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Motels and Accommodations of SPN S4 (Part Two) 
15th-Mar-2012 07:12 pm
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Wherever I Lay My Hat

Motels and Accommodations of Supernatural (Season 4)

Part Two

Episode: 4.12 Chris Angel is a Douchebag

Accommodation: Hotel Patricia

For me the most interesting detail in this room is that room divider. I love the geometric shapes. I also love how the divider is used during the episode. Characters are often shot through it or beside it. The wall paper is pretty funky too. :)

Episode: 4.14 Sex and Violence

Accommodation #1 Unnamed motel

Unfortunately we don't get to see a lot of this motel. I do love the parts that we do see though. The wallpaper is fabulous (the designers sure have a thing for flocked wallpaper) as are the two styles of lamp. The colouring is quite distinct - greens, blue and reds.

Accommodation #2: Lion's Pride Motel (room 109)

Isn't this brilliant?! Look at all that red! Check out the matching room divider and wallpaper. (squeeee) This motel is aptly named "Lion's Pride", (hence the lions on the walls and divider) emphasising the overall theme of this episode. I love the mix of sinful red, mysterious black and royal gold. Such a fabulous mix in a room where the boys' issues are laid bare. I had to include a shot of the motel hallway. Imagine walking to your motel room surrounded by those blood red walls. Brilliant!

Red lamp also seen in 2.08 (Crossroad Blues)

Interior: Motel name

Episode: 4.15 Death Takes a Holiday

Accommodation: The Broken Saddle Motel
(Room 208)

There are a few curiosities about this room. With a name like "The Broken Saddle", I'm surprised there isn't some sort of horse theme going on. Instead we have a rather rustic, run down theme. I'm not sure if it's stylised or this motel is actually this run down. The rubbed-back paint on timber was fashionable for a while. However, the oak (?) table looks new and therefore I'm thinking this room has been purposely made to look "broken". The pressed-tin (I think that's what it is...) walls add another layer of grunge (though it might just be the way it's shot that makes them look so dirty). I ADORE the mirrors between the stressed wood. If you look closely you can see the shower reflected in mirror. That door behind the table serves no purpose other than decoration (it has no door knob).

(and that shot of Dean's crotch is totally objective. Just look at that bedspread he's lying on *g*)

Interior: Motel Name
Bedhead re-use: 1.18, 2.12, 3.15

Episode: 4.16 Head of a Pin

Accommodation: Unnamed

Thank you Show for giving us a full shot of the room. (Shame you didn't give us the name of the motel - particularly as there's a massive motel sign just outside the room.

There's a horse theme in this room (I wonder if it was meant to be in the previous episode?) There are horses on the bedspread, a horse picture above the bed and HORSESHOE room divider (woot!) but the rest seems a mishmash of decor. I'm drawn to that awesome 50's table and chair setting. I love how the horseshoes are arranged to create a flower. I feel there's a deliberate juxtaposition with Ruby framed next to them.

Episode: 4.17 It's a Terrible Life

Accommodation: "Fake" Apartment

*bounces* It's great when we get to see the boys occupying an environment that is completely different to anything they are usually in. The colouring is notably different. Bright, clean (happy) colours. I particularly enjoy the detail of Dean's apartment - I love the mini gym, with ready to use, rolled up white towels next to it. Check out the golf trophy on the top shelf. I wonder if that's actually one of Jensen's.

Episode: 4.18 Monster at the End of this Book

Accommodation #1: Unnamed motel

We only see this room briefly but the designers have still gone to the trouble of giving us something interesting to look at. Matching bedspreads and curtains, ornate lamps, Dean sprawled all over the bed, reading a book, and those twin bedheads that have appeared in a number of episodes. We even get that awesome wall paper from the disco room from Provenance.

Bedhead reuse: 2.08, 3.03
Telephone also seen in: 4.03, 3.08

Accommodation #2: The Toreador

I think this is my absolute favourite room this season. The decor is outrageous. Just look at that wallpaper!! (If you recognise it, it was also used in 2.10 (Usual Suspects). It's been turned upside down to trick us. *g* This is the motel that Sam mentions is "pay by the hour". It's also known the "Red Motel". I'm sure it's not my imagination that the wallpaper is rather (wonderfully) phallic. For both genders!

Motel Sign: The Toreador Motel and as The "Red" Motel
Motel Exterior

Episode: 4.19 Jump the Shark

Accommodation #1: Impala

Another reminder that the boys have to sometimes sleep in the Impala. I love how normal the simple act of brushing teeth is here (Sam even has mouth wash in his toiletry bag). Also, it seems Dean takes the front seat when bedding down and Sam takes the back.

Episode: 4.19 Jump the Shark

Accommodation #2: Kelsey Manor

Another fabulous room. I think the full wall mural really brings this room to life. It would be rather plain without it. There seems to be a fishing theme here. The mounted fish on the wall and the paddle and floats room divider. If you look closely you can see "KM" printed on them.

The room is called Kelsey Manner, which is in honour of Kim Manners. The picture on the room card is in fact Kim Manners sporting a mustache. At the Salute to Supernatural L.A. 2009, Jensen and Jared mentioned that in honour of Kim the crew had undertaken a mustache growing competition. Also, Kim looks like Sonny Bono (from Sonny and Cher fame), hence the inside joke.

Motel: Exterior

Episode: 4.20 The Rapture

Accommodation: Unnamed motel

Another motel we don't get to see much of. But wow - look at those bedspreads! And that wallpaper! (More flowers).

If that wall paper looks familiar it's because the same pattern appears again in episode 5.08 (Changing Channels). It's a different colour though. The designers must have liked it so much they bought it in different colours. (I reckon they'd be on the look out for anything garish or floral!)

Episode: 4.21 When the Levee Breaks

Accommodation: Unnamed motel
(Room 623, The honeymoon suite)

This is another one of my season 4 favourites. We get to see such a lot of this room. It's much classier than anything they normally stay in. I can't say I find the decor particularly appealing (all that brown!) but there are features that really stand out. I love the repeated octagons for example (the room divider, the window and doors) and the floral wall paper. Floral wallpaper is fast becoming a Supernatural motif I think.

And now (as a special treat for making it this far) the best accommodation of them all:

Accommodation: The Panic Room

Location: Bobby's House - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

(Warning: Spoilers for season 6 in description)

The Panic Room is a quality establishment, reserved for a select few.

It features good ventilation with natural light, refreshment upon arrival and has a unique decor. For no extra charge there is the opportunity to experience bondage or perhaps a chance to discover your inner self. For those who can afford it (it is rather expensive but well worth it), there is a re-souling service. (Prior booking is essential).

Notes and thanks etc.

It never ceases to amaze me how much detail the set designers and decorators put into these motel rooms. They obviously have a lot of fun and I have to say I've had a tremendous amount of fun exploring them.

This has been a pretty steep learning curve for me. I'm not a graphic expert, so instead of doing this (like any sensible person would) in Photoshop, I have created this with a series of tables (arghhhh....). The screencaps are from Homeofthenutty (thank you!). I have coloured and cropped them caps in Aperture. As frustrating as the tables have been, the exploration and the fact that I've actually done this has been very rewarding.

I must give massive thanks to galwithglasses all her help. For allowing me to pick her brain on issues of prop re-use and for picking up any details I missed. (She's also responsible for the Panic Room entry *g*).

Also huge thanks and *hug* to bythedamned for the text beta and helpful suggestions. <333

Thanks also for lilly_the_kid for help with the motel research. *smish*

Feedback is awesome. I can always update the entry if I've missed something.

Season 5 Motels

15th-Mar-2012 11:44 am (UTC)
LOL! This is all kinds of awesome! So much is happening during the episode that occasionally my eye wanders to the boys instead of the background! ;D But I love the opportunity to savor the brilliant set designs (and your analysis of them) now!
15th-Mar-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hee! I most definitely have my eye on the boys rather than their surroundings during the episodes.. they are rather distracting like that. *g*

Though I have become rather focused on their surrounding lately. The set designers do such a fab job of creating these rooms. And they often have such a short amount of on screen time.

Thanks for popping by hun.
15th-Mar-2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm going to come back to this again and again. I wish there was some way to share with the set designers because this is a gorgeous homage to their art. Wow - amazing!

Thank you so much for doing this!

16th-Mar-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
It'd be great to be able to let the designers know that we think their set designs are awesome.*g* It's been fun taking a closer look at what they have been doing.

Thanks for stopping by. <33
15th-Mar-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, enormous project. (And at least three seasons to go...!)

I actually found it very moving to look at all those screencaps of them in motel rooms. It's so unusual for adults outside of romantic relationships to spend almost every night sleeping in the same room as someone else. I love the intimacy of it.

I've also often wondered why Sam and Dean don't have a room / rooms at Bobby's, or at the very least why there isn't somewhere for Dean to sleep that isn't on the floor. It seems to be a good-sized house.

Laughed at your travel-brochure description of the panic room.

Excellent job!
16th-Mar-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Er...yeah. It was pretty damn enormous. Especially when I had clipped all the shots, coloured them etc. and then decided the quality wasn't good enough. /o\ I started all over again using HD screen caps. But I was happier with the end result so that made it worth it.

I ADORE the intimacy of the motel rooms (even without my slash googles on). I love stories where the boys are lulled to sleep by hearing the other one breathing. It makes sense to me because they have spent so much of their lives living like this.

The sleeping arrangement at Bobby's is curious. Someone below suggested that all of Bobby's "spare" rooms would be filled with books. If anyone was going to take the floor I imagine it would be Sam, as he is so tall. Maybe they paper scissors rock for the floor. I rather like the idea that Dean could have slept somewhere else, but chose to be near Sam. *nods*

Thanks hun. I'm so glad you liked it.

15th-Mar-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Awesome! It's really great to see all the detail and care they take with all of these.

I love this post!
16th-Mar-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much hun! They seem to go to a lot of trouble to make the rooms interesting.

18th-Mar-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) And yeah.. it seemed to take forever. (Mostly because I was learning how to actually do it).

And it's great that they give us something to look at when really they could make all the rooms look much the same.

15th-Mar-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Huge round of applause to you and the SPN crew for the amount of detail that goes into the motel sets. I loved the sleeping in the impala and at Bobby’s house sections.

"Also, it seems Dean takes the front seat when bedding down and Sam takes the back."

Do you think Dean sleeping in the front seat is more of a symbolism of Dean being the older, protective, take charge, big brother with the “driver picks the music shotgun shuts his cakehole” attitude (a visual display of their status in their relationship) or just the simple fact that Sam is large and the front seat offers a smaller amount of space due to the steering wheel?
18th-Mar-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And that's a good question. I've made this assumption that that's their sleeping arrangement based on those couple of shots but I would say both of those reasons would be valid. I would think the front seat would definitely be harder for Sam to sleep in. I'd like to think it could be a status thing also... Dean would totally have dibs on sleeping in the front. :)

15th-Mar-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
You did it! This is amazing and I love your love for all the details :)
18th-Mar-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
*phew* I did! One down - three to go. Thanks so much for your help. <33

15th-Mar-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, this is AWESOME! I love the detail they put into creating these, and the detail you put into sharing the compilation with us too. Thank you :)
18th-Mar-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! So glad you liked it. :)
18th-Mar-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!!

I must admit I didn't pick up on the Kim Manners think either. When researching this I check a number of sources. The Super Wiki has been a brilliant guide. It was mentioned in there, so I passed it on. ;)

Hee... Brokeback Mountain....Hmmmm... I wonder if there's a subtle reference there? I wouldn't put it passed them. ;)

Thanks again. Really glad you liked it.
15th-Mar-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is all kinds of cool! So many details. I had to remind myself at first though to look at the rooms not the boys..lol. But seriously this is great!
The panic room description made me grin. :D

Thanks for a great post. I thouroughly enjoyed reading (looking at) it. :D
18th-Mar-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Hee! The boys are more definitely distracting. When I was choosing clips I had to remind myself to look at the rooms and not at them!

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I wanted it to be pretty casual.

15th-Mar-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh honey, what a huge undertaking and it's simply, amazingly wonderful. I've already read it twice, but something like this is one of those things I'll return to again and again.. Those motel rooms are certainly a wonderful task of love undertaken by the set dressers and I think you've paid them a wonderful compliment pointing out all those little tiny things, the caps and colouring are simply gorgeous and now exceptionally clear so we can appreciate all the little nooks and crannies..


18th-Mar-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank SO MUCH!! Your feedback is lovely - I was particularly worried about the colouring and the quality of the caps. I know I still need to work of that area, but it's been terrific fun discovering a new medium in which to play.

I'm thrilled you think it's a compliment to the set dressers. I think they do an amazing job - considering they could just make mundane, similar rooms for each episode. Inside they give us something really interesting to look at.
*smish* (and thanks for my lovely e-card <33333)

15th-Mar-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! Very cool! I love this kind of Show trivia. Thanks for all your hard work. :)
18th-Mar-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you like this stuff. As taken as I am by our gorgeous boys, I am also taken by everything else that's gorgeous in the show (even though some rooms may not exactly be considered "gorgeous").

16th-Mar-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
You are, quite simply, AMAZING!!! The level of detail you pull out just makes my wee little fangirl SOAR. *adores*
18th-Mar-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
*twirls you* Thank you honey!! That makes me very happy to hear...<3333
16th-Mar-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
This is fabulous. I developed a crush on the set decorators for this show starting in S1, their work adds so much to every episode, and I like how you show the connection between the visuals and what's going on emotionally. The show does really interesting things with that, all the way through.
18th-Mar-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! I'm so glad you liked. I think it was from you and zimshan and bellanut that I also developed a crush. I love that there's intelligence behind their choices - especially when there's a direct connection between the room and their emotional story.

16th-Mar-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
This is AWESOME! You are a hero for putting this together.
Also, Chuck looks pocket sized next to Sam.
18th-Mar-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you!!

Hee... man, I think anyone would look pocket sized next to Sam. But true... in that shot he looks tiny (and Jared looks HUGE!)

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