Monday, March 25, 2013
It's funny, this is a show that's currently on its ninth season, on a major network, and I had never heard of it. I probably would have continued to be ignorant of this show had my close friend and partner in snark, sarcasm, and laughing at stupid people, Jennifer L. Anderson, hadn't become obsessed with the show back in September. Even then, I avoided it. I didn't feel like getting sucked into another TV show... which is funny, since I watch so little TV nowadays. But, after months of her raving about it, and her recommending it to me, and she probably knows my tastes better than any other person on the planet, I gave it a shot...
... and she had to urge me to keep watching, because it was a slow build. But once I got about half way through the second season, I began watching it without her having to urge me to. It became something we did together, which is a lot of fun, especially when you can throw the kind of snark back and forth that we do.
So far, I've only watched the first five seasons, and they were a fun ride in an Impala. The show focuses on two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester. Their mother was murdered by a yellow-eyed demon when Sam was an infant, and their father began raising them as soldiers to hunt demons and monsters. Eventually, Sam tries to escape this life, goes to college, to law school, but as this family is cursed and he himself is the living macguffin for ultimate evil, he gets sucked back in.
It's a shit ton of fun. Our protagonists go from hunting monsters and demons to becoming key players in a war between Heaven and Hell, and at one point they decapitate Paris Hilton with an iron ax (which was very therapeutic for me, let me tell you). Ironically, I thought the most frightening episode was one where the monster of the week was an ordinary human psychopath. The series also does comedy really well, especially when Ben Edlund (yes, that Ben Edlund) pens the script as well as drama. And, yes, burgers and pie are a virtue, not a vice.
I'm sure that in the very near future, Jen and I resume with season six and get me caught up, she's already seen every episode of the series. Right now, it reminds me of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" at their heights, and this is a good thing. I'm enjoying it immensely, even if I have every intention of avoiding it's nut job fandom (Jen warned me about them). But, I'm having a good time, and I look forward to the next series she gets into that she makes me dive into.