I recently spent some time re-watching older episodes of Supernatural that I hadn’t seen in a few months. And while always a good time, I was struck by the something that never fails to amaze me. That being the immense talent of stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
Now, I know everyone believes that the stars of their favorite television show are the best actors out there. But if your favorite show is Supernatural, you might actually be correct. And this isn’t some diatribe meant to get them the award nominations they so deserve. I live in the real world, I know how that stuff works. I do not become appalled or incensed when they are overlooked, time and time again. But I do feel sad for those who are missing out on the pure joy that exists while watching them work.
The ease with which these actors transition from uproarious comedy to heart wrenching drama is unparalleled by almost anyone else, not just on The CW, but on television. Often they are making these astonishing transitions and working their magic while facing otherworldly creatures, against green screens and speaking a dead or made up language. Beat that Tony Soprano.
The most notable thing about their acting talent is the way it draws you into unbelievable worlds and situations, making them feel more real than the sofa on which you sit. Hell is a place. Angels exist. The future is scary. Sometimes I find myself lost in what might seem like the most ridiculous of places, due mostly to their skill. And while I don’t think that their brotherly bond is much of an act after working so closely together for so many years, their willingness to use that is just one more talent that they have.
I believe that you can always tell the best actors by the way that they cry. Nothing is worse than a bad crier. They have a way of ripping you out of the story faster than a porn pop-up. There is no chance of that distraction with Jared or Jensen though. When Sam and Dean hurt, I hurt and it’s all because of the way that they portray the sorrow dealt them at every hand. But sad isn’t all they can do. Happy (rarely), pensive (often), bitch faced (Sam) and angry (Dean) are also in their extensive repertoire.
As incredible as they are at the heightened emotions, it’s their nuanced performances that move me most, the subtle changes in their expressions that tell you how to feel and how deep to feel it. These subtleties are best seen when they are forced to play characters other than present day Sam and Dean while living in the same world. See Dean as himself 5 years in the future and Sam as Lucifer. Without a word spoken, without any hint of a change, you know that there is a difference.
These guys have taken questionable story lines, strange dialogue and engagements beyond a sane mind’s capacity and turned them into touching and brilliant television. And other than the occasional recurring character and small parted guest stars, they carry the show on their own. I dare you to name two other actors who have accomplished the same feat.
There is a lot that is said about the Supernatural fandom but one thing is for certain: they know something the rest of the world doesn’t and that puts them ahead of all the rest. I’m proud to be a part of that group.
Seasons 1-6 of Supernatural are now streaming on Netflix so there’s no reason to continue to miss out on this superb talent. New episodes air Friday nights at 9:00 PM EST on The CW.