I’ve heard from loads of people that the CW’s Supernatural is not just a great genre show, but also one of television’s best. I’m still in disbelief. I know there has to be a psychological term for someone who still doesn’t believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Devin Feraci attempts to convert the unconverted:
One of the great secrets of Supernatural, and one of the things that people who don’t watch could never know from the promos and marketing material, is that the show is often incredibly funny. Ben Edlund, the creator of The Tick, is one of the producers and main writers, and he’s a master at writing episodes that manage to be hilarious (and usually self-lampooning) while also advancing the meta story and furthering the characters of Sam and Dean. The show has had episodes where it skewers other programs by having Sam and Dean stuck inside a TV, it’s poked fun at paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters, it took a great swing at Twilight this season and it even introduced the idea that Sam and Dean have a fanbase who attend conventions and write slashfic about the brothers getting it on. There have been a couple of times when it seemed like the humor might overwhelm the series – imagine if The X-Files had comedy episodes every second week – but the balance has remained perfect. Again, very much because the show uses comedy episodes to advance plot and character, not to just kill time by fucking around.
The show’s mythology will be very familiar to those who read Vertigo Comics. As you can tell from the description I wrote above Preacher is a big influence, as is Sandman; one of my favorite episodes of the fifth season saw a whole bunch of gods meeting to discuss the coming Judeo-Christian Apocalypse in a scenario very reminiscent of Morpheus’ dinner party in Season of Mists. I doubt that Kripke and company would deny the influence (Kripke is developing a Sandman series right now, in fact), but the show doesn’t wear it too heavily.
The other great aspect of Supernatural is the gore; I don’t know that I’ve seen a more violent show on broadcast television. People are regularly maimed, mutilated, destroyed, ripped to pieces, exsanguinated and defiled in extremely graphic ways.
One day I’ll give the show a chance. Maybe this summer when there is nothing on, I’ll blast through a few seasons and discover it for myself.