Hey all. Just touching base on a cult following that could only be rivaled by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off show Angel. I refer to those pesky kids, the Winchester boys. Driving in their father’s ’67 Impala these two very different lads dispense justice for the victims of the monsters that go bump in the night. So sharpen your stakes, pour your silver bullet molds and above all don’t be a douche nozzle. This is Supernatural Season 1.
Spoilers are all around us man!
Our pilot opens with a happy prosperous young man Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki of Gilmore Girls, House of Wax and Friday the 13th) pre-law student, straight A’s and hotty for a girlfriend Jessica (Adrianne Palicki of Lone Star, Legion, Wonder Woman and Red Dawn) and over all life is feeling good. The two lovebirds have a little celebration nookie and fall asleep (No fellas, this is CW so no skin on that level) when Sam hears a noise in the apartment, goes to investigate and handle the burglar. After a fairly intense fight choreography we can see Sambo has had some training only to get tossed on his butt by…his little big brother Dean (Jensen Ackles of Dawson’s Creek, Still Life, Smallville, My Bloody Valentine and Batman: Under the Red Hood). After nursing a few egos and bruises, Dean tells Sam their dad has gone hunting and hasn’t been back in awhile. Feels all coded in front of girlfriend Jessica. Reluctantly Sam joins Dean in pursuit of their wayward father because you see folks the family business is hunting…monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Ahh spoiler you say? You had 8 years! Catch up!
Now given that John and Jane Public thinks monsters are nothing more than the work of fiction, cinema and tween writers, our would be heroes have to go incognito. So on top of less than legal firearms, credit card fraud and posing as Federal officers, our lads do battle with the nastiest freakiest creatures this side of Sunnydale.
The storyline unfolds on what could have made these two seemingly normal guys into hunters of the preternatural and extra-dimensional. 22 years prior the boys’ mother died in a mysterious fire and their father, a Marine recon Vietnam vet could not save her in time. Finds out there are creatures of myth and legend and they are very real. To keep his boys safe he will instruct them how to survive, fight and win. From hand to hand combat, firearms and blades these two could probably be dropped on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list if they wanted to go on a killing spree but they remain knight errants and do what they must to spare families the hell that is their lives.
Admittedly I went into this show kicking and screaming foul to preceding shows. Kolchak: the night stalker Poltergeist : The Legacy, Friday the 13th The Series and X-Files all dealing with the ghosts and ghoulies so I felt yeah YET another less than original idea. This bleak, dark background story unfolding simultaneously with the current events quickly changed my mind and established this is a dialogue driven story arc as much as it is character based. A dysfunctional family that shows their breaking points, their flaws and strengths gives scope to the show and guest stars galore. Only complaint from the man here, not enough reoccurring eye candy for hetro boys.