Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm Not Afraid of Commitment (The Supernatural Chronicles): Part 1

I don't watch TV very often and I don't even have cable. Haven't had it in over 15 years, but I do subscribe to Netflix. On the days I find myself bundled on the couch in a blanket coocoon I flip through the TV stations before I turn on Netflix. When I stumble upon Supernatural reruns, I get sucked into the show. It's easy ~ you know the few main characters and the premise. The brothers Winchester go out and hunt supernatural things. I was talking to a friend of mine about catching a couple Supernatural episodes when they are on TV, and he just keep repeating, "Oh it's so good, it's SO good, but you have to get past season two." I thought, ok cool, how many seasons are there?  I just found out the show has been renewed for a 13th season. Yes, I said 13. THIRTEEN. What better time to start at the very beginning and watch ALL the episodes in order? It's the longest running American fantasy series. So it must be good, right?!


I'm here to tell you a couple observations as a casual viewer of Supernatural. There's basically the stereotypical "tough guy", older brother, Dean who likes to eat crap, drink, sleep with easy women, drives a fast car, and likes hard rock. Younger brother, Sam, is book smart, was going to school to be a lawyer, and appears to be a gentile giant.


I've completed watching seasons 1 and 2.  So far, it's really a monster-of-the-week type show with lots of damsels in distress. Sometimes the girl IS the monster and sometimes she's the VICTIM. I feel kind of ho-hum about that. I hope it's true that things get better after season 2. (Please don't spoil it for me.)

In season 1 the "metal" music is SO bad. I listened to metal in the 1980s, the music aka crap they play in season 1 is painfully generic. Thank goodness by the season 2 it's real songs from real bands. Viewers probably familiar with a lot of the songs ~ you know the lyrics and they really set the tone of the show. My favorite featured song so far has been a nod to the 1960s "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals in the "Roadkill" episode, season 2, episode 16. It's a creepy song to begin with, so it just makes sense for the plot. Take a listen here...


The hotels that the Winchesters stay in while driving back and forth across the country to hunt are rather spectacular in theme. I would love to find places to stay in that look like these. I'm sure it's just one room that the set person reuses, by switching the beds to the other side, and adding a different room divider that's in theme with some matching wall decor. Just look at those room dividers!




I know the show is filmed in Canada, but every episode is rainy, snowy, cold or damp. Sometimes just watching it makes my feet cold. I'm going to go put extra socks on now.

On to season 3, "I'm not afraid of commitment. I'm not afraid of commitment." That's the phrase I'll just keep repeating to MYSELF over and over.



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