I can't believe I haven't ...
I can't believe I haven't seen any questions regarding Supernatural
yet. I absolutely loved the pilot. I had the lights turned off while I watched, and it was completely spooky. I think it's filling the void for the part of me that still misses The X-Files
. What do you think? I think Jared Padelecki
is doing a great job and he and Jensen Ackles
make a great pair. They can definitely hold their own as the lead characters.Answer:
So far, it's doing OK, certainly by WB's standards. I imagine we'll get to enjoy this one for at least a full season. I'm liking it well enough, but am a bit concerned by the predictability of the fiend-of-the-week formula. As a horror anthology of sorts, Supernatural
needs to make us wonder if our heroes (who are, at least for the moment, invulnerable) will always vanquish the demon and save the girl (and assorted others). That said, the episodes I've seen so far have been satisfyingly spooky. I think what I like best about the show right now is its utter lack of pretension. If that makes it a lot more simplistic than the stand-alone X-Files
classics, I'll settle for now.
On a related topic, Jaime writes: "OK, I like Gilmore Girls (though I'm still waiting for the show to kick into high gear this season), and I like Jared Padelecki. However, other than the Jared connection, I have no idea why WB would air these two shows back-to-back on Tuesdays. They seem targeted for two entirely different types of viewers. Supernatural is out to scare people, and the only thing scary about Gilmore Girls is Kirk without his shirt on. Seems like it would be smarter to pair Supernatural with a show like Smallville. Do you agree?"
Makes sense to me (and I said as much in our Fall Preview issue). But there's a theory that the young, female audience that's so devoted to Gilmore Girls is the same audience that goes out each weekend to get scared at horror movies on date night. So while the tones couldn't be more different, the target audience may not be. And if pairing it with Smallville means shipping Supernatural to the bloodbath of Thursdays, I wouldn't wish that on any show — well, maybe on One Tree Hill.