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Random cool SPN camera shot

I was looking for something else and came across this cap of Sam from After School Special.  Sorry, no red shorts here.

It's of John picking Sam and Dean up from school to move on to the next town.



The episode talked about Sam wanting to get out of the hunting life and do something different and yet he was back at the school working a case as a hunter.  I was really struck by the creepy shadows of the trees.  They look like hands reaching out to grab Sam.  The fact that the grabby hands appear to be coming from the car seems significant too with the car being so much a symbol of the Winchesters and hunting. Then there are all the dead fall leaves.  He's surrounded by death and has been since he was 6 months old.  The shot is from the window from the perspective of a friend of Sam's being left behind.  It seems to me that a lot of people have had this view of Sam.  In season 5, Bobby makes a comment about how Sam has been running into burning buildings since he was 12.  He's been walking away or been dragged from the life he's wanted for a lot longer than that.

Cap from Home of the Nutty.

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kazluvsbooks
Aug. 23rd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
SAD!! Nooooooooooo!!!

Sigh..this IS a lovely,sad shot..
i love it when you describe camera shots!!
galwithglasses
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
So much about Sam is so sad. It's always interesting to see a cap from one of the seasons in the middle and put it in the overall context of the whole show.
de_nugis
Aug. 23rd, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
That gives me all the Sam feels.

Of course, we know that family (and the car as symbol of his family) does mean a lot to Sam. I don't think it's as simple as there being something he wants and having inner or outer obstacles to getting it; I think it's the feeling that he can't make choices in one direction without feeling that he's culpably walking away and he can't make choices in the other direction without feeling that he's being dragged back. Both sides of that mess with his autonomy, so it's not like he could solve it if he just stuck with the walking away part, even though he keeps trying.

Plus, Colin Ford, so good. That slightly hunched posture with the backpack does manage to look like the same Sam, even though purely physically Colin really doesn't look like a guy who will grow up to be Jared. It's all in the acting.
galwithglasses
Aug. 23rd, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
They got really lucky with Colin. He's so completely believable as young Sam.

Just thinking about Sam makes my heart ache. He's never gotten a break and so many of the choices he's had to make have been between several really lousy options. His life could have been so different if John or Dean could have accepted the Sam that he wanted to be. Who knows if he'd ever have gotten there given everything stacked against him but I think he would have had a fighting chance if they had been able to look beyond what they needed him to be. So much of the time, it seems like Sam has been an object to be utilized or protected or a problem to be solved. After thinking that through, I can see where Amelia could have been really good for him in the long run. He wasn't any of those things to her. I wish I could have seen that during last season. As an audience, I think we've been shown Sam through the same vantage point as Dean and John have seen him. I'm just as guilty as seeing him as I need him to be and not as Sam might wish for himself. (You know...if he wasn't just this fictional character or anything.)

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