. Thank you! This was pure awesome, made of all things win and awesome! And the Impala…yes, she’s so so important. And that mention of S5 finale…yes yes yes! I’m squeeing. I know, and I don’t care! This show deserves it. Awesome article, really really! Geordiegirl1967 Great review. Thanks. I love both boys equally so I am both a Sam and a Dean girl. When is the CW going to put us out of our misery and announce s7? http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly I don’t know!! But I hope it’s soon. I know normally the announce it right around the middle of may (my birthday is May 17th, I always joke that it’s a birthday present)… so maybe we have to wait until then… But keep checking back here in our news section, I’m sure we’ll post it once it is announced! And thank you for reading! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Annie! You are so very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it, your comments are fantastic and well, THAT reaction is why I write these things. Here I go fangirling again: I can’t even talk about the S5 finale without tearing up. Seriously. I re-watch it, and it’s not like I don’t KNOW what happens, or how it ends, or what comes AFTER it; but the second that “Swan Song” starts I’m crying. I think it’s such a… perfect way to officially make the impala that 3rd character (4th? Do we count Cas in this since we’re talking about S5?), that the fans unofficially made her out to be. Her history (the original owner using her to sell bibles always makes me laugh), seeing little Sam and Dean carving their names into her floor boards, the legos, army man, etc., etc, etc… how can you NOT love that episode?! Well, now I know what I’m doing today. thanks again for reading – keep checking back for more; I love to fangirl over SPN as much as I can! Anonymous Well there’s not much I can add that hasn’t already been said. I feel a little bit late to the party. LOL. So I’ll just say that I love this and have shared it. Great job, my dear! http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Moki! Thanks for sharing it – spread the word! You’re not too late to the party by any means; and thank you for the compliment! I’m glad you liked it! Gina I absolutely love this show and was already hooked after one episode… I would have to say one reason I love this show is because the characters are such bad-asses that I almost feel like a bad-ass just from watching…lol. You feel like your riding in the car with them and fighting off bad spirits/demons with them….and they make scary seem like the new fun…in other words with the humor and the music and the car and fun trips they go on it makes you feel apart of the experience. It’s just such a cool show and I just love the story and characters and watching them grow and bond.. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Gina! Too true. I always tell my friends that I”m pretty sure I could hot wire a car if I needed to based on how many times I’ve seen it on Supernatural. I also have delusions that I could probably go out and fight evil if the need ever came up. The writers do an amazing job at making the audience feel like a part of the show, you’re absolutely right. The characters have changed so much through the 6 seasons that it is a fun experience to sit down and watch them as they grow… I wonder what season 7 will bring. thanks for reading! http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Actually guys, I’d stopped watching TV series for an eternity. Sure, I’d watch 1 to 2 series from time-to-time but Supernatural just sucked me in like pure crack. 😛 The writing is actually intelligent and complex, the stories are interesting, the main leads’ acting improve tremendously over the seasons and the brother bond is still strong after 6 seasons(there’s actually a formula). I don’t watch a lot of TV series ‘cos the writing makes me feel like I’m in kindergarten and also ‘cos I’m able to disassemble the writing in a flash. The action is great and there’s a lot of shooting, fighting with bladed weapons(not really swords), etc. The music is awesome too. And don’t get me started on the monsters… they are all kinds of awesome, man! Dexter is fun but Supernatural? Awesome! http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7KKTLTAIDNYTWS4RCGPOAAQ64 C H I agree in all points. The fact that I have no idea what is about to come is really nice. Usually te shows get boring because you can guess what is going to happen… http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Well, that plus all the moral ambiguity and shades of grey well done, make for very fascinating characters too. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7KKTLTAIDNYTWS4RCGPOAAQ64 C H Totally. And I love that the characters grow with everything thath appens. They change and the dynamic between them changes. They are not one dimensional racks for nice clothes that sometimes open their mouths to say something totally generic but actually (in their own way) realistic characters. THey laugh, they cry and they do not forget what happened after a new season begins. (I should really think about making supernatural the topic for my bachelor thesis xD) http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly This was me too! I didn’t really have a show that I watched regularly… LOST had done me in and that was it on the TV front. Then I saw the previews for Supernatural and LOVED the premise. I’ve been interesting in the paranormal/horror movies/supernatural, etc. since I was YOUNG and this show jumped out at me right away. I remember watch the pilot and being THRILLED that something SCARY was on TV and I was hooked. It was after a few episodes that I realized a.) how delicious the boys were and b.) that this show needed to be around for a LONG time. The writing is fantastic. Like you said, the stories are complex, and you DON’T know what’s coming next, and they don’t (for the most part) “spoon feed” you information like other shows. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Yes for no spoonfeeding! 😛 Lost, huh? I really need to watch it. Yeah, I’ve liked horror stories since a while ago but the fun and writing for Supernatural were just… awesome. Yes, the 2 leads were hot but they soon proved to be something else. Also, I like that it’s intelligent horror and not like, trying to shock you through gore and blood. Rather, if it includes gore, blood or violence, those are just part of the atmosphere, the suspense and the thrill. And damnit, the entire series is just scary… :p Plus I still can’t stop looking forward to Season 7. I know fan reactions towards S6 haven’t been always positive but I thought the writing for this season indicated a new maturity, among the writers. It was darker, somber and a different tone but still very nuanced and well-written as ever. Besides, it really followed the chain of consequences: whatever you do has a cause and effect and a chain of reactions that impact everyone(known or unknown) and including yourselves. And the writers had BALLS to follow through and actually mete out consequences on the main characters. Too often, the lead characters in stories do things but without sufficient consequences. Also, imho, we didn’t really know what the plot was like in Season 1 until the very end so it’s not like S6 was any different. Hell, the plot didn’t even really emerge until Season 2 ‘cos we still didn’t know if Azazel was just a badass monster of well, a few seasons that the Winchester boys would kill and then go on a journey of hunting bigger and more badass monsters. And also, didn’t mind the Lisa and Dean life: it made sense on many levels and again, I thought the writers were daring and ballsy to toss a main character into a different life. Had this been another series, the producers would’ve axed the idea right away. I also thought that Cindy Sampson made for a decent actress: I just wonder if some of the negative reactions came about ‘cos her character isn’t sweet, mindlessly loving and submissive? I actually enjoyed the realistic portrayal of an adult relationship and not a bed of roses where the girlfriend does everything the boyfriend asks her to(as opposed to Rita from Dexter). Lisa was smart enough to cut through the BS whenever Dean pulled the “running away” + “avoidance” acts. Sam and everyone else just puts up with it but no, not her. Admittedly, the Lisa and Ben angle did throw me off but over time, I grew to appreciate and understand it. Also, loved all the nuances about human morality and ethics. Rarely do you see a show with such maturity. Sure, there’s the rare case like The Wire and a few others but many other series tend to preach and resort to stereotypes or a shallow veneer of writing than actually go in-depth. And the middle class American thing? Very cool to see. 😛 Yes! Totally enjoy getting whacked in the head by a sudden twist or development. 😀 http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7KKTLTAIDNYTWS4RCGPOAAQ64 C H Amen ^^ (THough I will never ever watch LOST ) http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly LOST is awesome. They lost me around the mid second season to the mid third, but then it picked up again and was amazing. I high recommend it now that it’s on DVD. I agree with you about the intelligent horror thing. I hate it when movies try the gore thing to be “different” and just end up spilled gallons of blood and guts for shock value. That’s part of the reason why the first Saw film was great and the rest of the franchise sucked. Saw 1 was original, didn’t try to completely gross you out with the traps, and still left you feeling VERY scared. I have to say I wasn’t on board with Season 6 until recently. I can fully admit I didn’t go into it with an open mind, and had my thoughts made up from the get go that it wasn’t going to be as great as the first 5 seasons. While I’ve been forced to eat my words on several occasions with S6, I still thing that the S5 finale wouldn’t been an EPIC ending to the story. BUT, since we HAVE a S6, bring on S7… at this point the more Supernatural I can get, the better. I also agree with what you said about the writers actually following through and putting consequences to the characters actions. Not many writers would have killed off Sam and Dean as many times as they have or brought on a full Apocalypse. In fact, we’ve seen on shows where they hint at it, and then nothing ever happens. I love Buffy, but the running joke, even written into the script, was “We have to save the world… again.” I’ve always been an advocate of Lisa and Ben… from the second they were in “The Kids Are Alright” I’ve wanted Dean to settle down and have the normal life. I understand that would make for a VERY boring show, but I do love Lisa and Ben. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7KKTLTAIDNYTWS4RCGPOAAQ64 C H LOST lost me somewherei n season 2 and never got me back. I just couldn’t take anymore questions without getting answers ^^ I’m not patient enough for stuff like that Horror, oh horror. I used to say that I hate horror but problem is, I don’t. I love good horror that makes you want to sleep with all lights turned on. My problem is that I can’t stand it most of the time. My mom letting me watch X-Files when I was 9 kind of screwed me up too much for that ^^ But somehow Supernatural got me to sit through it because I knew it was worth the scare. It is so intelligently done on a psychologica basis because, yey, they scare the shit out of you but somewhere you know therei s going to be something that will crack you up and take some of the scaredness away from you. And I agree. I debated with myself for a week if I should start season 6 or leave it at season 5 and take that as the ultimate end of th show. But I couldn’t stand it. I stopped watching after the first 3 episodes because I didn’t like it. What they did to Dean just felt so wrong and other stuff too (I don’t want to spoiler). Letting him built something like a family and then tearing it all down again. Then I read a spoiler about what was really up and I started again. I quite like season 6 now. Not as much as other seasons but alas. And I agree to what you set “the more Supernatural the better”. I love Lisa and Ben and havedone so since they first appeared. And I think Dean really really needed them. They grounded him not only at the beginning but even now because they showed him that he is worth something and that he can go on even without Sammy.They showed him a new side of himself and I think Dean needed that. They forced him to think outside of his box. I miss the “I pick up a new girl in every second episode” Dean though ^^ He was fun to watch http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly THAT’S exactly how I felt, but my roommate wanted to watch from start to finish, and once I got past the place where I had initially stopped, I realized that it was a GREAT freaking show! Some of the best horror is when you can’t see what is coming or what’s causing the scares. I don’t know about you, but my mind can play into that and make up something FAR worse than any writer or director could possibly come up with. You should take a look at some of my horror movie articles over on http://www.daemonsmovies.com. I’ve written a few – scariest movie moments, etc. It sounds like we’d have similar tastes. You sound like me talking about Season 6. I had SUCH a block against it and decided that I wasn’t going to like it strictly on principle. And then when Sam was all weird at the beginning… I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t even look forward to it on Friday nights. But it grew on me. It IS Supernatural after all, and I knew that if I just watched it for the great show that it was, that I’d be okay. I’ve never had a problem with Lisa and Ben. Especially Ben. That kid cracked me up when he was first introduced and I was THRILLED when they brought the two of them back for Dean. I get why it couldn’t last, but you’re right. It showed a side of Dean that we hadn’t seen – and it was GREAT to look at him from a different perspective no matter how brief it was. I know what you mean – the womanizer Dean is missed! Tom Ah, Supernatural. The show people seem to beat up because it’s on a channel with low ratings and because it’s the easiest target to pick on. I haven’t read such vicious comments about a TV show in a long while. Nics And I bet 99% of those people have never bothered to sit down in front of it and actually see what it’s like for themselves! This is a show with something for everyone, hot guys for the females (and some males obviously) and lots of macho stuff for the men! Joseph Balaich Best reasons I’ve heard. Horror movies are statistically watched by women and it is no surprise that more women watch SUPERNATURAL. However, I am a young man and I love the show for the very reasons you put. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Joseph! Welcome to the party! I think a few other guys have commented so you’re not alone. Thanks for reading, and I’m glad you enjoyed the article! Rakkla Great article! I also love the complexity of the story and the attention to details.. Like for example, Dean’s necklace. I love how in “Very Supernatural Christmas” we see that Sam actually gave Dean that necklace and that you can actually go back to season 1 and see Dean wearing said necklace. I know it may sound stupid but I can’t help being a sucker for details ;Þ http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Rakkla! Thanks for reading. You’re preaching to the choir with the details thing! I sometimes make connections with things where there aren’t even connections intended, so I feel you there! I love all the small stuff that the show throw in – you never know what will be important. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Regardless of what everyone thinks, Supernatural is still a very guy-oriented show though. It doesn’t just have loads of action, guns, hot chicks, etc., it’s also very hardcore aggressive and batshit levels of violent. In fact, many of the scenes scream “full-on macho + hardcore badass” and there are a ton of guy fans for this show. Most of them just aren’t very vocal though and spend their time reading comments, instead of posting. Not to mention a lot of them are busy working and likely don’t have the time to dedicate an essay about why Supernatural rocks. I wouldn’t be surprised if Supernatural managed to influence Vampire Diaries to a certain extent: how “dark and badass” that series gets without going too gory and its inclusion of torture scenes. Imho, this series really gets a bad rap ‘cos it’s on some network aimed at teenagers. Pure bullcrap! Like most of us were any better when we were young: almost everyone I know did something stupid when they were teens. I just find it embarrassing when adults love to stereotype and play “holier than thou” even if they might not be any better than the “shallow teens” they’re lambasting. And? I doubt Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill are any worse than the likes of Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City. http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hi Tokyo! Thanks for the comments, and I agree. Supernatural is a show that guys can get on board with for all of the reasons that you stated. But (also like you said), when the fandom is pretty much over run with women, I can see why they wouldn’t want to post “essays” like you stated. I’ve always said that Supernatural needs to be moved to a different network (I’d give a limb to see it on a paid station, can you imagine what they could do with that?) because of the bad rap that it gets. At least the CW has done (a little) more marketing for it than they did in the past. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Despite what I’d love to imagine, SPN(as the series we love) would not happen on a larger network. It just lacks mainstream appeal: look how many “well-written” and “well thought-out” series tend to get the axe. Even if ratings might not always matter, they still need to maintain a customer base who’ll buy the products. Call me cynical: people would roll their eyes on depth and characterisation and laugh their arses at the lack of special effects. Also, due in part to the high-stress lifestyles and limited attention span of many viewers, a lot of people would also have problems keeping track with the mythology and writing. To attract more viewers, they’d have to cut at least half of that out, I’m afraid. HBO licenses a lot of series, right. But a few of them already have a potential fanbase and also ‘cos vampires and epic series are “in” right now. And for loyal fanbase: try Martin Scorcese and Game of Thrones. Though, just for fantasy’s sake: maybe FX networks, HBO, AMC and so on. “Paid station”? Sorry, I’m not American: have no idea what that refers to. But you mean cable or something else, right? The format which has less censorship and restrictions. Though I’d suspect that would mean SPN gets even more gore, lots of sex, a lot of drama and maybe it’d move into a soap-opera tone at times. And? The music might have rock ‘n roll but I think for broader appeal, they’d also throw in pop music, alternative rock, trance and so on. There’d be more special effects and a lot more fighting scenes. There could be more or less emphasis on writing which could be marketed as “matured” but if there’s one thing I’ll have to say: I’ve never liked setting up characters or plot as “matured” just by throwing in f-bombs, cursing, sex, violence and so on. I find that a farce and to be just a pretense at depth and understanding of human condition + society. It’s a matter of personal taste but I prefer depth to be reflected in the acting, the writing, cinematography, music and other moments within the plot. And how they’d take the writing direction, would indicate how the producers and writers intend to set the tone of the entire series. Would it be gritty? Fun? Very light-hearted? Poppy? Crazy monster hunts followed by uhh… dancing a la Glee or orgies? To offset the production costs, there’d be greater demands for the show to perform and that’d influence elements of the writing, the acting, etc. And since I’m a skeptic, I just don’t see SPN lasting past the first season without turning into another Scooby-Doo tv series or a paranormal police investigation unit. 😛 Plus, it’d end after 3 to 4 seasons as TV series dependent on special effects are really pricey to produce. Well, lots of males tend to keep their feelings to themselves while others also gather about in their own “enclaves” online and offline. And then I keep forgetting that online fandom is often only 1% to 5% or under 20% of the total fandom of a series. The rest are busy working or doing other things. I think people like to stereotype just because they can. I know men who watch Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, etc. and in the face of insults, most would likely retort with something very rude. 😀 http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly WOW! Sorry it took me a while to reply to this, I needed to get my thoughts in order – this is a lot of information! I took for granted that you were American, sorry about that! Yes, when I said “paid” station, I meant on a cable network. They do have a more leeway than a network like The CW. However, after reading this I may have changed my tune about it moving to a cable network! I love the show how it is, and I wouldn’t like to see the writing change at all; and you pose a very good point – that SPN could turn into a soap opera at times. And I cannot even think about the show being set to pop songs… , don’t get me wrong, I like pop music, but not in Supernatural. I wasn’t thinking about it from a production cost standpoint (I rarely do…lol) but from a “what else could they get away with” view. While I wouldn’t like it saturated with swearing or sex, or crazy gore (and truthfully, I think they get away with a lot of gore for being on The CW), but a LITTLE more. I’ll have to see about the male columnist question! It would be interesting to see it from a male POV! http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana I find plenty of modern horror to be a huge disappointment(not that the really old ones from beginning of 19th century are always any better). They tend to use blood, gore, sex and violence as fillers and as cheap tools in place of real suspense, real scene-building, good writing and good cinematography. The writers and directors can fool some but not me. 😛 It’s the same for a lot of other genres as well: somehow, it’s okay to throw in countless sexual stereotypes and the audience might even buy it as good writing. I’m not a prude, btw but often, I feel a lot of sex scenes in movies and TV series are just boring and lack sensuality, passion, etc. and are just plain porn. Actually, if they put in even more sex and gore, I wouldn’t watch Supernatural as they rarely add anything more to a series and are usually attempts to increase or retain ratings. Well, not unless they’re really hot and sexy. 😛 Or the gore is actually frightening. Well, manga and certain Asian soap operas have taught me one thing and that it’s actually possible to insert soap opera and melodrama while the writing remains entertaining, meaningful, powerful, awe-inspiring, thought-provoking and sometimes even symbolic of different themes. Sadly, you just don’t see that in a lot of newer TV soap operas and there are so many lost opportunities in all the individual moments. That’s why I haven’t watched The Sopranos yet and have problems taking the plot of The Walking Dead seriously(going to watch soon but meh) when a good chunk is based around soap-opera, besides the action and zombie storyline. Oh and please effing tell me that AMC isn’t seriously considering the idea of “product placement” in Mad Men. No, I don’t watch that show but that’s just going to annoy the audience. Yikes, what are they going to do next? Put Coke ads in TWD? I know TWD has dodged product placement but since the company owns the series, management can simply pull rank or something. After all, the showrunner is binded by contract, no? If you do get a male columnist to write about Supernatural, here’s a suggestion: I’d love to see something other than the “5 things that make Supernatural rock” sort of article. I’d prefer to hear about their take on the in-depth plot, characterisation and many other details: what parts they love most, what they think could be done better and so on. Yeah, I hope it’s someone who’s willing to take their time to explore all that context and subtlety, instead of lightly glossing over it. It’s boring when casual viewers or even critics are unable or unwilling to grasp the nuances and start proclaiming the writing sucks when it’s just the surface they’re looking at. I might be asking for much but I’m just curious where the male fans hang out at and if they’re even interested in discussing about this series. Aha, how about Supernatural and Justin Bieber? 😛 Meh, production costs are just difficult to deal with:quite a no. of American audiences seem to demand a standard of special effects while not always realising that jacks up the costs by a lot. I’ve heard a rumour: that’s why series like Doctor Who aren’t taken seriously because evidently, SFX and multiple explosions trump storytelling, great writing and acting? http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana K correction there: I’m not averse to gore either. I just feel like sometimes the movies or whatever forget there’re other ways to scare people than just showing copious amounts of blood, flesh, intestines, pumping organs and so on. Nics Supernatural is not very well known in the UK at all! You mention Jensen Ackles and people say ‘who’s he?’, say you’re watching Supernatural and people say they’ve not heard of it! It’s on Living over here I think, I’ve never watched it on TV, just on DVD. It’s a shame, I saw it advertised a few times over the years but never bothered with it – but watched the pilot on the Season 1 boxset and now I’m addicted! Not JUST coz of Dean 😉 but coz it’s a great show with superb acting and a brilliant storyline! It needs to be advertised a lot more effectively! http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4SFQXWZRY5C7HWITDC2ZRUOZPI Tokyo Banana Man, that sucks. You should so organise a party and find a way to make people watch past Season 1. 😀 Just skip Bugs and Route 666. And show them the Pilot and In my time of dying first. Or if you’re in a university, oh the things you can do to ensure a few hundred people see it. 😛 Well, in many countries, a lot of shows are licensed because the fees are only moderate. I bet that’s why this series has low advertising in the UK. But more fans are better than none. http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6NG5FVOIDB4MA4PMUFSEEJUSQ BelindaB My reason to watch? Cas! 😀 Yes I admit, I am a total dud for bright blue eyed innocent wide-eyed cute fluffy adorable looking angels….I’m a total sucker….I’ve tried to deny it, but I can’t….. Think there’s a place that can cure my Cas-aholicism? http://www.kellymichele.net Kelly Hey Belinda! You’re not the only one that loves Cas! That was probably the biggest post that I received to this article. Stick around, they’ll be more Cas discussion soon! Jazmyn Two days ago I had never seen an episode. I just finished Season 1. Kat I love this!! DeanWinchesterBabe65 Dead on — pitch perfect with your commentary of the show!