Jane After Dark: 'Supernatural' is Approaching 'Buffy' Territory
by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 21st 2010 11:03AM
Even though some episodes still scare the crap out of me, I'm really getting into 'Supernatural.' I know this because it's tough trying to do other work while I'm watching it at night. Impossible, really. Instead, I use it as my own little incentive program -- edit this post, watch five minutes of 'Supernatural,' write up that review, watch five minutes of 'Supernatural.' Cubicle workers have bonuses and rewards programs, I have 'Supernatural.'
It's approaching 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' territory in terms of the glue factor -- I can't take my eyes off it when it's on, and can't wait for whatever the next episode brings. In fact, they just referenced Buffy. In 'Hell House' (S01E17), one of the ghosthunters mentioned WWBD: What Would Buffy Do? I knew I was on the right track with that thinking.
And speaking of cubicle workers, I've never been much for following rules, which is one reason why I'm loving the boys. Between the credit card fraud, impersonating cops, and driving the Metallicar across the country, I think I'd fit right in with these guys (well, except for the scary demon part). They're sticking it to the man while they stick it to the demons. Yeah, I like that.
And they get around, don't they? Tooling their way across the country from Michigan to Kansas to Texas, they've made it cool to live in flyover country. Yes! A lot of us live out here in the middle of the country! Not on the east or west coast!
And, of course, the music is awesome. Dean's made it cool to listen to classic bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Foreigner, and Bad Company. Those of us who grew up with these bands have known their coolness all along, but now the younger crowd can know it, too. Wow, I sound like an old fuddy -duddy! But maybe my kids will finally understand the appeal of AC/DC on ten. A mom can dream...
I've been paying attention to what some of you guys mentioned in last week's comments -- the tacky motel rooms, the names they use to impersonate people, and of course, Dean's lines. Teresa, I'm with you. I'm always yelling at the show: "Get out of there! Listen to Sam and Dean! They know what they're talking about!"
The arc is starting to come together for me, too. I just watched 'Shadow' (S01E16), the episode where the boys end up in the same place as their dad, fighting the same shadow demons. At its heart, 'Supernatural' is really a family show that also happens to include demons. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Stay tuned for more 'Supernatural' in Jane After Dark ...