The CW aired its “Supernatural” backdoor pilot “Wayward Sisters” on Thursday… and it was terrific. We say give the spendid spinoff a series order. The time is right for these kick-ass female demon fighters.
“Wayward Sisters” united recurring characters Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes), Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton), Donna Hanscum (Briana Buckmaster), and Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen) with new characters Patience Turner (Clark Backo) and Kaia Nieves (Yadira Guevara-Prip). Together they embarked on a mission to save Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) from the dangerous new universe they were thrust into while attempting to find their mother (Samantha Smith) in the midseason finale.
The CW failed in its first attempt at a “Supernatural” spin-off in 2014 with”Bloodlines,” introducing a new roster of hunters and supernatural creatures who came into conflict in Chicago. Writer and current “Supernatural” executive producer Andrew Dabb blamed bad timing and a similarity to the then-recently launched “The Originals.”
“Wayward Sisters” clicks because many fans know and hopefully love the characters. Stories are set in Sioux Falls, no road trips. In the pilot, the writing was solid and dotted with “Supernatural’s” trademark humor.