Supernatural is one of several shows I plan
to check out this fall. I can’t guarantee reviews of
every episode for it, but I have time to review the
pilot. (I’ll be reviewing Smallville again,
and I may not have time to do two reviews each week.)
This episode airs again on Thursday; check it out if
you missed it last night.

Cast and Crew

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester

Written by Eric Kripke

Directed by David Nutter, who also acts as an
Executive Producer.


Complete information is
available from this
IMDB
page
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Original Airdate

“Pilot” originally aired on Tuesday, September 13,
2005. It
will air again on Thursday, September 15, 2005.

Premise

This episode introduces us to the Winchester brothers,
who have been
trained by their father to hunt ghosts and the like
from a very young
age.

High Point

The conversation about the cassette tape collection.

Low Point

The conversations between Sam and his friends. They
just didn’t seem
convincing to me. I never got a sense of excitement
or passion from
Padalecki about his career, which didn’t really sell
the importance of
the interview.

The Review

These guys are like Ghostbusters with a
purpose. We’ve got
the spooky elements and the humour combined, but this
time, we’ve got
the makings of a long-term story arc. It hasn’t
really done a lot of
original stuff just yet, but the overall
quality was high
enough that I’ll keep watching. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects before the final resolution were
very good, with
a very nicely done “hand on the window” effect about
midway through.
The final resolution of the “woman in white” story
wasn’t quite as
well done as the rest. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is light on plot, heavy on
character introduction.
We learn about their history, family and techniques
rapidly and
through conversation rather than immediate exposition.
It’s a solid
pilot episode. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting from Ackles was very good.
Padalecki wasn’t bad,
but he wasn’t great. He could improve over the course
of the series.
I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was very positive, but
that’s mostly
derived from where I see this going. When I was
watching this, I felt
like The X-Files was back on the air. Any
fellow philes out
there should definitely check this out. I give it 5
out of 6.

The production had excellent lighting. This
is remarkably
dark for a network show, and that’s exactly what the
series needs.
The editing had some excellent sequences, and some
mediocre portions.
In all, I think this is going to be one of the best
made shows on the
air once the crew gets a feel for each other. I give
it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a very strong start to what
might be a great
series. By pilot episode standards, it’s an easy 5
out of 6.

In total, “Pilot” receives 30 out of 42.