Happy Supernatural Day: Does the pilot stand the test of time?

Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6706 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester Photo Credit: © The WB/Justin Lubin
Supernatural "Pilot" Image # SN100-6706 Pictured (l-r): Jared Padelecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester Photo Credit: © The WB/Justin Lubin /

It’s the 14th anniversary of the Supernatural pilot airing. Happy Supernatural Day, everyone! Does the pilot stand the test of time?

Happy Supernatural Day! And on a Friday the 13th of all things!

For those new to the fandom, this is the day that we celebrate all things Supernatural. Okay, at SPN Hunters we celebrate all things Supernatural every single day of the week, but Sept. 13 is special for everyone. It’s the anniversary of the pilot episode airing for the very first time.

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Without the pilot, we wouldn’t be where we are today—less than a month away from the 15th and final season of the series. So, this Supernatural Day is extra special.

Last year, we took a look back at the pilot episode and what it means to us as a fandom. It was a chance to celebrate what it started and where we’d got to this time last year. This year, I want to look back at the footage and whether the episode stands the test of time.

I know what you’re all saying. Of course it does! This is an episode that doesn’t get old. The jokes remain entertaining, we get excited despite knowing exactly how the episode will play out, and it’s fun to see the first-ever monster on the series—the vengeful spirit that has remained an important monster within the series.

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But there’s more to it than just that. There’s plenty that has helped the pilot episode stand the test of time. The only thing I will say has diminished is the quality of filming purely because of the technology used at the time just wasn’t as good as what it is now. When you watch back, especially if you watch on a large, HD or 4K TV, you’ll see the poorer filming quality.

Supernatural — Pilot —Photo Credit: The WB / Justin Lubin — Acquired via CW TV PR /

That’s okay, right? Of course it is, because the story remains relatable and timeless. This is about two brothers who head out on a journey together. The first episode gives us all we need to understand the two personalities, why one hunts and one doesn’t. We also get to see two brothers with one goal: to find their dad.

With the use of a woman in white, there’s no way that the monster of the week could get old. It’s one of the most infamous legends, with a woman in white in every culture. This wasn’t based on something in pop culture at the time, but based on real legend and lore, which helps to keep the pilot (and the series as a whole) timeless.

Enjoy Supernatural Day with an excellent episode that really does stand the test of time.

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What did you think of the Supernatural pilot the first time you watched? What do you think of it now? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Supernatural Day on this Friday the 13th!