If you are a fan of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker, you were more than likely disappointed in the remake a couple of years ago on ABC. Your hope is now once again restored. Supernatural is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to The Night Stalker. Like Kolchak, the
In season 1 Sam Winchester (Padalecki) was in college. His fiancée was attacked by a creature that had once also taken his mother. Enter brother Dean (Ackles) who arrives to take the mourning Sam on a cross-country search for their missing father. It turns out that Daddy Winchester has been on a self-imposed crusade to find the monster that took his wife and any other demon or creature he might be able to hunt along the way. We also find out he’s trained the boys to be quite capable monster hunters themselves. Most of the first year dealt with the brothers fighting their way to their dad. It ended in a hell of a cliffhanger. Season 2 didn’t waste anytime picking up the action. The action picks up the moment we were left waiting last May. If the first year gave the boys their mission, the second is about consequences. All of the expected monsters are there for the hunt, and year two turned out twice as good as the first. If you didn’t think that was possible, check out this second year DVD set.
What amazes me most about Supernatural is the incredible balance the show manages to keep up week after week. Of course, there is that creature of the week idea, but without taking anything away from each episode, there is an overall story arc that ties these creatures and moments together in such an intricate yet easy to follow fashion. Each episode blends just the right mix of darkness, comedy, and series mythology. Even The X-Files wasn’t able to spin this flawless a tapestry. I also can’t say enough about the leads. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have a wonderfully complicated chemistry that gives us an element even Kolchak never had. This is not a one trick pony relationship. Under all of the brotherly love and shared tragedy there are far more emotional themes that surface from week to week. There are resentments and rivalries that can suddenly dominate their intercourse. Unlike most shows these conflicts are real and remain a part of the fabric of this relationship not to be brought out and then quickly overcome never to be seen again. Each of these events leaves a visible mark on their personalities. This kind of continuity is almost unheard of. It requires discipline and dedication by everyone involved; from the actors, writers, and production staff. And again, the season finale will leave you counting the hours until the next episode.
The fact is this. If you are even remotely a genre fan and have not checked out Supernatural, get your butt down to the store and get both seasons now. I promise you won’t be able to stop watching. As you venture into the second year, you’ll encounter vampires who feed on cattle with a Buffy angle, a serial killer’s ghost, Hoodoo, werewolves, and even angels. The boys continue to impersonate reporters, cops, doctors, and whatever else it takes to get the facts. There’s a little more running from the law in this season as some of their past indiscretions start to catch up with them. The quality is as high as it ever was. The spirit of Carl Kolchak lives on.
Gag Reel: Like the first DVD set, there’s a short and entertaining gag reel on this set. I’m happy to see this is becoming a rather standard extra on many shows. While it might not offer much on the surface, these tidbits are certainly entertaining.
Deleted Scenes: Many of the episodes offer some extra footage. Nothing to scream about here, but nice to have.
The Devil’s Road Map: You can click on locations on the map of the
Webisodes: These were not actually episodes aired on the web, but three behind the scenes pieces that were available at the show’s web site, and maybe still are.
Jared’s Original Screen Test: There’s a little of this, I think, in one of the first season extras. Rough stuff, but a nice touch.