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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Bloody Mary

October 11, 2005
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Bloody Mary

October 11, 2005

In suburban Nebraska, a group of partying high school teens jokingly dare their friend Charlie (guest star Marnette Patterson) to look into the mirror and repeat ‘Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary,” not knowing this will unleash a series of mysterious murders. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize that Bloody Mary has the power to travel through all reflective surfaces when she is hunting a victim. Worried that teens are accidentally summoning Bloody Mary, Sam and Dean race to destroy the violent spirit before she can kill again.… Read More

Supernatural Given Full Season Pick-Up

October 6, 2005

After four weeks of impressive ratings growth, The WB Network's SUPERNATURAL, from Warner Bros, Television has been given a full season, 22-episode order, it was announced today by David Janollari, the network's President, Entertainment. … Read More

Phantom Traveler Review

October 4, 2005

By John Keegan

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After three strong episodes to start the series, this episode seems to slip a bit, at least from my point of view. I find that my enjoyment of the series is now firmly rooted in the exploration of Dean, especially since Sam is showing very little in terms of a distinct personality. It might actually be a flaw of the series that the writers will be correcting over time, but I’m not entirely sure that staging Sam as the “straight man” to Dean is the best move.
Dean (Jensen…see, I can remember his name!) is the more dynamic brother, and his scenes have been one of the highlights of the series. As I mentioned before, the elements that are supposed to be scary don’t really bother me, so I’m in it for the disturbing psychological places that these situations take the characters. In this case, it brings out Dean’s fear of flying. That was probably the best part of the episode, but in too many other cases, I didn’t feel like the story was all that interesting.
In general, I did think it was interesting that Dean and Sam were essentially forced to act like terrorists in order to save the passengers on the plane.
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Phantom Traveler

October 4, 2005

On TransNational flight 2485, a man possessed by the spirit of the Phantom Traveler causes the plane to crash, leaving only five survivors left alive. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) must exorcise the angry spirit before it attacks the survivors. The brothers realize the only way to do that is to take the battle to the skies.… Read More