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SPN 7.08 - More orange and red

I watched most of this episode with the sound off so I ended up looking more at the filming of the episode.  I put the caps of a lot of the interesting things I noticed under the cut.  I put how I felt about the writing and plot at the end.
First off, I really liked the exploding cake and the title card.  After that, there was red and orange everywhere.  It usually means danger. 









The "Sam" in the diary looks like it has a devil's tail. A couple of the other things I've been looking for showed up again. The orangy flowers of peril (or at least warning) are back.  The flowers Sam and Dean pinned to their coats plus-

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(Seriously, how did scrawny Becky move unconscious Sam, especially to a new house and then into a bed?  My husband and I are about the same size ratio and I gotta say it's not happening. Unless she's an ant, she probably can't even pick up his leg.)

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The mountains were back too by way of the Alpen Haus. The rest of the mountain caps from earlier episodes this season are in the comments of an entry at spnematography.
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My favorite red/orange bit is in the insurance office behind the CEO mostly because of the awesome art of the hand with crossed fingers.  Either luck or lies, maybe both?  The globes are there too and I know they've showed up before.

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I liked how the colors changed at the end to more cool blues.  Even the pen is blue instead of Becky's red one.  It's like the decreasing threat levels used by Homeland Security.





There were two other things that popped out at me.  There were a lot of signs with language about freedom and independence maybe echoing what's going on with Sam and Dean.







There's an exit sign above two characters about to leave.



Last, I just liked the final shot of the car climbing up through the alley surrounded by tall brick walls.  Maybe not so free after all.



So actors, directors and crew have to work with what they're given in a script and make the most of it.  Here's the part where I say what I thought of the writing and plot of this episode so feel free to tune out.

I had a lot of the same reactions to this episode that I've seen all over.  The kidnapping/assault/rape aspect of what Becky was doing to Sam was awful and I wish SPN would knock it off.  Enough already. I let it go by in relation to demons and hell, because, well, it's hell. But this was just nasty and gross and not in a fun, horror movie kind of way. Rape isn't funny!  They turned Becky into a criminal who then got a lecture from her victim.  Seriously? (At least Jared's got that murderous rage Sam face down.)  While I never really liked Becky much, I thought this was way out of character for her and really unbelievable.  It was a stupid-ass, lazy plot device to reintroduce demons, Crowley and however the heck Sam and Dean are doing hanging out with each other (or not).  Not everything can be redeemed by Sam's hair and Dean looking hot in a sweater vest.  If it's season 7 and we needed a wedding (really?), Bobby and Sheriff Mills look like a likely, possibly consenting couple.  Or we could have had 30 minutes of Crowley and forget the wedding.  That probably would have been entertaining.

Caps from true_fellings 

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ash48
Nov. 15th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
Oooh.. I love these observations. Yes, yes to the colouring and all that red. (wheeee!)

The whole ep was off yeah? Badly devised and not at all thought through. Thoughh I'm wondering if the demons have been re-introduced for a plot reason later on. I am suspecting they will be connected in some way to defeating the leviathans. *shrugs* not sure.

I LOVE that at least you found some meta in the colour choices. Thank you.

xx

(And how Becky got Sam on the bed is beyond me. Let alone her having rope in the house. And don't get me started on why Sam didn't spit out the damn gag).
galwithglasses
Nov. 15th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)

Oh, I know, the gag, huh? All he had to do was shake his head and it probably would have come out. I'm thinking the demons will have something to do with the rest of the season and the solution to the Leviathans. I love me some Crowley so that's cool. I just wish they would have modified this story a bit to get them there. I wondered if I was a bit harsh at the end cuz it's late and I'm tired but then I figured that was my gut reaction so I might as well just say it. But overall, I'm really liking this season and the Leviathans are a great Big Bad. Smart monsters with complicated motives! \o/

ash48
Nov. 15th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Nah... not harsh. I think it's basically what a lot of fans have been thinking. Not sure where there heads were at with that one.
ash48
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Sorry - I'm back. You say The orangy flowers of peril (or at least warning) are back. Where have they been used before? My memory seems to suck lately. But that's cool if they've appeared previously as a warning.

And yay about noticing the "freedom/independence" signs.
galwithglasses
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
The orangy flowers were all over the place in 7.05. There are a bunch of caps and discussion here. There are more examples of a lot of stuff from that ep here. It was loaded with stuff to look at and geek out about.

(I originally posted this comment with wrong ep number.)
etoile444
Nov. 15th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Seems the writers think we will accept anything. BTW, I thought Sam's hair looked greasy, but the sweater was hot. However, that does not excuse lazy plotting.
quickreaver
Nov. 15th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Great observations. We've been harping on the 'rape' aspect (and for good reason!), but then for the prop masters and scenery guys to include so many 'freedom' refs, it's interesting. Indicates they were aware of this major flaw in the script, I suspect.
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