Originally Posted by srw1000
Well, last night I just caught up on the last five (yes five!) episodes of this series. I don't know why, but I have a hard time getting to watch them when they actually air.
Man, what a great show. Last season I had very low expectations for the series, but I ended up liking it quite a bit, but this season has yet to disappoint. The building of each story into the continuing arc is working better than it did for the X-Files. The recap of previous elements at the start of each episode also helps viewers follow the grand story.
The writing has been uniformly good. Each episode has balanced humor (not comedy) with genuine horror and tragedy. Pop references abound (California Cult kidnaps a girl named Katie Holmes, these aren't the droids you're looking for, etc.), but they're never distracting.
Acting from the guest stars can be somewhat uneven, but that's a characteristic for almost any serialized show. I was excited to see Linda Blair as a guest, but her performance was really flat and stiff. She was tough enough in the role, but it never felt believable to me.
In contrast, the two main leads are getting better and better each week. Their repartee has clearly and realistically developed into two brothers. Part of this is from the scripts, but the acting has really brought that out.
Production values are top-notch. I don't know how they are managing it, but each episode has the look and feel of a mid-budget movie. The special effects are particularly good, but so are the sets and location shots. I've mentioned this before, but I really, really like the look of the show. The muted colors and high contrast do an outstanding job of supporting the themes and feel of the show.
What I don't understand, is why people aren't watching. I've been unsuccessful in convincing any of my friends to give it a shot, even after explaining how good it is. Is it the title? The way it was originally sold as two young, cool guys on the road running into monsters? I don't get it.
I do hope that somehow the CW sees the value and potential for the show and renews it for next year. Maybe DVD sales are helping? As good as this season has become, I think we could see a real breakout for it in the third season, as everyone hits their stride.