Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Supernatural {Seasons 1-3} ~ a TV show review

Genres: drama, horror, fantasy, action, adventure, mystery
Lead Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

Supernatural is an American TV show that focuses on brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki), who were raised by their father from an early age to hunt all things evil - spirits, vampires, werewolves, and demons. When the show begins, Sam has left this life to go to college because he doesn't get along with his father, John Winchester, who is obsessed with finding the demon that killed Sam and Dean's mother, Mary Winchester. However, when Dean shows up with the news that "Dad's on a hunting trip, and he hasn't been home in a few days", Sam decides to go on one last trip to help his father. However, when the brothers don't find their father, and Sam's girlfriend is killed by the same demon that killed Mary, Sam goes back to hunting with his brother, hoping to find his father and get revenge along with him. After season one, the plots start to get more condensed, with more episodes focusing on the theme of the season rather than episodes with just hunting.

Dean (left); Sam (right)

My favourite part of this TV show are the rituals that have hints of Catholicism in them. While Dean is agnostic (though he does gain some more faith as the show goes on) and Sam has some belief in God, there are undoubtedly Catholic undertones to the show. First, there is Sam and Dean themselves, who risk their lives on a daily basis to save innocent people. However, what I am going to focus on are the exorcisms. Like what one may find on a Catholic website about demonic possession, a person who is possessed has a voice and face (black eyes in the show) change. The demons in the show will flinch at the name of Christ or if they are touched by holy water. To exorcise demons, Sam and Dean use rosaries, holy water, and  actual exorcisms in Latin. One of the exorcisms in the show roughly translates to:

"Thus, cursed demon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you. Cease to deceive human creatures, and to give to them the Poison of Eternal Perdition.  Go away, Satan, inventor and master of all deceit, enemy of humanity's salvation. Be humble under the Powerful Hand of God --tremble and flee -- I invoke by us the Sacred and Terrible Name at which those down below tremble. From the snares of the devil, free us, Lord. So that You may make Your Church safe to serve You freely, we ask You, hear us. So that You may destroy the enemies of Your Sacred Church, we ask You, hear us!"

Therefore, while there is no priest doing the exorcism in Supernatural like it should be, I am willing to let that slide because I find it impressive that a secular TV show would have such Catholic elements in it. When it comes to the demons, even the Seven Deadly Sins show up. But really, the demons are horrible. I love the idea of fighting the forces of evil, but if there's one thing I have to say about this show, it would be that it really puts the fear of Satan and Hell into me!

However, like almost any other contemporary TV show, Supernatural has some problems - therefore, it's not for kids (but even then, I think the horror would be too much for a young person). There are some camera focuses on certain parts of a woman's body from time to time and/or some inappropriate women outfits, especially if it's an episode with a vampire because they are very lustful creatures. Dean is a player, but it's more amusing than inappropriate. There are two scenes that I had to skip - one with Dean in season 1 ("Route 666", which is a great episode besides that one part so that was really unfortunate) and one with Sam in season 2 ("Heart").

There's another issue in this show (mainly season 3) that I'm a little iffy on. If there's one thing Dean and his father are good at, it's horrible decisions. What horrible decisions, you ask? (This information is major spoilers, by the way.) At the beginning of season 2, John Winchester sells his soul to the demon that killed his wife to bring Dean back to life. And when Sam is killed at the end of season 2, Dean sells his soul to bring his brother back to life. HOWEVER - and this is the thing that makes me forgive the producers/writers for this - the issue isn't taken lightly. Things only really started happening at the end of season 3, but there's definitely going to be consequences. As it is, season 3 ended with Dean in Hell, tortured, screaming - and from what I've seen so far of season 4, the show gets redeemed pretty fast.

Alyianna's rating: 10 out of 10 (with 1 warning flag)


Arda said...

Nice review! Most of what I know about Supernatural comes from tumblr so it was nice to fill in the gaps a bit. XD Glad you enjoy it so much!

Alyianna Baggins said...

It's a great show - you should try it! :) Glad my review was helpful.