Wendigo Review

September 20, 2005

By John Keegan

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So I think I get the formula for this series. Two relatively hot brothers run around hunting down paranormal legends, running into hot young women of various natures in the process, while doing everything possible to maintain a certain sense of style. I have to say, as impressed as I was with the pilot episode, I was wary of the actual series itself. I wasn’t sure how well the writers would be able to pull it off.

Surprisingly, I think I liked this episode even more than the pilot. Granted, there were a lot of elements lifted from the “X-Files” episodes “Detour” and “Darkness Falls”, but within the framework of this series, it worked rather well. If Mulder or Scully had expressed such a cocky sense of experience when dealing with the experts, it would have come across as disingenuous. In this case, I expected nothing less.

I’m a guy, and so the characters of Sam and Dean needed to be more than hot actors posturing for the camera. While there’s an awful lot of posturing going on, I’m getting the sense that a lot of that is intentional.

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Wendigo

September 20, 2005

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) follow the coordinates left in their father’s journal and land in the middle of the woods where they investigate the disappearance of several campers. The two brothers soon learn they are dealing with a Wendigo, a creature made famous in Native America legends. A Wendigo is a former human whose cannibalism has transformed him into a creature with superhuman strength and speed that feasts on human flesh.

Wendigo

September 20, 2005
  • Hot Blooded – Foreigner
  • Down South Jukin' – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Fly By Night – Rush
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Pilot Review

September 13, 2005

By John Keegan

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"Scary stories" don't scare me very much. Beyond the typical instinctual reaction of jumping at a sudden noise and visual flash, scary stories don't get a rise out of me at all. "The Exorcist"? Didn't bother me at all. I was more fascination by the psychological side of the story than frightened by the concept of demonic possession. It's easier to disturb me through unnerving concepts than to scare me with ghost stories.

That said, I have a deep and unending interest in the "paranormal". I love exploring the possibilities that lie outside of what many consider to be "normal". It's not so much that I buy into the typical explanations for these phenomena, because much of the time, it comes across as an artificial construction of "fact" designed to give order to the unexplained. But what I find interesting is the very fact that these anecdotal experiences are so prevalent. One can pass it off as purely psychological, but if something is unexplained, is that really a conclusion that can be made?

The old adage is that there is no such thing as the "supernatural", only those things that science cannot yet explain.

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‘Supernatural’ is an eerie natural for WB

September 13, 2005

In the producers' Hollywood-ese shorthand, Route 66 meets The X-Files and Star Wars at a truck stop. Two estranged brothers head out in their '67 Chevy Impala to search for their father, who trained them to hunt for supernatural phenomena — and the answer … Read More

Pilot

September 13, 2005
  • Gasoline – Ginger
  • What Cha Gonna Do – Classic
  • Speaking In Tongues – Eagles Of Death Metal
  • Ramblin' Man  – Allman Brothers Band
  • Back In Black  – AC/DC
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • My Cheatin' Ways – Kid Gloves Music
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Pilot

September 13, 2005

Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki, “Gilmore Girls”) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, “Smallville”), witness their mother’s paranormal death as children and grow up trained to fight by a distraught father who wants nothing more than to hunt down the thing that killed his wife. Sam escapes to college to start a new, normal life, but gets pulled back in after Dean shows up on his doorstep to tell him their father is missing. Following clues from their father’s eerie phone message, the boys travel to a small town and encounter a violent and vengeful spirit called the “Woman in White.”… Read More

‘Supernatural’ Premiere Goes Long

August 29, 2005

The network is letting folks know now — two weeks in advance — that the premiere of its buzzworthy new series "Supernatural" will bleed over its one-hour allotment. The debut episode, which airs at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 13, will end at 10:07 p.m. … Read More

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