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I was just rewatching Bloodlust, for Reasons, and I'd forgotten how mouthy Sam can get. I mean, I guess anyone who's used to butting heads with John Winchester is just not going to button it up when tied to a chair in a remote farmhouse at the hands of two vampires, and Sam's attitude has always been a thing with him, but damn son. It still took me aback how hard he went at them. And just how much I freaking love this guy.

So, Reasons. I've been doing another SPN project.Namely, going back and tracking how the show uses red and white in the frame to underscore story elements in each episode, and maybe screencapping them. It's something I always wanted to do, since it's a pretty obvious visual theme that they've used throughout, but I never had anything systematic enough to hang it on. Until one day, like a thunderbolt out of the blue, it hit me that archiving a shit-ton of images according to theme is what tumblr is for.

Thus, a(nother) project is born! (And I'm reminded how much I freaking love all of it.)

Because. There are no words for the extent to which they've woven the red&white motif into what they give us, on the most obvious level to the least. Hell, they've got extras in red and white crossing the character's path precisely at key moments, which is often impossible to show in screencaps, but startling when you're watching for it. (Most recent example that had me O.O-ing, Dean in the bar talking to Gordon, this extra passes behind Dean on only two exchanges:

"So right then I just sort of...."  "Embraced the life?"  "Yeah."  "Yeah."  "... Yeah."
"So you're always thinking to yourself, he's indestructible. He'll always be around, nothing can kill my dad. And just like that ... he's gone."*

Meanwhile, there is a positive orgy of red and white going on behind Gordon pretty much every time he's onscreen, let alone his blood red car and red&white plaid. Then you've got Lenore and Eli, who are wearing no red and white at all, except for their mostly-hidden undershirts, where Lenore has white over her heart, and over Eli's, a red&white decal. And, oh, just, Show. LET ME LOVE YOU ♥.♥)

I've managed to keep myself from commentary, which is the only reason why I haven't stalled out, because there is SO MUCH to say. And I'm slow enough already. I confine myself to making a few compilations comparing the visual beats and themes that seem to develop in the individual episode, and then move on. But this show is so stunning and intricate and gorgeous, and every now and then I desperately want to point at something and go LOOK LOOK LOOK, LOOK WHAT THEY DID. (Yes, shouting. I can be reasonable in my appreciation of almost anything else, other than this show. There exists no volume control in me for that.)

I started doing this not long after the end of S8, and is partly why I haven't started watching S9 yet, I'm just wallowing around in this rewatch and enjoying it too much to break the headspace. So while I have nothing to contribute to current events in fandom, if you want to hang out in everything that's come before, from the beginning, that's where I am. And hopefully will have something to say about every now and then, because I miss talking about stuff around here.

For now, here is the comparison that's become my favourite so far, for reasons that are not entirely clear to me:

*This is a The Usual Suspects reference, right? I mean, it has to be. And, like, on purpose; Dean's expression as he says it is subtle but suggests he notices when he's halfway through the quote and then just goes on and finishes it, albeit with a click of his fingers rather than the puff-of-smoke thing Verbal does, because it's so apt. (Which, also, I'm kiiiiiind of okay with Show suggesting that John is Keyser Söze, in an AU sort of way of it. Um.) How come SPN wiki never lists the references I actually notice? I do not understand how the additive the Leviathans put in the Turducken making everyone completely docile, except for a tiny tiny percentage who have the opposite reaction, go nuts and start eating people, is not listed. Is this fandom or isn't it? What are we even doing with our lives?


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Feb. 25th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
I do not understand how the additive the Leviathans put in the Turducken ... is not listed. Is this fandom or isn't it? What are we even doing with our lives?

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Feb. 26th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
I mean.

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