This is fantastic. Between the streaming light and the set full of stuff and Sam working the summoning spell on the floor, this shot is all kinds of awesome.
Apparently, I really am all about the inanimate objects in this episode. I love the way this poker table is staged here, with the chips slightly strewn about and the whisky bottle framing the shot there. It’s like a “Supernatural” still life. They just need a gun and some salt and some holy water on the table and they’re set.
I really like the lighting on knocked-out Sam here, with the light streaming in and flaring on his face especially. Lovely. And his arms all askew like that is quite enjoyable, too.
This is just a sumptuous shot. The angle is brilliant, and I love how the left part of the shot is pretty much black, and how there’s a real blue undertone to the rest of the coloring.
I’m sure by now you can all guess what I’m going to say about this shot, but the lighting! Oh, the lighting! Just look at the contrast between the lighting on Dean and Tessa and in the rest of the scene with the doctors in the background. They’re all florescent and lit up while Dean and Tessa are in the ever-popular broken blue-light stream. It really helps hammer home that they are shadow participants in the real world.
I really, really liked that Dean knelt down to talk to this girl. It’s such a very Dean thing to do, since we all know he’s great with kids. Seriously, lowering yourself to a child’s level or further does wonders, especially if you have to deliver tough news.
Death is such an amazing character because of moments like this, when Dean turns the corner and sees him feeding his face with junk food and drinking beer out of a plastic cup. He’s the world’s most powerful frat boy.
I really like how this shot is framed with the soul light and Dean and Bobby standing in the background. And Death totally went from world’s most powerful frat boy to world’s scariest housecall doctor. That’s pretty impressive.
So there we have it. I felt like there was a lot of conversations and face-to-face dialogue, so there wasn’t as much room to play with the pretty this time around. Still, there were some lovely shots in this episode all the same. And for the first time, I am going to pick my top three favorites. Drumroll… I like 5, 9, and 11 best, in that order. 11 is my favorite for this episode. Congratulations, shot 11! What are your favorites?