Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 4

Phantom Traveler (4 Oct. 2005)

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Episode cast overview:
John Winchester (voice)
Amanda Walker
Jerry Panowski
Max Jaffe
Paul Jarrett ...
George Phelps
Homeland Security Man #2
Amanda Wood ...
Flight Attendant
Ingrid Tesch ...
Bonnie Phelps
Woman Passenger
Dana Pemberton ...
Security Guard
Homeland Security Man #1


Sam and Dean are called in to investigate when a plane crashes under mysterious circumstances. Their investigation leads them to the conclusion that a demon is possessing people and causing them to crash the plane they are on. Things become more urgent when they discover that the demon is going after the 7 survivors of the crash, including the pilot and a stewardess. Written by Shiro

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When Dean and Sam are talking with Jerry Panowski about a possible poltergeist, a co-worker walks by and says: "Poltergeist (1982)? I love that movie!" This comment was added in post and was not stated during filming. See more »


It is impossible to open a cabin door or emergency exit on a plane in mid-flight, pressurization makes it impossible for the doors to open. See more »


Sam Winchester: What is that?
Dean Winchester: It's an EMF meter. It reads electromagnetic frequencies.
Sam Winchester: Yeah, I know what an EMF meter is, but why does that one look like a busted up old walkman?
Dean Winchester: 'Cause that's what I made it out of. It's homemade.
Sam Winchester: Yeah. I can see that.
[Dean looks offended and walks away from him]
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »


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Brothers against Evil: Ghost on a Plane
5 January 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of "Supernatural" I've watched in a long time, since the national TV station stupidly canceled the show after barely a handful of episodes and I had to buy the whole series 1 on DVD. I hate to say it was fairly disappointing. All the episodes I watched before – which were about ten or something – were awesome. The monsters are cool, the scenarios are reasonably convoluted considering the short running times and there are always numerous references towards older and classic horror films. "Phantom Traveller" isn't terrible, of course, but it's just plain mediocre in all the aforementioned departments. The story is simplistic and predictable and the titular demon is defeated easily and in a blink of an eye! Dean and Sam receive a phone call from a former and satisfied Winchester client who works at an airport. He suspects a recent and hugely catastrophic plane crash to be caused by some kind of supernatural entity, and he maybe dead right about that! The so-called phantom traveler is a demonic force that takes possession of travelers with fear of flying and forces them to crash the plane. The malignant spirit's last "mission" failed, however, as seven people survived the crash. Can Sam and Dean destroy the demon before it kills all seven? "Phantom Traveller" has a very rudimentary script and contains only a few tributes to older and more commonly known films. The concept is somewhat reminiscent to the original "Final Destination", what with the plane crash and a handful of doomed survivors, but this could actually have been a great opportunity to refer to the underrated and regretfully obscure mystery/horror films "Sole Survivor" (1983) and "The Survivor" (1981). If you like the idea behind this episode, you definitely ought to look up these two titles as they both deal with unsettling airline disasters and inexplicably sinister events overcoming the unlikely survivors.

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