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A Proper Show,
This review is from: Supernatural - The Complete Second Season [DVD] (DVD)
In this age of manufactured boy bands and special effects laden tat, I steered away from Supernatural solely because of its marketing tagline of 'supernatural gets sexy' or some such pith. I suspect it put many traditionalists off, which was a huge marketing mistake. That said, I stumbled upon it one evening on ITV and watched it. The thing is, Supernatural is a very good show - gritty, solid, well-acted with good storylines, its milieu is personified by the 1967 Chevy Impala taking centre stage alongside Ackles and Padalecki - muscle, black darkness and plenty of chrome. Add a Rock music backdrop, and two traditional 'hunters', although the studio has obviously had its input into the desperate attempt to appeal to the masses, the show has not lost much integrity. The cinematography is really very good, the presentation slick and pleasing and the special effects not predominant but well-crafted enough to add to the show rather than dominate it. The modern take on traditional Otherworldiness - ghosts, vampires, demons, magic and psionsics (for example) is adriot and intuitive. All are well-rendered and believable within the genre. Characterisation is good - of the main players, who are not one-dimensional which is so easily done within the boundaries of Sci-Fi, but also the bit part players who re-appear sufficiently to add to the general feel of reality. The only criticism is that it feels like a hesitant 4th gear rather than full-blooded hurtling to top speed - the main storyline is introduced right from the outset and burns solidly in the background for the entire season but does not really get going until the last few episodes. The one story episodes are good and do not feel like fillers however. The second season certainly steps up a notch with some significant surprises. There is potential here for something rather good and I don't think anyone inetersted in Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows will ever be disappointed by this one.
The Second Season really does step up a notch and starts to find its feet more so than the first. It promises more and delivers very well but again, I am still left wondering if they could have taken more risks and achieved more. Perhaps Season 3 will provide those answers and a darker, more introspective show will await us...