Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 13, 2005 on The CW

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  • Generally good, with a few rough edges.

    This pilot promises an interesting series, very much in the vein of 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker'. After his wife dies under mysterious circumstances, a man dedicates his life to putting an end to spirits and ghosts, and trains his sons to do the same. By the time the pilot episode begins, they are grown men and have been doing this for some time, and therefore have some basic knowledge. This is a refreshing change from the usual formula, which tends to place the protagonist into the perilous supernatural situation with little or no knowledge on his side. During this episode, there's an edginess to the characters; Dean, the older, will clearly follow in his father's footsteps, while Sam, the younger, wishes to divorce himself from that life. But they love their father, so when he disappears, Sam reluctantly teams up with his brother to discover who or what has been killing men on a lonely stretch of California road. The answer is interesting; in a world where horror shows tend to recycle at least the types of villians, this one offers something a bit different. The scenes where the ghost is defeated seemed a little bit rushed, and the defeat occurred more by accident than by good planning, but it worked. In the final scenes, the brothers' are cemented back together by what happens when Sam returns to his dorm: his girlfriend has met the same horrible fate his mother faced two decades ago. Clearly, something supernatural is interested in this family. It's too soon to predict a trend with any accuracy, but this series seems solid.