I remember when Supernatural premiered. I’d been looking forward to it for a bunch of reasons.
First off, the name of the show might as well have said, “Andrew, this way please for your new favorite show!” Two monster hunting brothers searching for their father while taking out anything bumping in the night that gets in their way. Plus the mysterious death of their mother at the hands (claws?) of an, as of yet, unnamed demon hangs over their heads. Yes. Yes, that’s exactly the type of show I’ve been looking for.
The cast looked awesome.
After years on Gilmore Girls going from regular to guest star and back, I was glad Jared Padalecki was going to be the star of his own show.
So here it was, premier night!
I watched three episodes and was done. Can’t tell you why, but it wasn’t grabbing me.
Fast forward to a year ago when I join social media and man, are people talking Supernatural love all over the place.
“It’s my favorite show!”
“I never miss it!”
“Dean!” (Insert naughty fantasy HERE)
So, between all that and an impromptu episode during Fandrew Con, I decided to give it another shot.
As the title of this post suggests, I’ve totally been converted to a fan and it happened in episode three, Dead In The Water. The irony.
Basic premise involves the boys investigating some mysterious drownings that could be linked to an angry spirit out for revenge. Lots of good stuff, but not as good as the character arc because really, there’s nothing better than some juicy character arc.
During the episode, we meet a Lucas, a little boy whose father was one of the drowning victims. Lucas witnessed the drowning and hasn’t spoken since. All he does is draw pictures that seem to hold the clues necessary to solve this mystery.
Throughout the episode Dean tries to connect with him and in the best scene of the episode, he says this: (I suggest the video. It’s a little over a minute, but just in case, the quote is provided bellow.)
You’re scared. It’s okay. I understand. See, when I was your age, I saw something real bad happen to my mom and I was scared too. I didn’t feel like talking. Just like you. But see, my mom, I know she wanted me to be brave. I think about that everyday and I do my best to be brave. And maybe your dad wants you to be brave too.
Now to put that scene into perspective we go back to the pilot where there’s an intense scene between Sam and Dean. Sam was a baby when their their mom was killed and calls into question the whole crusade they’ve been on since her death. Things get tense and Dean warns Sam to watch what he says about their mother. Later Sam offers an apology and Dean’s response was this: (This one you have to watch for the full effect.)
See, now that’s the sort of payoff I live for and why character arc wins every time. Early on Dean is presented as the hard edge of the pair. He wears the cool leather jacket with the collar flipped up. He drives the ’67 Impala. He listens to the manly classic rock. (Mullet rock if you ask Sam) And it’s not easy for him to talk about his deceased mom. So, to have a small scene in episode one, made so much more important in episode three, told me the writers paid close attention to the details. The shit that happens actually matters.
I have a lot of catching up to do.
This ever happen to you? You ever write something off only to come back to it later and see the awesome?