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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SUPERNATURAL: It's All in the Family!!!!!!!!!!

Here's doffing my hat at a favorite television series of mine: SUPERNATURAL.
Honestly speaking, I did not warm up to it at first.... had thought that it is all about the spooky effects and the dishy actors Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles, and hence was prejudicially dismissive.
But lately, as I caught up with some of the episodes on AXN, I have found it to be quite fascinating!

I made it a point to watch the entire series, as released till date, on video. I have to say, unashamedly, that I found it rather gripping.
Here's the premise, in a nut-shell:
Twenty-three years ago, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) had lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.
Sam and Dean spent their lives on the road, cruising America's highways in their 1967 Chevy Impala, battling supernatural threats and searching for the demon that killed their mother. Together with their father, they closed in on that demon. A bloody battle ensued, and the demon killed John before escaping.
Grieving the death of their father, the brothers' mission to kill the demon - and every other evil creature along the way - continued. Meanwhile, they began to learn troubling details about Sam. They discovered that the demon they were hunting had a special plan with Sam at its center: to free hundreds of demons from hell, creating an unstoppable demonic army, and to make Sam the leader of that army. Horrified by its plan, the Winchester brothers fought the demon. In a climactic battle, they finally brought the demon down, but at a terrible cost. They were unable to stop the demon from unleashing three hundred powerful demons from hell. And in a shocking turn of events, Sam was killed in the fight.

Unable to go on without his brother, Dean made the ultimate sacrifice. He summoned a deal-making Crossroads Demon and exchanged his soul for the life of his brother. The deal brought Sam back to life-but left Dean with a single year to live.
Now, Sam and Dean face all-out demonic war. And as they work to stem the rising tide of demonic activity, they continue to travel the country, battling the supernatural wherever they go: changelings, cursed objects, vampires, witches, malevolent spirits, even a very un-merry Anti-Claus. Dean's clock is ticking, with Hell awaiting him in less than a year's time. Meanwhile, Sam still faces the fallout of the slain demon's plan to make him leader of the gathering demonic army. Wrestling many new questions about his destiny, Sam must uncover the dark secrets buried within his own past and within his family's history. And he must find a way to save his brother.


sweetangel said...

u r right. supernatural is the best best show in the whole universe. wat can i say. i watched it from pilot episode. i m totally addicted to it now. its like a drug.
no other show portrays the brothers relationship so well. i couldn't wait for season 4. v r far behind u knw. so i saw all the epi on net. its so gripping and becoming darker day by day.
and bout Jared and Jensen i m totally blown by their charm. they r so so good actors. v cry wen they cry, laugh wen they laugh. i cant c them in pain.
supernatural rocks 4ever and ever.

saurabh said...

The huge popularity of the spookfest 'Supernatural' is evident from the fact that just as the teleseries comes to an end, the fans of the show are being treated to Supernatural: Rising Son,
a six-issue miniseries in the comics format, published by WildStorm, an imprint of DC Comics.
Already, the Americans have been privileged to read last year the comics spawned by the tv series called Supernatural: Origins, and it was highly successful in the U.S. The new comic series is set a few years after Origins. The story picks up with an 11-year-old Dean and a 7-year-old Sam traveling with their father, John. Whereas the first series was more about John and his becoming a hunter, this one's much more of a dysfunctional-family story. Further, there is the scope of exploring the differences between Sam and Dean in this one. Dean is becoming aware of what his dad is up to and there's the bit about him training and hunting, while John starts to key in on something different about Sam.

Spandan said...

SUPERNATURAL connects more than the other serials that belong to the same genre because of its implicit references to family ties; even for a family in which the supernatural strains seep deep, the filial as well as the sibling strains & the comforts are something that all can connect with!

abhishek said...

It is fun to watch a series like 'Supernatural' for more reasons than one. It has protagonists who are endowed with powers, special powers which do not exactly make them super-heroes; the brothers are up against the evil & deadly machinations of Satanic/Devilish forces, yet they have to grapple with their own insecurities and weaknesses.... there are trust issues and also the alternating governance of the mind and the heart.
In short : Intriguing stuff that's difficult not to get hooked upon.