Science in 'Supernatural'

Now, I’m not here to explain any super complicated science theories or mathematical equations to you guys (because I’d probably get them wrong), I just want to point out that there’s some science-y stuff in Supernatural that you usually wouldn’t expect from a show that deals with, you know, vampires and angels and stuff like that.

Complicated mathematic stuff.

Wow, descriptive, I know, but I felt I’d just group this together in one section so you don’t end up getting a lecture about how time travel is regulated by partial differential

Pay attention in math or else you’ll get killed by angels, I guess.

equations or anything.

Oh, by the way, in Supernatural, time travel is totally regulated by partial differential equations. And all angels are brilliant mathematicians.

There’s really not much to say about the actual mechanics of this, though. In the episode “Frontierland” (6.18), Castiel sends Sam and Dean back to the wild west, and says that they only have 24 hours to complete their quest, because…of…math stuff. That’s basically what Cas says, which is good, because I don’t think anyone really wanted to hear about it. Seriously, if you don’t know what these things are, take a gander at the wikipedia page and be glad that you don’t.

Then, as something of an honorable mention is the weird formula stuff that Ash writes in “Dark Side of the Moon” (5.16). I can feel confident in saying that I have no idea what he’s doing there, because I’m pretty sure no one else does either.


Okay, so evolution isn’t exactly that crazy of a theory. I think we can all wrap our heads around it, whatever your stance is on its factual accuracy. The reason I’m putting it on this list is because Supernatural mentions both evolution and the Garden of Eden story in the show, reconciling them in rather interesting ways.

Since Supernatural’s story arcs deal with demons and angels and the Apocalypse for the most part, one would assume that we could take the Bible as a guide for the events in

Dude’s looking good for his age.

the show, if we really wanted to. But in “The Man Who Would Be King” (6.20), Castiel mentions watching a fish crawl up onto shore and being told that God has “big plans for that fish”. One could only assume that this is a reference to our ancient fish ancestors.

Yet, in the same scene we get a line about his memories of Cain and Abel. Then in “Reading is Fundamental” (7.21), Castiel is rambling a bit about the struggle between Neanderthals and Homo Sapien Sapiens to survive, but apparently Homo Sapien Sapiens ‘ate the apple’ (and invented pants), making them come out on top. So another point for both sides.

And besides that, these few exchanges highlight just how old Castiel really is, which admittedly wigs me out a bit.

String Theory

Yes, string theory.


I’m not really sure what to say about this, because basically as high up on the ‘complicated scientific theories’ as you can get. So, I’ll just say that in “Dark Side of the Moon”, yes, again, Ash mentions it. Apparently it has something to do with picking up angel voices in Heaven.

Yeah, I have no idea.

Catch the season finale of ‘Supernatural’ on the CW at 9/8c on Friday, May 18th!


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