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Every Episode of Supernatural Ranked: 1.01 Pilot

Sam and Dean

THEN:
My roommate convinced me to give Supernatural a try. It was being promoted as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with male leads. I loved Buffy, so this dude version had a high bar to clear. The handsome male leads were, as advertised, handsome. The ghost story was spooky. The shocking beginning and end scenes were shocking, but relied on the deaths of two interesting female characters who could have been powerful ongoing characters. However, the intense relationship between the two brothers was undeniable, and the fate of the father was enough to keep me watching.

NOW:
Rewatching it for the umpteenth time, I marvel at how beautiful the pilot looks. Directed by David Nutter and filmed on actual film, it looked better than a lot of cheap horror films of the mid-2000s. It was also more tightly written, with an entire ghost story, a family mystery, a complicated relationship, and a huge about of backstory being unspooled in less than 45 minutes.

NOTES:

  • I’m watching the Season DVD set because it has all the music that was originally licensed for the show. While other WB shows at the time leaned on power ballads and pop songs, Supernatural went for classic rock, which instantly set it aside from the Smallvilles and Gilmore Girls on the network’s roster. It’s hard to imagine what this should would have been with forgettable music. I guess I could have watched a streaming version with substitute music to find out, but I’m not that curious.
  • Jensen Ackles is now older than Jeffrey Dean Morgan was when they filmed the pilot. They, as adult Dean and dad-again John, along with Jared Padalecki as collegiate Sam, look so young and full of hope!
  • It’s been fun to see Adrianne Palicki and Sarah Shahi, who played tragic women in the pilot, play assassins in John Wick and Person of Interest, respectively.
  • I forgot that little bit of dialogue that small Dean said as he held tiny Sam outside their burning home: “It’s okay, Sammy.” ;_;

RANKINGS:

  1. Episode 1.01 “Pilot”

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