It is no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a huge fan of “Supernatural.” I’ve always been a big fan of horror movies, televisions shows, comics, and books. I’ve been fascinated by these things since I was a child. I would read books about movie monsters and could tell you everything you wanted to know about them without ever having seen the films.
I also liked “The Hardy Boys.” It was exciting reading or hearing stories about teenagers solving adventurous mysteries. All that should explain my love for “Supernatural.” Two brothers traveling the United States going from one mystery to the next that involve ghosts, demons, urban legends, monsters, and the likes. Why wouldn’t I be attracted to such a show?
I have been a Christian for almost my entire life. To tell you that my love of all things horror-oriented has had many a person in church raising their eyebrows in skepticism and condemnation would be an understatement. It’s just something I’ve grown to deal with over the years.
Sharing those two factors of my life should explain why my favorite thing about “Supernatural” is the way the producers and writers mix religious themes and characters in with their stories. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the show is theologically sound and should be taken as accurate and straight out of Biblical text. However it’s still interesting to see such things done.
At first, “Supernatural” just had demons that would pop up here or there with no kind of back-story and seemingly just being used to push the plot along. Around Season Four they began to take the show in a direction where the writers created a whole interlocking story of how Sam and Dean were to play a part in a war between the demons, the Devil, God, and the angels. It opened up questions like how normal people would act and react when and if they were exposed to extraordinary and metaphysical elements or experiences.
Sometimes “Supernatural” would be asking the audience “what would you be willing to do to save someone you love?” It would also explore the idea that God’s Will is not always accomplished or fulfilled the way we humans would like it to be. We have problems when pain and suffering seem to be a part of God’s Will. Pretty heavy subject matter for a horror show on the WB, eh? Sam and Dean are forced to deal with these subjects over and over again.
I would find it interesting to talk to the script writers of Season Four and Season Five of “Supernatural” and find out if there’s anything more to their obvious interest in using Biblical prophecy and stories to basically fuel those two chapters in the series. The entire Fifth Season is pretty much a loose interpretation of The Book of Revelation. You’ve got the Devil coming to earth to take over, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse wreaking havoc, and what was supposed to be an epic battle between good and evil at Armageddon. You even have God turning his back on the world which they describe as Him “going on vacation” in a couple of different episodes. These particular plot points would just be the beginning of a very fascinating conversation I could have with the guys who penned these scenarios.
In closing, I’m not saying that “Supernatural” stands as Sunday School material by any means. What I am saying is that it makes people that aren’t usually exposed to or adhere to Christian beliefs a chance to think about some of those different themes. Even if they don’t hold the same beliefs it is intriguing subject matter to discuss.