The Cw 's Cult Television Show Supernatural Essay

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The CW’s cult television show Supernatural tells the story of brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, respectively, who hunt a variety of supernatural monsters from vampires and demons to sirens and ghosts. The show is one of the longest running shows for the network and for it’s genre; it entered its twelfth season on October 13. Supernatural has employed narrative elasticity in several episodes throughout its tenure, and these episodes tend to become the most memorable and humorous episodes of the show. Some episodes that employ narrative elasticity are simple “monster-of-the-week” episodes, such as season one’s “The Benders”. It aired later in the season, after Supernatural had established that monsters, like the cannibalistic wendigo in the second episode, are the bad guys. In this episode, however, when Dean and Sam investigate mysterious disappearances in a small town, the Winchesters discover that a family of humans is behind the disappearances, not a monster. This episode disrupts the narrative diegesis, surprising viewers with its reveal of the true villain of the episode. While this episode does not have a lasting impact on the main plot of the season, it does acknowledge that humans are flawed; Supernatural never portrays humans as perfect, not even Dean or Sam.
Season three’s “Ghostfacers” shifts the narrative voice of Supernatural from the Winchesters to the Ghostfacers, a group of ghost-hunters who have created a virtual…

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