TV review: Supernatural

September 23, 2005

The new drama Supernatural (WB, Thursdays, 9:00 ET) is another variation on what has become a familiar television theme: Beyond our everyday material world is a spiritual realm that impinges upon our lives. … Read More

TVTracker Review

September 21, 2005

In this good-enough follow-up to the scary pilot, the Dreamboat Brothers pursued the camper-eating Wendigo and Sam's "Carrie" dream made him more determined than ever to find the Thing That Killed The Women In His Life. … Read More

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
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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