Supernatural: Season 1

So I started watching this show called “Supernatural” because of Pinterest and Tumblr. I was updating my Pinterest boards one day, and especially focussing on the board with my favourite TV shows. After Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Charmed and The Big Bang Theory, I felt it needed more content. And then I stumbled on a board with a lot of Supernatural mentions. Snarky comments back and forth between Sam and Dean, the Cas/Dean shipping, and much more made this show look so interesting. So even though I’m really not equipped for horror, I decided to give it a go, and O MY GOD, I was hooked after like 5 episodes. The horror aspects of it all actually aren’t as bad as I imagined. And I can watch it without being scared to go to sleep. Score!

And once I was hooked, I started looking up more about it and I got gladder and gladder I started watching it. Because how can I call myself a fantasy and sci-fi fan, if I haven’t watched the longest-running sci-fi series in history? Exactly, I can’t! So I was proud that I started watching it now, at least. Also, it has such an amazingly dedicated fandom. No wonder I found so much info about it on Pinterest, it’s one of the 3 biggest fandoms on Tumblr (which feeds a lot into my Pinterest). And I love being a Superwholock Tumblr girl: Supernatural, Dr Who and Sherlock are my jam!

Anyway, let’s get back into the actual show, which first started airing in 2005. The main actors are, of course, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (and yes, I had to doublecheck to make sure I wrote their names right). They play brothers Sam and Dean, who fight supernatural monsters and protect the world.

IMDB has a few different synopsises (is that even a word? ah no, Google told me it’s synopses). This is the most basic one:

The show follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel across America in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating and combating paranormal events and other unexplained occurrences, many of them based on American urban legends and folklore as well as classic supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts.

That’s a pretty good description! Or, if you are a few seasons in, this is a better description;

Supernatural follows 2 brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they cross the country hunting supernatural beings with the help of their Angel friend Castiel and the King of Hell Crowley along with some other hunters they meet along the way.

And then lastly, I want to mention this description, which was obviously written by a fan, and it’s also the one I like most:

The story follows two brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester) who are out to kill every evil thing in this world. When Dean was 4 yrs old and Sam only 6 months old; their mother (Mary) was killed, their father (John) was determined to find and kill the demon who killed his wife. Raising the boys as “HUNTERS” of all things evil. Their motto: SAVING PEOPLE, HUNTING THINGS, THE FAMILY BUSINESS. After John’s death the boys continue the family business with the help of a few other hunters, traveling cross country, killing as many monsters as possible and saving as many people as they can. And at the same time they learn that “Family don’t end with blood”. They will do whatever it takes to save each other and their “FAMILY”. Going up against demons, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, demigods, witches, the four horsemen and even angels among other things. They lose family and find new people they call family. They have gone to heaven and hell for each other and will do it all over again. Cause that’s what FAMILY does and “Family don’t end with blood”.

But when I try to explain this show to anyone, I do prefer this one from Netflix, including its Tumblr comments:

The episodes are all about 40 mins long and there are 22 in the first season. Here are the short descriptions (taken from IMDB):

S1E1 – Pilot
Sam and Dean Winchester were trained by their father to hunt the creatures of the supernatural. Now, their father has mysteriously disappeared while hunting the demon that killed their mother, 22 years ago.

S1E2 – Wendigo
Sam and Dean make a stop at Blackwater Ridge and end up helping a young woman and her brother find their other brother, who mysteriously disappeared, while on a camping trip, in the woods.

S1E3 – Dead in the water
Something, in the lake of a small town, is killing innocent people.

S1E4 – Phantom Traveler
A friend of John’s calls Sam and Dean for help about a strange recording on the black box of a crashed plane. They soon realize that the demon which caused the crash is picking off the crash’s only seven survivors.

S1E5 – Bloody Mary
A game of Bloody Mary unleashes a ghost who lives in mirrors and kills by gouging out the eyes of her prey, Sam and Dean must find a way to stop her before she claims another victim.

S1E6 – Skin
A serial killer shape-shifter adopts the likeness of Sam’s college buddy to commit a gruesome murder. When the brothers investigate, the being “borrows” Dean’s form to continue the killing spree.

S1E7 – Hook man
Sam and Dean investigate an age-old urban legend known only as the Hook-Man, the spirit of a 19th century pastor with a twisted sense of morals that is unknowingly being used as an innocent girl’s attack dog.

S1E8 – Bugs
Sam and Dean head to Oklahoma to investigate a recent spate of insect related deaths around a new housing development.

S1E9 – Home
Following visionary Sam’s recent nightmare about the former Winchester home in Lawrence, Kansas, where the present dwellers, Jenny from Wichita and mother to two small kids, are suspiciously accident-prone, Dean reluctantly accepts to drive there. Dean and Sam reassure Jenny but follow up on the kids fear of a flaming creature in the closet. They consult Missouri Moseley, their father John’s old medium friend, and together with the spirit of Mary Winchester, confront an evil poltergeist, but a second ghost intervenes and someone hides behind Missouri.

S1E10 – Asylum
While investigating a haunting in an abandoned asylum and rescuing two teenagers who ventured in, Sam and Dean become trapped with the spirits of those who had died in a riot decades ago, one of which was a doctor who causes extreme rage in his victims.

S1E11 – Scarecrow
After arguing about the search for their father, Sam and Dean split ways – Sam to continue the search in California, Dean to hunt the mysterious disappearances of passing-through couples in Indiana.

S1E12 – Faith
After Dean is fatally injured on a case, Sam thinks he’s found a cure in a preacher who performs miracles. However, after they discover that these miracles are not as ‘holy’ as advertised, the brothers race to stop them before another innocent life is sacrificed.

S1E13 – Route 666
Dean is contacted by an ex-flame who asks him for help when black men in her hometown are being murdered by a driver-less racist truck.

S1E14 – Nightmare
When Sam’s visions start happening while he’s awake, he and Dean investigate the unusual murders he foretold only to find them all to be true. And that perhaps he’s not the only one with special abilities.When visiting the Millers the boys go as priests.

S1E15 – The benders
After following a history of disappearances in Hibbing, Minnesota, Sam finds himself locked in a cage and Dean must team up with a by the book sheriff to find him……before the hunt begins.

S1E16 – Shadow
While looking into a mysterious murder in Illinois, Sam and Dean come across Meg, an old ‘friend’ of Sam’s, who may be far worse than they ever thought possible and who plans to use the brothers as bait to trap their father, John.

S1E17 – Hell house
When a case of a seemingly average haunting begins to go haywire, Sam and Dean come to find that two bumbling, wanna-be paranormal investigators, Harry and Ed, are already on the case.

S1E18 – Something wicked
Dean gets a second chance to right a wrong from his past when the brothers get a mysterious tip from their father about a case they’d worked years ago, but left unfinished after Sam was nearly killed by the creature.

S1E19 – Provenance
When two sets of owners of the same painting are brutally murdered, Sam and Dean investigate with the help of an auction house owner’s daughter, all while Dean shamelessly tries to pair her with his little brother.

S1E20 – Dead man’s blood
After Daniel Elkins, a vampire hunter and John’s mentor, is murdered, Sam and Dean are surprised when John himself shows up to solve the case. John discovers the vampires have taken an antique gun, which has the power to kill all supernatural beings. The Winchester family sets out to retrieve the gun from the vampires so they can use it to kill the demon that took Sam and Dean’s mother.

S1E21 – Salvation
Meg turns to killing John’s friends in order to get the Colt. Sam and Dean stakeout the Demon’s next target; a family with a six month old baby showing signs of special abilities. John heads off alone to confront Meg.

S1E22 – Devil’s trap
Sam and Dean seek help from Bobby Singer, an old family friend in their mission to save their father from Meg. The brothers set a trap for Meg.

Usually my favourite episodes or seasons are the first ones, because they are the ones that introduce you to this new world. Harry Potter for example, my favourite book is the first one. For The Mentalist (one of my favourite shows), I also prefer the first episode because it sets the scene, and the episodes where we flash back to him first meeting the team and Lisbon. But in this case, it’s not the first episode that I love. Because for me, it mostly works because of the relationship between Sam and Dean and that hasn’t reached its normal status yet in the first episode, as this is the one where they reconnect after a long time apart. My favourite episode isn’t even in the first season at all, but I’ll talk about that later. My favourite episode of the first season is: Bloody Marry. It’s the first time that they take on a famous urban legend their own way. And I learned something! The way to get rid off Bloody Mary is to wait until she comes out of the mirror and then show her her own mirror reflection.

Did you watch the first season and liked it, or hated it? Please let me know in the comments!

Happy watching,

Loes M.

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