At the end of last year, I embarked on an epic journey. That epic journey was the task of watching all 10 seasons of Supernatural currently on Netflix, along with catching up with the 11 season using Amazon Instant Video and Hulu.
What should’ve taken multiple months only took me a month. Granted, that has a lot to do my need to do nothing on my weekends but sit in my room and not be sociable.
However, that aside, my decision to take the long journey with Supernatural was not one that I regretted.
For years I refused to watch the show. I wasn’t over excited about the plot, I was annoyed with the characters and their constant deaths, and I thought that the show was running far too long. However, I was out of shows to binge, and my friends were constantly badgering me to watch it, so I decided to take the plunge.
It is safe to say that all of my fears were washed away pretty quick after watching the show. I loved the plot, greatly enjoy the characters (even with their constant deaths), and I definitely don’t mind that the show is still continuing into season 12, and possibly longer.
Let’s start from the beginning. I love the plot of this show. Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good story, and the story of the Winchester brothers, a fallen angel and the king of hell is one hell of a story.
The basic premise of the show is about two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, and their lives as hunters (hunters of supernatural beings) after the death of their mother. They eventually realize that they play a bigger role in this world than what they believe, and with the help of the angel Castiel, an old drunk Bobby, the king of hell Crowley, and other enemies and friends, the two fight whatever supernatural evil comes their way, including vampires, demons, werewolves, and yes, even the devil.
What sounds like an odd mess of a show is actually a somewhat masterpiece of a plot. The first five seasons of the show all lead up to the season five finale, which, in my opinion is one of the best seasons finales I’ve seen in any show. Originally, the show was supposed to end after five, but because of the large fan base and huge success of the show, they’ve continued with it. While I would say that the first five seasons have the best plot and some of the best episodes, the plots of the seasons following those five are actually really interesting and captivating (minus season 6—I can’t stand that season).
Each season has one major plot point, which is either wrapped up by the end of season, or leaves you with a cliff hanger. Either way, the show keeps you on your toes and certainly throws the idea of “happily ever after” out the window. Straight up, this show and its great plot hurts, but in the best possible way.
Another great thing about this show is its characters. From main and reoccurring characters to smaller, rarely seen characters, this show does not slack off when it comes to great character arcs and making them likeable. They also manage to create memorable characters that, even if they only appear in the show five times, manage to leave an impact with viewers, such as the archangel Gabrielle or the prophet Chuck.
One of my favorite things about the characters on this show is their story arcs and watching them grow as a character. Two characters that really stand out to me in terms of character development are Sam Winchester and Castiel. When you are first introduced to Sam, he is a young, degree bound student just wanting to get out of the hunting life and away from his hunting family. By the end of season 10, he finally realizes and accepts that hunting is his life and that he can’t do it without his family and friends. You also really see him struggle with who he is supposed to be and what he is destined for between seasons 1-10, and how that really changes him.
Castiel is another great example of character development and a great story arc. When you first meet Castiel, he is cold soldier of heaven who doesn’t care much about humanity, only about his mission. However, with the help and guidance of Dean and Sam, Castiel begins to question everything and falls from heaven and grace in everyway possible. He goes through many rebirths as a character, and as the seasons progress, you really begin the see the figurative scars that this decision to abandon heaven for humanity has left on him. In my opinion, Castiel is one of the most heartbreaking but best characters in this series for these reasons. With him, you see some of the biggest growths of a character in the series, and he is one of the most relatable characters when it comes to heartbreak.
One of the unique qualities about this show is that you more often than not end up liking the antagonists, something that not many other shows can boast about. It’s not uncommon to be talking to a Supernatural fan and suddenly hear the phrase “I love Lucifer!” Now as odd as that sounds, if you were to watch the show, you would feel the same. Actor Mark Pellegrino plays a fantastic representation of the devil, one that really makes a statement and makes fans fall for his charms pretty quick.
Finally, while some feel that this show is dragging on, I have to disagree. There is so much that can be done with this show and so many different directions that it can take. Other then character deaths, there isn’t really anything repetitive about this show. Even the reoccurring vampire or ghost hunts are different each time. The writers, directors and producers manage to make each episode unique, and while they don’t always pertain to the main plot of the season, they manage to stand out from previous episodes. The show also has some memorable episodes, such as “The French Mistake,” in which Dean is playing Jesen Ackles who is playing Dean, and Sam is playing Jared Padalecki who is playing Sam. All in all, this show is far from running out of new ideas that will keep viewers enraptured.
While this show might seem offsetting for some people, I promise you it is worth the watch. From its great plot to it’s diverse and captivating characters to its uniqueness, this show is truly a must watch and will have you hooked before you know it. I can’t wait to see where this show will take fans and viewers, and I definitely don’t regret finally watching it.