It’s Recommends Day Wednesday!
This RDWD comes with no small amount of chagrin and crow-eating on my part. First, because I haven’t done a Recommends Day Wednesday in a long time. Whoops, new idea that got totally oublietted! (Word invention, yes!)
But also because I’m about to recommend a show that I’ve spent a lot of time ridiculing in the past. I stand here, in front of you today, head hung and hands wrung, to admit that I was wrong. America! I was wrong!
Supernatural kicks ass.
It does! It totally does!
Frankly, this post is quite possibly useless, because if you’ve seen enough of this show, then you already know how good it is, and if you haven’t, you’ll never, ever believe me because it looks so dumb and the marketing is hokey and it’s on the CW and watching only a couple of episodes is enough to make you think that Supernatural is just not in on the joke. But you’d be wrong, as I was! This show is most definitely in on the joke.
Now, I’m a ladyperson, so I’m hardly impervious to the smoldering charms of Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester). I’ve had a crush on both boys for years, since they both feature on various shows I’ve seen and they’re crazy smoking hot.
GAHHH! So I rented Season One from Netflix, and I just wasn’t that impressed. The show really hadn’t gotten its feet yet and it was pretty corny and disjointed. The season had some fun stand alone eps, but I was far from riveted. I think partly because I was watching the discs intermittently, so any cohesiveness they were going for was lost on me, and partly because the boys wear SO MANY CLOTHES on that show! Far too many layers for those Winchester brothers. Their heavenly sculpted torsos are always swathed in a t-shirt, an oxford shirt or hoodie, AND a heavy jacket. Like so:
So anyway, I made lots of fun of it and stopped watching and I thought that was it. I don’t think I ever even watched the last disc of Season One. But then, I kept hearing about this show! Everywhere! People I like and blogs I respect keep talking about how good it is (like here), and I’d catch periodic eps on the TV and find myself engrossed. So I started watching Season Two, and a strange thing happened: I totally got it. THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD!
Sam and Dean Winchester travel the country solving mysteries of the other-world and killing demons. They’re among an elite group of “hunters” that know about those things that bump in the night and, to paraphrase Professor Broom in Hellboy, the hunters are the ones that bump back. Sam and Dean lost their mom to a demon when they were very small, and they were raised on the road learning to be hot bad-asses by their dad, John (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
The format of the show is utterly unique. Sam and Dean spend all of their time on the road, and each episode is set in a different town, with different people the Winchesters need to save, a different mischievous spook, a different hotel where they’re crashing. Whenever they read or hear about some sketchy stuff happening in a new town, they swoop in, suss out the situation, save the day, eat some fast food and flirt with some ladies, then book it out of there. They’re no Scully and Mulder, no FBI or secret bureau; they use credit card fraud to fund their missions and they’re not above pretending to be anyone—from priests to Homeland Security agents—in order to solve the case. There is no home base or set, except for Dean’s magnificent specimen of an automobile, the heart-wrenchingly gorgeous ’67 Impala, the Metallicar (tm TWoP).
The car’s like its own character, and I love her! She’s so pretty! The show has the most kick-ass classic rock soundtrack, too; who knows how much Supernatural must spend on the rights to the music blaring from that Impala’s cherry speakers.
I think the on-the-road formula has created a fraternal bond between Ackles and Padalecki. These actors, just like the characters, really do spend all of their time on the road, going from town to town, staying in different hotels. They’re the only 2 series regulars, at least until older and awesomer hunter Bobby (Jim Beaver) enters the picture. Bobby rocks.
This forced closeness could have resulted in the two actors’ resenting or competing with each other. Instead, these guys look like they’re always having such a blast! They seem to really care about each other, and they’ve had to perform some seriously heartbreaking shit, and they master it all with gusto. Ackles and Padalecki can actually act! I never even considered that a possibility!
Supernatural is exec-produced by McG, and yeah, it suffers from testosterone overload LOTS of the time. Despite the mind-boggling gorgeousness happening in the casting, this is definitely a dude’s show, a dude’s show that occasionally caters to the ladies among us with scenes like this, brief shining moments when the far too many layers are shed:
But Eric Kripke is the showrunner, and I’m convinced the guy’s a genius. Remember that part I said about the show being in on the joke? Supernatural featured a new, third Winchester brother who appeared out of nowhere last season on an episode entitled Jump the Shark. The man’s got a plan, and it’s a good one. Kripke never intended for the show to last past 5 seasons, and he, Ackles and Padalecki all insist that this coming season is the last. There’s a universe-ending grand scheme and neither he nor the 2 principles want to deviate from that scheme; of course, whether CW boss Dawn Ostroff lets her beefy little cash cow run away is another question. But if the show sells out and does jump the shark, it won’t be Kripke’s fault, and that’s pretty cool.
We’re on Season Three of ol’ SoupNatch (tm Matt) now, and it keeps getting better. It’s hilarious, scary, slick and original. Season 5 is about to premiere in September, and the fanpersons are squeeing all over the internets about how amazing it’s sure to be. Check out the trailer, rent some Supernatural from Netflix–and don’t be embarrassed, as I was for so long! I’m here to say, loud and proud:
My name is Marla, and I love Supernatural.