One thing I always love to hear is how people discovered Supernatural. Some of those stories are really amazing. I had the chance to talk to some other fans at last year’s con in Barcelona and this year in Germany and I swear I never get tired of it.
I have to admit I am extremely curious (somehow I must have ended up with some cat genes). That’s why I would love to hear about it how you discovered Supernatural, the Supernatural fandom and of course TheWinchesterFamilyBusiness.com from all of you.
To kick the whole thing of I will start with my story.
I literally got forced to watch the show (some slight violence involved). Don’t believe me? Just read on!
I have to start with the fact that I am a single mom in Germany. My two boys are half American. Their Dad lives around 250 km away from us. During school breaks they visited him. Once they came back home again I asked them how their trip was and what they did. I do have to say that my boys are both very talkative. But everything was slightly different when they arrived home in late August of 2007 after their summer vacation. At the time they were 15 and 16. They barely managed to say hello and both started talking immediately about a TV show their Dad had on DVD. Of course they had watched the whole season of it and both were sorry that they had to wait till their next visit to watch season 2 since it hadn’t been out yet. They kept interrupting each other therefore I didn’t get anything so I asked what that show was called and they said “Supernatural” “That show is great. You just have to watch it.”
My question: “Well, what is it about?” “It’s everything. It’s horror, it’s mystery, it’s crime with your music on it. It’s about two brothers looking for their father and while they do that they hunt supernatural monsters like ghosts etc.” Being a mom I of course wanted to know “How about their mom?” “Oh she burns on the ceiling in the very first scene which is a back flash to the time when the brothers were little kids.” “That solves everything. I am not going to watch that show. Not if moms get burned on a ceiling in order to kick off a show.” Somehow the conversation ended right there.
A few months later, it was October 15, 2007, my boys came into the kitchen. Each one of them grabbing one of my arms and they started to pull me into the living room. I asked them what was going on but didn’t receive an answer. Instead they shoved me on the couch and seated themselves extremely close to me still holding on to my arms and each one of them through a leg over my legs. I basically was pinned to the couch in a sitting position. Once they achieved their goal they started to talk again. “Remember the TV show we told you about. The one we watched at Dad’s? It’s coming on right now and you will watch it if you like it or not.”
Let me tell you by the time we saw that shadow in Sam’s apartment they didn’t have to hold me down anymore. And when we finally saw Sam’s brother I was like I know that guy. Saw him on Dark Angel and Smallville. I like him. And then came the scene that got me hooked. The one were Dean leaves the motel room, puts up his collar glances at the police and totally calm starts calling his brother. I went “That is so Han Solo.” Do I need to tell you that I always loved that character? (Years later I found out that Kripke wanted Dean to be a Han Solo kind of guy. Let me tell you Mr. Kripke you achieved that goal. Well done). I was completely sold to that TV show from that moment on.
We watched every episode of the first season which ended hear in Germany March 31, 2008. Oh that cliffhanger. It just about killed me until season 2 finally started here late summer, 2008. And sure enough they left me hanging with another cliff hanger just before Christmas. But my older one kind of made me a very nice Christmas present. He found the show on the internet and copied the first four eps of season three onto a DVD (the original American version which made it so much better) and then the three of us sat together on the couch watching it. Addicted as we are, that wasn’t enough, so he kept burning some more DVDs. And that is how we spent most of our Christmas vacation of 2008. Somehow he wasn’t able to find season 4. Until then none of us had watched a TV show on the net and we didn’t know that all the information is out there you just need to look for it. We just figured that season 4 hadn’t shown yet in the US. But guess what we did during our Christmas break 2009. We watched season 4.
And then came the year 2010 and thanks to the world wide economic crisis I got laid off at work for nearly three months. Suddenly I had a lot of time on my hands. One morning during the second week of January I sat in front of my computer at home and the Google sign just laughed at me “Try it! Try it!” So I went ahead and typed in Supernatural and hit enter. I was completely surprised at how many hits that short word had. First link I clicked on was a youtube video. It was the Paley festival 2006. And I immediately started to adore those two actors.
During those three month I checked very often some of the other stuff I came across on the internet. Needless to say that the first I did once I found the links for it was to watch season 5 as far is it had aired yet. Although checked some Supernatural sides for more information but the stuff going on on those sides made me wish I would have never encountered them. You know the Sam-is-better-than-Dean stuff or visa versa or the same thing with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. And during the end of March 2010 I came across a site that had none of the above instead it had very interesting articles and decent people posting comments there. And since then TheWinchesterFamilyBusiness.com became an internet home for me.
So that is my story and now I would like to hear some of yours. I am sure you got an interesting story to tell. It could be funny, sad, exciting what ever. I sure hope none of you made a more violent encounter with the show than I did.
I would love it if we could keep this story telling alive at least till the end of hellatus.