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Season One Title Sequence
The atmosphere the series was going for, from the very beginning, was dark. The first season's title card was fairly simple, but a few uncomplicated techniques were used to create visuals that had a powerful effect on what the audience felt. The title sequence started out with an explosion of blue color, and the static white noise. That got your attention! The black background superimposed with the rapidly changing text, zooming in and out of focus, gave the feel of chaos and loss of control. The gray/blue tone of the text represented the reality of the Winchester world, their true reality, which is dark, often violent, and very cold. Whenever I watch this I still get the feeling that something malevolent is out there, in the shadows, behind those letters, waiting to jump out of the shadows, and that's is certainly what happened in many of the season's stories.
Two alternative titles sequences for season one were produced but never used.
Season one unused title sequences
The first sequence starts with the same burst of noise the other intros have but this leads into a disconnected symphony of high and low piano notes, no rhyme, order or harmony, just chaotic sounds. The normal sweet harmonious chords that soothe are not found in this piece. This rattles the nerves and sends cold chills through you. Not as bad as fingernails on a chalk board, but close.
Coupled this discord with the sound of thunder and your psyche is on high alert. Just the sound alone sends your system in to overdrive. The visual field has rapidly changing caricature images of creatures, weapons, people running, scenes and imagery out of color from our normal. Add the red letters of â€˜SUPERNATURAL' moving in and out of focus, overlaid flashes of color in shades of reds and yellows (the warning colors), and tones of blue for cold and depression, and you know you don't want to watch it in the dark or alone.
The second sequence is shorter and starts with the image and sound of dripping water, scenes that always visualizes dark, neglected, subterranean passages and abandoned, tombs, crypt and graves. This, with the flashing â€˜SUPERNATURAL' on the screen, is effective at conveying the paranormal experience.
These two title sequences are more complex than the basic design, but also more effect at delivering the feel of the urban legends and myths the first season was based on; and both include the impala which has been a pivotal part of the story from day one. The impala caricature was not lost however, it, or a very similar image, was used in the title sequence for Monster at the End of This Book four years later. These two were a lot more expensive to produce and repeating this type of intro every year would be more that the designs they when with. Still I thought the first one was very effective and the sound on the second was chilling.