After the success of LOST in 2004, there was a whole slew of shows that tried to take off on similar themes in the fall of 2005. Supernatural was among them. I always knew I wanted to watch the show, but there's only so much time. I bought the season DVDs when I spotted them on sale and when I decided to start working my way though my To Be Watched pile, Elizabeth offered to co-review Supernatural with me. Since I'm watching the show alone, this is the perfect solution!
Supernatural is the story of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who were born into a life of hunting the supernatural--ghosts, angry spirits, demons, and the like. During the first season they are searching for their father, John Winchester who disappeared leaving behind nothing but his hunting journal.
I was admittedly captivated by the pilot of the show, which establishes the background of the Winchester family, portrays the estranged relationship yet affection between brothers Sam and Dean, and in conclusion sets up the mystery and provides the motivation for Sam Winchester to return to a life of hunting. But the episodes immediately following it didn't necessarily add to my desire to keep watching. I enjoyed them, but didn't feel like I needed to compulsively partake of the show like I have felt for shows in the past! That didn't happen until around episodes 14 or 15 and suddenly I was completely hooked.
The strength of Supernatural is the relationship between brothers Sam and Dean Winchester and the excellent acting of actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. While the ghosts and monsters that make their appearances in the show are sometimes unsatisfying, the developing characters of these two men is really what keeps me glued to the set. There is also an overarching mystery developing around what happened in the past and how it plays a role in the present, though that is only lightly touched on in Season 1.
I read someone describe this as Buffy the Vampire Slayer for boys and while there are certainly differences, I imagine the audience is much the same.
Elizabeth of As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves and I have been chatting through the episodes. Below are all the posts we did on Supernatural Season 1.
Episodes 10, 11
Episodes 12, 13
Episodes 14, 15
Episodes 16, 17
Episodes 18, 19
Episodes 20, 21, 22