Supernatural is my favorite TV show of all time. I have never watched Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, I don’t know The Wire or Mad Men or Suits or Luther. Yes, there is maybe a golden age for television, but I have better things to do than to binge watch new shows. (Please, don’t take it personal. We all waste enough time in one way or another.) For others there are the aforementioned shows; for me there is Supernatural. A show I closed followed for 12 years now. And I have to say, as a screenwriter myself, this show is very well written.
There is zero misfire. Zero bad story development. Zero boredom. The originality has yet to be matched. Take the MacGuffins for example. The Cold with only 6 bullets, the First Blade, the Hand of God, the tablet of God. This is a level of creativity that has yet to be conquered. There is so much thought-process interwoven with the creative choices of the show. Or another take: the bad guys. There were the Leviathens, Abbadon, Metatron, and even Lucifer. The build up each season was – all the time! – very well paced and structured. The actual end of a bad guy could never been predicted. Sometimes a good character dies, or a new object appeared, or an entirely new character. But it was never a Deus Ex Machine-ending. Never a oh-we-have-sudden-advantage-and-use-it-ending. The Winchesters Brothers had to fight for their victory. And that was always satisfying.
And the other creative choices are very exceptional as well. For example the take on Heaven. It is partly showed as a place done to be experienced by humans (i.e. normal rooms), but also as a corridor with doors, where each human has its own Heaven. From my personal creative standpoint, it is incredible. And then the take on Hell. It is just a queue where people have to rest of all eternity. There are even things like Purgatory. (Event though was left out in the process of the show.) Or other dimensions. (Where I have to say I am happy they did not stress it too much.) All in all, it always subverted expectations you did not have in the first place.
And Dean and Sam Winchester are very well written protagonists. Dean always the tougher guy, the one with brawns. But also very sensitive when it comes to family and friends. A very nuanced juxtaposition. And Sam is determined and willing to sacrifice everything to win the battle against evil. This is amongst the strongest writing ever. And yes, it has humor. Very funny one. And not the ‘one line’ that screams: LAUGH AT ME! No, it is simply told by the episode itself. My two most favorite jokes where when Castiel joked about the Tower of Babel and how Dean sat in a store and read as he read as hread as he read. PLUS! The joke about Sam being polish. (Cracks me up every time.) To sum it up, the writing is good. But the directing is also good. The acting is descent. And the special effects are very well used and executed. I simply love the overall package.
My favorite episodes (I don’t know what the title was, sorry):
5 – Caught by the FBI
4 – The time loop
3 – Castiel asking for a sign
2 – The episode where they’re stuck in a reality where Supernatural is a TV show
1 – The ending of the last episode in season 5
“Nothing ever really ends.” Still gives me goosebumps.