Monster of the Week

On the surface, you might struggle to make a connection between Knight Rider and Supernatural. Really, though, you’ve got two long-running villain/monster-of-the-week style shows starring a duo. It’s a tried and true structure.

Seems like a good formula. In fact, most of these long-running monster-of-the-week shows seem to star a duo. In Lucifer, you’ve got Lucifer and the detective. In The X-Files, you’ve got Mulder and Scully. It even stretches back before TV existed, like the Sherlock Holmes novels. What is it about the duo that works so well?

It seems a significant element to this design is how the characters bounce off each other. Almost every time you have two people with clashing personalities or beliefs. That provides a constant point of interest, a steady dynamic that you can put in any number of situations and see what happens. Then as the show goes further, you change the dynamic around a little. Good guys become bad guys, bad guys become good guys. When they run for as many seasons as Supernatural did, it’s like they want to try every permutation of every dynamic possible.

Unfortunately, that can make things start to feel really… contrived. You see how they’re being treated less like people and more like dolls. You see behind the facade. So don’t go too deep. After a while, you just gotta enjoy the ride. And hey, would you look at that, speaking of rides, how about these shirts?

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Bump in the Knight by arinesart

We’re back in arinesart’s garage again, home to many familiar vehicles from across time and space. How did they get here? Who’s to say. But if you are looking for some slick designs, maybe a bit vintage, then arinesart is your go-to. Get a load of their socials.

Monster of the Week

On the surface, you might struggle to make a connection between Knight Rider and Supernatural. Really, though, you’ve got two long-running villain/monster-of-the-week style shows starring a duo. It’s a tried and true structure.

Seems like a good formula. In fact, most of these long-running monster-of-the-week shows seem to star a duo. In Lucifer, you’ve got Lucifer and the detective. In The X-Files, you’ve got Mulder and Scully. It even stretches back before TV existed, like the Sherlock Holmes novels. What is it about the duo that works so well?

It seems a significant element to this design is how the characters bounce off each other. Almost every time you have two people with clashing personalities or beliefs. That provides a constant point of interest, a steady dynamic that you can put in any number of situations and see what happens. Then as the show goes further, you change the dynamic around a little. Good guys become bad guys, bad guys become good guys. When they run for as many seasons as Supernatural did, it’s like they want to try every permutation of every dynamic possible.

Unfortunately, that can make things start to feel really… contrived. You see how they’re being treated less like people and more like dolls. You see behind the facade. So don’t go too deep. After a while, you just gotta enjoy the ride. And hey, would you look at that, speaking of rides, how about these shirts?

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What do you prefer, supernatural stories or sci-fi?

  • Supernatural stories, hands down.
    Supernatural stories, hands down.
  • Sci-fi, 100%.
    Sci-fi, 100%.
  • No preference, love ‘em both.
    No preference, love ‘em both.
  • Not a huge fan of either, actually.
    Not a huge fan of either, actually.
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