December 31st, 2007

Supernatural, SamDean

A Supernatural Meal

Watched a lot of television over the course of my many, many 
years. There is nothing out there (past, present and I'm willing 
to bet, future) that even comes close to this show, 'Supernatural'.

‘Supernatural’ has opened my eyes to the wonders of what 
television can really be when everyone works together to 
create something wonderful. And it most definitely leaves me 
full of wonder. There 
have been many times while watching that I've had to stop, 
put the show on pause and take a breath. Incredible. The 
interaction of the two brothers with their love-hate relationship. 
Their total commitment to one another in life-and-death situations. 
And their unconditional love for one another leaves me wondering 
how on earth a single show could have such an impact on my heart 
and soul. It truly does leave me breathless. Sam and Dean have 
almost made as much an impression on my psyche as my own 
kids have.

Many times I've pondered why this is so. In all honesty, it kinda 
drives me a bit crazy. Still haven't come up with a definitive 
answer. I'll just say this. 'Supernatural' has heart. Despite 
everything those boys go through (and they've been through a 
helluva lot) in the end, they will never give up on one another. 
Have to give credit to the writers and directors for doing their 
part in making this show what it is. BUT Jensen Ackles and 
Jared Padalecki breathe life into the 'Dean' and 'Sam' 
characters. So much so that you get drawn in with them every 
minute they're on the screen. My son said it best when he 
offered his two cents worth about the appeal of 'Supernatural' - 
'Sam and Dean interact with one another as true brothers 
should. Holding nothing back even if it lays bare the wounds 
they've suffered in their lives, spiritual and mental wounds 
they've inflicted on themselves and the physical wounds they've 
had to suffer because of their commitment, not only to one 
another but to others who, through no fault of their own, need 
help and sometimes even rescue.' Okay, I'm paraphrasing here 
but you get the picture.

Now if that's all there was to the show, it would still take 
precedence over 99.9% of the stuff that's out there. But that's 
only the beginning. And that's why I have to say that this show 
has been truly inspired. 

It's Eric Kripke's baby. And he has put HIS heart and soul into 
this project. You can tell. And he has an impressive number to 
people right there with him who love the show as much as he 
does. There's a particular writer of a number of episodes that 
stands out. (Not counting Eric himself who's written a few 
mind-boggling scripts himself.) That name is Sera Gamble. She 
loves those boys, Sam & Dean, as much as us crazed fans do. 
That's evident. She also likes to see them get bloody. My kind 
of girl. And then there's the directors. Robert Singer and Kim 
Manners come immediately to mind. The camera loves Jensen 
and Jared. And those two directors know how to set up the 
shots that give an intimate window into the souls of Dean and 
Sam. The fact is, there are so many wonderful people (cast 
and crew) that I cannot possible give credit where credit is 
due. Suffice it to say that this creation has made me a believer 
in what is possible when a project such as this is forged in love.

So, as I see it, Jensen and Jared as Dean and Sam are the meat 
and potatoes of this sumptious meal. For the desert we get...
evil creatures, bad guys, innocent (and not-so innocent) victims 
that Sam and Dean are always ready, willing and able to help - 
both guns blazing, and demons - lots and lots of demons. Demons 
that are not only after Sam and Dean's bodies but their souls as 
well. Makes for very compelling watching. And I, for one, have 
pulled myself up to the table, knife and fork at the ready.

Supernatural, SamDean

Supernatural’s Patron Saint

Been pondering this awhile. And while watching ‘Houses of the Holy’ for maybe 
the fifth time, I came to the realization that Supernatural needs a patron saint.


Churches have patron saints. Cities and towns do as well, Think SanFrancisco 
St. Louis. Corpus Christi
is another one. There are hundreds in the 
alone,  Even whole countries have been dedicated to the care 
of one saint or another.
is a perfect example. Her patroness is Our 
Lady of Guadalupe.


So why not a television show? Especially one that is as worthy of patronage 
as Supernatural is. I’ll be the first to admit that Supernatural could use some 
divine assistance to keep it on the air to continue to reach more and more 
people. I have faith that given just a little more time it will be given a chance 
(love how Dean always uses that word with his good ol’ Texas drawl) to 
reach the hearts and minds of those who are searching for that special gift 
that was given to me.
Supernatural has oft-times sent my heart soaring to 
the heights of ecstatic
realization and to the depths of profound sadness. 
How can a show do that? 

Only one that is singularly astounding. 
Supernatural most definitely qualifies.


‘Houses of the Holy’ explores both Sam & Dean’s faith (or lack thereof) 
and finds
them both struggling with the harshness of their vocation and 
trying to deal with
all the evil that surrounds them. Sam finally admits to 
Dean that he prays every
day and Dean seems a bit stunned at Sam’s 
declaration. “Man, you think you
know a guy" He has faith that there is a 
higher power to maybe help him and his brother survive this life-and-death 
conflict they are immersed in. It’s what gives him strength. Dean, on the 
other hand, is contemptuous of any notion
that there is anyone beyond 
what he can see, touch and/or kill. Can’t really blame him, I guess. As he 
says – his mom had faith. He remembers her putting 
him to bed at night 
and telling him that angels were watching over him. Then Evil
took her 
from him. Can’t fault him for being angry at the thought that if there is a 
higher power it did nothing to save his mom.


But then the tables turned and a strange trail of events sent Sam to the 
brink of
despair while giving Dean an opportunity to rethink his former 
mindset and reconsider the notion of divine intervention. Life does that 
to you sometimes.


This is where Supernatural’s patron saint comes in. This particular saint 
even discussed in ‘Houses of the Holy’ when Sam and Dean are 
talking with 
Father in the neighborhood where murders had been 
committed. Dean slyly 
quizzes Father about the existence of angels 
expecting a negative answer but
Father says that he certainly does 
believe. “Kinda comes with the job description”. 
Then Sam notices a 
picture on the wall of the church and correctly identifies 
the subject 
as Michael the
. There is our patron saint. Michael does 
against evil, against demons. He has been given the power to send 
evil spirits down into Hell. 

Would that Sam and Dean had that special protection from all the 
that are hot on their trail. Would that a show as special as 
‘Supernatural’ be dedicated to the special protection that Michael 
can bequeath. 

Just a thought.