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By Melissa Hank
The first thing you notice about Supernatural is the blood. And the spilled intestines, egg-sized bruises, angry wounds and bodily fluids you didn’t even know humans had. Gives new meaning to the term “plasma TV”, right?
Then you notice the boys, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) – the first with floppy hair and puppy-dog eyes, the second a hardened soul with rugged features and a too-smart mouth.
Most horror fans and swooning girls stop there. After all, the CW series doesn’t promise a premise more complex than your average Freddy Krueger flick: two brothers cruise the country in their 1967 Chevrolet Impala, killing demons that terrorize decent hardworking folk. If they’re lucky, they’ll happen upon the one that killed their mother when they were tots.
If not, meh. There are plenty of rougarous, shapeshifters, witches, crocottas, changelings and vampires to just begging to be wasted. At least that’s the tale creator Eric Kripke told in the show’s first two seasons.
That’s before Sam and Dean accidentally opened the gates of hell and loosed a swarm of demons on Earth, before Dean made a deal that banished him to the eternal hot box, and before the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) pulled him out so he could stop mega-demon Lilith from opening the 66 seals that would free Lucifer.
Now, in the fourth season, the outlook is even graver, so to speak. The epic battle between good and evil, between angels and demons, is brewing – and heaven help the Winchesters if they’re caught in the middle when it hits the boiling point.
“Going in, I thought the show was cheesier than it is,” says Collins. “Before, you had the monster of the week, a light sci-fi romp. And they did a good job of it. But [now] there’s another aspect – the relationship between the two brothers, their inner turmoil. Meta-ideas and apocalyptic concepts of heaven and hell. And do the ends justify the means? ...”
Supernatural airs Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET, on The CW, and Fridays, 9 p.m. ET, on Space.