The latest TV series produced by "Charlie's Angels" director McG (see also "The OC" and "Fastlane", "Supernatural" is a WB (sorry, I mean CW) is a sort of a teen "The X-Files" (frequent "Supernatural" director Kim Manners was a frequent "X-Files" director and "Supernatural" co-exec producer John Shiban started his career as an "X-Files" staff writer. Other ex "X-Files" staff are also along for the ride.) While the series doesn't meet the level "The X-Files" did in its prime, "Supernatural" still surprises with how genuinely creepy and compelling it is at times.
"Supernatural" focuses on Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. The boys lost their mother to a demon and their father trained them to hunt evil demons or creatures. In the first season, their father had disappeared only to return to join the boys in their fight. The season finale, however, ended with a tragic accident that left all three of their fates in question.
The second season sees the aftermath of the crash and the boys' father making a big decision. Afterwards, the two sons hit the road, solving more cases and trying to cope with their father's decision. The series continues to be surprisingly solid in its sophmore round, with mostly captivating and creepy tales and an interesting conclusion that makes next season also look quite promising.
"Supernatural" may look like another "teen drama", but it's better than that, and the series surprised me quite a bit after watching it. This isn't "The X-Files", but it's still a very entertaining supernatural/horror series with two excellent lead performances and writing that is mostly (while a few stories aren't as interesting, most are compelling and creepy) first-rate. The look of the series is also impressive for a TV series, as the show's glossy cinematography, great sets and visual effects are certainly above average for this type of show. Overall, "Supernatural" is a great series that deserves more attention.
23. 2- 1 28 Sep 06 In My Time of Dying
24. 2- 2 5 Oct 06 Everybody Loves A Clown
25. 2- 3 12 Oct 06 Bloodlust
26. 2- 4 19 Oct 06 Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
27. 2- 5 26 Oct 06 Simon Said
28. 2- 6 2 Nov 06 No Exit
29. 2- 7 9 Nov 06 The Usual Suspects
30. 2- 8 16 Nov 06 Crossroad Blues
31. 2- 9 7 Dec 06 Croatoan
32. 2-10 11 Jan 07 Hunted
33. 2-11 18 Jan 07 Playthings
34. 2-12 25 Jan 07 Nightshifter
35. 2-13 1 Feb 07 Houses of the Holy
36. 2-14 8 Feb 07 Born Under a Bad Sign
37. 2-15 15 Feb 07 Tall Tales
38. 2-16 15 Mar 07 Roadkill
39. 2-17 22 Mar 07 Heart
40. 2-18 19 Apr 07 Hollywood Babylon
41. 2-19 26 Apr 07 Folsom Prison Blues
42. 2-20 3 May 07 What Is and What Should Never Be
43. 2-21 10 May 07 All Hell Breaks Loose (1)
44. 2-22 17 May 07 All Hell Breaks Loose (2)
VIDEO: "Supernatural" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation quality isn't without a few minor concerns, but mostly looked terrific. Sharpness and detail were mostly impressive, even in the show's many dark or dimly-lit sequences. A few minor hints of artifacting were spotted in a couple of dark scenes, but these instances were very few. No edge enhancement or other concerns were spotted. Colors generally looked subdued, but that's what the show is going for.
SOUND: "Supernatural" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The show's soundtrack remained enjoyably eerie, with the surrounds offering up an array of intense sound effects and enjoyable ambience. The show's classic rock soundtrack also sounded bold and rich, with fine clarity. Dialogue sounded natural and well-recorded.
EXTRAS: "In My Time of Dying" offers commentary from
Final Thoughts: A moody, atmospheric and often creepy series, "Supernatural" succeeds thanks to two solid lead efforts, great visuals and terrific writing. It's a very entertaining series overall, and this fine DVD set presents the second season quite well. Recommended.