Supernatural Chat: When Did You Know You Were in Love?

Supernatural Love

Well folks, we’re almost there. Every day we’re getting closer to the end of hellatus and season 8 of Supernatural is set to begin in less than two months. Plus, this weekend Jared confirmed at the New Jersey convention that *IF* the CW gives the show a ninth and tenth season, they are in.

With all this good news, I couldn’t help but to reflect on what it was about Supernatural that made me fall in love with it in the first place. It’s pretty rare that I instantly click with a television show, usually it takes watching at least a few episodes before I start to care about the characters. That wasn’t the case with this show. The very first episode won me over and within just one hour, this series had me hooked.

I was a bit of a late-comer to Supernatural and the first episode I actually saw was “Folsom Prison Blues.” I was flipping channels one night and saw “Supernatural” flash across my screen and remembered that a couple of my friends had been practically begging me to watch this show. They were so in love with it and I just knew they wouldn’t shut up until I at least told them I’d watched it once, so I figured what the heck? The rest, as they say, is history.

Here are the exact moments/elements of that episode that had me head over heels in love with Supernatural by the time the ending credits had aired.

Dean
 

Supernatural Season Finale 2012 Survival of the Fittest

Like I said, I had never seen the show and knew almost nothing about it. I had no idea who these guys were or why they were (I thought) breaking into that museum. But when Dean came on screen and starting messing with the cops, joking about his mug shot and firing off wisecrack after wisecrack, I knew I was gonna like this guy.

It seemed like every single line out of Dean’s mouth made me laugh, and yet I also saw just a wee bit of his softer side too when he told Tiny that he was sorry he had to piss him off. I could tell right then that Dean was one of those tough on the outside, soft on the inside characters that I like so much and I knew that there was a lot more to him than I was seeing in this one episode.

The Scares
 

Supernatural - Folsom Prison Blues

Anyone one who knows me knows that I am completely obsessed with Halloween and have a true love for being scared. It’s funny because as a child I had nightmares over scary movies and scary things, but now I love them. I’m not really into the gory stuff but give me a good startle and I’m a happy girl. It’s what sends me to scare parks every October to be gleefully chased by monsters wielding chainsaws.

As I watched this episode, I was immediately taken by the fact that it managed to creep me out from the very beginning. The flickering lights, the cold wisps of air coming from the actor’s mouths – it all gave me the chills. But the moment that really got me was when that angry spirit popped up in Dean’s face, snarling at him through the hole in his prison door. I think I jumped about three feet off my couch and I know I shrieked like a little girl. When the moment was over I laughed and knew this was the kind of show for me.

The Impala
 

Supernatural - Impala - Back in Black

I have loved classic muscle cars all my life, thanks to a father who constantly worked on cars as a hobby and often made me his little “grease monkey,” and did things like take me to stock car races from the time I was a baby. From that grew a love for cars – the bigger and louder, the better.

So when Baby came on screen, I think my jaw hit the ground. I had heard there was a muscle car on the show but I’d never seen anything quite as beautiful as that big, black ’67 Impala. My respect for the Winchesters and for the show grew exponentially the moment I saw Baby. I figured anybody who killed ghosts and drove a car like that was okay in my book.

The Music
 

Supernatural Season Finale 2012 Survival of the Fittest

My love of classic rock isn’t something that I got from a particular person or from watching a TV show. I’m old enough to have listened to nearly all of the music they’ve used on the show, live and on the radio. I can still remember being a kid in Miami and going to the lake during the summers and listening to Foreigner, Styx, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon, AC/DC and many, many more. Before I ever saw a single episode of Supernatural, my cd collection was filled with music from all of these bands.

Granted, Folsom Prison Blues doesn’t have a lot of classic rock in it, but it does have one of my favorite songs of all time – “Rooster” by Alice in Chains. When I heard that song, I literally stopped short and said “no way!” as I didn’t think there was a show cool enough to play that kind of music. Right then, I knew that if this was the kind of songs I could expect from this series, I was definitely in.

 
 

And with those few crucial elements, I went from not having any idea what Supernatural was about to being completely head-over-heels in love. In fact, thanks to this one episode I immediately went and bugged one of my friends to let me borrow her season 1 DVDs. I practically swallowed them whole and moved on to watch every episode of season two (*cough*online*cough). Within just two weeks, I had caught up to every single aired episode and was sitting in front of my TV to watch “All Hell Breaks Loose Part I” live just like every other fan in the US.

So what about you folks? Do you remember the exact moment when you fell in love with this show? Was there a particular episode or scene or character that did it for you? Sound off in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys!

I posed this same question on a few Supernatural fan boards on Facebook, here are a few of the responses I got from the fans. Check out their great stories!

Anne M:
As with all foreign shows and movies here in Denmark, we got Supernatural a few years later than it started in the US I believe. I’d watched shows like Buffy, Angel and Dark Angel and like all the, well supernatural, in general. Saw the previews for the show and had to see if it was as good as it looked and it was. I was hooked. Knew Jared from Gilmore Girls and Jensen from Dark Angel. What I love about Supernatural is that it has it all. So exciting that your heart is racing at times, you always laugh at some point during an episode, ALL of the actors are very talented, sometimes it’s emotional and it makes you cry and I love the relationship of Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel and what they have together. Never a dull moment on this show. It always leaves you wanting more and you hate season finale ‘cos you know how long it’ll be till next one starts and you find out how it continues. With the talent of writors, actors and producers they can keep this going for many, many more seasons and I hope they do. I’ll keep watching.

Terri S.:
Back in the days of my youth, I enjoyed The Dukes of Hazzard: 2 cute guys, family that sticks together, cool car. I heard that John Schneider was now in a show called Smallville. My hubby and I started watching and recording that show weekly, and really liked it. I did accidentally channel surf past a really scary scene on that same channel one night after Smallville. A blond girl was strapped to a chair, and an exorcism rite was being performed. It was really creepy!!! I quickly changed the channel. Eek! One evening after watching the recording of Smallville, I noticed that I had also recorded a show called Supernatural. I don’t exactly remember the episode, but I was thoroughly intrigued. Who were these brothers?? Why were they in the dire straights they were in? Could this be the same scary show I saw?? I was hooked! Well, that was 7 years and 5 Chicago cons ago! I look back…..and I still blame it all on the Dukes of Hazzard:) That’s my story!

Mandy:
“I was channel surfing one night and came across this show about two brothers who hunt ghosts and monsters. I love horror and thriller movies and shows, so this was right up my alley. Of course, I fell in love with J2 instantly and found the show fascinating Exactly my kind of show. I typed Supernatural into google one day and facebook came up. So I timidly looked around and found that the pages were awesome. I fearfully wrote on one page and that was it, i was hooked to show and the fandom. I love everything about Supernatural. So now I am admin on 5 Supernatural pages and head admin on this page, it is a pleasure to do this job. I love all the members, as I have said we are a family. We are the Supernatural Hell Hazers!!!!

Nichola:
I started watching Supernatural in 2007 when I was 27, just shortly after my beautiful 57 year old Mum suddenly passed away. My brother had the first 3 series on boxset, and said he knew I would like them. It sounds cheesy, but I feel like I have been on a real journey with Sam and Dean. I felt their pain when they felt pain, laughed when they laughed and I can honestly say I have a real love for all the characters in Supernatural. I actually watch it every night before I go to sleep – it’s my little security blanket! The show has really helped me through some dark times over the past 5 years, it has made me feel less alone. It’s touched me and helped me when I have needed it most. I have great friends and family, but sometimes it felt like was only Sam and Dean who got me through the dark days!

Amanda F:
okay how i heard got into supernatural i was at a boarding school and was about to graduate and was at the doctors office and read in a magazine about the new fall shows. it said this two estranged brothers are forced to come together to find out how thier mother mysteriously died. of course it said the actors jared padalecki and jensen ackles. i was like okay lol, had a tiny pic of them but was still more intrigued by the show still. it was so up my alley. i loved Angel, Buffy, charmed and hello title is Supernatural so of course i would give it a shot. so since i was at the borading school missed the frst 4 eps but shhh dont tell anyone, im a true supernatural fan i loved it of course the first eo i saw was bloody mary and was like who is Jess!?!? was so lost but i was so attracted the mystery of the show like why does Sam have these dreams and what is he not telling Dean. i was hooked. luckily for me the good ole WB aired a week of supernatural called the spirits collection and i got all caught up! i could not shut up about supernatural, i had to tell everyone about it! i hope this help you out with your article

Karen D:
How I got into Supernatural – I have always been into the supernatural, I read Amityville and the Exorcist as a teen. I loved Charmed when it was on (I still watch it), so one day I saw a commercial for Supernatural, I said heck yes. I got to watch the first season until my cable in Missouri changed. I got caught up with the first and the second with Netflix, when we moved to Arkansas and to Cox cable I was able to start watching it every Friday. Also it turns out the hotel they stayed in season 1 episode 1 was the hotel I used to manage, can you believe I moved out of California a year before they filmed there.

Mrs. AMB:
I can’t remember exactly why I started watching, but I bought the box set 1-3 before I’d seen a single episode, started watching from the Pilot and was hooked straight away. Then I found fandom via Facebook, and made a whole load of friends round the world, who have kept my enthusiasm high just as much as the show itself has. I ended up going to America for the first time and on my own, just to meet up with Facebook SPN friends in Chicago for the 2010 convention (I could have gone to a con in Europe and subsequently did, but this one was special because of my friends). Now I’m hooked on conventions too – my poor hubby thinks I’m obsessed and he’s right…LOL. I’m here for the duration of the show, writing fanfic, making pretty pictures and helping Tracey run this lovely community – and I love you all, you crazy puddings! Boop!

Supernatural Seriously Awesome:
“I wanted to watch Supernatural when it first came on the air but when it first came on I had no cable, no internet and I was working two jobs while raising my teenage daughter. My husband of 17 years decided to leave us when she was 15 and six weeks after he left I was laid off from my job. I had to have my cable and internet turned off because I could no longer afford them. Angel was one of my fave shows at the time but for years I didn’t know how it ended because around that time was when I had to have my cable turned off. I knew Supernatural was out there because of the genre. I really wanted to watch it because of that and because I’ve always had this thing about brothers…..maybe it’s because I always really wanted one who would have my back but unfortunately my real brother never did. After six hard months of not being able to find a job, I found a really good job and then after that I got a second job at Subway. It took awhile to catch up on everything but as soon as I could afford it, I had my cable turned back on and the first episode of Supernatural I watched was a rerun of Fresh Blood. The brother scene at the end….totally hooked me. The boy’s loyalty to each other and the horror they had been through broke my heart and resonated with me. I could relate to wanting your family back together so bad you’d do anything for it to happen. I went out and bought the first three seasons. Supernatural was in its fourth season on winter hiatus and I caught up on seasons 1-3 on DVD and the first ten episodes of season 4 by buying them from Amazon. After I got caught up on everything, I went exploring online and discovered the crazy fandom that I dearly love. I went to my first con in Chicago, 2010, and met people I’d only ever talked to online. Since then I have been to both NashCons, took a cross country train trip to Vancouver (I don’t fly) and went on a Supernatural themed road trip to Lawrence with two of my best friends from the SPN fandom. I have met some amazing people, heard some incredible stories and made friends for life from all over the world. I’ve had a chance to tell Jensen and Jared that their show literally saved my life. Supernatural helped me rediscover my passion for writing, it has helped me to grow as a person, it has given me some of the best friends you could ever ask for and most importantly it has helped me heal. I will be a Supernatural fan for life.

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