Review: Supernatural 2.1


In the US: Thursdays, 9/8c, The CW

In the UK: ITV2 is currently showing season 1. No word on season 2.

Characters re-cast: 0

Major characters gotten rid of: 1

Major new characters: 1 (maybe)

Format change percentage: 25%

Surprisingly bleak moments: Several

The pretty boy ghosthunters are back. After chasing after the demon that killed their mum, while simultaneously looking for their dad (who’s looking for the demon that killed their mum) for a whole season, they finally caught up with both only for it all to go a bit pear-shaped.

When last we left them, they were all involved in a nasty car wreck that looked a tad fatal. Have they all survived the summer break?

Not exactly…

Prepare yourself for a shock, regular viewers: at least one regular character is going to die and there’s going to be a resulting format change. Plus the car’s totalled.

For generally quite a flippant show, this is a surprisingly sombre episode in tone. There are the usual glib comments and piss-takes, but on the whole, the episode generally emphasises that chasing after demons when you’re just a human being is probably quite a dangerous activity, all in all, since you’re vulnerable to trivial things like car accidents as well as matters supernatural.

New viewers, since there’s going to be a reasonably big format change, you can join in comfortably and not have to worry too much about what’s gone before. There’s a hint that one new character is going to be an irregular regular, but no more than a hint, and there’s another hint that one of the existing regulars is a lot more than he seems. It’s also quite a good episode, so worth a look anyway.

Regular viewers: be prepared for some stress. Sorry, but forewarned is forearmed and all.