S is for Supernatural

Reviewed by Kerry E.B. Black

An intriguing storyline, entertaining leading men, great support characters, and engaging villains. Chilling makeup and special effects, guest cameos, and a kicking soundtrack. “Supernatural” has it all. Described as modern-day cowboys riding in to save a town, kissing the girl, and then riding into the sunset, the Winchester brothers encounter an array of supernatural beings. The Winchesters wield an impressive array of specialized weapons and drive a 1967 black Impala called Baby.

Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) continue the family business of monster hunting, although both tried to leave the unseen world alone several times. Mixing mystery and humor with gruesome special effects, single-story episodes are woven into an overall Supernatural mythology that involves ghosts, demons, angels, gods, and monsters.

Helping them on their adventures are fellow hunters, a crotchety father figure, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), and an angelic buddy, Castiel (Misha Collins). In plot twists, they even team up with some demons along the way. Cameo star sightings include Robert Englund, Paris Hilton, James Marsters, and Snooki.

The leads’ first names were in honor of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” since the show is meant as a road-trip across the United States. Their last name, Winchester, is a nod to the Winchester Mystery House and a continuation of the western theme. Family dynamics and loyalty factor into most every episode.

Created by Eric Kripke and written by a formidable army of writers, “Supernatural” premiered on The WB in September, 2005 and continued to this day on The CW. (The network announced it signed for a twelfth season), making “Supernatural” the longest running sci-fi/supernatural series in America.) The series resulted in merchandising, comics, spin off series, and books.

Carry on My Wayward Son, by Kansas, will forever be linked in my mind with the series, and when I see a black 67  Chevy Impala, I can’t help but wonder if I should step into a circle of salt.