In its 12th season Supernatural is series that defies the odds of survival on television, and there’s no end in sight.
When I think about it, its hard to believe I have been watching this series for twelve seasons. I am not even a big fan of the sub-genre of supernatural adventures. I have never been a big fan of, and don’t watch shows about zombies or vampires mostly because they’re just so cliched and lacking in originality. Let’s face it horror movies and their television counterparts are incredibly corny and have been reworking the same material since movies began.
And then there’s Supernatural, there’s something about the story of Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester that is highly addicting and never seems to get old, at least not old enough to stop watching it. One might suspect there were supernatural forces involved.
The show’s creators have been smart enough to find ways to reinvent it and keep upping the ante, without messing with the main preemie and core of the series. The addition of Castiel (Misha Collins) in the fourth season and then making the character a regular part of the show, for example, was enough to get me hooked again at a point when I was beginning to think my love affair with the series was finally coming to an end. The timeless (apparently) tale of the two brothers, the reluctant heroes, that have time and time again saved the world from destruction at the hands of the forces of evil and proven themselves to be a stalwart buffer against the minions of darkness.
There are archetypes at work here, the idea of two brothers as part of legend can be easily found without much effort. Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, etc.. Add to that the idea of the champion and the hero and there you have it, Simple but effective in its premise and in no hurry to run out of juice.
The show has not been afraid to take chances during its run and the stories continue to get more and more outrageous. It finally reached a point last season where eat brothers got involved in the search for God, seeking his intervention in what was going down on earth and in heaven. Their search resulted in saving the almighty being from death a the hands of his sister, The Darkness. It sounds a little silly when it’s written down, but somehow this series makes even the most outlandish premises work. Saving God, and taking down Lucifer, its all in a days work for the Winchester brothers. The writing deserves some acknowledgment here, after all, besides the appeal of the show’s cast, it’s what’s responsible for the show’s continued success
The show’s creator Eric Kripke, along with Robert Singer, McG and staff o writers that don’t have the word quit as part of their vocabulary have done an amazing jib of keeping the series entertain, amusing and adventure filled for a remarkable amount of time. It’s an effort that’s no less heroic than the characters they write about.
Creator Eric Kripke revealed his future plans for the show, especially about how long he thinks Supernatural will last.
“As long as Jared and Jensen, who are the heart of the show, are up for it, then anything’s possible,” he told Collider. “I mean, there are as many episodes as there are ghost stories. And there are thousands of ghost stories, so as long as everyone’s having fun and Jared and Jensen want to do it, then we’ll keep doing it.” That’s the story of not just a series but the story of building a legend of modern genre TV.