Why the SPN mixtape scene from 12x19 is screenwriting gold, and should be taught to the next generations of screenwriters everywhere - analysis
20 seconds. Two lines of dialogue, three gestures, a couple more camera angles. Episode 19, season 12 of a genre TV show “Supernatural”. A single strike of screenwriting and cinematic genius. The mixtape scene.
Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, I bow before you.
This scene should be used as an example for future screenwriters how you can put maximum of meaning into minimal time and dialogue. Should be analyzed and taught at universities everywhere, how to achieve the most using the least. How to write for TV, where you only have less than an hour to built something spectacular.
Let’s just peel off all the layers of these 20 seconds of footage and these 13 words. 13 WORDS.
(Cas knocks, Dean doesn’t say anything. Cas opens the door, apologizes for disturbing Dean in his room, and then takes a cassette tape out of his left inside coat pocket, and puts it on the desk, while tapping the label on it that says “Deans (sic!) top 13 Zepp traxx”.)
Cas: Um, I just wanted to return this.
Dean: It’s a gift. You keep those.
13 tracks. 13 words. The future. So number thirteen is important for the future. I mean, are you trying to tell us something here, writers?
(Dean takes the tape, oustreches his arm, and gives it back to Cas. We see Cas’ hand grabbing the tape, and taking it back.)
That tiny scene is ENORMOUS from the perspective of the narrative and the characterization. Let’s see what we can get out of it. (Prepare yourself: it’s gonna be long. Damn, how much meta can you write based on 20 seconds of television and two lines of dialogue?) (Hint: A lot.)
I was reading about Vortices and after hours of research online, out of the blue I stumbled upon this amazing bird. This is the Red Necked Phalarope and from the looks of it seems to have put vortices to a really productive use - catching its prey.
By rotating around ~60-80 times a minute, it produces an upward vortex that sucks out insects/bugs/crustaceans from the water, which it swiftly picks up with its beak and eats. ( This one would have aced the Fluids class for sure :D)
This is analogous to tornadoes sweeping up cars and houses along its way in an upward swirl.
** The actual dynamics of vortices of course is waay more complicated. ;)
*** There are three species of phalarope (red-necked, red/grey, and Wilson’s), and they can all feed like that.
Ok so everyone likes to talk about Sam’s murdercock, right? Like 80% of the women he’s had sex with has died.
Well… literally everyone Castiel has even kissed (onscreen) has died. Meg. Hannah. April. How am I just now figuring this shit out? If you even make out with Cas, statistically, you have a 100% chance of getting stabbed with an angel blade.
…..wait, does Yellow Diamond know the crystal gems are on earth?
Yellow Diamond read the report from Peridot, it was why she sent her to Earth to check on the cluster, it was why she assigned her a jasper (not just ANY Jasper, the Kindergarten Quartz who could)
but Peridot didn’t report seeing a Rose Quartz, just remnants of the Crystal Gems. Rose Quartz would be a threat. Her followers were not, especially only three gems. Jasper knew Rose wasn’t there either by she considered it a shame since she couldn’t beat her for it
Yellow Diamond SPECIFICALLY requested Aquamarine & Topaz get the humans from Peridot’s report, and Aquamarine said herself that the Crystal Gems were IN the report.
But the Diamond’s still believe the Cluster is Active. My guess is they’re not actively doing anything about the Crystal Gems since they believe the cluster will destroy them along with the Earth. No point picking a fight when they’ll be shattered soon.