The Audacity of Supernatural: Top Ten Most Shocking Moments
(SPOILERS AHEAD for Seasons 1-7!!)
It was the winter of 2011/2012, and I was suffering through law school finals (and I do mean suffering). Desperate for distraction and thoroughly bored with my current tastes in television, I began looking through the folders of my favorite fanfiction authors to see what other shows they were writing about. I had been an avid reader and amateur writer of fanfiction since high school, usually getting obsessed with a show for awhile only to drop it like a forgotten penny months later. Most recently was CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0,” which failed to impress me during its second season (hence the boredom). Anyway, one of my favorite writers of H50 fanfiction had a swath of stories for this show called “Supernatural.” Now, I’ve never been a hardcore sci-fi buff, much less a fan of the horror genre. “Supernatural” is not the kind of show I seek out to watch. However, the word ‘brothers’ kept coming up, along with a lot of angst and action stories, and my curiosity was peaked. I found an episode on the internet – I believe it was either the season 6 finale or the season 7 premiere, and was absolutely fascinated by the acting. Because no matter how good looking these actors are, I wouldn’t be able to watch them if I didn’t believe they were who they portrayed themselves to be. But I believed in Sam and Dean and Bobby and the odd, blue-eyed man in the tan trenchcoat.
It’s rare in the days of run-amok reality TV and cheap entertainment to find a show that actually has a message, one that actually stands for something meaningful. “Supernatural” is probably the farthest thing from a family sitcom, and yet, any given episode you will find deep, undercurrent themes of family and friendship. Nor does the show have any kind of religious, philosophical, or political agenda – and yet, almost every episode presents moral and existential questions that exceed the confines of a fictional TV show, not to mention the almost prophetic social commentary. And ultimately, it was the audacity of this show to try on so many hats so fearlessly and so well, that made me into an adoring fan.
The show has demonstrated its audacity on a much smaller scale, as well. Throughout its years there have been numerous instances and plot twists that have completely shocked me, for one reason or another, for good and for bad. Here are my top ten. What are yours?