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Re: TV Thread finally renewed whew Season 3
Just finished a rewatch of the first season of Supernatural on Amazon Prime (I didn't know they had 13 seasons on there).
It is hard to have a consistent opinion on the first season of Supernatural as it is probably one of the few shows where I actually enjoy the “of the week” stuff far more than the overarching narrative. While there isn't a huge amount of variety in season one, I still enjoyed Sam and Dean travelling America facing monsters, Gods, urban legends, ghosts, demons and more. The through line of Sam and Dean's evolving characters and evolving dynamic as they search for their Dad by killing one creature at a time still remains incredibly compelling all these years later, even if Sam is considerably less likeable than I ever remember him being. This is Supernatural at its purest. This is what made Supernatural so beloved in first place.
However I also recognise the show is dated as fuck... I mean damn are these episodes really almost fifteen years old? Fuck I am getting old. I mean at times it is about as generic 00s CW as it comes and add onto that the ropey special effects, bad acting, clunky action scenes where hits visibly don't connect to obvious stunt doubles and silly sound effects play in their place like an episode from the 60s Star Trek, lots of plot convenience that makes no sense in context and copious amounts of unintentional cringe, at times I am just like... damn, this show is fucking awful.
It is a show where you'll have these expertly crafted horror sequences in one moment, only for it to rip you right out of the moment a second later with astoundingly terrible CGI. You'll be engrossed in a really interestingly unfurling mystery only for it to then lose you as Sam and Dean have to make an astoundingly terrible decision (which no Hunter should be able to make given their knowledge of the Supernatural is meant to be their greatest equaliser) just to move the plot along. You'll have what should be a really emotional interaction between Sam and Dean only it doesn't end up landing because whoever is constructing the episode is more interested in showing off how sexy Sam and Dean are as two brooding bad boys instead. And so on. You get the idea.
I mean thankfully in these earlier Supernatural episodes my biggest problem with the show hasn't really set in yet, that constant need for escalation and constant need to keep Sam and Dean relevant within their story, without the quality of the writing or budget to achieve it. The early seasons play to their budget about as well as they can but you wait until later seasons where all these ultimate beings get introduced and they just look like regular humans in generic outfits and die often in their first appearance, usually in ridiculously underwhelming ways (usually involving Sam or Dean killing them with a conventional weapon with a twist, like a knife dipped in dogs blood or something equally as rubbish, because somehow this creature has survived a millennia but then can be killed like this. It also perhaps wouldn't be so bad had it been woven well but they use the same herpderp excuses all the time “well you may be a God but no one believes in you so I guess you're just like a regular human now or something?” like... fuck off). Although I actually think this knowledge still creates problems with this season for me, unlike someone watching this fresh, I actually stuck with Supernatural until around maybe season nine? The later seasons and the dramatic decline in quality of Supernatural casts a long shadow over the first season for me.
While Eric Kripke claims he had this five season plan with Supernatural, so much of season one in hindsight feels they are just figuring it as they go with no clear overarching plan at all. A rough first draft rather than a finished article. There is a lot of stuff happening in season one for sure, a lot of stuff being set up, but so much that you think will be important here will either later go on to be contradicted or disregarded, if it is even referenced again at all. Even the stuff that does eventually pay off, pays off when the show has completely come off the rails so I know the pay off will not satisfy. As a result it almost makes the first season feel like a fairly pointless watch, given how little of the show here will really matter in the long run.
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