SUPERNATURAL - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Supernatural - The Complete First Season (2005)
Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled,
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 6
Available Subtitles: Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
22 episodes on six discs
Commentary on Pilot by creator Eric Kripke, director David Nutter, and
Producer Peter Johnson
Commentary on Phantom Traveler by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness ? 15 minute
never-before-seen making of documentary
Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen ? Never-before-seen featurette
focusing on Jared and Jensen on the set of Supernatural
DVD-ROM capabilities with link to exclusive website content featuring a
sneak-peek into season 2, original pilot script, access to Dean's computer
and much more
but without any UFOs or aliens and you'll have a good idea of what to expect
of the 2005 TV show Supernatural.
Twenty-two years ago a
woman is killed by a malevolent poltergeist, leaving behind a husband now
obsessed with the occult and two boys whom he trains to help him fight all
supernatural phenomena such as ghosts, werewolves, demons, vampires,
werewolves, you name it. However, when the father disappears under
mysterious circumstances, the two brothers
now in their early 20s
go on a road trip to find him and the entity that killed their mother.
The plot however only exists to have the two brothers travel from town to
town in their late-1960s muscle car listening to ?mullet rock? investigating
paranormal activities along the way, a bit like Mulder and Scully in the
X-Files but without any FBI badges. (Or make that real FBI badges ?
along the way they impersonate a whole series of law enforcement officials.)
The series is very episodic and unlike shows like
Lost and Prison Break which has one single storyline the viewer
can easily skip and episode here and there. While nitpicky viewers may rail
at Supernatural's similarities to The X-Files and lament the
fact that its two central protagonists aren't as charismatic or witty as
Special Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the point is that Supernatural
is a good enough show to hold its own ground without all the X-Files
comparisons dragging it down.
In its favor are the show's youth-oriented
approach and its high production values: the cinematography is very now, and
the special effects and makeup are usually of a high enough standard so one
never feels as if one is watching TV. Each episode feels like a small movie.
However, while some episodes are quite good the familiarity of the plots
sometimes counts against the series. One episode for instance rehashes the
whole Candyman plot device while throwing in some imagery from The
Ring for good measure.
THE DISCS: It is probably best that you only check out
Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness, the 15 minute-long
making-of documentary after you've watched all the episodes since it
contains some plot spoilers.
WORTH IT? Teenagers and horror fans will lap it all up and shouldn't
miss Supernatural. Those averse to gore would want to give it a skip
since the episodes are at times unexpectedly gory and bloody, especially for
a TV show.
RECOMMENDATION: Don't expect to be glued to the screen like you would
with shows such as Invasion and
Lost. Supernatural's standalone episode structure ultimately
counts against it and it is best only to sample a few episodes at a time.