Bugs

November 8, 2005

After a construction worker is killed by insects burrowing into his brain, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the town’s history and find that the new housing development is being built on sacred Indian land. The Indians put a curse on the land after their reservation had been ravished and destroyed. Sam and Dean must find a way to survive and kill the deadly swarm of bees, locusts, spiders and beetles.… Read More

Jared Padalecki turns ‘Supernatural’

November 3, 2005

Jared Padalecki was a teenager working a summer job as a ranchhand in Texas when his family showed up to tell him he'd won a nationwide search to be a trophy presenter at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. … Read More

Hookman Review

October 25, 2005

By John Keegan

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I’ll be honest. When I saw the promo for the Hook Man, I was a bit skeptical. I’ve never really taken to that legend, and it felt like an early grab for ratings, given how often it’s been used as a theme over the years. But it didn’t take long for the concept to win me over, because it wasn’t treated like something above and beyond the norm for the Winchester brothers. Instead of a stunt episode, this was a solidly dark tale.

Normally, the hot women on this show are little more than skinny eye candy. Even Amy Acker was tossed out for show, with very little character to work with (leaving aside commentary on her acting). Jane McGregor, on the other hand, blew me away. Her role still wasn’t overly complex, but since her psychology was at the center of the story, Lori and her interaction with Sam was critical to the episode’s success. I’ve never seen this actress before, but I was impressed at how quickly she could turn on the hotness.

Speaking of Sam, I wasn’t nearly as disappointed in his character as I have been in the past.

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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

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