The Winchesters Brilliantly Avoids A Supernatural Monster Problem

The CW’s spinoff prequel to Supernatural, The Winchesters has been able to avoid one of the biggest monster problems that plagued the long-running show. For most of its 15 seasons, Supernatural followed a “monster of the week” formula, where Sam and Dean would hunt a new monster every week. The Winchesters seems to be following that same formula, but with a bit of a twist. As Mary and Lata pointed out in episode 3, the last two monsters haven’t been the run-of-the-mill vampires or werewolves audiences are so accustomed to seeing Sam and Dean fight, instead the monsters have been global in scale.

One of the biggest complaints about Supernatural towards the end of its run was that the show was running out of interesting stories to tell and monsters for Supernatural‘s Sam and Dean to fight. The show had found interesting ways to enrich monsters that already existed by having a season that focused on the alphas of the monster races, but other than that it was much of the same year after year. The Winchesters have made it clear that they will be carving their own path. The big bad of the show was introduced by name in the pilot, and audiences get their first look at her at the end of episode 3. By having the Akrida already make an appearance, it allows the show’s overall arc to connect better to the monster of the week. The first two monsters of the week have also been entirely new monsters to the Supernatural universe and they have international origins.

Why International Monsters Keep Appearing In The Winchesters

While it’s still unclear what The Winchesters season 1 big bad, the Akrida is planning besides ridding the world of all living things, it’s fairly obvious they are recruiting monsters from around the globe. The monster from episode 2, La Tunda is a monster of Colombian origin, and the episode 3 monster is Bori Baba, an Indian monster that Lata recognizes from her childhood. While international monsters aren’t anything new to the Supernatural universe, there are a lot of unanswered questions about how these monsters made their journey from their homes to the mid-Western United States, and what the Akrida is doing with them, and the magic box recovered in The Winchesters episode 1. At the end of both episodes 2 and 3, the Akrida is seen taking the essence of these defeated monsters and putting the red glow in a bottle.

The Winchesters Makes Supernatural’s World Feel Bigger

By bringing in new and international monsters, The Winchesters stories feel bigger, and audiences aren’t given the same shifter and vampire stories they’re used to. This may allow The Winchesters to explore outside the continental United States, something that was rarely done in Supernatural’s 15-season run. Additionally, for much of Supernatural, the show focused solely on Sam and Dean, but The Winchesters already feels more like an ensemble show. Not only are there more than two series regulars, but there is more diversity. The Winchesters cast features four female actors as series regulars, as well as one non-binary actor, and only one male. Compared to its predecessor, The Winchesters succeeds in making more people feel included in its universe.

It will be fascinating to see where The Winchesters will go from here. Bringing Tom Welling (Clark Kent on Smallville) into the fold as Samuel Campbell may give audiences more clarification about what the Akrida is after. It’s refreshing to be introduced to new lore, cultures, and villains in a form similar to a beloved show like Supernatural which already has such a large cannon. Hopefully, audiences continue to welcome these new characters and monsters into the larger Supernatural universe.

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