Supernatural: Season 1 – Episode 1: ‘Pilot’ TV Episode Review
One of my favorite shows that I really enjoyed watching when I was a kid was, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’… Now I will admit that being apparently one of the few fans of the original movie, that I had not initially got in to the show, but, ultimately I really was glad that I did, because that show besides the awesome effects, talent and the like, also had a truly awesome story line that expanded well beyond just the basic story line of a woman that had been chosen to fight the forces of darkness on her own…
I mean don’t get me wrong, all of that was there but that show also dealt with a lot complex social issues that people of that day and age had to deal with… And where as the concept behind Supernatural is inherently different then Buffy was, it was also similar in that instead of a group of people dealing with complex social issues while fighting the forces of Darkness, Supernatural, had more to deal with the issues of how 2 lone hunters of the forces of Darkness and how they survive in a world that requires people essentially to conform to survive!
And that is just one of many reasons why this show really was a lot of fun!
Now as for the Pilot episode. This episode was written by: Eric Kripke (Revolution) and Directed by: David Nutter (The X-Files). Starring: Jared Padalecki (Friday The 13th), Jensen Ackles (Dark Angel), Sarah Shahi (Life). Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn), Samantha Smith (Transformers), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), and Steve Railsback (The Stunt Man).
This episode starts off 22 years earlier in the small town of Lawrence Kansas…
You see during this time the Winchester family is your average every day family… A husband and wife couple with 2 sons… All of this changes in the blink of an eye during one night that none of them will ever forget!
You see after putting young Sam and Dean to sleep, their mother. ‘Mary’ (Samantha Smith) looks in on her baby and sees a man that she mistakes for her husband standing by the crib… Once she realizes that the man in her baby boy’s room is not their father, Mary runs up to his room to confront him and screams out!
John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Mary’s husband, and the kids father was fast asleep during all of this in front of the TV, but when he hears Mary scream out, he runs up stairs and notices something in Sam’s room… Mary is hanging suspended from the ceiling, when all of a sudden the fire consumes the room, and the Winchester boys have to escape!
Years later, Sam (Padalecki) and Dean (Ackles) have grown up with their father giving them para-military training so that all 3 of them can go out and get the son of a bitch that killed his wife and their mother so many years ago!
The only problem is that Sam has left the family business to pursue a legal career and is currently in college at Stanford, and Dean and their father have essentially disconnected from Sam… That is until John disappears and Dean enlists Sam’s help in finding him!
In the end this series is an awful lot of fun… This episode had a lot of potential, but was not the best of the series… Don’t get me wrong, it truly was a fun episode, and I thought the struggle for Sam between going after his father Vs. staying at School was quite fascinating… And the special effects when it came to the pyrotechnics in the first scene when Mary is burned up was really well made… But the truth is, is that I didn’t like the way this episode ended… And I know that with the only problem I have being the ending shouldn’t be a huge issue, but it is!
You see I am not a fan of the cheap way of doing things… the almost, ‘Jersey Shore’ way of doing things… What I mean is, is that I liked the fact that ultimately Sam made the decision, but this whole change thing, I don’t believe it, and I am also convinced that if it were me and my girlfriend died that I would not be one of the most happiest people in the world… Angry, Sad, whatever, in some way you would see it on my face… But Sam on the other just kind of jumped back in to his career… And all that I just am not convinced would have went down the way it did!
In the end this show is a lot of fun, and even this episode is pretty solid, and I suspect that if you keep up with the series that you might find this show to be a lot of fun… I did, and you might to!