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