CW’s Supernatural Shifts Gears In Season 3

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supernatural CWs Supernatural Shifts Gears In Season 3If you’re in some form of withdrawel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural may by what the doctor ordered.

Supernatural revolves around Dean and Sam Winchester, brothers who pursue demons and monsters after losing their parents to the forces of evil. It’s kind of like Ghost Hunters on Sci Fi, but with weapons! They’re very retro, cruising around the country in their cool 1967 Chevy while listening to classic rock. Unfortunately, in the process, they’ve inadvertently become fugitives from the law and use surreptitious means to get the job done.

The writing pieces story elements together pretty well as they’ve addressed common ghost legends over the last two seasons (this is the third season of the show). The Winchester brothers, Sam (played by Jared Padalecki) and Dean (played by Jensen Ackles) are now facing their own personal issues as last season Dean promised his soul to the underworld to save his brother’s life. Normally, this would be a very distressful scenario, but while Dean has only one year to live, he is taking advantage of the time he has left by doing things like having romps with the ‘doublemint twins’ and eating bacon cheeseburgers for breakfast since he doesn’t have to worry about cholesterol any more.

The creative forces behind the show are tossing in uncharacteristic swaths of humor through Dean’s situation which takes the viewer by surprise. We’re not used to seeing this usually somber and troubled man having a sense of humor and the (unintended?) effect is that it’s kind of creepy. On the flip side, last season saw the brothers accidentally open the gates of Hell and now they and other “slayers” like them have their work cut out for them. Dean, knowing he will be dead soon, is a bit of a loose cannon. “Hey I’m dying, what could happen to me?!”

I like the storytelling in the show: There is constant angst between the brothers due to their different approaches to their task and conflicts with the law while ultimately doing good for mankind. It irks me how they must lurk around the edges of the law to get their jobs done, and that’s caused me to be engaged by the writing.

I recommend you check it out on The CW, Thursdays at 9, 8 central. See what you think and let me know!

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  1. “The creative forces behind the show are tossing in uncharacteristic swaths of humor through Dean’s situation which takes the viewer by surprise. We’re not used to seeing this usually somber and troubled man having a sense of humor and the (unintended?) effect is that it’s kind of creepy”

    Are you sure you’ve been watching the same show I have for the last two seasons? LOL Dean’s sense of humor has been one of the highlights of the show since the beginning. Since his first line in the pilot, which was “Easy, Tiger” said with a huge grin, after he’d tossed the unsuspecting Sam onto his back during a surprise sparring session(surprise because Sam had broken off contact with his monster hunting family after his father kicked him for wanting to go to college) and then proceeded to tease Sam about his girlfriend being out of his league. If Dean’s been somber I guess Sam’s been downright suicidally depressing. :D

    If it’s slightly creepy now, it’s because Dean’s been manic in his humor trying to deal with his upcoming demise, instead of the usual laid-back one-liners and good humored teasing of Sam out of his moods. In fact it’s been a problem for many fans this season as Dean’s usually funnier because it’s not so “forced”! :)

    Nice review but it doesn’t actually sound like you are very familiar with the show or the characters.

  2. Emily,

    I’ve watched the show since the first episode and I think this is a great example of two people seeing things from different perspectives.

    You’re right about his one liners and I may have inadvertently discounted that part of Dean in my write up.

    For me, Dean carries around the burden of doing exactly as he was told by their dad, “Following orders” and never questioning why, as Sam has pointed out time and again. That’s what’s caught my attention to his character and what I see as his underlying driving force that defines Dean for me.

    Sam’s issues with that kind of approach highlights my focus on their relationship, and it doesn’t take away from the humor, but adds a great amount of depth to the characters for me. It reflects a fascinating disparity in our society between those who follow the rules, and those who do ask why, and buck the system.

    At least up until this season. I have a feeling some things may change up a bit with the new atmosphere, concerns with Sam having been brought back from the dead, (You don’t know what you brought back) and the new hunter in the mix.. who happens to be pretty hot!

    I can’t wait to see what they toss at us this season!

  3. Thank you for your comments on the show, Mr. Simmons. I agree with you that the two characters have an unusual amount of depth. It’s what keeps me coming back, plus the fun with goooooore and creepy children and the like. I’m happy TPTB ignored the indignant howls about the new female characters and went on with their plans. Ruby will add a great deal to the mix, and if Sam’s allowed to go darkside, it’s okay with me. Let’s get dicey.

  4. Thank you for comments on the show Mr. Simmons!!! Supernatural is an amazing show, and the two brothers, Dean and Sam really do make it what it is. I love everything about it.


  5. Also, they got Jason Vorhees appearing in epsode 10.

  6. “Also, they got Jason Vorhees appearing in epsode 10.”

    Are you pulling my leg?

    I don’t watch the show… do they pull in characters from other movie series?


  7. Creator Eric Kripke announced that the show was granted an appearance of Jason Voorhees himself.

    “We have cleared the rights to actually use Jason. We have a twist on it so it is not really Jason out there but we have found an interesting way to bring him in so Sam and Dean fight Jason from Friday the 13th.”

    A google search “Jason Voorhees on supernatural” will bring up a ton of hits.

  8. i have to say i love the show supernatural… i hope they keep it on for a few more years… sam is pretty good and getting dean out of things and visa will be so great if sam can get dean out of the deal he made so we can continue to enjoy supernatural.

  9. I love this show. It’s the best show ever made. I watch every episode. I would love if it would of won the award for best sci-fi award. stupid heroes.

  10. i’ve watched it since the first episode in 2006, i love it and ean is like what my mind evolves around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Supernatural? I’ve never heard of this show but it sounds cool enough.