Supernatural: The Complete First Season
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Supernatural: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Call it Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The College Years or Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Boys, but the horror series Supernatural delivers some of the most satisfying small-screen scares in recent memory. The premise is deceptively simple: brothers Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki from Gilmore Girls and Jensen Ackles, both appealing) travel the darker corners of the American landscape in search of their father, who's gone missing while hunting the malevolent forces that lead to the death of their mother. In the course of their search, the siblings encounter a host of otherworldly creatures, including vampires, ghosts, and witches, as well as such distinctly American phenomena as the urban-legend favorite the Hook ("Hookman"), monsters from Native American mythology ("Wendigo"), and fearful figures from children's games ("Bloody Mary"). Supernatural's integration of elements from American pop culture and folklore, combined with its skilled cast and crew (creator/co-writer Erik Kripke delivered 2005's Boogeyman, while director/executive producer David Nutter is a veteran of The X-Files and Millennium), and better-than-average attempts at atmosphere and suspense place the series well above the other spookshow programs that arrived on networks at about the same time (Invasion, Night Stalker), and should hold considerable appeal for fans of frightful fare.
The six-disc set contains all 22 episodes of the debut season, with commentary by Ackles and Padalecki on "Phantom Traveler" and Nutter, Kripke, and producer Peter Johnson on the pilot episode; two making-of documentaries (one on the show itself, and the other on its stars), as well as a brace of unaired scenes and a gag reel round out the set. For those with DVD-ROM capabilities, the set also includes a link to a web site which offers a sneak preview at season 2 and the pilot script, among other bonus features. --Paul GaitaSee all Product Description
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There is an excellent X-Files-y feel to the show, but it manages to be more lighthearted and "cool," due in large part to the convincing and enjoyable fraternal chemistry between stars Padalecki and Ackles, whose acting comes off as natural and comfortable. Centred entirely on supernatural events (lacking thankfully from The X-File's sometimes tiring theme of government conspiracy and aliens) based on actual urban legends, it's satisfying to see some of the stories we've all heard growing up unfold and be addressed on the screen. Of course it's a fictional storyline, but in a sense, this gives it more "credibility," where other shows like Buffy, Angel, and Charmed, while fun, you know plenty of the mythology is made up.
I wish I could give this a 4.5, because the show is lacking little from an enthusiastic 5. My biggest regret is that much of the show's episodes are stand-alone, addressing the main plotline only occasionally. This is partly understandable, as there wouldn't be much if the brothers' goals were so quickly dealt with, and the huge variety of urban legends cannot possibly all relate to their quest.Read more ›
DVD BOX REVIEW
I love it. Last disc has a lot of the "behind-the-scene" stuff like bloopers and a day in the life of Jensen and Jared. Some complain there isn't enough stuff on the DVDs - more episode commentary would be nice, but it's a great package for an underrated show.
I have to admit, the show does start off more gory than I'd like - I am not a horror-flick watcher in any means. But Dean's charm, Sam's puppy eyes, and the intense storyline kept me going. The "blood-and-bones" aspect does tone down for many episodes, and taps into the emotions and spirituality of humans (and demons!), which is the aspect I really enjoy the most.
I highly recommend giving this show a look. It isn't just a "horror/slash" television show. It's a well-written show about the fears and tears of life - with just a pinch of demon.
The first season is much more "Horror Movie of the Week" than the second, with only bits and pieces of the overall story arc thrown in to hold it together but in doing so it makes most episodes much more enjoyable to watch as one-offs. Its funny, its tight, its genuinely scary. You can tell that the actors are having fun doing it, and in turn you have fun coming along for the ride. There are very few weak episodes in Season One and as the tension mounts and we start careening toward the season finale it really grabs for your guts and doesn't let go for a second.
The only beef I have with the box set is the special features. They're seriously lacking, and the few commentaries (except for the one for the pilot) feel slapped together and tacked on as an after thought. Start-up websites have better official galleries. The behind the scenes featurettes lack too. Movie Television (CA) shot and aired better, more in depth and amusing stuff than what appears on the DVD set. The DVD-ROM features do make up for it a bit, but you have to take it to your computer to enjoy the really good stuff online.
Hopefully now that the show has found an audience and is guaranteed for a Season Three WB/CW will put more thought and work into the special features of the Season Two box set, but for now we'll just have to wait on that.
If you love the show, and enjoy watching the episodes then the box set won't disappoint. Buy it, watch it with your friends and enjoy! If, however, you're a DVD junkie who puts more worth in the special behind the scenes features than the show itself, you may be disappointed.
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I stumbled into this show catching the Season 4 premiere and immediately backtracked to season 1 to watch everything. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Wade A
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