Supernatural- Season 2
“They’re back- the ghouls and vampires, the ghosts and spirits- and even more terrifying entities. And wherever these evil being are, you’ll find brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters on the trail of the demon who murdered their mother… and of any other unholy agent of the supernatural.
Plot Rating: 5/5
Get used to seeing a high rating for “Supernatural”. The writers pull out all stops in this continuance of Season 1. John Winchester sells his soul to the Yellow-Eyed Demon, getting dragged into hell to be tortured forever, in order to bring Dean back from death’s door. But their father does not simply vanish with the demon, he firsts gives Dean one last mission: Save Sam or, if he cannot, kill him. Fed up and feeling betrayed by his dad’s words, Dean becomes darker and angrier. He feels a growing emptiness in his very soul and needs his brother more than ever.
Acting Score: 5/5
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki only get better through Season 2. Padalecki brings a new anger to Sam as he tries to prove to the world that his destiny is not set in stone. Ackles delivers another powerful season and expertly shows the new Dean, less cocky, more angry and broken by his father.
Season 1 ended with the introduction of Bobby Singer, the old drunk their father befriended early on in his hunt, and Season 2 continues to establish him as a safety net and source of information whenever the Winchesters need it. Jim Beaver does an incredible job playing a man beaten down and toughened by the darkness of the world, living only to fight the next monster. He brings a new dynamic to the cast which expands in later seasons. While he is not one of the series stars he appears throughout Season 2, giving a new sense of continuity and permanence in the boy’s lives.
Established in Season 2 is also a bar called The Roadhouse- a place in the middle of nowhere which serves a crowd exclusively of hunters. Ellen (Samantha Ferris) and her daughter Jo (Alona Tal) run the bar and keep track of possible hunts for their clientele. Ash (Chad Lindberg), a brilliant MIT dropout who tends to pass out on the pool table, becomes a resource for the brothers in their journey. All three hold the same recurring role as Jim Beaver and do just as much to establish a permanence and support structure for the storyline.
Age Range: 13+
Welcome to another season of family friendly, yet horror strong, entertainment. Season 2 contains a bit more language, but remains viewable by just as wide a crowd age-wise. Once again though, I set the age range where I did because of the horror elements. Season 2 contains, in my opinion, stronger horror and more terrifying monsters and ghosts than season 1 did, so make sure your children are not too easily frightened before letting them watch.
For most of the second season you see Sam with his forearm and wrist in a cast. A hasty line in episode 4, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, blames a broken wrist on a powerful zombie the brothers had to fight. In real life Jared Padalecki injured his wrist during filming episode 3, Bloodlust. It was not until halfway through episode 4 that he went to the hospital and found out he’d broken his wrist. In order to maintain continuity (scenes are not filmed in the same order they are shown in the final episode) he finished the episode before having a cast put on. The cast appears far longer than it would usually take to heal, something which fans attribute to complications which resulted in surgery on the arm (this last part, to my knowledge, has not been verified).
While walking through a crowd at an event a fangirl jumped on Jensen Ackles, wrapped her legs around him, and tried for a kiss (Ackles’ fast reflexes stopped the girl with a forearm across her throat and security pulled her off). Because of the incident a bodyguard was hired for Ackles and Padalecki both, who also handles picking up the boys and bringing them to set. This bodyguard, Cliff, became a good friend of both actors and enormously popular among fans, so much so that at conventions he is as popular as any actor and signs autographs.
In Episode 19, Folsom Prison Blues, Dean picks a fight with an enormous inmate named Tiny, landing both of them in the prison infirmary. Tiny is played by Ackles and Padalecki’s bodyguard Cliff.
Bobby Singer was only supposed to appear in the Season 1 finale, but Jim Beaver became so popular among the crew, cast, and fans that they brought him back as a recurring character. He is the only actor besides Padalecki and Ackles to appear in all seven seasons.