|Posted by Xiphos on February 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM|
The CW Network is about as useless a network as could be except for one show and that's Supernatural. If you're going to do one thing right you might as well hit a home run and the CW managed to do just that with Supernatural. If you like shows with sympathetic demons, psychotic/ambivalent archangels, vampires, werewolves and all sorts of mythological beasts then SN is the show for you. It airs Thursday night on the less than useless CW Network.
The premise of the show is deceptively simple. Two brothers travel around the country in a kick ass 1967 Chevrolet Impala listening to heavy metal and mullet rock, killing all sorts of nasty beasts like vampires, demons, changelings and such. That's just the very, very, very basic premise of SN. If you dropped in for one episode you would leave with the impression that SN is about two, way too good looking to be blue collar dudes who kill all sorts of Supernatural beasties and you would be so very wrong with that impression.
The two main characters of SN are brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. Dean is played by Jenson Ackles and Sam is played by Jared Padalecki. The relationship between Sam and Dean is the heart and soul of Supernatural. Everything else is just window dressing. These two would die for each other and have because of the love they share. Even though Sam and Dean are two highly damaged individuals they still love and care for each other and work well together as a very, very dysfunctional team.
I'm going to single out Jensen Ackles for some special attention. Don't misunderstand me here, both actors are top notch in their roles but Ackles goes to another level as Dean. This kid has got a boat load of charisma and acting talent. Ackles inhabits the Dean character with a ferocious will and great skill. As Dean Winchester, Jensen Ackles burns with the white hot intensity of 1000 suns about to go supernova. He's that good. The only other role I had seen Ackles in was Smallville. He played the boyfriend to the attractive, but slat of wood acting wise, Lana Lang character. He was sort of a bland, nondescript, good looking dude. The burning fire of Ackles charisma was banked. In other words, he acted like a true professional. If you can't tell, I have a bromance running with Ackles.
Supernatural is one of, if not the best, structured shows I've ever watched. It has consistently and smartly built on its own mythology through its four seasons. Even the stand alone, non-mythology oriented episodes, give clues or subtle bits of info that move the overall arc along. The only other show that I've seen that has done that as smartly as SN was the first season of Veronica Mars. Go ahead and laugh but I'm serious about that.
The writing on Supernatural is top notch and involving. The show can be surprisingly bloody, violent and intense for a primetime show. When they concentrate on lighter or comedic elements of a story the show can be funny as all hell. Case in point, they had a giant teddy bear that came to life and repeatedly tried to commit suicide. One of the ways the bear tried to do it was with a pistol to the head. When it pulled the trigger they switched to a reverse angle and a handful of stuffing hit the wall instead of blood. I damn near pissed my pants laughing when I saw that one.
The look of the show is gritty, blue collar and sort of grungy with the clothes, cars and women. It's deliberately done that way. The Winchester boys are not anything special. They are just two regular, if all too good looking, guys with a really crappy job. They survive by stealing, scamming and killing. The Winchester boys don't have any special powers at least Dean doesn't, until this season when maybe God himself picked Dean for a special operation. Earlier during the run of the show we learn Sam could have something going on that might not be to nice. Sam might or might not have been picked by the devil for a big job.
So, to sum it up, watch Supernatural. It's a well done, fun and entertaining. The mullet rock, car and hot broads are icing on the cake that is Supernatural.
P.S. I would also suggest that everybody should copy the readiness principals of Sam and Dean Winchester and travel around with an ass load of weapons on your person and in the trunk of your ride (it goes without saying you should be armed at all times but I'm going to say it anyways), so anybody that's drives a Prius, man up and get a real vehicle you wusses. Weapons come in handy when the zombies, vampires, succubuses, ghosts, beasties and what not get an itch to cause trouble.
P.P.S. If you decide to watch SN, start from the beginning. There are so many small, large and subtle pieces of info you would miss if you didn't start at the beginning. The info is especially important for this absolutely kick ass season of SN.
P.P.P.S. I know I'm being sort of vague about the show with this review. I really want people to discover it wonderfulness without my goofy ramblings coloring their perceptions
P.P.P.P.S. Just for the hell of it I will include this funny Youtube bit from SN. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgd30bjQmes