Originally Posted by archiguy
If I had known 'Supernatural' would turn out to be as much fun as everyone says it is, I would have given it a shot back when. Too far behind now to realistically catch up, though. Win some, lose some.
Well, you've got the opportunity before the final season starts up since all the seasons are out there. It's well worth the effort to catch up, though there isn't exactly a hotbed of discussions out there about the show to risk any spoilers.
That you can blame on being a CW show: no one knows it exists...
I watch a few 'Smallville' eps each year: premiere, finale, and a couple of sweeps episodes in between, especially if they're highly praised episodes in the show thread here. I've found that's about all that's necessary to keep up to speed. So if I get hooked on 'Nikita', that will be my first regular CW series. We'll see.
I think I quit Smallville at season 3 or 4. It just got old with the whole Lana lust thing, more Lex than you can shake a stick at and a larger than average evil mutant per square mile each week. It started to feel as tired as the death toll on "Murder She Wrote".
In the case of Supernatural, the brothers were always on the move and seeking out the stuff wherever it was. That kept the show from having that "doesn't anyone notice all this is going on around them so much" feel, while allowing events to happen where the outside world might not notice. Plus, the "road trip" aspect kept the amount of love interest entanglement baggage down to a minimum, which avoided a ton of relationship clichés.
Finally, the writing on Supernatural frequently rides in brilliant territory, unlike the haplessness trite Smallville treads in all too often - including the "woe is superhero me" thing.