Mokibobolink’s Top 5 TV Shows: #1 – SUPERNATURAL

SUPERNATURAL - JENSEN ACKLES as Dean, JARED PADALECKI as Sam

As I’ve said before, this list isn’t in any particular order but I’m still happy that SUPERNATURAL ended up as number one. Of all the shows that have influenced my life, Supernatural has done the most. I wrote a novel about this show, no kidding, an actual freaking novel. I had dreams of publishing it as a tie-in, but it didn’t happen and I have since started publishing it chapter by chapter on fanfiction.net. It doesn’t matter that it never got published though, what matters is that I was so inspired by this show that I did it, and doing it launched me into the writing game.

What it’s about.

Supernatural is about two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, who fight, well, supernatural stuff. The boys have taken on urban legends like the Hookman, creatures called Wendigos, lots of angry spirits and demons. Heck, even angels have joined in the fray. In the beginning it was all about the monsters but now the mythology has grown to include everything from a demon’s plan to take over the world, to the Apocalypse.

Why I love it.

Oh man, where do I begin? I guess I’ll begin at the beginning and describe what made me watch originally. I had friends on the Firefly board on IMDb that wouldn’t stop talking about Supernatural and suggested I check it out. One night I stumbled across an episode and decided to see what all the hoopla was about. Within 30 minutes I was hooked, and here’s why.

The relationship between the brothers – These two men have often been the only family the other has had, even as children. They are crazy close, fight like cats and dogs, know each other’s deepest darkest secrets and will die (and have died) for each other.

It’s scarier than hell – The first episode I saw had a moment where I jumped about two feet, burying my face in my pillow to keep from screaming. Granted, the scares aren’t as in-your-face as they used to be, but I think they’ve actually gotten better, concentrating on total creep-outs as well as the make-you-jump stuff.

The music – This show has made me add a list to my iTunes called “Supernatural Soundtrack” and on it are bands like Bad Company, Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult, Foreigner, Boston, Poison, Asia and even REO Speedwagon. They use songs that I’ve loved since I was little and now I get to rock out to them again.

The car – Big, beautiful and black, Dean’s 1967 Chevy Impala SS is a sight to behold. It probably comes as no surprise (considering my taste in music) that I love classic muscle cars. I have ever since I was a kid and I used to help my dad work on his car. When I saw the Impala, my heart melted.

Why you should watch it

The actionSupernatural is a show about the supernatural, but I love the fact that it’s not all about magic when they fight evil. In fact, most of the time the battles are done with good old fashioned weapons found here on earth. These guys use their fists, guns, knives and swords – and they kick a lot of ass doing it.

The humor – Every season, Supernatural fits in at least two or three episodes that are almost nothing but pure comedy. From a prank war gone awry in the first season, to one of the brothers switching bodies with a nerdy teenager in season five, plus all the humor thrown in the regular episodes – trust me, it will have you laughing a lot.

The drama – For every bit of action and humor, there is a lot of drama thrown in the mix too. I have seriously lost track of the amount of times that this show has made me cry. There is so much angst between the brothers, their father, their (basically) adopted dad Bobby (who I love), their friend and literal guardian angel Castiel – if you don’t cry at least once a season then you are a far stronger person than I.

Top Five Musical Cues

Since trying to pick my top episodes was too daunting, I decided to go with something (slightly) easier.

1. Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas – Used in the opening credits of the finale every season since the beginning, this song still gives me goosebumps every time I hear the first line.

2. Renegade by Styx – Heard in the final scene of season 2’s “Nightshifter”, Renegade was the perfect way to describe the boys as they ran from the law.. again.

3. Heat of the Moment by Asia – Used in season 3’s “Mystery Spot”, this song just added to the comedy of an episode about how many unusual ways someone could get killed.

4. Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi – Used in season 3’s “No Rest For The Wicked”, it was Dean’s way of telling Sam that he wasn’t afraid to face some serious consequences.

5. Rooster by Alice in Chains – Okay so my final choice might be a surprise to all the Supernatural fans out there because it wasn’t a huge moment on the show, but I just couldn’t leave it out. This song is part of the reason that I started watching in the first place. Used in the final scene of season 2’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, when I heard it I literally said aloud “okay that’s it, I officially love this show” and I haven’t looked back since.

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