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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 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ghastly wallpaper in ghastly cheap motel rooms is a trope of Supernatural from the first episode of the first season, and so far neither the wallpaper nor the Winchesters have gone, but I love that quote!

The casket-y looking thing in the reflection is the headboard of the ghastly motel room bed. It does look funereal though. I hadn't noticed that.

I don't think Eric Kripke is at Joss's level, but I'll credit him with the following Joss-like qualities: he has been moving in a five-year story arc all along; he's good with continuity and returns to little clues in much later episodes; he's NOT religious (as far as I can tell) and is likely to favor the humanist outcome; and he doesn't mind killing characters. "They Saved The World. A Lot" could easily be on the Winchesters', um, ash-urn.
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Sep. 13th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
SPN fandom is all about Dean--I mean, even outside the slashy core of fannish fans, and even taking into account Jared Padalecki's rabid fanbase, it's Dean who brings the male audience, Dean who creates the humor and pathos, and Dean who is the hero.

Sometimes he's mired int he most lame-ass plots, but I think I can remember one episode in the entire run so far where Jensen Ackles wasn't fully committed to the role. Seriously, Dean is one of the best characters on television.
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Sep. 14th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I can't guarantee that you'll love it, but I'm kind of excited to have you give it another try.

And hell yes, SPN has a huge "target demographic" audience. That's why it's still on TV. Fangirls don't count.
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Sep. 14th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
I was, of course, ironically channeling network execs and advertisers.
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Sep. 15th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)



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