I keep meaning to post something about my favorite show on network teevee – Supernatural – and not getting around to it (and even posting this has taken me several hours due to the relentless interrupts and (not-the-fun-kind- of) distractions).
Luckily, someone else did it for me, saving me the effort.
Chelsea Girl says:
“Supernatural, unlike Angel and Buffy, is specifically concerned with family connections and origins. While Angel gestures at his long-dead family, his anger at his repressive father and his guilt over his murdering them, and while Buffy evolves from adolescent at war with her mother, while she retains the pain of her father’s abandonment, and while she grows into being a mother to her sister, the two brothers in Supernatural never leave the burden of their family. In fact, who they are in relationship to each other and to the rest of the world underlies the show every single moment. You never forget that they are brothers or that the demon they seek changed their family forever.”
“In many ways, then Supernatural’s metaphor is one of family origins and secrets—of those things from which you were supposed to be protected in the dark—and of which you, piteously small in your narrow bed, always knew were out there lurking and waiting to spring to light.”
Darling, sweet Chelsea Girl does way better justice to this show than I can. If you’ve managed to miss Supernatural so far, or if you’ve only watched an episode or two and written it off as a Buffy knock-off, it’s time to go back and give it a try. Rent it from Netflix, or better, buy it, because it’s a show worth owning. The episodes are good for many re-watchings. Season two is due for a fall release (too long, too long!).
Supernatural’s just been renewed for a third season, and I can’t be happier about that. It’s the kind of show you just get hooked on; great looking characters, great music (the best seventies rock), the coolest car on teevee (a black ’67 impala); a buffy-style mythos about those who stand between us and the evil thinigs that lurk unseen. It’s one of those shows that gets better the deeper you get into it, and it didn’t have the dreaded sophomore slump you see in some shows after great first seasons (*cough*veronica mars*cough*).
I’m saving the season ender on my tivo. I don’t want it to be over quite yet.