Supernatural is a fantasy harrow show on CW about two brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester) who were raised to be ‘hunters’ by their father after their mother’s untimely death when Sam was a baby. Mary Winchester, the boys’ mother, was killed by a demon called Azazel, who had previously made a deal with her that he would take away one of her children in 10 years. In trying to protect Sam, Mary sacrificed herself, and set into motion the events of the show.
Supernatural began as a typical weekly horror show, with a monster of the week that the heroes had to slay. Demon-hunters by profession, Sam and Dean made it their business to hunt down and kill ‘things that go bump in the night’ – including, but not limited to, vampires, werewolves, wendigoes, witches, poltergeists and women-in-white.
Dean put it best when trying to convince his reluctant brother to go on a search for their missing father in the pilot episode – ‘Saving people, hunting things, you know, the family business’.
Well into its eleventh season, that motto really has become true for the Winchester family – even the members that we didn’t even know existed. However, there is much more to Sam and Dean’s supernatural adventures than would meet the eye.
In the 10+ seasons that the show has been on air, we have seen, among other things – the arrival of angels to earth, the (literal) rise of Lucifer, the Apocalypse with its four horsemen, Death personified, the Archangels Michael, Rafael and Gabriel, a civil war in Heaven and the earth being overrun by nasty little man-eaters from Purgatory called Leviathans. And all this is aside from the sheer awesomeness that was the visual of thousands of Angels literally falling from Heaven in the finale episode of season 8! Cinematography at its finest, that was!
It is amazing to think how far Supernatural has come in terms of depth and profundity of narrative, going from little more than a kids’ show with buff heroes to a multi-faceted narrative with complicated mythical arcs and psychological storylines.
Team Free Will
The ever-evolving plot of supernatural is only overshadowed by the remarkable growth that is seen in its characters. The legendary chemistry between the three leads – the Winchester brothers and their pet angel, Castiel – is part of the reason that the show is still going strong after so many years. Even when the storylines flagged, and the narrative seemed about to fizzle out, it was the characters that kept Supernatural afloat, imbuing the show with an emotional depth and maturity not often seen in traditional horror or fantasy fare.
The chemistry and bond between the lead actors – Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki – playing the Winchester siblings, is amazing enough to watch. Dean’s heartbroken tears when Sam died at the end of Season 2, and his subsequent decision to sacrifice himself to Hell for his brother, nearly did me in!
But Castiel, the befuddled angel with the gravelly voice played by actor Misha Collins, waltzed onto the sets of Supernatural in the first episode of Season 4 and took the show by storm, sweeping fans off their feet with his low, gravelly voice and his wide-eyed blue gaze. Together, the three of them made up the iconic ‘Team Free Will’, and there has been no looking back for Supernatural since!
One of the very few TV shows to have crossed the 10-season mark, Supernatural (the show that launched a million fanfics), can at this point be considered one of the future classics of American TV. Certainly, the audiences seem to love the show and can’t get enough of the delectable trio – as they fight Heaven and Hell to defy fate and keep each other alive. And of course, keep the ratings soaring! Hell, if the fans had their way, Supernatural would probably outlive us all!