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8.02 picspam: Subtle but deliberate. 
12th-Oct-2012 08:16 pm
Purgatory!Dean
I think exploring the visual story of an episode helps me come to grips with it a little more. I'm probably stretching some of the suggestions behind why a certain shot has been used but *shrugs* it's just for fun.



Picket fence

I rather love the choice to have Sam, Dean and Kevin surrounded by a picket fence in a cafe. It really emphasises a trapped feeling - especially for Kevin. It's interesting that each time Kevin is framed the picket fence is seen, but when Dean or Sam is in the frame it's not very prominent. Poor Kevin is having a hard time convincing Dean to visit his mom.

I also wonder if it might be there as a kind of mockery of a "normal" life of the white picket fence - which seem to be always out of reach for the Winchesters.




I really love that back shot of Kevin (pic 2). It shows him caught between Sam and Dean. I think these are subtle but deliberate shot choices to help create a closed in feeling. I also included the shot of Sam because well, DIMPLES *g*, but also Sam and Dean share a private moment here and I think that also enhances the feeling of Kevin being on the outside.

Flowers

I'm going to totally jump on galwithglasses's observations about the use of flowers in Supernatural (hope you don't mind hun!). She suggests that flowers signal danger (particularly pink ones!). Here we have an abundance of flowers - including a massive flourish of pink ones. We also have Mrs Tran in a blue floral top. I love that we have the juxtaposition of beautiful flowers surrounding the house, along side demons. Mrs Tran's top is a sure sign that things won't work out so well for her (did we even think they would anyway?)



Neighbor, Michigan. I think they are having fun with the names this season (unless that is a real place? Google tells me it's not...)

Motel

I love seeing places (and props) reused. This motel is very familiar. It's been used in a couple of other episodes - Usual Suspects, Changing Channels and It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester (pictured right).



I want to stay in this motel!

Door framed!Sammy

It's completely geeky, but there's just something about Sam being framed inside a door frame. They did it last episode also. (shudup! IDEK!)



(you just know I'm going to be looking out for "framed" Sammy from now on.../o\)

Dark!Dean

The cutting between Dean "interrogating" the monster and the guy in lock up is fabulous.



I've put in a cap of Dean holding a knife to Mr's Tran's throat because I think the early scene helped us believe that Dean could really do this. Both times he held back. All is not lost for our Dean (just yet...*meep*).


BOYS!

Love the variety of two shots we had of them. I'm not exactly sure what this says, I just love that the director chose to do them. There was a sense of them being joined at the hip in this episode though, so maybe that helped create that feeling.



Also... GUH! Jeez... Hot!boys are just killing me!



Just 'cause

I love high angle (or low angle) shots. This is a beauty. Also, that ceiling light is very familiar - we see them quite often.



Purgatory

PURGATORY LOOKS AMAZING! I love they way they are treating Purgatory. The high contrast, desaturated look is fabulous. *drools*

Comments 
12th-Oct-2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Man, I LOVE these ruminations of yours. Framing and composition is something we take for granted and can be ULTRA important to the success of a film's atmosphere. Keep it up!
13th-Oct-2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really enjoy deconstructing episodes. I'm not sure I'll be able to do it so much once I start back at school (next week...boo..:((.).

xx
12th-Oct-2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Isn't that white picket fence trapping them in the best thng ever? Well you know what I mean.... None of these guys are going to get that life. Kevin's about to go drag his Mom away from hers, too.

The flowers are great. The one of the flowers that struck me most was Mrs. Tran by a yellow rose. Mary was often near or wearing roses. There's a vase tucked behind Kevin of the more red flowers from last season while they're in the livingroom.

The lights show up around angels and the angels are back.

We'll have to watch but so far Sam and Dean have been surrounded by green a lot. Why are these guys so hot when they're on the edge of moral collapse entirely?Soulless Sam was the same way.

Yup, the is no Neighbor, Michigan. Hee....

13th-Oct-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't that white picket fence trapping them in the best thng ever?

Oh yay... I hoped it wasn't just a flight of fancy on my part. I am sure it's there for a purpose. :)

The flowers are awesome. I can't believe how many there was of them (so many even I couldn't miss them..;D) Though I didn't spot the red flowers behind Kevin...

We'll have to watch but so far Sam and Dean have been surrounded by green a lot.

Yeah, I noticed that. It will be interesting to see if it continues in future eps.

Why are these guys so hot when they're on the edge of moral collapse entirely?Soulless Sam was the same way.

HA! Bad boys are hot it would seem! Especially our boys! :DD
12th-Oct-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
I may have gotten lost for a while in the two "Hot!boys" shots, I admit it, but I love all the shots you chose, and yeah, Purgatory is gorgeous.

Great catch on the picket-fence shots and reuse of the "Great Pumpkin" hotel!

Framed!Sammy. Hee.
13th-Oct-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah - hot boys are to get lost in. They are both looking damn fine this season...;)

Framed!Sammy. Hee.

Yeah....I don't even know. My brain sometimes.....;DD
12th-Oct-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I agree, I love the desaturated look of Purgatory. It reminds me of the darker (visual) tones of the seasons 1 & 2 which I loved.
13th-Oct-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it sure has that feel. Looks so good...
xx
12th-Oct-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Great thoughts about the picket fence, I hadn't noticed that one.

There was that scene though at the auction, where Sam wouldn't budge up to let Dean sit on the outside,( he did later), but that first moment was almost like Sam corralling Dean so he could keep an eye on him - I liked that, but I've always been partial to Sam watching over/out for Dean, so maybe that was just me!

Purgatory though is beautiful, that shot in the mist as Dean and Benny come down to the river was also stunning. There is some similarity to the early seasons but it's crispness and coldness just adds to the whole "pure" theme they have running and I'm very impressed by it - it's one of my favourite colourings they've ever used.
13th-Oct-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Great thoughts about the picket fence, I hadn't noticed that one.

I might be grasping but when I think about how easy it would be to NOT have that there it makes sense that it would be there for a reason.

where Sam wouldn't budge up to let Dean sit on the outside

I LOVED that moment. My first thought was that Sam was protecting Dean - keeping him out of harms way. It was a very deliberate move (or lack of move on Sam's part) so I can't imagine it was accidental. And I hear ya! We have to take (and enjoy) these small moments when we get them. :)

but it's crispness and coldness just adds to the whole "pure" theme they have running

Yeah. I like that it's not the horribly scary place all the time. There is a scene of order and beauty about it. No wonder Dean felt comfortable there.
12th-Oct-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
THE TIE REMOVAL AND THE HAMMER. Yiiiissss.

(Also, I like purgatory. :)
13th-Oct-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
IKR?! Lot's of hot this season! ;D
14th-Oct-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
So many cool observations!! I agree with everything you said. :D

The motel exterior also popped up in 3x03. I've actually stood outside that motel, pretty much in the spot where the boys were. :)

Also, that ceiling light is very familiar - we see them quite often.

Hee, I wrote a meta about those lamps in S4. Maybe I should follow that up with a new meta, because we saw one of those lamps broken in this ep and I don't reacall seeing that before.



On a more shallow note, the hot!boys were extremely hot. I have to give Dabb&Loflin points for making tie-removing!Dean and Thor!Sam happen.
15th-Oct-2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Oh yes..3.03 also. They like that motel - I can't blame them. It's a great colour.

Oh yay! Light meta! That's awesome. And they've appeared a few more times later after S4. And yeah - broken lamp could have been significant...;)

I will give Dabb & Loflin points for tie removing!Dean and Samanthor! :DDD
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