In an effort to bring heavy-hitting, timely and relevant journalism to the front pages of MWTVG, I have thus far overlooked one show that ought to be held in the annals of history as one of the finest specimens of television filmmaking… I would of course be talking about SUPERNATURAL.
Which is a shameful omission because of how much I love this show. Now I’m not going to come at you with a review of this week’s episode right now because a) I haven’t sat down to watch it yet and b) I am cautiously optimistic about this season after the almost-complete-travesty that was Season 7. Being a Supernatural superfan I am willing to almost completely omit season 7 from the overall timeline. As far as I’m concerned, seasons 1-6 should pretty much be the de facto standard on television storytelling.
Any fan of GRIMM (here’s looking at you, MIDWEST MO) should already love Supernatural whether they know it or not. Grimm always reminded me of a dirty knockoff of Supernatural with much less interesting characters and storylines. I plan on eventually giving Grimm a second try, but the three episodes I watched did little for me.
Sam and Dean are both wonderfully crafted characters and played well by JARED PADALECKI and JENSEN ACKLES (respectively). Again not counting season 7, guest stars are equally good including JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN playing their father in season 1, JIM BEAVER who plays Bobby, MISHA COLLINS as Castiel the angel (my personal favorite) and MARK PELLEGRINO who recurs as Lucifer (just to name a few).
There’s truly something in this show for everybody from the action to the horror elements to Dean’s deadpan one-liners… it’s all about classic cars, classic rock and hunting evil. Can’t go wrong with that. And I really appreciate their heavy use of practical special effects as CG never really works for television. The CG they do use is tastefully done (minus season 7) and does not distract from the dark gritty tone of the show.
By the way, I will be exploring my general hatred for Season 7 sometime coming up soon. Three episodes into Season 8 and the quality is already far surpassed that of 7. I’m excited to get more detail on Dean’s time in purgatory and finally figure out what happened to Cas. The casting on Dean’s mystery friend Benny was spot-on and what devolved into the overabuse of jokes and overall goofy atmosphere of last season is largely gone. Thank god.
As a word to the wise, SUPERNATURAL plays twice every weekday on TNT starting at 8:00 am cst and they play every episode in order. They just recently cycled back to season 1 so there’s a lot of quality sustenance to fill up your hungry DVR. New episodes air on Wednesday nights 8c on the CW. Going to start it right now…