TV Review: Supernatural Season 1

Usually my Saturday posts consist of a review of some movie. Today I decided I would mix it up a little bit. There are a few movies that I could review, for example Hobbs & Shaw. I saw it last night and overall, it wasn’t that bad.

Today however, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite TV shows that is coming to an end this year. That’s right…Supernatural is finally coming to an end after its 15th season on air.

I started following the show during its 10th season, and it took me about a month to watch seasons 1-9 to catch up to what was on air.

I decided to give each season its own review because this will be my one and only chance to really talk about the show.

Each Saturday will get its own season review. The final season will air on television before I get to finish all of the reviews, but I’ll also be throwing a predictions post when it is closer to the air date of the show.

Without further adieu ladies and gentlemen, my first of many Supernatural season reviews.

Season 1 of the show is a little rough, I’m not going to lie. That doesn’t make it a bad thing though, cause who expects pure gold from a TV show in its first season?

We get introduced to Sam and Dean, the two Winchester brothers and the main characters of the show, and we follow them along their path to find their dad who has been missing on a hunting trip.

Not a regular hunting trip though, more like a supernatural creature hunting trip.

Yep, we find out that Sam and Dean and their dad hunt those things that go bump in the night.

We get introduced to wendigos, demons, and dozens of other creepy and crawly things.

What do I like the most about this first season though? The fact that it’s basically just another CSI or other Detective type TV show, this one just has a twist to it.

I’ve always kind of wondered if this show would be as succesful as it was if it started this year, and I’m not really sure.

I know it’s not the best season of television to ever air, but I think it’s got a unique enough spin to it that I think it would do okay. At least from what I know, there are no other shows quite like Supernatural, where we have two brothers driving across the country hunting down ghosts and ghouls.

The first season helps build up the limitless potential though. Since we are introduced to a bunch of different creatures, we know that there are countless other things we can be introduced to along the way. We get monsters from different countries, cultures, religions and beliefs, and Season 1 does a good job of showing us these monster.

I have to tip my hat to the writers and researchers for this show though, because some of my favourite episodes are the ones that feature common myths or urban legends like Bloody Mary. I think its the subtle connections to things I am familiar with that helps cement Supernatural as one of my favourite shows.

One thing that Season 1 has a bit of a hard time doing though is setting up the tone of the show. This is the first season, so it’s not going to live or die by all the rules set in these episodes, but it does play a pretty big part in what comes after. Some episodes are funny, some scary, Some are action packed and some are more light hearted, while others overly dramatic.

It’s not a bad thing, and having watched the rest of the show I think Supernatural sort of blends them all together in a nice way, showing audiences it can do a bit of everything, but in the first season its just tough to get a proper feeling for what the show will be.

Luckily for the first season, they figured out the brotherly banter between Sam and Dean and showed it perfectly.

Brothers fight, brothers argue, and brothers get along. If you have a sibling you now how it is. One minute you want to knock them over the head with a chair, and the next minute you are best friends.

The two of them fit this dynamic perfectly, which grows in strength and interest as the series continues.

This plays nicely into the overall season arc, with the brothers hunting the demon that killed their Mother. Being joined by their hunter Dad, who is teased well throughout the series and plays a shadowy figure to the regular characters, the series begins to find direction and has a decent enough finale. The cliffhanger is slightly poor but there is enough interest to keep you watching.

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