Hello everyone. *waves* My name is Katy and I am a geek. More specifically a sci-fi geek. I could quote you every line from every episode of Firefly (yes, I even signed the online petition to bring it back for season 2). I could identify an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from a single still. Joss Whedon is my hero. Now, I’m not even slightly ashamed of this admission, the only problem is that I also have quite an addictive personality which means that once I get my hooks into something there’s no letting go. I will, for example, watch 6 seasons of a TV show in a little over two weeks. Impressive? I think so.
The show in question is Supernatural. As with most good television I arrived about 8 years late the party with this one. But I was hooked after just one episode, went out and bought the season 1-8 box set and binged. And I mean BINGED. I barely left my flat and I didn’t even care. So what was it about this show that superglued me to my couch, getting up only for pee/food breaks? Well, for starters, they’re all pretty nice to look at. I feel like this shouldn’t really matter but let’s face it, it bloody helps. Then there’s the angst. I have absolutely no interest in watching a show where everyone is happy all the time. Demons and angels as subject matter might be stretching the truth slightly but as far as I’m concerned continuous cheerfulness is even more unbelievable. Supernatural is never short of angst. I don’t think there’s a single beloved character who hasn’t died at least once. Or been heartbroken. Or quite seriously maimed. To counteract the angst there’s also an abundance of love. Brotherly love between Sam and Dean, angelic love from Castiel, fatherly love from Bobby, romantic love (though, word to the wise, anyone who has ever kissed or slept with either of the brothers has died, so you have been warned). There are also some of the best one-liners I’ve ever heard in a TV show.
And they’re not bad at providing insults to add to your arsenal either…
There is an episode in season six when the brothers are transported into an alternate universe by a Trickster. Here the boys (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) play themselves (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) playing their characters (Sam and Dean Winchester) as Sam and Dean Winchester. Got it? A bit of a mind-fuck but they totally pulled it off. Fourth wall – you are no match for Supernatural! Aha ahahaha! Ahem.
As previously mentioned, probably multiple times, I am a big fan of escapism, and shows like this allow me to do just that. For that hour or so I allow myself to become completely lost in someone else’s life. And it might on occasion be a deeply depressing life where everyone you love dies a grisly death, but it’s also a life where those same people are brought back and live to fight another day. It’s a life full of excitement and danger, of anticipation and magic. We all need a bit of magic sometimes. Go check it out and experience some for yourself.