6 foot 1; light colored hair; 26 (in 2005 [Season 1]); eldest of two sons; wanted by the FBI for murder, grand theft, and impersonation of an officer, among others; womanizer; your friendly neighborhood ghost everything buster.

          The eldest son of Mary and John Winchester, following his mother's murder, Dean was raised alongside his younger brother, Sam, by his father is a less-than-traditional façon. Raised with exposure to all the things that go bump in the night, he became, if anything, a natural hunter like his father, a job that fits him like tight vinyl.
          In contrast to his more so sensitive and "emotionally aware" brother, Dean is your basic guy's guy—a womanizing, pool-shooting, don't-fucking-mess-with-me male. That and a sharp sense of crude humor, and the ability to act like a clueless three-year-old when enticed. Nonetheless, his character is thickly layered, possessing more than surface value traits. As the series advances, his brother acts in both juxtaposition and contrast to him. Through Sam we see Dean's sense of brotherly and familial compassion, and also his ruthlessness in regards to hunting. Unlike his brother, he is able to see things in black and white, good and evil, making him both hardened and stubborn in terms of his hunting preferences and his ability to kill.


          [In 2004], Eric Kripke (a writer and producer best known for his work with the WB Network) made a proposition to Warner Bros. Entertainment, a proposition to bring a little bite back to prime-time TV. Hoping to work with the concept of exploring various urban legends and American ghostlore, his proposition spawned one of TV’s newest and scariest shows to ever air: Supernatural. Telling the story of two brothers whose mother was murdered under extremely eerie circumstances, a father deeply engrossed in the world of all things paranormal and undead raised these two boys. Instead of attending Sunday soccer practice, John Winchester took his two sons, Sam (Jared Padalacki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), hunting in the nearest cemetery. Ghost hunting. Having been raised like recluses and warriors (fluent in almost every sort of martial art and firearm), Sam attempts to flee his family’s bizarre “profession” by attending a cross-state college and enthralling himself in what many would consider a normal, apple-pie life. This, however, goes to hell in a hand basket (pardon the pun) when Dean shows up at Sam’s dorm after two years of silence, telling him, “Dad’s gone on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been home in a few days.” Leaving school reluctantly, Sam and his estranged brother begin a journey across the country in their souped-up ’67 Chevy Impala, looking for traces of their missing father while combating various forms of the paranormal along the way.
          But these aren’t your cheesy run-of-the-mill zombies or witches on broomsticks. No, Supernatural defines itself by presenting haunting ghost stories and provocative myths-gone-reality, everything from Bloody Mary to the Hook Man. And not only are they brilliantly relevant and true to North American folklore, every episode and circumstance is based after rumored occurrences and widely documented legends. In addition to this, the special effects and cinematography are better than that of many recent films. As described by one of the WB producers, “It’s like watching a different one-hour horror flick each and every week.” And such a statement is nothing short of utter truth. With unforgettable graphics, scarring images, a hair-raising soundtrack, and beyond brilliant acting, Supernatural has the potential of a true masterpiece.
          Extract from "Something 'Supernatural' This Way Comes" by Pandora (Rykea); Review first published in The Heartbeat, Issue 24, October 2006.


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