Those of you who’ve read my blog probably know what a big Supernatural fan I am. Demons, monsters, and two hot sibling demon-hunters? What could be better than that? Especially considering how amazingly fresh the writers have kept the show’s content over the years.
I remember seeing an interview some time ago featuring Jensen Ackles, the actor who plays yummy older brother, Dean Winchester. He talked about how he was a big fan of westerns and would love to do a Wild West episode on the show one day. So when I saw the commercial for this past week’s episode, I had to laugh. It was….drum roll…an Old West episode! How will the writers pull this one off, I thought?
Amazingly enough, they did. And here’s how they did it: by building a foundation throughout the show. Past episodes have gone over things like demons and how they could be killed (a gun invented by Samuel Colt in the 1800s), as well as the ability to time travel (angels can send humans back in time for limited periods to accomplish specific missions). So when the writers put these things together into a storyline where the brothers have to go back to the Wild West to find Samuel Colt and the ashes of a phoenix, I totally bought it. That’s because a foundation had already been laid for time travel and for why they would have to go back into the past.
Us novel writers can take a few lessons from the screenwriters for Supernatural. They know that when you build a proper foundation, your fans will follow you wherever you choose to take your storyline, as long as it fits within the parameters of the world you’ve built. But there has to be some basis for that action. If the Winchester brothers had never traveled back in time before, I probably would have scoffed at this episode. It wouldn’t have been believable. But because they’ve done it before, it doesn’t come out of the blue. I can suspend my disbelief and just go along for the ride.
So the morale of this story is: You can do anything, as long as you lay a proper foundation for it in your story.
Did anyone else see last week’s episode. Did you find it as fun as I did?