Ok, so I thought I would start things off by listing a few of my favorite things ((episodes, characters, etc)) & explaining why they are my favorites.
1.) I will start with just the show in general.
Supernatual has been my favorite show since it aired but the reasoning behind this has changed a little as the years have gone by. I will confess that the only reason I watched the pilot episode was that I heard one of the main characters shared my name. Sam. I really wasn’t 100% convinced I was going to like the plot as I’d never really been into any sort of supernatural type show ((ie :: Buffy, Vampire Diaries, etc)). But I watched, & not a day goes by that I don’t thank Eric Kripke and whoever else decided the younger brother’s name was going to be Sam because I don’t think I ever would have forgiven myself if I hadn’t introduced this show to my life.
My reasoning for loving the show quickly moved past just the fact that Sam and I shared a name ((and that I consistently got to hear Jensen saying my name but that’s a whole different story)), & began to become more about the actual plot. The intricacies and nuances of this world where vampires needed to be beheaded rather than staked through the heart & salt & iron were common monster problems were just so well written and intrieging that I found myself drawn in.
The writing was another thing I was very impressed with. Dean’s quick wit, Sam’s compassion, Castiel’s very literal angel-ness, Bobby’s surliness…the list goes on. The writers were able to create so many completely different characters that are all just incredibly deep, well rounded people who seem real, even when they aren’t. You hardly see people online arguing about characters who are two demensional and flat. But these characters strike up controversial conversations and passionate reactions on almost every level.
And, of course, my number one favorite thing about this show that keeps me coming back to it year after year, would be the relationship between the brothers. I am an older sister so the complete protective feeling that Dean radiates, I completely get. The way that the two of them take on the world together no matter what comes their way is just so…there has to be a better word than ‘heartwarming’ but I’ll go with that for now. Their bond ties the whole show together. You can count on it, even when the obstacles between them seem so overwhelming that you aren’t sure how they’re going to get past them. Somehow they do. Every time.
2.) Character ::
Dean. Hands down. I mean, I know I share a name with Sam and that’s the reason I started watching the show & all, but I am a Dean-girl all the way. His devotion to his family, his quick-wit & sharp tongue, his mad skills in the hand-to-hand combat as well as hunting in general…and just about anything else he does…these are just scratching the surface of why I love him.
3.) Episode ::
This is a bit trickier. There are so many episodes that I adore & have watched probably close to one hundred times. Not an exageration. I’m honestly not sure I could pin-point just one so I will list five that are too good not to acknowledge. Now I know, I know, you may be thinking five is too many, but given the fact that there are over 200 episodes to choose from, and given the fact that I have watched them all dozens of times, consider yourself lucky I stopped with just five. 😀 So here we go. In no particular order.
a) “Swan Song” — I mean, come on. I think everyone has to have this in their top ten. Top five even. It truly highlights the brothers’ bond. If Dean won’t abandon Sam when he has the freaking devil inside, pulling the strings, he never will. And Chuck ((or as he’s better known, God, let’s be real here)) with his little voice-over about the tests they’d been up against & how they chose family. Then there was the montage of clips, ending with the brothers hugging. Not gonna lie. Tears. Plenty of them.
b) “Fan Fiction” — This has to be in here. Just the sheer fact that they did an episode like this makes me so overwhelmingly happy every time I think about it. The Supernatural Creative Team really just shows their fan-base how much they appreciate them with this one. The songs are catchy, and the little running gags about things like “Destiel” ((which for the record I do not ship but hey to each their own)) really show that they do pay attention to what fans are saying about the show. Plus, I mean, it’s a show about a musical about a show! Say that five times fast.
c) “French Mistake” — So long as we’re talking meta-episodes, this one is right up there with the other one. I can’t get through it without laughing so hard I have to pause it to breathe normally so I don’t suffocate. Jared, Jensen & Misha’s ability to laugh at themselves & make fun of themselves like they did in this episode is so humbling and just really showcases what talented & yet still down-to-earth people they are.
d) “Reichenbach” — Jumping way forward again, this episode is in my list for one reason only. I mean, there were plenty of reasons that made it a good episode, but the singular reason that catapaults it past other episodes like it belongs to Jensen Ackles. His performance of Demon Dean was oscar worthy. The fight with Cole in this episode gave me chills. The way he spoke. His expression & demeanor were spot on perfect.
e) “Sacrifice” — Another one put in the list because of the boys & their brotherly bond. While I do like the episode in its entirety, this one is actually just here because of the one speech delivered by Dean in the church when Sam is struggling with the idea of whether or not to finish the trial which will kill him, or not. The words “don’t you dare think that there is anything…past or present…that I would put in front of you” never fail to make me choke up. It just summarizes their life perfectly.
4.) Villain ::
I’m not sure you can really call her a villain quite yet but I am fascinated with Amara ((“the darkness”)). I mean as of right now, she’s simply a teenage girl getting annoyed with her foster father ((“Crowley”)) & eating souls. So no she’s not what you’d call an angel ((which offends her so don’t call her one anyway)), but she’s not like Dick Roman or Abadon villain-y, taking down truckloads of people right out of the gate for fun or profit. Still, from what we’ve heard about her & her abilities, I would not rule her out as the greatest villain they’ve ever faced and therefore she’s my favorite.
Though I do have to say, Rowena, who I did not like at all when she first made her appearance on the show, has grown massively on me and she is a close second.
5.) Demon ((other than Crowley)) ::
I’m going to go Ruby on this one. It was a toss up between her & Meg since they both had pretty snarky personalities with boundless sarcasm, but Ruby wins the title for the single reason that she was the one who gave the boys their demon-killing knife. That thing saved their lives on multiple occassions.
6.) Angel ((other than Cas)) ::
I would have immediately said Hannah, before the episode where she turned on Cas & tried to manipluate him for the Winchesters location. But I don’t really have a back-up favorite ((other than Cas)) angel so we’ll stick with Hannah.
Although as an afterthought, Balthazar was kinda cool with his snark and sassiness. So I pick him instead.
7.) Hunter ((other than Sam & Dean)) ::
Bobby. Enough said.
8.) Hunter-In-Training ::
Charlie. I loved her. I’m not so sure why lots of people found her annoying or “mary-sueish”. She was quirky & smart & clearly loved Sam & Dean like brothers. She is also the deliverer of a line that I use possibly more than any other supernatural quote: “I’m a wee bit obsessive…if wee bit means completely.” RIP Charlie
9.) Deceased Relative ((other than John & Mary)
Henry Winchester. I thought he was adorable. Through multiple episodes you could see how much he loved his wife Milie & their son John. He was a true family man, more like Dean than I’m sure either would admit.
10.) Quote ::
Yeah right. I could write a book with just my favorite quotes from this show. Picking one isn’t going to happen. Picking fifty isn’t going to happen. But I’ll leave you with this ::
“We hunt monsters. You know who does that?? Crazy People! We are insane.”