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The Demon Hunters

Four reasons why Supernatural is the horror show to watch on TV (except that it’s not really a horror show)

brunch Updated: Oct 20, 2012 16:06 IST
Poonam Saxena

This is an addictive show. Supernatural fans will know what I mean, but for clueless souls, here’s a brief description. This series tells the compelling story of two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who drive around mid-west America in a classic black ‘67 Chevy Impala, hunting evil supernatural beings. Together, they’ve killed all manner of spirits and demons; they’ve been to heaven, hell and purgatory; they’ve died and come back to life many times – and they’ve looked ridiculously sexy all through.

So the number one reason you should watch this show is that it probably has the best-looking cast you’ll find on any show. Dean is played by the strikingly handsome Jensen Ackles who looks especially lethal when he’s in badass mode (read shooting and stabbing monsters to death – and the body count can get quite high), and Sam by the tall, long-haired Jared Padalecki.

Reason number two is that apart from hot men, there is also a very hot car which is a character by itself. Yes, the aforesaid Impala, Dean’s ‘baby.’ The car has been in crashes, it’s been through hard times (in one of the early episodes, an angry Dean takes out his rage by hitting it repeatedly with an iron rod), but it’s always roared back to life, streaking down highways and country roads to the sound of great rock numbers like Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf.

Which brings me to reason number three: the show’s awesome classic rock soundtrack. An example of how rock music is used in the show: Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit plays out as a brutal killing takes place, the song’s magnificent crescendo coinciding with the victim’s dying paroxysms (hair-raising).

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And the last – but most important – reason to watch Supernatural is because it’s actually not about horror at all. It’s about (a) the close but complex bond between the two brothers and (b) how the constant hunting of evil things affects them and their lives. Dean is the classic protective older brother. Sam strains against the leash and has often strayed into the dark side. For all his toughness, Dean is a vulnerable guy, struggling with low self-esteem (serious daddy issues) and deep guilt.

If all this sounds very heavy, it isn’t. Because one of the best things about Supernatural is its smart, sarcastic humour. You’ll laugh too.

From HT Brunch, October 21

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