Supernatural

So, I just finished watching the 13th season of this still-going-strong show. I have to say, by far, one of the most amazing and consistent shows out there. While many shows waver, if not completely die off, and lose their charm after so many seasons this show has really hit the top shelf with consistent characters, evolving storylines and strong dialogue.

The show is about Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters of the supernatural. When Sam, the youngest brother, was only one year old their mother was murdered by a mysterious yellow-eyed demon. The boy’s father becomes obsessed with getting justice, dragging his two young boys across the United States fighting the things that go bump in the night along the way. Adults now, Sam is in college separated from the hunter’s life when his brother shows up. Their father was on a “hunting trip” and Dean hadn’t heard from him in a while. They go looking for him but only find more questions. And Sam soon realizes that maybe there is no “getting away” from the life.

My goal originally with long shows was to write snippets for each season to give a more well-rounded view of the ups-and-downs; unfortunately, some life things had me distracted and it just didn’t happen for Supernatural. What I can say is the show is a journey of truly epic proportions. It does have ups and downs in a couple seasons, some not so favorable plot twists and undesirable-for-even-an-antagonist bad guys. But the producers really listen to feedback from the fans and have always brought the story back with an even better season. For me, I felt even with the rougher seasons there were still some great episodes in between and in the end the character development was just an added advantage.

Sam and Dean are truly amazing characters. The actors (Jenson Ackles and Jared Paladecki) have embraced the characters to their core. I think for me after 13 seasons it’s just so amazing the growth alone the brothers have born. If you don’t believe me watch the 13th season and then the very first again. Most people can’t help but love them. Along with them are truly iconic characters: Bobby, Castiel, Crowley, Rowena, Judy. All of them have such in-depth stories that only add to the realness effect Supernatural has.

In the exploration of the supernatural I think the boys have really opened intriguing doors. They’ve more then just battled the weird, they are a part of it. They’ve seen the beginnings and the ends of almost of creatures. They’ve explored mythology and folklore. They’ve even taken the huge step into entering the world of religion lore, such as angels, God, heaven and hell. A leap like that could’ve hurt them, but I think they’ve found a way to explore those worlds in a way that is so hugely creative and interesting, it is to say the least intriguing and thought-provoking. Facing the big what-if of God and Death they’ve really opened doors into the scope of the universe.

The show is a lot of times dark, sinister and painful for the heart to watch, but I think, especially in these times, the Winchesters shine a much-needed light into their audience. They’ve faced horrible things, even their own deaths, but still they never give up. It’s something that anyone can watch and perhaps even find their own ass-kicking power to face their demons.

You’re the Worst

 

Okay, so this satirical romantic comedy television show is a fresh view. It takes the fantasy out of romance (and life) and bites back with stark sarcastic realism in a completely hilarious way. Certainly the characters are somewhat out of this world, but they are probably more realistic then most, if not all, other characters in romance stories. The moral of the story: people are f-ed up, messy, complicated and completely imperfect. Sometimes, they’re the worst.

The show features two of these imperfect individuals who may just be the worst people on the planet. Jimmy is a writer who is determined that love does not exist and generally thinks people are flawed individuals. Gretchen is an agent for a musical company who lives life on a carefree whim. When they meet at a wedding that neither one of them wants to be at they become unconventional romantic partners. Together they have to find out if they are match made in heaven or if they are the worst.

The sarcasm and cynicism in this show is done perfectly. The characters are so well done with smart dialogue. The show progresses and shifts. It may not be like a top favorite but in terms of like sitcoms it’s definitely at the top of the list. A lot of shows like this usually are aimless, but while every episode has its own stand-alone story, the plot continues to enfold throughout. If you want something that is out of the ordinary and is really like an anti-every-romance watch this.