Supernatural: Season 1
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Supernatural: The Complete First Season (DVD)
In the tradition of interweaving character drama and the supernatural in such hits as "Smallville," a completely new kind of thrill ride takes viewers on a journey into the dark world of the unexplained in "Supernatural." Bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous, otherworldly mission, two brothers travel from the Colorado wilderness to the Nebraska farmlands and on to the isolated Wisconsin lakes, encountering creatures that most people believe only exist in folklore, superstition and nightmares.]]>
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 Gaita
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----for many, O-B-V-I-O-U-S reasons and SHELF-SPACE----
since this excellent series s-h-o-u-l-d last at least as long as
THE SIMPSONS [And, OMG, there's NO comparison, there!]
This series, GRIMM, and THE WALKING DEAD are the only
reasons to watch broadcast-TV! Highly recommended... Oh!
And I think the actors ALL enjoy the characters they play... it shows on the screen.
Season 1 of 13... or more to come!
The show really shines in its use of mythologies from around the world. A lot of the demon-talk falls into Russian and Japanese folklore, American urban legends, the wendigo are from Native American lore, and it seems they are always looking for ways to further the 'standard jobs', e.g. a hunt may start off seeming to be one thing, but the brothers later learn it's actually something else. No trope is overused however.
The DVD set has my all time favourite special feature, never before seen - the ability to not watch the 'previously, on Supernatural' shorts. Watching Supernatural quickly becomes a daily event: get home from work, eat dinner, send the kids to bed and watch an episode or three. The pace of the storytelling gets a bit more mileage without the story so far segments. The commentaries are insightful: we hear how the car used eventually became the '67 Impalla (because it sounds like a monster), why Dean listens to a lot of 80's hair rock and Classic rock (the songs were cheaper on the production budget). Then there are the stand-bys: a few behind the scenes, deleted scenes and the like.
The show is about family. And it seems that the cast and crew became just that during the first year of the show. The love and dedication are easily witnessed and Year One ends with such a bang that the real horror would be to not continuing to watch the show.
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If you are a fan of Supernatural it is awesome to go back in time and see the first season!!!
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