EW Staff
May 05, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Guest critic Bruce Campbell reviews ”Supernatural”

The first season of Supernatural featured the brothers Winchester, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — and yes, it is a prerequisite to give heroes a cool last name — on a mission to find out why their mother died under strange circumstances. The opening sequence for the ”Hell House” episode (March 30) was very Evil Dead (with an almost identical cabin), following a group of teenagers exploring an abandoned abode in the woods for no good reason. It’s nice to know that elements used in horror films 25 years ago are alive and well today.

For the most part I had fun watching, but the show is too damned conservative for what it purports to be. While Supernatural is about scary things, its pace is too earthly — if not downright gravitational — to be frightening. With regard to the lead actors, my Poser Meter was reading a steady 25 percent (100 percent would be out of control), and while their style may be ”natural,” these handsome thespians not only failed their chemistry test, they also seemed more bored than afraid. I’d like to remind all modern-day actors that it’s okay to look at each other occasionally during a scene.

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