Watching Supernatural With New Eyes

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.

I loved Jensen Ackles in Dark Angel. And I while still can’t bring myself back to the fourth season of Smallville, the few episodes I watched were made better with him on screen. Dude can act.

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?

9 comments on “Watching Supernatural With New Eyes

  1. This is a show that I always wanted to watch. The problem at my house is that my husband has all these shows he watches, so we can only DVR two things at a time…usually one for him and one for me in each time slot. (Although, sometimes both are for both of us, LOL.) One of these days, when I have internet that’s not a Verizon card (which is slow and allows only so much data usage per month), I’ll be a Netflix gal. 🙂 I can catch up on a LOT of stuff.

    I can usually tell if I’m going to like something within one or two episodes. So I usually don’t go back and try again. There’s too much stuff I REALLY like to waste time on things I MIGHT like.

  2. Well, I don’t really watch TV anymore, but as for things I had to give a couple of tries… The whole Lord of the Rings trilogy, plus The Hobbit. I tried probably a dozen times over the years to get through those four books. I always gave up. I just could not get into them. I even tried skipping The Hobbit entirely, and I still couldn’t manage.

    So this year, I determined that I would slog my way through no matter what. And… I actually really enjoyed them. They are too setting oriented for me to say they’re my favorite books, but I will say that by the middle of The Two Towers, Tolkien finally hit his stride, and the last half of that book plus The Return of the King are fantastic. In the first book, there was just so much sitting around in the shire that nothing really even happened until after they met the elves in Rivendell, and even then, it plodded along. And Faramir was much more fleshed out in the books than in the movies, and by the end of the books, I was a much bigger fan of Faramir than of Aragorn.

    Tolkien was a very good writer, and in so many ways, he shaped and defined the genre that I love. For those reasons alone, the books are worth reading. But at some point, it became more about “finding out what happens” than just reading them to get my geek cred. 🙂

  3. Yay for giving Supernatural another chance! There is some AWESOME shit in that show.

    And…yes. If I had stuck to my snit and continued to refuse to watch Buffy post season 3 (remember, I was on Buffy strike for SEVEN YEARS), I would never have seen season 6. Can you imagine what a different person I’d be if I’d never watched seasons 4-7? I mean, no, I’m serious. Everything that goes has an impact. How much less awesome would I be had I never experienced the awesome? And I need all the awesome I can get.

    Something else, too…and I can’t, for the life of me, remember what it was. So maybe I haven’t done it yet and it’s on my to-do list, except that I don’t remember what’s on my to-do list. Which is why we generally assume it’s not done.

  4. I was excited when I first heard about it too, then kind lost interest quickly. Maybe i ought to give them another chance though.

  5. Dr. Who. I saw the older version back in the nineties before it went on its decade or so hiatus, and wrote it off as too dorky even for me. Which is pretty dorky. But then- and I’m ashamed to admit this- I saw that Neli Gaiman was writing an episode. Being his total fanslave, I thought I’d give it another try.
    The twenty-first century has been awesome to this series. The writing, the special effects (yes, actual special effects instead of aliens made out junk from someone’s garage), complex characters and story arcs- well, I’m hooked.
    The thing is, this never would have happened if not for NetFlix and the ready availability of TV box sets. I’ve given so many shows second chances this way that would otherwise have passed me by entirely. Lost is maybe the most notable example. Fringe is yet another. I guess its kind of like waiting to start a book in a series until there are a few of them out, so you won’t be stuck waiting. Knowing you can just skip right over to the next episode does a lot to amp up a show’s likeability, imo. So although I’ve never gotten into Supernatural (Or Buffy and its spin offs) I have modern tech to thank for converting me into a raging fangirl for a lot of great shows that would otherwise have passed me by.
    Shows I’m thinking about taking another look at: Vampire Diaries, Supernatural.

  6. I’m a big fan of Supernatural, so I’m glad you’re giving it a second chance. I bought 3 seasons of it when it was on sale at Fred Meyers and never looked back. What a score that was, too. Fringe is a show I mean to catch up on. We watched the first 1/2 of season one and never got that into it. We bought a few dvd box sets and I am sure we will catch up now.

    I want to see Falling Skies. Is it any good though?

  7. @LL- I”d put anything Whedon related at the top of your list, especially since most or all of his shows are on Netflix instant. But whenever you get to it, Supernatural is a really good show.

    @Amy- Never read LOTR. That might something cool to get as a set in e so I could read it as one big story. I’m glad you were finally able to appreciate it and can I say wow! to your determination.

    @Susan- Maybe it’s Angel. Have you watched that show? Although he’s not with Buffy, the show’s 100% Xander free.

    @Sonia- I’m glad I’m not the only that wasn’t into it at first. I’d love to hear what you think if you watch it again.

    @Vicki- I have to watch Dr. Who. Not one person I know has a bad thing to say about it. But more importantly, WHAT? No Buffy? Run, don’t walk to your nearest Netflix and get to watching.

    @Draven- The first half of Fringe’s first season was a bit weak, but they fixed the problem for the second half and the season finale was amazing. Since then, the show consistently gets better and better.

    Falling Skies was pretty cool. Took some interesting turns as the season progressed. I’m looking forward to season two.

  8. Andrew, I’m so glad you gave Supernatural a new chance! It’s one of my faves. I own all of the seasons on DVD. I started watching it because it was supernatural stuff and my guy loves supernatural stuff. Then, I fell in love. With Dean. With Sam. With Bobby. With the story. With the demons. With the music. With the car. With the….you catch my drift. 🙂

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