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S5 motels and accommodations Part Two 
4th-Aug-2012 12:01 pm
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Motels and Accommodations of Supernatural - Season 5

Part Two




5.12 Swap Meat

Accommodation: The Lucky Star Motor Inn



Exterior

We don't get to see much of this room, which is a shame because I think it would be quite interesting. I love it when they use flock wallpaper. It's decorative and often outlandish. The tiles and the sink in the bathroom are 40's style while the chair looks like it could come from the 60s.

The Floor Plan makes another appearance.


5.13 The Song Remains The Same

Accommodation: Unnamed motel



Exterior

Orange is particularly dominant in this colour scheme. It can (and often does) represent danger. This is the episode when the boys' parents lives are threatened and Cas sends them back to the past. Though I think of this as the "Team Free Will" room, so I feel that the orange here represents hope and strength.

Both the wallpaper and the room divider feature circles. A sense of "going around in circles" perhaps? It was a major theme of the episode.

If you recognise that room divider it's because it was also used in Bad Day at Black Rock.

In the "past" Dean checks Castiel into the honeymoon suite at The Prairie Court Motel, but we don't see inside it.


5.14 My Bloody Valentine

Accommodation: Diamond Jack’s
(Room 204)


Room Card

The most curious thing about this room is its name - "Diamond Jack's". I can't help feel it's a deliberate choice. It would have been more fitting in the episode Curious Case of Dean Winchester, as it seems to be a playing card reference. It may be a reference to gangster Jack Diamond. Apparently he was known for being a womaniser and having a flamboyant life style. [source]. As this was a Valentine's based episode it may have been in reference to that?

I do rather like the interior design. It has a lovely 40's, art deco style (check out that sofa and side unit!) The funky red and green wall paper matches the style.

Prop reuse:
Brick wall: 5.07, 5.08, 5.18, 7.15, 7.18
The Floor Plan


5.16 Dark Side Of The Moon

Accommodation: Econo King Motel




*meep* the room where the boys are shot and where the trashcan became resting place of the beloved amulet. *sniff*

Like many of the motel rooms this has a mix of styles. The bathroom looks fairly modern but the wallpaper and chair are old-fashioned. It's curious that they re-used the flooring from My Bloody Valentine. We didn't see a motel in 5.15 (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid) so this room was probably constructed straight after episode 5.14.


5.17 99 Problems

Accommodation: Uncle Erv’s Green Valley Motel



Exterior

Yay! Back to a strongly themed room. This has a pioneering / western style feel. I particularly love the lamps and the red sofa with the bull imprinted on it. The colors are fabulous. And it has a great name. I can't find any reference to "Uncle Erv", so I'm assuming the name has come from the owner of the motel.

Bedhead reused: 1.18, 2.12, 3.15, 4.15, 5.04
The Floor Plan


5.18 Point Of No Return

Accommodation: Mike’s Travel Inn
(Room 100)


Room Card

Wow! They sure liked that green checked floor this season. That's the 3rd time we've seen it. The most wonderful thing about this room is the room divider. Look how the red cross is aglow next to Sam. It has to be deliberately lit like that because I can't figure how the "natural" light would create that glow. I'm sure there's multiple layers of meaning here - from a warning of danger ahead to the battle the boys are having with the angels at this point in the show.

Bedspread also seen in 5.03

The room number is a reference to this being the 100th episode.

I also love the starburst clock. It's not the same one as we've seen many times before, but it is similar.

Brick Wall used: 5.07, 5.08, 5.18, 5.14, 7.15, 7.18


5.19 Hammer Of The Gods

Accommodation: The Elysian Fields Hotel




This is the last hotel we see this season. This is so fabulous because it isn't like any the boys would normally stay at. It almost exists to show us what "normal" hotel look like. More 4 start than 2.5 star. It's all very stylish and comfortable looking. They really should have figured something was wrong as soon as they walked in. They're like fish out of water. Maybe that's why the enter looking so wet. :)

The name Elysium refers to: in Greek mythology, the final resting places of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. [source] Most apt.




I do just have to share the motel room seen in the DVD Gabriel made for the boys. The room number is 69 (most appropriate for a Casa Erotica motel room). And does that bed head look familiar?! (last seen in 5.07!!).


So there you have it. A great mix of rooms again this season and it's wonderful to see so many of their names. If you spot something I've missed (prop re-use, location, exterior) please feel free to tell me and I can update this entry. :))


Special thanks to galwithglasses and bythedamned for the beta and for help with getting the info. *hugs* you both!!

Screencaps care of homeofthenutty.


Season 6 Motels
Comments 
4th-Aug-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Interesting, the cross behind Sam in 5.18. People have suggested that the cross pattern in the snaps on his shirt at the end of 5.16 was foreshadowing of his sacrifice, so it's intriguing that they put Sam with a cross motif again so soon afterwards.
4th-Aug-2012 09:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure they were foreshadowing here (ooh, I'm not sure I've seen that cross on his shirt... I better check that out). I love it when they do that...

4th-Aug-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEEEEEAVE!!!

...sorry, I just had to :D and I still love the links out to the recurring props. Very fun to flip back and forth between the two posts.
4th-Aug-2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Hee!! I'm gonna use that for S6 for sure! (then I'll have to plan one for S7...and 8...and 9..../0\)

Yeah, the prop post seemed to be the best way to do it. I can build on it for the next seasons, and maybe even add some new stuff if it reoccurs enough. ;)

Thanks again for your help.
xx
4th-Aug-2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! So glad you like. Makes all the work worth it. :)
xx
4th-Aug-2012 09:41 am (UTC)
Look at how ridiculously awesome you are \o/
4th-Aug-2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Hee... (or ridiculously crazy....)

<333
4th-Aug-2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Fascinating.. I would never have examined the rooms so diligently if not for this great post. Thank you for putting this together for us, it really is interesting to look at the variation alone, and think about how often they remake the same four walls to be somewhere different.
4th-Aug-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much hun. I seem to have become quite focused on these room lately! ;)

I often think it must for awful for them to go to all the trouble to dress these sets only to tear them down to make the next one. Though I suppose they are immortalized on film...

Thanks for your comment hun.
xx
4th-Aug-2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I never picked up on the fact that it was the same motel room in Changing Channels!

But kudos on all this work!!!!! Especially picking up on all the props that get reused.
5th-Aug-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh yes! The Changing Channel rooms are awesome liek that. I love how the wall paper is exactly the same but because of the colouring it looks so different.

Hee... picking up the prop reuse is a labour of love I have to tell you. Though I get ridiculously excited when I find a match. :D
4th-Aug-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Very interesting again, BB, thanks for putting this together! :D
5th-Aug-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks honey!! It's (mostly) fun putting them together. It's actually a good way to look back over the season. I forgot how many great episodes there were in S5.

xoxo
4th-Aug-2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome post!
5x16 was initially supposed to air right after 5x14, I'm pretty sure the two were at least filmed back to back.

I looove posts focusing on details like the rooms.
5th-Aug-2012 11:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Oh, I didn't know that about 5x16. Makes sense about the floor then. :)

I'm really glad you liked the post. Nice to know there's someone else out there who likes these details. <3
4th-Aug-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is awesome and absolutely fascinating!
6th-Aug-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
yay! Thank you. So glad you thought so. <33
5th-Aug-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
You are amazing!
6th-Aug-2012 09:04 am (UTC)
Hee... thank you..<33
5th-Aug-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
****APPLAUSE*****

This is wonderful, I had not noticed the Changing Channels rooms were the same! How neat! I love the details you collect with these, it's a very sharp eye indeed that could have picked out that lotus blossom looking headboard on a screen the guys were watching!

Yeah, you win at this and at getting me to look more closely at their surroundings - see I don't often focus on the background! Hehe...
6th-Aug-2012 09:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was the wallpaper in Changing Channels that made me look a little closer and see if the layout was the same. There are some small differences, but much is the same.

And HA! It takes a LOT of effort to get past those who very handsome distractions when looking at the motel rooms I can tell you! ;)

Thanks for dropping by honey. <3
5th-Aug-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's so lovely how you take us through the rooms and make us notice and apprechiate things that otherwise would easily get overlooked. :)
6th-Aug-2012 09:10 am (UTC)
Thanks honey. I rather enjoy doing it I have to say. No idea why.../o\

<33
6th-Aug-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
This is amazing (and I'm sure took no time at all to put together, hee!). As always, I have a crush on the skills of their set and prop department.

Interesting there was a Dutch theme in the motel room for Free To Be--remembering Dean saying (in season 2?) he wanted to go to Amsterdam. Why it would be a Dutch theme here in particular I'm not sure, maybe it's not meant to recall anything, but given Dean's despair in Point of No Return later in season 5, and Amsterdam representing escape/a different life, maybe it's a nod to that.
8th-Aug-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
Hey Dot!

Hee... yeah. it was really quick and easy to put together...;) (I wish! *g*).

Ooooh... I love the idea that it could be a call back to wanting to run away to Amsterdam. It would be SO COOL if that was the case. It seems such a strange bit of detail. They could have made the whole room obviously "Dutch" - tulips for flowers etc. but they kept it pretty minimal.

thanks so much for stopping by honey. <33
8th-Aug-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
I love all the details you pick up - the colours and the reuse of set pieces. And Elysium amuses the hell out of me, because you can tell Mercury did the setup. Somehow, the Graeco-Roman set get to name everything. :)
9th-Aug-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you sweetie! Ha! I must say I never thought about the actual naming of the hotel. :)

xox
20th-Aug-2012 02:38 pm (UTC) - thanks
hi Ash
I've not been around LJ for a while - RL getting in the way and all that - but on returning to the fray, imagine my glee on perusing your posts on the boys' motel rooms! I just love your geekiness and so enjoy reading and learning from your posts.
Those rooms - just fabulous!
Thank you Ash
Boggie xxx
22nd-Aug-2012 07:53 am (UTC) - Re: thanks
Hi! Great to see (or rather hear) you!

I'm glad you enjoyed this. I have fun looking at all the different rooms they stay in... totally geeky.. ;DD

Thanks for dropping by.
xx
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