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Beginning with the obligatory obvious pun...


So a couple of brothers went to Ohio to kill time.  It had to be said.

This episode was beautifully filmed.  The sets and costumes were lovely. And there were shiny CARS!  There were some remarkable images that came out of it.  There is enough meta on how the light and color were used that they'll get their own journal entries.  So will the caps of flowers and mountains.



Agents Smith and Smith, no relation. (ETA This is a play on lines from Die Hard.)



The autopsy report which lists Kevin Parks (SPN's assistant director) as the victim's roommate.





I love the paper trash bags and wood barrels.  The sets were really well done.  



The day Dean ends up in the past is November 5, 1944. It was a Sunday so there was the obligatory football (American) game which the home team, the Cleveland Rams, lost to the Washington Redskins.  The US Army was involved in action in Germany and the Netherlands.  In the Pacific, kamikaze pilots hit the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.  In two days, Franklin Roosevelt would be elected for a fourth term as President.  The movies on the theater marquee that you can't see except as a reflection are two movies from 1944, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Mask of Dimitrios. It also says "Buy War Bonds". 

There's a big old angel light in the interview room completely obscuring Ness as he comes in.  



Awesome entrance though...



Then we have this beauty of a picture where we've got Ness and Dean.  I love how the light and shadows, the color of the walls and clothes, the body positions and dark hair work to make them look like equals even though Ness may know a little more about the case.  Already we can tell these guys are going to have a lot in common.



Signs of the war are all over this episode.  A soldier is passing by as Dean goes into the tailor shop.





I don't know if it's the hair or clean-shaven face that makes him look so different (younger?) than Dean here.  All I could think was prep school a la Dead Poet's Society.

Ezra Moore has a most unusual name.  Ezra means help in Hebrew.  I love the whole sequence where they are figuring out who the baddie is here.  Sam and Jodi ask questions and we jump to Ezra, Ness and Dean and hear the answer and then the exchange goes back the other way.  It made the whole research sequence really engaging when it could have been really boring.



That looks more like the Dean we're used to.  I love that he got to be really smart through this whole episode.  He's such a contradiction between hardened, old before his time hunter and wide-eyed childlike pop culture fan.



And here we have proof that I'm a victorian old maid at heart...oh my goodness, his coat is off, cue swoon.





The bookie Lester Young shares a name with a well-known jazz tenor sax player.  He played in Count Basie's orchestra until rumor has it he was dismissed for refusing to play on Friday the 13th.  The show aired on Friday the 13th.  I loved the jazzy soundtrack they wrote for the episode.

Have I mentioned that I really liked THE CARS!?



This shot was beautiful too.










The war bonds poster was great with Uncle Sam pointing out where they should be aiming.  

It's not the only time we see Ness in front of a US flag.









Sam finally gets to talk with somebody about Bobby.

This a pretty interesting collection of chemicals for a haberdashery.



And this is just disturbing on so many levels....



I'd love to know what radio show this gent is listening to in the background.  They're talking about war bonds again.  I don't know if it's true to the time but this man seems to have so much more trust in a government official than we'd give anyone now.



They even got the light switch right for the time period.



The face made by younger siblings everywhere....



The sequences with hiding and finding the note have both the brothers crossing the floor, opening a knife, and popping the molding off.





Legit law enforcement and badge...how rare.





Non-legit badge listing Dean as staff at the Wayne County Coroner's Office which is convenient because there is a Wayne County in all of the states surrounding and including Ohio.  Detroit is in Michigan's Wayne County.



Here's another great shot.







This one reminds me of Dean peeking around the side of the building in Frontierland.





It's been a long time since I've seen The Untouchables.  I wonder if there is much similarity between any of the scenes, particularly the ones where Dean references the movie.  



Caps from Home of the Nutty and true_fellings





Comments

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ash48
Jan. 16th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
AWESOME!!!!

And I have been wonderng the same thing about whether there are shots matched from the film. I'd love to think so.

I also meant to say great pick up on Bobby's flask. It's lovely that Dean would be carrying that around. It's sad to think how much stuff he would have if he collected something from each person who died on the show. :(

Lovely caps. The cinematography in this episode is some of the best they've done I think. Some lovely attention to detail in the sets.

I look forward to the flowers post. I even spotted some this time. (I think!... On her dress and um... the wallpaper I think. :)


galwithglasses
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
There were just so many shots in this ep that could stand alone as a pieces of art. They did such a nice job with it. They may not have a huge budget but they make the most of what they have and you never even really think about it.
etoile444
Jan. 16th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
There were so many excellent visuals. Loved this review.
galwithglasses
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! 8-)
no_ones_sleep
Jan. 16th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
When Eliot first commented on Dean saying "Awesome!", he replied something that sounded so much like Castiel that it hurt. And later we have Ezra-Bobby- that were really lovingly references!

And I think that Dean looked so much younger for three reasons: he was clean shaven, Jensen was wearing tons of make up (too much for my taste, especially as I found the color a bit off), and foremost because his smile was actually reaching his eyes! I ended up thinking it would have been a mercy to leave Dean in 1944. He was so much more carefree. And he deserved that so much.

And *wow* for you identifying the movies in the theater!
...my day of editing, sorry: Thank you for mentioning the best movie of all times! No other movie has had such an influence on my life like DPS had. Glad to know you know it, too.

Edited at 2012-01-16 02:29 pm (UTC)
galwithglasses
Jan. 17th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since I've seen DPS but the scene where they stand on the desks and recite the poetry has stuck with me.
hugemind
Jan. 19th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
You have so many beautiful caps here!!

The autopsy report which lists Kevin Parks (SPN's assistant director) as the victim's roommate

It also lists Leeann Elaschuk from Show's art department as the medical examiner. :)

The one with the angel lamp above the guys with the camera looking down and Ness setting his hat on the table is sort funny. Dean's gear is on the other end of the table and Ness's gear, i.e. his hat, on the other end. :) But the lights and the shadows are so very beautiful! Also, seeing the angel lamps here and in 7x11 make me think back to the times when there actually were angels around, too, when we saw them.

The shot with Dean's shadow on the wall when he was lurking around was pretty striking, not to mention the ones where Ness and Dean walk towards the house and there's mist floating above the ground.
galwithglasses
Jan. 19th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I wondered if Leeann was involved with the show. There's another name at the top of the form but I couldn't connect it with anyone on the crew that I recognized. I love how they stick the names in there.
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