So I re-watched this episode today and had a nagging suspicion while watching, but wasn’t entirely sure whether it was my eyes playing tricks on me or the real deal. So I had to cap these scenes above to be sure. And now I am sitting here silently fangirling once more over how freaking brilliant this show has always been when it comes to silent storytelling and visuals that say more than a million words.
What I am talking about? Well, first of all. All gifs captured above aren’t coloured or edited at all, but the exacty colouring it is on my DVD. And that is kind of the key here, because if I had edited them, you wouldn’t be able to understand why I am so in awe with this show once again - I now what else is new. ;)
It’s subtle, but take a close look. The gifs from top to bottom are in the order of the episode. 1st gif, first time Sam and Dean sit in the diner and so on. And you know what the brilliant thing about the cinematography here is?
The more often Sam witnesses Dean’s death and is unable to stop it, the more the coolours start to fade and the darker and les saturated the images get. I am sorry but this is bloody brilliant, because this is essentially Sam’s life losing colour and joy and meaning, because Dean is not in it visualized by the colours draining away.
Maybe everybody had picked up on this already… I don’t know… But I sure was mindblown during rewatch! Well freaking done, SPN!
Tell me again how all those things on this show that happen to be amazing are just happy accidents and not purposefully inserted or utilized to tell the story on a visual and textual level.
Not to be weird about Dean, just I’m sure there’s probably enough close readings of Mystery Spot focused on Sam, but god I love watching this episode from Dean’s POV/enjoying watching the snippets of Dean on a regular fun hunt between things, trying to enjoy himself and live in the moment… Especially the first day before Sam realises anything is wrong, but every time he comes to it fresh, really, deliberately playing up his lack of development over this time while Sam goes through months of refined torture.
Season 3 is all stretched out to fill a year in 16 episodes and 3x09 and 3x10 were all about traumatising Dean about becoming a demon. Cut to him all peppy and hyperactive and just *living* and enjoying himself, trying the special in a diner when he doesn’t know what it is (even though Sam rolls his eyes about that), and enjoying teasing Sam, the music on the radio… Just taking things as they come and having fun with it. Having an episode where Dean is peppy deliberately in contrast to Sam having the worst day of his life over and over, just is really fun and kind of a treat tbh. I like this sort of Dean who’s cheerful and hyperactive and interested in everything, and going out of his way to be a pain in Sam’s butt because it amuses him and…
idk, normally they start taking the case seriously once they know it’s real, even if there was resistance to start with. Something like Plucky’s (another ostensibly Sam-centric episode) has a great Dean because he gets to kick back and tease Sam right the way through the episode. It’s not a formula we get a lot of, so I really appreciate these glimpses of how Dean makes some fun out of their job, and things like the morning routine in this episode really show how Dean acts when he gets out of the right side of the bed on the morning for once… I mean he’s almost certainly playing this up in the face of great pain, but one of my core readings of Dean is that he usually lives deeply in the moment, and so season 3 & 7 having these examples of such fun Dean moments makes a lot of sense to me, because he’s in so much anguish all these seasons…