Don’t you just love those conversations when someone sits you down and tells your straight out why you should read this book, or what this TV show, or buy this movie? As a well respected nerd that is surrounded by normal people of the population, I always have my list ready for those that want to listen to it. And I always find it amusing when I give someone my mental list about why I’m a fan of a particular show or book, and they always seem so astonished by the reasons. As if they didn’t expect for us to be fans for reasons beyond our hormones. There are times when you connect to something so deeply, that it becomes part of you, and those reasons become sacred. That’s exactly how I feel about SUPERNATURAL.
So, in case any of you are wondering why a big part of my life is carved out for this series, here are ten of my reasons, in no particular order.
1. The music
The greatest hits of mullet rock, anyone? It seems appropriate that the first thing I talk about is the music that has made this series popular because it’s the very first thing that I noticed. I was raised on classic rock, and bands like AC/DC, Led Zepplin and Aerosmith are still among some of my favorites. The first episode that I ever watched from this series happened to be one of the season finales, in which every fan knows begins with a montage of what’s happened through the past season set to Kansas’ hit “Carry On My Wayward Son”. Immediately, I was hooked. Not only has this series introduced young generations to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, it keeps those of us who have loved it for a lifetime connected to our roots. Besides, what’s not to like about rocking’ out to songs like “Back in Black”, “Back in the Saddle Again” or “Fortunate Son” every episode?
2. The mythology
You want vampires? Check out “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. Ghosts? “Ghost Hunters”. God? Angels? Demons? Wendigos? Everything else on the spectrum of mythology? Then you don’t want to miss SUPERNATURAL. It has taken the campy world that was created by “Buffy” and “Angel” and did it not only better, but scarier, sexier and more realistic. A series centered around the nightmares and monsters that lurk in the darkest recesses of our imaginations, it takes the stories that have been told before and tells them different, with a flare. From hunting werewolves, wendigos, and shapeshifters, and digging up the graves of vengeful spirits, to surviving 40 years in Hell and stopping the angels from bringing the end of the world, this series is about struggling against the destiny written for you and fighting for mankind’s free will.
3. A lack of boundaries
If there is anything that this series has proved it is that there are no boundaries that it can’t cross. Whether it’s a Ghost Hunters inspired episode (Ghostfacers), black and white (Monster Movie), or crazy enough to introduce fairies to the mythology (Clap Your Hands If You Believe), it’s clear that this show can approach any story and tell it successfully while able to preserve the the story arch of two brothers fighting against evil. Over the years, other science fiction and fantasy series have taken risks with time travel, alternate universes and even musicals. But there is not one other series in existence that has taken all the risks that SUPERNATURAL can surely be proud of. Not only is it canon, that Dean and Sam are the inspiration for a series of books called Supernatural actually attended the very first Supernatural convention, they were also visitors in an alternate universe where Supernatural is a cult TV show and Dean and Sam are portrayed by actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.(Which in case you didn’t know, are the names of the actors that actually portray the Dean and Sam of SUPERNATURAL in our universe). Can you take any greater risk than that? After an episode like The French Mistake, can anyone doubt that this series can pretty much do whatever they want and do it well?
4. The Villains
I’ve always thought that creating a great villain is far more important that creating a great hero. Although, I’ve been obsessed with villains since I was a kid, and you can always count on SUPERNATURAL for giving you some evil bad guys that are so hard to hate because they are such great characters to begin with. Every fan will declare their love for Lucifer, Crowley and Meg. All recurring characters, all three some of the worst villains Dean and Sam have faced. Evil, charismatic, intelligent, powerful, and menacing, these are people (well, the devil and demons…) that you don’t want to mess with. Characters that have proven very hard to kill and defeat, they do not even have to be present to be fearful. A full 22-episode season had to prepare fans for the coming of Lucifer, and his presence in season five did not disappoint. There are many series that I’ve watched that introduce the name of a villain, but his physical presence ends up being far more disappointing, but not in SUPERNATURAL. You like great villains, then don’t miss the end of this season when Sam and Dean finally come face to face with Eve, the mother of every monster and beast the brothers have ever fought.
5. The cars (mostly the Impala)
Many characters in this series are categorized and described by their car. But of course, most of the attention is given to Dean’s 1967 Chevy Impala. Whether the writers planned on Dean and Sam’s car to become such an important part of this series, I’m not sure, but it has. In fact, by the end of Season 5, it became one of the most important objects in the universe, having been the catalyst that helped let Sam take back control of his body from Lucifer (Swan Song). Dubbed the Metallicar so lovingly by the fans, the Impala has become just as important as the main characters themselves. And honestly, if anything permanent ever happened to her, the fandom would commit many counts of murder by fire…on some ceilings. I dare anyone to watch a few episodes of this series and not want a ’67 Impala of their very own.
6. Dean’s one-liners
From the Pilot, “Driver picks the music, shot gun shuts his cake hole.” …to “Fight the fairies!”, some of the most memorable lines for every fan are on the endless list of Dean’s one-liners:
“Cram it with walnuts, ugly!”
“I like to think it’s because of my perky nipples.”
“You fudging’ touch me again, I’ll fudging’ kill ya!”
“No chick flick moments.”
“Oh God, I’m Pattinson.”
“Don’t objectify me.”
“You take Efron, I’ll take Bieber.”
Not only are Dean’s lines just fantastic to begin with, it’s all about the delivery. Jensen Ackles’ delivery of humor is up there with the perfection that Nathan Fillion and Richard Dean Anderson have done so well on “Castle”, “Firefly” and “Stargate SG-1”. Some of these lines have impacted me so substantially, that I have found myself using them at random, daily. In fact, every time someone complains about the music in my truck, I repeat Dean’s famous line from the Pilot: “Driver picks the music, shot gun shuts his cake hole.” The first time I said that to my mom, her reaction was priceless.
7. The Guest Stars
From Paris Hilton to horror legend Robert Englund. SUPERNATURAL has had guest stars from all over the spectrum. Not to mention Misha Collins and Jim Beaver, who after being introduced would become recurring main cast. There is no other show that I know of, that the fans consider the guest stars almost as beloved as the main stars. Richard Speight Jr. starred as the arch angel Gabriel in the total of four episodes throughout the series since Season 2, and yet, he is a fan favorite. Although the credit must be given to both the actors and the writers, it’s the combined effort in the creation of these memorable characters that makes the popular guest stars like Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Steven Williams and Chad Lindberg so popular among the fans.
8. Pop Culture references
We still have six episodes left, and already there have been references to Twilight, Harry Potter, Comic Con, World of Warcraft, King Arthur, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Chucky. Let’s not forgot the endless other references throughout the rest of the series. I could have easily included this into the same reason as Dean’s one-liners, seeing as he is the one that makes most of the references through dialogue, but there are just so many of them, it needed to stand on it’s own. Some of my favorite references that Dean makes are the following:
“You’re like a DeLorean without plutonium?”
“You were wasted by a teenage mutant ninja angel?”
But let’s not forget the constant homages to both good and bad horror, science fiction and fantasy. One of my favorite episode from this season is Live Free or Twi Hard. It started out as a spoof on Twilight and ended with a nice dramatic twist. Anyone remember the teaser from Dead in the Water all the way back in season one? I find it hard to believe that no one else was thinking about Jaws. Or, how about the handful of references surrounding series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. In season two’s episode Hollywood Babylon, Dean and Sam were investigating a haunting at a television studio and happened to drive through the set of Gilmore Girls, of which fans are well aware that Jared starred as Dean Forester. I won’t even touch this season’s episode The French Mistake, which is so chalk full of references that it would take more than one article to cover. In short, there are so many pop culture references made in this series through dialogue, episode titles, story lines and even the way a scene is shot, that sometimes it’s not until I see the episode multiple times that I notice everything.
9. Brothers and Family
Although it’s what the audience is led to believe, SUPERNATURAL is not just about two brothers traveling around the country hunting evil. Yes, the story lines are about monsters, demons, vengeful spirits, and stopping the apocalypse. But beneath all of that, this story is about two brothers that would do anything to protect each other, even go to Hell. It’s about never giving up and fighting for your family until the very end. This is the reason I fell in love with this show. This is the reason is should be recognized far more than it is. This is the reason this show is more sacred to me than any other. I have an older brother, and after only watching one episode, I realized how much like Dean he really is. And how much of Sam reminds me of myself. It is the essence of hope and faith that Dean and Sam are able to embody through even the most dreary of times that gives me hope. I certainly have no reservations admitting this is how real these characters are to me and so many others in this fandom. I can blame SUPERNATURAL for the strong relationship I have with my own brother and family. For the countless nights I have spent studying and preparing for school because I know Sam would be disappointed in me if I wasn’t a good student. Especially for the number of close friends that I have made that are fellow fans, and just like me, understand why Dean and Sam Winchester are so important. SUPERNATURAL has saved lives, and not just in their own universe, but in ours as well.
10. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Although it may just seem like a “fangirly” reason to watch this series, trust me, it’s not. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are not just another pair of good looking CW actors (…although, I won’t lie that they are pleasant to watch every week). I believe without any hesitation, that SUPERNATURAL is the most underestimated series on television. I can only imagine the recognition it would receive if it was on a network like FX, or even HBO. And much of that recognition needs to go to Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. No one can deny that these two men not only some of the most remarkable on screen chemistry I have ever seen, but they make me feel the most raw emotions I have ever felt as an audience member. If you want to deny their talents simply because they are CW actors, I dare you to watch the Sam and Lucifer mirror scene in Swan Song and not be left in awe of Jared Padalecki. Or watch the first half of season six and try to miss the subtleties he gives you as Soulless Sam. Or the scene at the end of Heaven or Hell when Dean finally tells Sam about Hell. I dare you not to break apart at Jensen’s single tear, every damn time. But it’s not just their skills as actors that make them admirable. I have been part of the nerd and geek fandom for a long time, and have been to my fair share of conventions. But I have never met two men that are more in love with their fans. Without it sounding too cliche, the fan/actor relationship in this fandom is more like a family that I have ever experienced. Perhaps it’s because that’s what this story is about and family is automatically more important to every one of us. They are two of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. And whether you think the type of men they are is a reason to watch this show or not, I’ll leave up to you.
Have I convinced you yet?
by: Candace Wilson
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