‘SUPERNATURAL’ SERIES REVIEW
‘So what’s it all add up to? It’s hard to say. But me, I’d say this was a test … for Sam and Dean. And I think they did all right. Up against good, evil, angels, devils,destiny and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well … isn’t that kinda the whole point? No doubt – endings are hard. But then again … nothing ever really ends, does it?’ – Chuck Shurley, Season 5, Episode 22: Swan Song.
Supernatural was created by Eric Kripke and first graced our screens in 2006. It follows the story of the two Winchester brothers who are searching for their father. It was never intended to last more than 3 seasons however season 10 has just premiered in America. So what’s it all about I hear you cry?
After the mysterious death of their mother which burnt down their home, Sam (portrayed by Jared Padalecki) and Dean (portrayed by Jensen Ackles) lived on the road with their father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). We are introduced to the brothers when Dean visits Sam years later to tell him, ‘Dean – Um. Dad hasn’t been home in a few days. Sam – So he’s working overtime on a Miller Time shift. He’ll stumble back in sooner or later. Dean – Dad’s on a hunting trip. And he hasn’t been home in a few days.’ Why I hear you ask is a hunting trip such a cause for concern? Well the Winchester’s are normal hunters. Oh no, they save innocent people while hunting demons, ghosts and other monsters that you couldn’t even imagine.
Throughout the first season we see Sam and Dean travel all over the country to track down their dad while fighting some baddies along the way. The writers ultimately wanted this to be as believable as possible and wanted to flesh out the concept of hunters, which resulted in the introduction of Bobby Singer (portrayed by Jim Beaver) at the end of the first season. Bobby is the go to for anything supernatural and is almost like a surrogate father to the boys, having been left with him by John when they were younger. We are introduced to Angels in season 4 with the introduced to Castiel (portrayed by Misha Collins) and our favourite demon, Crowley, in season 5 (portrayed by Mark Sheppard) who we see becomes the actual king of Hell in season 6.
One of my favourite things about this show is how they travel all over the place and that is in the Impala. John passes his car a ’67 Impala, to Dean, which he uses to travel and keeps all their hunting items in the boot. Dean has, what would probably be classed as an unhealthy relationship with the car, referring to it as ‘baby’. She is always in pristine condition, ever after Dean has to rebuild her from the ground up, and there’s a few times he has to. Another amazing feature of the series is the incredible soundtrack that goes along side it! It features a synthesized orchestral score, with traditional instruments, such as guitar and cello, used at times. As well as special instruments in special episodes, such as ‘bluesy gospel music’ played on a broken-down piano. The original scores are used throughout the episodes as well as some classic rock, which gives the show the rock vibe it has. Bands such as Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC and Bad Company are used. Usually on the last episode of every series the song ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ by Kansas is played at the beginning showing a montage of ‘the road so far’.
I love this show because it might be flashy with all the fight scenes and a new monster every week to contend with, but at the very core, once you peel all that shiny stuff away, it’s just about two brothers who love each other above all else. The fact that even after 10 seasons we can still engage fully with both of these characters and their storyline as brothers is fantastic, that’s something the writers never lost sight of, Eric Kripke even said ‘it’s always been a show about family.’ Sam and Dean may not always see eye to eye, but it always come round full circle, with one making a sacrifice for the other, and effortlessly showing every week how much family truly means to them.
‘Don’t you dare think there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you! It has never been like that, ever! I need you to see that. I’m begging you!’ – Dean Winchester, Season 8, Episode 23: Sacrifice.
The Road So Far – Season 1: