Can I make a confession? I watched the first three episodes of Supernatural in January of 2014.
And then I stopped. And I didn’t go back to it until July of 2015. It was too creepy and not quite as…compelling as I wanted.
Season 1 was not the strongest season ever.
Of course I eventually wandered back. Pushed through s1 and half of s2. And then it gets so much better, right?
But the pilot episode… well. It’s classic. And it set the tone for so much came later. The monster of the week episodes, the classic one liners (driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.)
There were a lot of things that didn’t work. Dean didn’t take care of the Impala the way he would later. He was a little too happy and carefree to vibe well with the Dean he’d become later, and Sam was a little too whiny. But the episode laid the ground work for everything that came after, and for the psyche of Dean and Sam. It reunited them after years apart (and here there’s some argument—some in the fandom say 2 years, some say 4.) and sets them on the path to find Dad. And it makes a decades old tragedy fresh again with the murder of Jessica.
So yeah. It has issues, and there are moments it feels a little forced. But when Dean crawls through Sam’s window and smirks. Says Dad’s on a hunting trip, hasn’t been home in a few days.
Well. It’s kinda all over after that.