Hook Man

October 25, 2005
  • Merry Go Round – Split Habit
  • Bang Your Head (Metal Health) – Quiet Riot   
  • Noise – Low Five
  • At Rest – APM
  • Royal Bethlehem – APM
  • U Do 2 Me – Paul Richards
  • Peace Of Mind – Boston
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Hook Man

October 25, 2005

The infamous “Hook Man,” a vengeful spirit who kills his victims with a shiny hook that serves as his hand, terrorizes a small college town in Iowa. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) learn that all the victims are connected to the daughter of a local minister and race to find and destroy the Hook Man’s bones before he comes for them.… Read More

Fall TV: Best New Shows

October 19, 2005

Estranged brothers Sam (Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Smallville's Jensen Ackles) are reunited when their ghostbusting father mysteriously disappears. … Read More

Skin Review

October 18, 2005

By John Keegan

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In my comments on earlier episodes, I mentioned that Dean was becoming a far more compelling character than Sam. After this episode, I still feel that this is the case. What’s more, I think the writers are beginning to recognize it. This is ostensibly Sam’s episode, delving into his world and his emotions. Yet what I took away from it was a better sense of Dean’s issue with Sam and his previous life.

Sam was the one who escaped, and for that reason alone, Sam should have a lot of internal conflict with his current situation. He thought he had escaped his past, and it came back to bite him. Intersections with his old life are almost impossible, because he has to lie to them, and there’s an inevitable barrier of deception.

Jared plays the character as someone trying to contain his broiling emotions behind a flat affect, which can work if there’s sufficient acting ability. Think of Edward Olmos on “Battlestar: Galactica” and how clearly he can communicate with just a minimal shift of facial expression. Jared doesn’t have that, and so what is meant to seem like an extreme bit of conflict doesn’t necessarily shine through.

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Supernatural

October 18, 2005

Four weeks into the new season, the truth can be told: The year's most distinctive bump-in-the-dark new creepshow is — cue the organ music — Supernatural. … Read More

Skin

October 18, 2005
  • "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" – Iron Butterfly  
  • Poison Whiskey – Lynyrd Skynyrd 
  • Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
  • All Right Now – Free
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Skin

October 18, 2005

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) come to the aid of Sam’s old college buddy after he is accused of a murder he swears he didn’t commit. The brothers discover a shapeshifter is adopting the likenesses of others and murdering people. The brothers’ race to stop the shapeshifter takes a terrifying turn when he shifts into the likeness of Dean.… Read More

Bloody Mary Review

October 11, 2005

By John Keegan

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Another week, another good episode. I recently caught up with my review schedule (between “Serenity”, work, and RL issues, it wasn’t easy), and as it happens, I reviewed the second episode of “Night Stalker” just before this, so it was fresh in my mind. There’s a reason I think this series is superior, and it has much to do with the style bright to the table. Both series have strong “X-Files” pedigrees, but where “Night Stalker” goes for the ultra-serious scares, “Supernatural” goes for the mixture of wit and cultural relevance.

One aspect I really liked about this episode was the strong connection between the urban legend and the development of a “real world” history. The brothers are chasing down legends in this underbelly of the “real world”, this unseen side of society, and so the overlap between the “real world” and their lives should be distinct. That’s where I thought the previous episode slipped a bit; this one came together a lot better.

I also liked the snippets of folklore that were connected to the legend, such as the idea that ghosts or spirits can be trapped within a mirror and bound to it.

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