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Review by Suzanne 9/14/05
This is a really exciting, spooky, creepy show, in all
the right ways. It reminds me a bit of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
or "Angel" but it's much more of a horror show. It doesn't have a
lot of gore, though, like today's horror movies. It's much more subtle
and frightening than that.
Two brothers lose their mother when she is killed by
some sort of supernatural spirit in their home. We see her killed
in the past, and then the show fast-forwards to present-day when the
younger brother, Sam, has just graduated from college, planning to go to
law school. His older brother, Dean, shows up, and we learn that
their father has become a sort of Ghost Buster in order to hunt for
their mother's killer. He has trained his sons to be the same way.
Instead of bring a normal family, they live to hunt ghosts over
everything else. The younger son has gone to college and escaped
that life, but the older brother is still doing the ghost-hunting with
his father. The father has gone missing, so the older brother
shows up at the college to get his younger brother to help him find
their ghost-busting dad. The younger brother is reluctant to go
and leave behind his pretty girlfriend and his bright future, but he
goes anyway, figuring he'll be back in time for his law school interview
The two brothers find the ghost that their father was
hunting, a woman who hitchhikes along an old stretch of California
highway, luring men to their deaths. They end up getting rid of
the ghost, but their father has moved on. We also find out that
the father has learned to skirt the law and use phony names and illegal
credits to fund his ghost-chasing, and he's taught his sons the same
tricks. The older brother gets arrested at one point but gets
After they get the ghost and Sam goes back to college,
he finds that his girlfriend is being killed the same way as his mother
(both get sucked up to the ceiling, dripping blood, and then are
engulfed by flames, and the houses are quickly consumed by flames as
well). Dean rescues Sam.
The plot moves along very quickly, with no dull moments.
The characters are interesting and well-written. The parts with
ghosts are very scary, as I said earlier. It's interesting that in
the first episode, we have so much conflict set up for the rest of the
series. The brothers love their father and miss their mother, but
they also resent the sort of life they were forced to lead (especially
Sam). Now Sam is going to be feeling vengeful, just like his
father, over losing his girlfriend. Like Buffy or Angel, they wish
they could lead normal lives, but they have to fight evil instead and
save the world from the vengeful spirits and other nasty creatures.
They also have to find their dad, who seems to be moving one step ahead
of them. Both brothers are well-trained in fighting, so there is a
lot of great action. They are also both very handsome, so expect
some romance as well.
Jensen Ackles (Dean) has a lot of charisma and is very
popular, so it's about time he starred in his own show. He has
come a long way since his days on "Days of Our Lives". He has
always had charisma, but he also learned to act since then. WB
audiences will remember him from "Dawson's Creek" and "Smallville".
He was also a recurring character on "Dark Angel". Dean has a real
attitude on the show, so his character is fun to watch. Jared
Padalecki (Sam) is best known for another WB show, "Gilmore Girls", but
he has been in a few movies as well. Both boys are gorgeous.
There should be enough action for most male viewers and enough hunkage
for most female viewers. For anyone else, it's just a plain great
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