WEDNESDAY'S WATCHING

Supernatural 11.15 "Beyond the Mat"
Writers: John Bring and Andrew Dabb
Director: Jerry Wanek
Director of Photography: C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur
Airdate: 24.02.2016

BY WEDNESDAY

Bring it on!
A BEHIND THE SCENES peek at what goes on behind the wrestling mat.
John Winchester took his sons to the Top Notch Wrestling shows for diverting entertainment.
Little did he know that behind the mat, the top wrestler fell prey to a Crossroads Demon.
Who can you cheer for amidst the DISILLUSIONMENT of fallen heroes?


WHAT DID I WATCH?

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THE SCRIPT

THEMES

Dean turns on the light in the Bunker, something usually done behind the scenes.
If we could see our heroes behind the scenes, or behind the mat, would they lose their heroic appeal?
Would we be disillusioned?

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DISILLUSIONMENT

Apparently, behind the scenes, the Winchesters pop painkillers from a mega sized bottle:

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Behind the mat Sam flounders.

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It's difficult to be disillusioned by the Winchesters when we can already read their minds.

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They are flawed heroes. Demon Duke, however, is totally unimpressed by
the Winchesters and expresses his disillusionment.

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Dean is disillusioned by his hero Gunner Lawless who turns out to be a complete fake.
The glove, that Dean Fanboyed for, turns out to be a
consolation gift to a boy whose father Gunner would be killing.

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(As if a glove could make up for the loss of a father. It's a pathetic attempt to assuage his own guilt.)
Gunner killed the Hangman and countless others. Worse, he carved a Sumerian sigil on
their bodies that condemned these poor souls to be immediately snatched up by
the renegade Crossroads Demon Duke. We can see just how despicable he is when he
kills Shawn Harley, the true hero of this show.

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Initially, Harley seemed to be the villain with his cocky arrogance and defiance of Gunner. In his last scene, Harley's
defiance is both brave and brilliant with the greatest lines ever said to a Crossroads Demon.

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(Why has no one ever used this logic before?)

NEVER TOO LATE

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Heroes can be flawed and humiliated. They can make bad decisions... as Castiel did.
However, they can make a comeback and do the right thing.
Crowley fell so far from his previous
position of power that it seems unlikely he could ever redeem himself.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

PERSPECTIVES/ANGLES

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The slow slide up Crowley as he rises in power. We remain low.

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Between the legs of Lawless Perspective:

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ALLUSIONS/SHOUTOUTS

Behind The Mat, Dean re-enacts "Nature Boy" Ric Flair's strut and "Wooo!"

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When Dean climbs the ropes, he impersonates "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his yell,
"Oh, yeah!"


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MOTIFS

The BACK motif enhanced all the backstabbing.

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Feet Motif

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Foot Stomping

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THE WINKS:

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SYMBOLS

Crosses

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The Black Rose:

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COLOURS: RED AND WHITE

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LIGHTING

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SET

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LOCATION

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SFX /VFX

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MAKEUP/COSTUME

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BECHDEL TEST

So far in Season 11, 5 out of 14 episodes have passed this easy gender fairness Bechdel test,
or 36% of the episodes.

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5 OUT OF 15!!! Only 33% have passed.
Will Supernatural finish the season with this terrible record?

Y'all have to hang around a few weeks to find out.

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And while we are here:

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BEST PERFORMANCE

The cast was flawless.

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Show stealers, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles gave heartwarming performance of Sam and Dean
momentarily forgetting their troubles and enjoying themselves.

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The comradery and support of the brothers was evident:


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 Dean, showing his clown side with impressive moves:

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FROM THE REAR VIEW

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Paul Lazenby (Hellrazor) is one of
Supernatural's stunt/fight choreographers.

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THANKS TO:

SUPERNATURAL WIKI
FOREVER DREAMING TRANSCRIPT
IMDB CAST LIST
SUPERNATURAL FANS ON LINE: SCREENCAPS
SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD: SCREENCAPS
Google Images
REBLOGGY: Wednesday gif
TWEETS: Charmaine Clark, Aleks Paunovic, John Bring

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Two nooses out of five.

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Comments  

debbab
#1 debbab 2016-02-29 13:37
Wonderful format and review. Speaking of toilets...Did anyone notice the "breaking of wind" when Dean gets up from the bench in the bar? Outtake that was not taken out or deliberate. What is with the bullet wound in Dean's leg? And Dean should admit that his liver is screaming? Also the sore back he tries to cover up from Rio. I agree, while all actors were on their A game. Sheppard and the director's shots are the high lights. For me, not so much about heroes but about the change in the brothers and Always keep fighting and you are not alone in this one. What did Dean turn on when he flipped the switch on the return to the bunker? Perfect episode to hit the pause button as Dean re-commits to saving Cas, icing Lucifer, and snuffing out the Darkness but Crowley will be involved.. I focused more on the fan aspect than the hero. Crowley is Dean's #1 fan aside from Sam.
Wednesday
#2 Wednesday 2016-02-29 22:17
Hey, Thanks! The new FORMAT is due to a lot of hard work by Alice Jester. Glad you like it and the review.:D
I did a little photo and blurb on the “poot” in the above article. :o
People are going with it being intentional because it was included in the Closed Captioning on the screen
for the hearing impaired. “[Farts] Ah. What happened? [Sighs] Mostly Tequila.”
As far as the wound, it was not specified how it was caused, bullet or otherwise;
but, it seemed another attempt to show the audience that we are not aware of everything BEHIND THE SCENES.
“A couple years ago, a, uh, perp got the drop on me, decided to take a chunk of my leg as a keepsake.”
He was also careful to say “perp” instead of vampire, or monster. Still, additions like this to the canon kind of drive the fans crazy.
(The scar must be from after 5.22 when Castiel cleansed him.) I remember Metatron with a nasty leg wound but not Dean.
The writers for this ep. seemed intent on giving us something we did not know, or a BEHIND THE SCENES peek, at our heroes.
I enjoyed your added take on the “fans” aspect. It definitely was about being a fan.
Crowley has no fans, according to Lucifer. Poor Crowley. Waiting for the next episode is always difficult.
AlyCat22
#3 AlyCat22 2016-03-01 00:59
How exactly is it fair that Show fails the Bechdel test here. Two female characters who based on the storyline had no reason whatsoever to interact, much less talk to each other about something besides a man. Did the fact that the episode failed the test hurt the story in anyway? I'd venture to say no. And isn't that the true test?
Vince
#4 Vince 2016-03-01 03:45
John's at times heavy drinking isn't any new revelation for the show. That goes all the way back to the first episode of the series.
Vince
#5 Vince 2016-03-01 03:56
The problem with the Bechdel test is one it's a joke from a comic. Also, it's not a barometer of quality, just because something passes the Bechdel test doesn't mean it's actually good or just because something fails it doesn't make it bad. It's about what type of story is being told. It's also not about pass/fail, it's about highlighting that women could be better written on film. Take Gravity for example, it's anchored by a well rounded/written female character. But she's the only female character, so it fails.
Jen
#6 Jen 2016-03-01 04:07
Interesting take on the show Wednesday. Not as "WOW" as some of your articles maybe not so enthused or not alot in the episode to get excited about. I enjoyed it for what it was ? I think I am deffiantly learning. I did expect some major send off for a 4 wk break. But in its own way I suppose one thinks mmmmmmm must be big the 3rd part of the season.
I metioned in other articles (Alice's) that it appeared to say "This is it Boy's if you havn't forgiven yourselves for past mistakes, or each other, if you havn't been reminded of Love, Family. Trust. and commitment. you will lose the major battle" The episodes not involving the main arch, where reminding Sam and more so Dean that you have to get up and "Keep Grinding" reminding them about why they started this 10yrs ago, and how they strayed but what helped them win as well. And "Beyond the Mat" although not the best episode, was the final chapter in "Lesson's Learnt". It reminded them of their Father who he was a what he taught them and how he died. It reminded them about their own failings but how thet fought to come back, and it also taught them that Family, love & trust wins the war

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