Television has been the one leisure activity we all grew up doing. So why have the majority of us stopped doing it now? Let's face it, nothing on these TV networks have been the same. Typical cliche plots from a show on most of these networks have wasted our time and sore our eyes. Not because of its soapy scenes, but because we are tired of expecting the same outcome. Television fails because of its program timing (which can be solved when Netflix acquires its rights to show on their platform) and basic storylines. However, I'll tell you what. There's one show on television that stands against those odds. It doesn't have any familiar storyline. This TV program caught my attention since my first year in college and has opened up many conversations within' my values and morals. This show has impacted my life. This show is called 'Supernatural.'
What is 'Supernatural'? To summarize, this show is about two brothers who travel around the United States hunting all kinds of monsters that lurk in the dark. These monsters include vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, humanoids, spirits, and more! This show also goes biblically and introduces demons, angels, and God himself. This show has sent so many strong messages throughout the brother's dialogues, the sacrifices they burden, and ultimately their choices. Supernatural has everything that qualifies a TV show to be perfect; life, death, resurrection, and family. So what makes this show so great to me? Let me tell you. The three factors that revealed to my perspective are family, death, and brotherhood.
"Family don't end in blood. But it doesn't start there either. Family cares about you. Not what you can do for them. Family is there, through the good, bad. All of it. They got your back, even when it hurts. That's Family."
Family is a broad topic. But I can simplify it for most of you. The people you choose to surround yourself with the most and those who choose to reciprocate that same energy are considered your Family. There doesn't have to be relative blood to bound people together. Family is the foundation of unconditional love, which means if there's a sentimental connection between you and someone, that connection is as bright and powerful as lightning, impossible to touch or break. No matter the fights, the downfalls, family will satisfice each other. I'm a family guy where I've always known to cherish family. If anything, this show elaborated on the concept of family in tough times. And in these challenging times, family is always validated. The brothers chose each other. A genuine family can never be broken.
"In this line of work. Death isn't the end. It's more like a 'see you later.'"
Death has been one of my many wonders in this world. 'Does death mean we are gone forever?' 'Is there an afterlife?' I recall when I was very young, asking my mother if I was ever going to die. She directly answered my question with a coldhearted, yes. I cried. I was afraid to die—the thought of knowing that once you hit the ground. Your life fades away slowly. You'll never be able to move, walk, talk, breathe, sing, dance, kiss, or love ever again. I've been afraid of death for so long.
I rarely speak about the topic itself. But that changed after this show. Supernatural introduces death numerous times. Even Death itself (but I don't want to spoil a lot for you guys). This show satisfied the idea of death being a 'this isn't a goodbye, but a see you later.' I believe in the afterlife. And those who don't hear me out. No matter what kind of person you may be, we all need some closure when it comes to the death of someone close, you know. Having this perspective of believing in the afterlife is one type of closure. A closure I adapted because of this show. If a loved one of mine passed away (God forbid), I know they will be a place where I know I'll encounter that person again. Death unites and separates us.
"Yeah, I've been following you around my entire life! I mean, I've been looking up to you since I was four, Dean. Studying you, trying to be just like my big brother. So yeah, I know you. Better than anyone else in the entire world. And this is exactly how you act when you're terrified. And, I mean, I can't blame you. It's just...I wish you would drop the show and be my brother again. 'Cause... just 'cause."
This one is very visual when you follow the show. That's why it's more impactful to me for what I'm about to share. I always fancied having a little brother. And this isn't a diss towards my sisters, because I love them with all my heart. However, this idea always stuck with me when I was young. And even though it never happened, because my mom decided not to have any more kids, I still had this little fantasy hidden in the corner of my head where I would have a little brother to look out for, fight with, play around with, and care for him. When I started watching this show back in 2015, that fantasy in my head grew a bit vividly. Watching the two brothers do what they do best; saving people, hunting things, I felt a part of that adventure. Every episode, every dialogue between the two, all their brotherly love moments. This show introduced me to brotherhood more transparent than anyone in my life. It was an element I was missing in my life. An aspect that I always wanted. And eventually, it came to be when I met my long lost brother. And again, when I met Jozy. Life is so strange but magnificent. To think this show was my only closest manner to get in touch with the subject matter of brotherhood when all this time I manifested and my dream came true. It goes to show what manifestation can do.
Supernatural has forever changed me. This underrated, thrilling, scary at first, dramatic American live-action fantasy tv series just did that. What sucks is that this show is ending soon. But at least it will be on the writer's terms. The series finale will premiere on Thursday, November 19, 2020. I'm just thankful that I was able to witness this show. I'll never forget about the Winchesters. If you haven't watched it, give this show a chance. Maybe it could teach you something you thought you never knew you needed to know. Carry on.