Television Supernatural


Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot
I love this show. I can't believe I never watched the first episode before. I've definitely seen all of season 4 and the first eight episodes of season 5. I've probably seen most of, if not all, seasons 2 and 3 (I recognize a lot of the episode summaries on Wikipedia). As such, I knew enough about the show to not be surprised by most of what occurred in this episode, in particular the beginning and the end of it.

This show has a great balance of action and suspense. Things can get pretty scary every now and then. Also, deaths are never explicitly gory. An example I just made up, which may or may not have ever happened, but if a guys head got chopped off, the scene would be you see the ax coming, scene cuts to another viewpoint, you might hear the sound, then you hear the thud. An example from this episode is you don't see how the person is killed but you see blood splatter onto the windshield.

I had a friend who once made a comment about how a spirit would commit one murder every so years and then when it comes to an episode of Supernatural, there would be an abnormally high number of kills. I've honed in on little details like this with other shows and movies before, but this was a detail I never noticed. I probably didn't notice because I acknowledge that in most real life situations, patterns aren't permanent. The sun rising every 24 hours isn't a permanent pattern. The average temperature every year isn't a permanent pattern. What exactly do I mean? When I say a pattern isn't permanent, I mean to say the pattern was formed by making an observation and using that observation to predict a future event. 1 2 3 4, what comes next? Your answer would probably be 5. But you'd be wrong, because the pattern I had in my mind is 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14... (skip every multiple of 5). Thus, real patterns are ones that are defined and when we play the game object 1, object 2, object 3, what comes next, we play with the idea that I have already defined a pattern and I give you enough objects for you to determine my pattern. Anyways, that's one way to overlook why the spirit would break its "pattern." Other reasons include a failure to record certain killings, killings became more frequent because the spirit was being agitated by something or somebody, and you might not notice an event unless you're looking for it.

Anyways, this episode partially explained the change in killing frequency pertaining this episode in the following dialogue. I feel if an episode doesn't mention the reasoning, you can just assume the any of the reasons above or below apply.
DEAN pulls some papers out of a folder.
All right, here we go. So Dad was checking out this two-lane blacktop just outside of Jericho, California. About a month ago, this guy.
DEAN hands one of the papers to SAM.
They found his car, but he vanished. Completely MIA.
The paper is a printout of an article from the Jericho Herald, headlined "Centennial Highway Disappearance" and dated Sept. 19th 2005; it has a man's picture, captioned "Andrew Carey MISSING". SAM reads it and glances up.
So maybe he was kidnapped.
Yeah. Well, here's another one in April.
DEAN tosses down another Jericho Herald article for each date he mentions.
Another one in December 'oh-four, 'oh-three, 'ninety-eight, 'ninety-two, ten of them over the past twenty years.
DEAN takes the article back from SAM and picks up the rest of the stack, putting them back in the folder.
All men, all the same five-mile stretch of road.
DEAN pulls a bag out of another part of the arsenal.
It started happening more and more, so Dad went to go dig around. That was about three weeks ago. I hadn't heard from him since, which is bad enough.

Season 1 Episode 2 Wendigo
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Once again, the number of deaths was explained and does not fall under the error which my friend observed. However, I was curious as to why such a fast, smart, and great hunter failed to have any of those characteristics towards the end of the episode. The best idea I could come up with is that the Wendigo lacks those characteristics when distracted or caught off guard.

In the last episode, Dean comes and distracts the spirit before Sam is killed. In this episode Dean circles back and kills the being before it mauls Sam and the others. Depending on how one looks at the situation, Dean has saved Sam's life in 2 out of 2 episodes so far.

Season 1 Episode 3 Dead in the Water
They explained that the frequency must be increasing because whatever was causing the trouble, time was running out as the lake would be gone.
Sam doesn't need saving in this episode.

Season 1 Episode 4
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I like how the "previously on Supernatural" during Episodes 3 and 4 isn't really a previously on Supernatural.
How cute, our first demonic possession.
Smile @ the homemade EMF meter.
Suddenly the homemade EMF meter made sense.
I never saw these episodes and it's interesting to learn how Sam and Dean


  1. I've been watching more and more of Supernatural and it just has been getting better. 2 things tho. First of all, the pattern thing, if you watch some of the behind the scenes stuff for this (and really most shows) they are changing stuff all the time. Basically, this pattern thing doesn't happen all the time but when it does without the pattern becoming more frequent, it's to avoid things like well, if it really were happening that frequently then it wouldn't have slipped under non-hunter radar.

    Second, are you saying the show is better by not being gory? Although they often do what they can to be gory but make it past network censors.

  2. Wait, explain to me what about the pattern becoming more frequent that upset you. I was under the impression it upset you because it didn't make actual sense, and that it was only used to make each episode interesting. I never had the right words to defend it, but you basically said it for me. The moment something becomes more frequent, is when it becomes more noticeable to a hunter, and the hunter will put an end to the problem. The series follows two specific hunters, but the same would happen for any other hunter. They will catch on to changes in frequencies. But also as I've mentioned, a sudden change in frequency doesn't necessarily mean the demon or whatever broke a pattern, its merely a change in plans. That's life.

    Yeah, basically. I understand they are probably trying to be as gory as they can. But I'm happy with their limitations. I enjoy scary more than gory. In any case, this show helped me stick my foot through the door in terms of horror films. I'm not sure, but perhaps its the same for other viewers. To me that's a good thing.

  3. As far as patterns the worst example was the HH Holmes ghost ep because it always happened like years apart and then during our present day episode it happened 3 times in a week. There was no explanation other than those scenes were needed to make the episode have more going on and more scares.

    Also, I don't think the show is better because it's less gory. We've seen throat slashings and skin shedding and knives up through heads and not have to cut away. I don't like gore for gore's sake usually (except for ridiculous excess in horror comedies) but the gore in say Hostel, I don't like as much. But I think the show would be just as good, if not scarier, if there was more gore and if it was on say Showtime, this would certainly be the case. However, I mainly like the show because of the concept and basically Dean's demeanor haha. Every 5 or so episodes it can get actually scary which is enjoyable but I think it's weird to talk about lack of gore as a plus when those involved with writing and such would, and do, make it as gory as the CW will let them. If literally all the same people were involved but the show were on Showtime, I think not only would it be gorier but it'd be funnier and scarier and, most likely, better. However, I end with saying that the show still rocks and I'm glad all of us that have watched it like it as much as we do. I still have much catching up to do, including the anime series (which is gorier apparently haha). Oh, and I want a '67 Impala!!!