You should know that as I write this, I have a very big smile on my face. To think that my most favorite show is going into its tenth season ... squee! Plus I'm watching an awesome retrospective/recap special - aptly titled A Very Special Supernatural Special - on the CW.
Supernatural was born a horror story and has become so much more. Ultimately it's about the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki, Gilmore Girls) and Dean (Jensen Ackles, Dawson's Creek, Smallville), and their never-ending battle against evil. Over the years they have fought demons, angels, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, a lot of urban legends, and even each other. They've both died and come back countless times, they've been to heaven, hell, and purgatory. It's been equally scary, dramatic ... and hysterical. Supernatural has some truly funny episodes, especially the meta ones (where real-life stuff is worked in, like the Supernatural conventions that take place around the world, or when Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate universe where they are seen by everyone as the actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles).
All of these elements wouldn't be as amazing as they are without those guys, who have fantastic bro chemistry on and off screen (they're both Texas boys). Throw in a fantastic roster of characters played by gem actors like regulars Jim Beaver, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard and guests like Felicia Day, Richard Speight, Jr., Osric Chau, Rob Benedict, Chad Lindberg, Marc Pelligrino, Sebastian Roche, James Patrick Stuart, Lauren Cohan, Alaina Huffman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Curtis Armstrong, Kim Rhodes, Kurt Fuller, Mitch Pileggi, Alona Tal, Julian Richinsgs, DJ Qualls, Fredric Lehne, Travis Wester, A.J. Buckley, Steven Williams, Alaina Huffman, Katie Cassidy and Genevieve Padalecki (yep, true love - and later two boys - was born behind the scenes of the show), and you've got a formula for greatness.
Let's not forget one more very important character:
Dean's 1967 Chevy Impala.
I have been with show since day one. After I saw a terrific pre-series teaser on the KTLA Morning News, I knew it was a show I had to give a look at. I liked it for the first few episodes, but it was a little episode called "Home" that made me a bonafide fan - and forever Dean Girl (more on that in a minute).
Those first few season renewals were nerve-wracking. Sometimes it wouldn't be renewed until the very last minute, and it was agonizing. But the WB and later the CW kept it alive, and THANK YOU for that. Then there was regular talk that creator Eric Kripke had a five-year plan for the show and was likely leaving after that fifth season. So whether the show would continue on beyond him was, again, sweat-inducing. But it did continue.
What followed were a few seasons with some very strong storylines and episodes but also quite a few not-so-much. The show got to be very angel heavy, the Winchesters were fighting and defeating some incredibly big bads a little too easily, and I, a true fan, began to waiver ... and hated myself for it. But I stayed loyal and true and had faith that my beloved show would find its way again.
And I think it has, if last season's finale is any indication.
Two words: Demon Dean.
I've watched a few sneak peeks and promos and the Supernatural panel at this year's Comic-Con gave us a full exclusive clip of an advanced episode (directed by Ackles, who has directed three previous episodes), and all of it has made me so friggin excited for the new season. It's looking to completely reinvigorate the series and take us on an awesome - and knuckle-clenching - new ride.
I'm so psyched!! Is it tomorrow yet??
Supernatural Season 10 premieres tomorrow in its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 9pm on the CW.
And, a little postscript ...