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1.01 Pilot

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November 1st, 2005 (in Jericho)<br>
November 2nd, 2005 ([[Jess]] dies)
|prevep= 15.20 Carry On
|nextep= 1.02 Wendigo
'''Luis:''' And I’m not exactly the Huxtables.
:''Sam is referring to the family in the TV show [ The Brady Bunch], a large patchwork family that stands for the ultimate American middle class family. His friend mentions the Bradys' '80s African-American equivalent from [ The Cosby Show], the Huxtables.''
:''It is also possible that Sam is referring to the Brady family from the American soap opera, [ Days of our Lives], on which [[Jensen Ackles]] played Eric Brady.''
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'''Dean:''' I love the Smurfs.
:''[ The Smurfs] was a cartoon series about little blue creatures living in mushroom houses in the woods. There was only one female smurf, Smurfette. Some fans believe that Dean, however, 's comment here is referring not an allusion to the smurfs on Jessica's shirt, but to the pair underneathboobs.''
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At [[Jus In Bello Italy 2012]] Jensen said that the scene where Sam and Dean were in the library together was one of his favorite scenes, [!/_patsan_/status/196176739163045892 because it was the first scene ever filmed.]
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A deleted scene ([http oO0yWSxYBbk watch]) included on the [[Season 1 DVD]] shows the reason Dean returned to save Sam from his burning bedroom: his watch stopped, the car radio send static and that's why he turned the car around, sensing something was wrong. Later on, we learn that in the days before the fires, signs crop up in an area, cattle deaths, temperature fluctuations, electrical storms.
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:1. In the teaser [[John]] hands [[Sam]] to [[Dean]] and says "take your brother outside as fast as you can, and don’t look back." This is repeated in [[1.09 Home]] when Sam hands [[Ritchie]] to his sister [[Sari]] and repeats the same words.
:2. The sequence of Dean breaking into the apartment and wrestling with Sam is repeated in [[2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be]] when, in the [[wishverse]], Sam tackles Dean as he breaks into the family home.
:3. The exchange when Dean tells Sam he doesn't want to do it alone, is recalled in [[7.04 Defending Your Life]]. It is also repeated in [[15.20 Carry On]] with the brothers' roles reversed, i.e. Sam telling Dean he doesn't want to do it alone.
:4. Dean slams Sam against the bridge when he questions the family mission. This is mirrored when Sam does that to Dean in [[1.21 Salvation]].
:5. At the end of the pilot, there is a shot of Dean and Sam standing over the trunk of the [[Impala]]. As Sam tosses a weapon into he trunk he says, "We got work to do" and closes the trunk. At the end of [[2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two]], the scene is replayed with the brother's positions reversed. Dean tosses [[the Colt]] into the trunk and says, "We've got work to do." It is also re-created at the start of [[10.05 Fan Fiction]] after Dean announces he has found a case. In [[15.01 Back and to the Future]], Sam says it and closes the trunk, while the image briefly flashes to the Winchesters closing the trunk at the end of the pilot. Variations also occur in [[4.01 Lazarus Rising]], when Dean asks [[Castiel]] why he was brought back, Castiel responds, "Because we have work for you."; in [[7.19 Of Grave Importance]] the line is used by [[Bobby]] to explain his presence as a [[ghost]].
[[File:Supernatural 11.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Promo poster for ''Supernatural''.]]
Early reports of Supernatural:
September 13 2004: [ A report on a new WB show in development from]
: Described as "Route 66" meets "The X Files," "Supernatural" focuses on two twentysomething brothers who battle the things that go bump in the night as they cruise the dusty backroads of small-town America in their '64 Mustang.
* [;title;0# Kripke on the genesis of the series]<br>
: '''Kripke:''' At one point I wanted to do an anthology show. Another time, I wanted to do a series about a reporter who works for a tabloid magazine, pretty much a rip-off of the original Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And then, finally, just through development with the studio, settled on this idea of telling these stories in the format of this Route 66: Great American Road Trip with these two brothers...It's sort of funny how it all worked out. I literally had scribbled [the idea] in a notebook the day before my meeting with the studio, and then I came into the studio and had pitched them my reporter idea. And they didn't like it. They said, "What else do you got?" I didn't have anything. So, I tap danced and said, "Well, I got this great idea about two brothers on a road trip." They loved it, and it ended up being the show. So, it's funny how that works out.
* [ Kripke talks about the early scripts] and getting [[David Nutter]] on board.
* [ Jared's screen test] for the role of Sam. Script is from a [ later draft of Pilot]* [;title;0# Kripke talks about casting Jared and Jensen]:
: When we started casting, we had archetypes in mind, which were Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. We were really looking for Sam to be empathetic, kind, and likeable, and really the audience surrogate. The person who the audience would most see themselves as and really carry the story through their eyes. And that required a really unique likeability. For Dean, we were looking for Han Solo. We were looking for devil-may-care, charismatic, a little rough around the edges, a little edgy, says things that are not always the kindest thing, as long as they're funny. And that was really what we started out with.
January 17 2005:
[ from the Futon Critic:]
:SUPERNATURAL (The WB) - [[David Nutter]] ("Smallville") has come aboard to direct and executive produce the drama project, which has been given the green light to produce a pilot. Writer/producer [[Eric Kripke]] ("Tarzan") created the project, which is set up at [[McG]] and Stephanie Savage's Warner Bros. Television-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, and will executive produce along with Nutter, McG and Savage. "Supernatural" revolves around two brothers who travel the country hunting down supernatural beings.
* [[1.01 Pilot (transcript)]]
* [http supernatural-101-pilot-early-draft A substantially different draft of the script for the Pilot (pdf format).] Mary Harrison dies in what everyone thinks is a car accident when her sons are 9 and 13. After her death Jack Harrison (their father) leaves Sam and Dean and they are raised by an aunt and uncle.* [ Script of the Pilot (Production Draft)]
* [ Aaron Schneider] was the Director of Photography on the Pilot.
* [ Promo]
* [ Australian Promo]
* [ Interview with Jared Padalecki]
* [ Interviews with Eric Kripke, Peter Johnson, David Nutter, Jared and Jensen]
* [[Supernatural Scrapbook 2004-05]] (pre-publicity interviews and reviews)
* [http -story.html Interview with Stuntman Eddy Donno]* [http Unexplained Phenomena Lurk Behind New Shows] Review of the Pilot in the New York Times* [ Review of the Pilot] in the Blog "Play With Us Danny"
==Episode Meta==
*[[SPN Heavy Meta]] Season One Meta Index
*Bond, Silvia. 2008. Slipping the Surly Bonds of TV: "The Pilot" Season 1, Episode 1. ''Pink Raygun'', April 15; [ archive link]
*[ The Viewer’s Guide to Supernatural: the pilot (1x01)] by bowtrunckle & hugemind (November 2008); [ archive link]
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