It all started so quiet, so nice, with a little spooky atmosphere here and some dark and entertaining episodes there. So, here we are, who would’ve thought that Supernatural will run for such a long time. In this case it means ten seasons so far. It is kinda unbelievable that we are at the beginning of the eleventh season.
What happened – in a few words, their mother died, killed by a demon, the brothers separate and meet again many years later. From this point on they meet a bunch of people, kill and destroy strange creatures, mainly demons, but also ghosts, ghouls, vampires, zombies, werewolves among many others. During those times both of them fall victim to cruel fates by dying, falling into hell or even purgatory just to name some of those places, even get possessed by demons and angels during their life on the road. By the way – their way is paved with so much blood and gore that it seems crazy that haven’t got completely mad already.
The strength of the series always were the episodes where it went spooky and horrifying or when the writers decided to go nuts and made fun episodes. Last ones were those that broke the beat of the series but kept me and possibly the rest of the audience going. Believe me there were quite a couple of episodes during the run where I was kinda close to quit watching it any longer – which I did for some time. My favourite Magazine SFX published an article which showed that the show found it’s strength again and I gave it a chance, watched the episodes where I stopped and kept going. It was hard but in the end it was worth it. It definitely came back and delivered in the times afterwards some of it’s fines moments. My favourite ones where the ones where Felicia Day appeared as a guest star, which she did for a couple of seasons. Her character was great, it brought some new perspective and gave the brothers a wonderful funny and quirky companion.
We say it’s a modern American Western – two gunslingers who ride into town, fight the bad guys, kiss the girl and ride out into the sunset again. And we were always talking from the ver beginning that if you’re going to have cowboys, they need a trusty horse.
– Eric Kripke on the decision to add Impala
What never really worked – for me anyway – were the overall season storylines, most of the episodes where the story was influenced by the main storyline felt a bit displaced, was filled with far too much seriousness and repetitive moments. The reason for this may be that originally there were three seasons planned, then it was expanded to five seasons and so on. Therefore the writers were confronted with the challenge of placing the life of the brothers in even more dangerous situations than the year before, to introduce new powerful villains than before. This is hard and difficult – and gets even more difficult over the years – due to the situation that they already met powerful angels, the voice of god, even Cain, fought Lucifer himself and killed the four Horsemen, even Death himself in the end.
S P O I L E R A L E R T
Where are we now? By the end of season ten we are confronted with Dean getting rid of the Mark of Cain, opening the door for The Darkness, killing Death en passant. the King of Hell getting attacked by a furious Angel, and a powerful Witch escapes with the Book of the Damned and a Codex for translation. One of those cliffhangers you learn to accept by watching shows like these.
The eleventh season starts with the introduction of The Darkness, a powerful being that was once in prisoned by god himself. Apart from that Sam and Dean are in their very own “28 days later kind of hell”, the Angel Castiel is still furious and not in control of himself and the King of Hell returned to his Kingdom in search for his Mother, the powerful Witch with the intention of killing her.
Dear Supernatural Team, please Carry On! Keep this thing going, I am curious enough to see where this is heading, seems to me that there are still stories out there that wait to happen to Dean, Sam and their friends and enemies.
Thank You for so many entertaining episodes, even for those that were not even half the fun.