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Oh Show

Supernatural has had some beautiful design and direction over the seasons, but I don't know when I've seen a frame I liked quite as well as this one from 5.01.

Sam is very, very low!

owzers and I were dissecting the episode tonight and there's this blip, at the point where Sam and Dean are about to be overwhelmed and probably killed by the breaking of the last seal. Sam looks over his shoulder to where Lucifer is rising:



Blip. (I stared till I was crosseyed but I didn't see any hidden 3D picture.) There's a break in reality.

Then they're on the, um, "soul plane". As in dead? Limbo? Between lives? And the Devil says to [Yosemite] Sam, "I could use a guy like you."

And then the rest of the story unfolds. Well, owzers had a fascinating theory about it, and I think I concur: this whole ep is Sam's guilt-wracked hallucination as he is being taken over by Lucifer.

But more screencaps of symbolism.

Sam goes where he wasn't supposed to go. Witness the Do Not Enter sign:

He descends, past a very Ruby2-looking woman, towards a level twice as low as "Ruby".

In the very sleazy motel, he is lower than Dean. This motif recurs throughout the ep.

When Dean comes down to his level, he gives this very Sam-like gesture, and look! There are two Sams--real and reflected.

And a bit later, when Bobby arrives in the Impala (with new plates), there's this shot:

which has nothing to do with anything except guh.


Sep. 12th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)

I actually did notice that Sam was at a lower level than Dean on several occasions during the episode. Sam's a really tall guy so it doesn't often happen, which is why it registered with me. I think the hotel room they were staying in had a kind of platformy thing near the windows which facilitated that. But I didn't realise that it was a deliberate choice on the director's part.

Did you think that Dean was too hard on Sam or not hard enough?

I am even fonder of Bobby after this episode than I was before, which is saying something.
Sep. 12th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I am a great Bobby fan myself, and couldn't help noting Meg's use of the term "surrogate father" to describe him. One of the underpinnings of my and Owzers's theory about this ep is that the real Bobby would NEVER let himself be possessed. As many other fans have pointed out, he lives in a giant Devil's Trap, he probably has the tats and the amulets and the hex bags--I mean, Bobby Being Possessed is almost by definition a hallucination.

Perhaps I'm giving SHOW too much credit. Wouldn't be the first time.
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good point!

The thought of Bobby with tats... I'm pervier than I thought! :)
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)

"I'm pervier than I thought" should be kind of a fandom mantra.
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Whoops, missed your great question.

Did you think that Dean was too hard on Sam or not hard enough?

I think Dean's speech to Sam at the end was right out of the "Codependent No More" playbook. It was the talk you give to your drug-addicted family member or abusive partner, the one that says "It's over." Now, what's over is the relationship based on addiction. Trust will be almost impossible to get back. It was as harsh as it needed to be to shake Sam right to his foundations. And if Owzers' and my theory is right, and this whole ep is more or less Sam's guilt-wracked hallucination, it's what Sam believes he deserves.

If we're wrong, and they actually plan to play out the remainder of the series on the basis of permanently broken trust between the boys, with no hope of redemption, then I'll be one monumentally disappointed fangirl.
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Mmm, me too. :(



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