Wishes Of A Television-aholic: 'Supernatural'
To say that I am a fan of “Supernatural”—The CW thriller with a rabid cult following—would be like saying that the Oprah Winfrey has a little bit of money in the bank. I have ravenously watched it, trolled the internet for spoilers and leaked script pages, and giddily listened to interviews from the writers, producers and actors who speak at conventions like Comic-Con.
I love this show—about two brothers who travel the country in a '67 Chevy Impala and hunt demons and other evil entities while dodging law enforcement—because of its dark humor, gut-wrenching drama, skin-crawling gore, and the two ridiculously hot leads in Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles who portray Sam and Dean Winchester, respectively. Sam and Dean were killing vampires and werewolves long before they sparkled in the Twilight saga and co-existed with humans in "True Blood."
The sixth season was the most controversial yet as the show’s beloved creator, Eric Kripke, had passed the reigns over to executive producer, Sera Gamble (as the show was supposed to end after season five, but unpredictably its ratings skyrocketed in season four). It got off to a rocky, timid start, contained one too many filler episodes, but came together to end in a mind-blowing, gasp-inducing finale that left me flabbergasted, winded and so proud to be a “Supernatural” fan.
Here’s where the show left off: Rogue angel Castiel (Misha Collins) had broken the dam in Sam Winchester’s mind (built to protect him from the debilitating memories of being tortured in hell and the year on earth he spent as a cold-blooded demon hunter without a soul) to distract Dean and Bobby (Jim Beaver) while he made a risky deal the greater good of the planet. Like all good intentions, Castiel’s righteousness led him to working with the king of the underworld, Crowley, betraying the Winchesters and eventually opening the door to purgatory to absorb the energy of millions of wayward souls. Drunk from the power, he proclaimed himself the new God.
That's not complicated at all, right?
Here are my wishes for the seventh season of this sci-fi/horror nail-biter:
A more entertaining Sam. Sure Sam—played to angsty, uptight perfection by Jared Padalecki—has lost almost everyone he’s ever loved and was tortured by the Lucifer himself, but I think it’s time for the younger Winchester to discover that laughter is the best medicine, even for the bone-deep scars Sam has acquired. Dean, the smart-ass older brother, has always had the epic one-liners, and it’s finally time that he shows his little brother the method of using humor as a coping and defensive mechanism. After Sam mends his broken psyche, of course.
Less wardrobe. I’m sure everyone on the “Supernatural” crew wants to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, and the wardrobe crew is filled with nothing but blatant overachievers. They swaddle the smoldering male actors in layers upon layers of pectoral-hiding flannel button-ups and ab-smothering hoodies when Ackles and Padalecki really just need to wear pants…and okay, maybe a t-shirt in the winter.
Sam saves Dean, and delivers some emo monologues along the way. Sam and Dean have the ultimate television bromance as they are actually brothers, and they would do anything, suffer anything for each other. For the past six seasons, Dean has watched Sam struggle to control and overcome the evil that very literally runs through his veins. Dean has sacrificed everything to rescue him from grief, demons, death, addiction and even himself. Now it's time for Sam to return the favor. I wish that Sam, who loves his brother as much Dean loves him, would save Dean from something monumental, whether it be a real monster or an emotional one or something else entirely.
Also, Jensen Ackles has always been a stellar actor, bringing vivid, brilliant realness and joy to his portrayal of Dean Winchester—an ass-kicking anti-hero with an affinity for guns, women and pie. Jared Padalecki, who has appeared in “Gilmore Girls” and the horror re-boot of “Friday the 13th," has grown to become a remarkable actor in his own right. A prime example of his talent was illustrated in the season six finale as Padalecki convincingly portrayed three vastly different personifications of his subconscious in one “Inception”-esque dream journey. "Supernatural" is at its best when the drama boils down to two brother fighting incredible evils and each other.
More flashbacks. Young actor Colin Ford (“Hawaii Five-0” and “CSI: Miami”) won me over with his spot-on portrayal as a young Sam Winchester in flashback episodes of “Supernatural” in previous season. Ford even held his own with the Padalecki himself in a dramatic, trippy episode at the end of season four. Consquently, I definitely wish that Colin Ford will reprise his role as little Sammy. I think some of the most grounding moments of the entire series has been the rare and disturbing glimpse into the Winchesters’ harrowing and Dickensian childhood. Thanks to EW.com, I know that one of my wishes will be granted! Ford will in fact return to the show in the third episode of the upcoming season directed by none other than Jensen Ackles. Way to keep it in the family, “Supernatural.”
More kick-ass women. I could wax fangirllishly about the fantastic writing, the unpredictable plots and the ballsy risks that “Supernatural” takes, but I would have to be dead not to appreciate the sublime array of mancandy in the lead men and recurring characters. Padalecki brings the sexy with his formidable size—he’s at least 6’4’’. Ackles brings the pretty with his beautiful face and delicate features. Misha Collins brings the soul with his bright blue eyes. But I noticed during the testoterone-heavy season six more than ever that the show is severely lacking female characters. Most of them, including my favorite characters, good-hearted demon, Ruby (played by an edgy Katie Cassidy and Genevieve Cortese), and the fierce mother-daughter hunting team, Jo and Ellen Harvelle (Alona Tal and Samantha Ferris) were all killed in the combat. Meanwhile, Dean’s significant other, Lisa (Cindy Sampson), had all memory of the Winchesters erased in order to keep her safe. Thus, I wish that the writers can incorporate a few more women who can do more than play the damsel in distress or die gruesomely. If men can save the world, women can too, probably in some really awesome heels.
Find out if my wishes are granted when the seventh season of “Supernatural” begins on Sept. 23.
Check out this awesome teaser for season seven!