By: Ashley Johnson, Content Manager
Supernatural will be ending its 10th season in May. Now with 200 plus episodes under their belt I feel it is time that I give you a push into the series if you haven't already gotten into it. Now there aren't many shows I've watched for 200 plus episodes, but I've never been able to let go of the Winchester brothers. For a decade, I've stuck with their quest to carry on "the family business":which is hunting demons and other supernatural critters for the benefit of mankind. This blogger is going to give you both the good and bad so read everything and then make your decision, hopefully by the end of this you are either starting to watch the series, finishing or catching up (all of which are available on Netflix) or maybe still not all that interested. Please just read on and see what your choice will be.
(NOTE THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD TREAD LIGHTLY WAYWARD SON!)
Now with 10 seasons it is easy to say that there have been many epochs and eras on "Supernatural," so many highs and yes a number of lows. But throughout the series the fans, fandom and love for the show have only multiplied. We began the show in September of 2005 with a pilot that showed tragedy, family and mystery. From there our interests peaked and led into the very ambitious, driven and creative seasons 2 through 5. Throughout the seasons we were always drawn into the rooted family-driven arcs all tied into a little mystery and mayhem (which often packed quite a cumulative punch) and that was what kept you coming back each week.
Now with every series there are villains, eras and episodes that simply don’t work and to its credit, "Supernatural" regularly draws attention to some of its own missteps. But through the missteps the boys and the series have prevailed. After ten seasons many of the long-term "Supernatural" arcs can tend to feel familiar even though they are usually worthwhile aspects to whatever the ongoing story the boys and the show are exploring and therefore worth the watch.
But there's no denying that there are a lot of miles on the Winchester's odometer, and the brothers, their friends and frenemies have endured many trips to heaven, hell, purgatory and every roadhouse in between. Though it has been hard to find new places for the characters to go, and the ongoing mythology has seemed to recede into the background, (which though sad is understandable given the decade of work the writers have placed into the show) we are never truly without the main principles of the show surrounding the boys and their quest.
Now one thing I can say I enjoy above all the storylines and arcs, is that I enjoy the way the show plays around with its own in-jokes and home-grown tropes. "Supernatural" is comfortable with being both silly and serious, sometimes within the same scene, and that's not easy for any program to pull off. Sure the show is about family, relationships, devotion, loyalty and men who wrestle with their feelings as often as they tussle with otherworldly creatures. But in the end it's as funny as it is an amazingly memorable!
Given that the brothers are usually on the road, the world around the Winchesters isn't quite as built up as the Springfield of "The Simpsons" or the Pawnee of "Parks and Recreation," but Dean and Sam Winchester bring their world with them. No matter what town they're in, there will be beer, pie, burgers, budget motel rooms, acerbic quips, friendly locals (who may have terrible secrets) and devious evildoers (who may be amusing and smart). There will be an occasional sense of futility, a reminder that family is forever and often an episode-closing conversation in or near the Metallicar that is full of repressed emotion.