Re: Supernatural is awesome
I enjoy good storytelling, regardless of the subject matter.
The later seasons start to deal more heavily with demons and angels, and eventually lead to the apocalypse. Of course, none of this stirs a hair of belief in me, but they do make for interesting worlds to explore. Using supernatural structures you can speak on subjects from an oblique angle.
The same thing with "District 9" which was another peice of entertainment i recommended on this site. They use the aliens and their very "other" behavior and appearance to apply all kinds of oppression and mistreatment. It lets us view these things from a safe perspective. You begin to identify with some of the aliens, despite their being so "other" and many of them seemingly deserving of our contempt, but you start to feel that they are being very badly mistreated. Then you realize that we are doing this to ourselves right now. No aliens needed.
Aside from ghost hunting, there are interesting explorations of family dynamics in Supernatural, along with some very comedic episodes.
A few highlights.
They hunt a version of the Krampushttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
Crossroads bargains with the devilhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Johnson_(musician)
Robert Johnson's story is featured in this episode.
the origin of halloween
a lucky rabit's foot that really works
Very entertaining stuff.