Jane After Dark: I Believe in the Power of 'Supernatural'
by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 13th 2010 10:00AM
'Supernatural' is one of those shows I've been hearing about since it first premiered in 2005. I was never a fan of shows with demons and ghosts and the like until I finally watched 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' Now I'm sort of hooked on them.
I'm not gonna lie, though. I'm just a few episodes into 'Supernatural,' and so far, it's terrifying. It could be a good long while before I'm able to swim in a lake ('Dead in the Water'), go camping ('Wendigo'), fly on a plane ('Phantom Traveler'), or look in a mirror ('Bloody Mary'). And I'm convinced that my husband is probably a shape-shifter ('Skin').
'Hookman' is like one of those stories your older siblings tell you to scare the crap out of you (I'm the youngest of four kids). A few more episodes, and I won't be able to function at all. I'll be curled up in a fetal position under the covers. Every episode is like a self-contained horror movie.
But they aren't really self-contained. They're all tied together by the pilot episode -- also terrifying -- which was a great setup for the series. You know right away it's going to be good, because Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the dad. I'm thinking he's really dead, because he always plays dead guys. Then again, he's listed as being in ten episodes of 'Supernatural' on his IMDB page, so he's either in flashbacks or he actually shows up for real.
Let's talk about the unfortunate and grisly demise of Dean and Sam's mom. Holy crap, what a way to kick things off. Put the mom on the ceiling, dripping blood on the baby, and then have her burst into flames. Nice. And then the same thing happens to Sam's girlfriend, Jessica -- only 22 years later. Hmmm ... it doesn't seem likely that this happens to all the women in these guys' lives, since both Dean and Sam must have had other girlfriends. I guess I'll find that out as I go along (if I can brace myself and keep watching, that is).
Just as Buffy and the Scooby Gang balanced out the scariness of 'Buffy,' on 'Supernatural' we've got the totally opposite brothers acting like goofy, real-life brothers (and Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are not hard to look at). Though they've led very different lives up to this point, you can tell that serious, grieving Sam and fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants Dean really care for each other. Not to mention the fact that they're tooling around on a 'Route 66' road trip like Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock, only hunting real demons instead of 1960s demons.
Oh, crap. The next episode is called 'Bugs.' Now I won't be able to go outside all summer. Swell, the construction guy has fallen into a hole filled with creepy-crawly bugs. I'm already averting my eyes.On second thought, I'm totally not watching this episode. Nope, can't do it. You can't make me.
Next week, if I make it that far, we'll talk about the groovy music, Dean's cool muscle car, their brotherly bromance (too weird?), and all the great lines (I've actually burst out laughing a few times).