My thoughts on ‘Supernatural’…

SO, I’m sure most people have heard of Supernatural and even potentially how after a 15 season run, Supernatural is coming to an end in a few weeks. I started watching Supernatural many years ago and I still really love it. I think supernatural is a great show which mixes crime and well, the supernatural. I think it is done incredibly well which is why it’s been able to garner 15 seasons. I am truly sad to see it end but excited to see more from Jared, Jensen and Misha.

So, I personally prefer the early seasons of Supernatural because they weren’t quite so story oriented. There was a lot more of what my dad calls ‘monster of the week’, introducing new supernatural beings and travelling around. Over the years Supernatural got a lot more plot driven with season long story-lines getting more and more outlandish and I feel like this is because they started too hard. Supernatural introduced God and Angels and the Apocalypse in season 4 and 5 respectively. There are 15 seasons. I recognise they were shocked by the response and longevity the show has gotten but they kind of shot themselves in the foot introducing all these concepts so early. Because it meant that Lucifer and hell and purgatory all happened quite early. Then it became – well how can we scale up the story-line because you can’t just go back to something basic.

So then we end up with, ‘The Darkness’ supernatural got stuck in a God and Bible related story-line and had to keep pulling from that. We had the ‘Mark of Kane’ and ‘The Darkness’ which was literally them pulling a second all powerful being from nothing. Then we move on to all powerful nephilim and parallel worlds. Which, fine, but, for me this is why I prefer the early seasons. I liked seeing these two brothers road trip around fighting vampires or demons. They really lost a lot of this when they went down the bible path. And we saw when they tried to steer themselves away from such a powerful story-line to the British Men of Letters stuff it just wasn’t as good. At least to me. I just couldn’t care that much about British Men of Letters after they beat the original apocalypse in like season 5.

I also just constantly wonder what the deal was with Sam’s superpowers. He had them and then they just stopped being a problem? Why? Unless I’m forgetting something I just wonder where they went. Like he had them before he had his demon blood kick, was it something to do with him dying or losing his soul? Please let me know if you remember.

There is also the constant killing and resurrecting characters. Like, I honestly stopped feeling sad seeing them die because I knew the show was renewed or that it wasn’t the end of the season. So I watched Sam die in the other world and I was just like, eh, he’ll be back because that is season 13. They really did kill them way too many times for me it was just outrageous. So outrageous in fact that all the Reapers and Death himself were after them because they were so pissed off about all the resurrections.

So, while I still love Supernatural and watch it constantly and will til the end, I feel like they shot themselves in the foot plot-wise going too hard too soon and locking themselves into Bible stories.

However, I do think it is great that they were able to get 15 seasons, it kind of shows the prevalence that these more typically ‘sci-fi’ ‘nerdy’ shows have grown. It was a little show about two brothers fighting monsters because that’s all they knew and they got 15 years, 15 seasons out of it and millions of worldwide fans. For me, Supernatural made it possible for so many other shows to garner views and mainstream popularity like ‘The Order’, ‘October Faction’, ‘Falling Skies’ and even shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’ or ‘Teen Wolf’ were likely influenced in some way by Supernatural’s success.

They also just had so much fun with Supernatural, they didn’t shy away from taking risks and throwing things out there. For example, an animated Scooby-Doo episode is pure genius. There were many black and white episodes, some time travel just for fun and we also got to watch a random wild west episode. They just went for it which I think is amazing. Let’s not forget them creating the Supernatural fandom in the show through the ‘book series’ and having them go to fan conventions. I will always love the episode where they come to our alternative universe where Supernatural is just a show with Jensen and Jarred, gold.

So, I am absolutely gutted to know Supernatural is about to end it’s 15th season, I am so appreciative to it for so much watch time and success. I am a sci-fi fan myself, and I feel like Supernatural has given me the ability to enjoy so many more sci-fi shows down to it’s success and The CW clearly saw this success and produced more shows with supernatural undertones. ‘The vampire Diaries’ had 8 seasons, Falling Skies with 5, Teen Wolf with 6 or 7. Although, I must still pay homage to Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis) and Startrek  for also being an incredibly long-running and successful sci-fi franchises prior to Supernatural. But, I feel like Supernatural did something in TV for my generation.

Also, I recognise there are many opportunities for The CW to create spin-off shows with all the characters through the years. For instance, we could watch bobby making his way before he had met John or we could follow on afterward with Donna, Jody, Claire and Alex as the next generation of hunters. We could even go back and watch the mother daughter duo from Season 2, Ellen and Jo and see their story before they met Sam and Dean. There are so many unique characters who have been met over the years and any of these could warrant their own shows where the fans could watch hunters in the past learning all the tricks John left in his journal or the future and see where it goes. Even watching Garth hunting would be fun. I am hopeful a form of spin-off will come from Supernatural, especially if it could allow any of the original cast to return even as guest stars once in a while. There is so much we could still explore in the Supernatural world that it’d be a shame if this truely is the end.

Thanks so much for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Supernatural and it’s success over the last 15 years. Please comment down below any thoughts you have. Come back next week for a new post.

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