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When I was looking at caps to try to fill out the countdown, I started at the beginning of Season 1 and thought it was interesting to see how the car was used in the very early filming and what they did differently as they got further into the season. I already looked at the Pilot so this covers episodes 1.02 to 1.10. To do this, I wanted to post a list of the directors. Of the first ten episodes, there are only two repeats.

1.01 Pilot - David Nutter
1.02 Wendigo - David Nutter
1.03 Dead in the Water - Kim Manners
1.04 Phantom Traveler - Robert Singer
1.05 Bloody Mary - Peter Ellis
1.06 Skin - Robert Duncan McNiell
1.07 Hook Man - David Jackson
1.08 Bugs - Kim Manners
1.09 Home - Ken Girotti
1.10 Asylum - Guy Norman Bee

One of the things that stood out to me looking at a whole bunch of Impala caps together is that in some of the very early episodes, they used the same footage of the car driving down the road. (1.02, 1.03 and 1.05)

The other shot that gets used in several episodes is this long distance shot.

This one in particular made think of the scene in Frontier where Sam is seen riding off by horseback from a great distance.

I know there are a few other times where they've reused footage but after the beginning episodes they got away from it pretty quickly. For the rest of these episodes, they use new footage of the boys arriving in or leaving town.

We get a really good look in the trunk in Wendigo.

And again in Skin.

They use the fog or spot lights in Hook Man. These aren't attached to the car in later seasons.

The episodes use the car in shots to varying amounts of time but they all seem to have at least one scene with the brothers talking inside or outside near the car.  I keep having to remind myself that at this point in the life of the show, the boys are living out of their car and motel rooms unless they can squat or camp somewhere.

Here are a few of the highlights from the early part of Season 1 involving the car.

1.02 Wendigo

Sam sleeps a lot in the car toward the beginning of the season.

Sam gets to drive.

1.03 Dead in the Water

1.04 Phantom Traveler

Plus a close-up from the last scene on the car even though the car isn't in the shot.

1.05 Bloody Mary

Sam wakes up from a nightmare about Jess.  The car is also filmed on a rainy night and we see in through the watersplotched window.  Someone else also gets to ride in the car.

As they are driving out of town, Sam sees Jess in a white nightgown standing on the sidewalk. Dean sees Sam.

1.06 Skin

1.07 Hook Man

In which Dean gets a parking ticket he disregards. Toward the end of the episode, he watches Sam in the side mirror and then the camera shows us what he sees.  I like it when they use shots in the mirror and this is the first one I remember seeing looking through the episodes.

1.08 Bugs

I really like how Kim Manners filmed this episode which is unpopular on every rewatch list there is. It starts with Sam sitting on the car reading the paper while Dean is hustling pool. At some point, the car actually gets to spend the night in a garage. Sam gets to drive again.

1.09 Home

1.10 Asylum

Not much Impala in this one but it still had some moments talking by the car.

All in all, a pretty good start to a show that would run through a hopefully promised 13 seasons.


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Apr. 26th, 2017 06:58 am (UTC)
They really used Baby a lot in these earliest episodes (like you point out, conversations around her, Sam sleeping etc.) and yeah, it's probably what feels easiest to them. She's just always been there, and it fits the way Kripke pitched the show as two brothers driving around the country is a classic car.

The long shot with the dark sky is one of my favorites, and the Impala sitting behind the caution tape in "Bugs" is kinda perfect. :D
Apr. 26th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
The cool thing about these episodes is that so many of these shots appear reproduced in some kind of fan art or early icons that we instantly recognize them as season 1 SPN even if we might not be able to pin it to an episode. The desaturated color filming sets it apart from so many other shows. They've given themselves some extra options with all the color symbolism and great lighting that they've used in later seasons but those early season myth arcs worked with that darkness so well. That kind of filming also seems to make the car look even more solid smehow. It would be cool if they would shoot one more like this before the show wraps up.
Apr. 26th, 2017 08:57 pm (UTC)
It would be awesome to see more of this before the end! I loved the Purgatory stuff because it was the closest to the look we've come since S1.
Apr. 27th, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, Purgatory....there was so much about the way they did its filming that was great. Just the choice to shoot it outside in the trees instead of trying to build a set was really good.
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