TV Review: Supernatural, Season 1

Supernatural Season 1

Two attractive men drive around the country in a 1967 Chevy Impala hunting the paranormal.  How the hell did I not start watching this series sooner?

This show has been on my Netflix queue forever, and I’ve finally stopped avoiding it.  Perhaps I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations.  Or on the opposite end of the scale, subconsciously I suspected I would become addicted.  I really need to listen to my subconscious more, it’s usually right, like it was here.

When Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) was 6 months old, his mother was attacked by a demon while in his nursery.  His father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), rushed into the room to find his wife’s body spread on the ceiling, catching fire.  Dean (Jensen Ackles) rushes his baby brother out of the burning house, and their father eventually leaves his wife behind to save himself as well.

Sam and Dean grew up with their father as he followed supernatural events around the country in search of the demon that killed their mother.  His mission veers a bit off course, for while he’s hunting for the demon, he encounters many unrelated paranormal events and people who need saving from them.

While Dean followed his father with blinding loyalty, Sam desires a more normal life and goes to college.  The decision causes a rift between Sam and John.  When Dean appears at Sam’s house because their dad hasn’t been home in a few days, Sam’s skeptical.  That is, until he learns that his dad hasn’t returned from a hunt.Mary Winchester

Reluctantly, Sam joins Dean in the search for their father.  While they don’t find John, they do find his journal, which contains a log of every supernatural entity he’s ever come across, and information on how to beat it.

Sam returns home to find his girlfriend plastered to the ceiling and on fire.  With a new determination, he rejoins Dean to find their father and kill the demon.  But as they follow their dad’s trail, they find he’s leading them to other unrelated supernatural hunts, keeping on with the family business.

I suppose they needed a backstory to explain why they investigate the paranormal on a weekly basis, but the story arch feels fake.  The individual investigations were more interesting, and I wanted them to find their dad just so they’d shut up about it.

The shortcomings in the larger story didn’t detract too much from the weekly episodes, though.  Each episode, they follow clues to another haunting, malicious ghost, or demon, which is exactly the kind of horror I enjoy.  The stories go from legends and urban myths, to ghosts (good, evil, and misled) and demons.

Although it can be a bit cheesy at times, Supernatural is very entertaining.  I love the conflict in the relationship between Sam and Dean, it’s not just brotherly love.  While the first season does feel like, well, a first season, it has the potential to really blossom into something more complex and better thought-out.  Since it is for TV, it is a bit of Horror-Lite, going for adventure and suspense more than scares and gore.

Supernatural Impala

(I should also mention that I’m probably the exact target audience.  Although it’s not blatant, Supernatural likely attracts more women than men.  I was also raised Chevy, and man, that car is gorgeous.)

 

Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½☆ 

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About Michelle_H

Michelle Hartz, Ph.Z., is the Graphic Designer at Baugh Enterprises, specializing in design for print and promotional products. She is also the Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) in Bloomington, Indiana. Michelle has published two of her NaNoWriMo books: Helpless, a horror story set on a wind farm; and Brains for the Zombie Soul, a parody containing nearly 101 heartwarming and inspirational stories celebrating the differently animated.

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