On Thursday, February 7, 2019, The CW’s Supernatural celebrates its milestone 300th episode.
This is an epic feat and everyone involved in creating The little horror should that could should be extremely proud. Special thanks to Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who as Sam and Dean Winchester had to carry an enormous weight and are a large part for the series success.
I began watching Supernatural on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 when the pilot premiered on the now defunct The WB network. I’d seen promos for the new show all summer and thought it looked interesting. Plus, it starred Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. I became a fan of Padalecki’s when he played Gilmore Girls’ Dean (And yes I am and always will be Team Dean even though I love Milo as This Is Us’ Jack). And as a Smallville fan, I wanted to see Jensen as another character other than Jason Teague.
From the teaser, I was hooked (mom Mary Winchester was burned on the ceiling…that was something you didn’t see on television every day!). The early episodes featured monster-of-the-week stories. As the series progressed, larger mythologies involving angels and God developed. As I’ve stated in previous Supernatural articles, the monster episodes will always be my favorite. Like Sam and Dean, I’m not too fond of the meta episodes.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, I suffered a devastating personal loss with the passing of my mother. Despite our 40 year age difference, she and I shared and enjoyed so much together. It was my mother who started me watching old MCM movies, the original 1978 Poldark, One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek. She also loved Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel as well as daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital. I felt very fortunate as not too many people share similar interests with their parent. And a woman watching these types of shows in her 70s was rare.
Anyway, I was sadden by the passing of my best friend. It was hard finding happiness and enjoyment in anything I did. I never attended any groups for people dealing with the loss of a family member or went to a grief counselor. These things work for some people, but not for me. I was never one who found comfort in the knowledge someone else was going through the same thing I was; their pain and understanding of my pain didn’t lessen mine or make me feel better. I don’t do therapy. Talking with others doesn’t work for me. My faith in God is what gets me through life’s difficulties. I’m like my mom and twin sister Tracy in that respect.
Watching Supernatural was a way of connecting with my mom. I know she would have loved the show if she’d live to see it. In Sam and Dean’s “you and my against the world” attitude, I saw myself and twin Tracy. We’ve conquered many challenges together like the Winchester brothers and have a close bond. I know there are fans out there who view Sam and Dean’s love as romantic, but I don’t see it. What I see is two brothers who have always just had each other to rely on. This is not a criticism of Wincest fans…if that’s what you enjoy about Supernatural, that’s great. The same for Destiel fans…never saw anything romantic between Dean and Castiel either. (I avoid interaction with shippers as these discussions often get intense and sometimes nasty). If Supernatural can gather such powerful emotions, then the actors, writers etc. are doing their jobs right.
In Supernatural, the connection of these characters have added the foundation and strength and helped contribute to its longevity. But for me, Supernatural will always be the show that helped me deal with my grief. I thank it for that and congratulate it on 300 episodes. Carry on wayward sons…the ride’s been great and full of fun!
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