Look carefully. What do you see?
11.01 “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire”
Writer: Jeremy Carver
Director: Robert Singer
Air Date: October 7, 2015
Something, or someone hits Sam on the head and he blacks out while
Dean confronts the Darkness personified as a beautiful woman.
Again, like last season, we get piecemeal action via flashbacks; but, at least this time it is only
a few brief hours instead of months.
Baby wakes Sam up to search for Dean, who wakes in field of flowers.
What did you do, Dean?
When the Darkness turned her lips up to you, bound for eternity, what did you do?
Did you think it a dream?
“Where’s the car?” Sam, bewildered and worried, asking what happened seemed more than a mile away.
You were tight-lipped and tense avoiding the truth.
“She wasn’t much of a talker.” Sowing seeds in Eternal Darkness.
What have you done, Dean? The dreaded Darkness reveals at least two weaknesses.
She has no knowledge of Earth, cheeseburgers, or even ancient Death. She knows nothing.
There’s also Light, a natural antagonistic force.
During Sam and Dean’s adventure with the Rabids and rescuing Amara,
they reassert their bumper sticker to include saving those who’ve been turned into monsters.
who is relieved to remember he did not kill Crowley.
He did however kill the dog of a family that replicated the Winchesters.
The younger son hesitates in shooting Castiel.
Thank goodness, otherwise he would not be killing a monster, but an angel.
The Angels closed heaven’s playground portal when Castiel busted out Metatron.
They seem annoyed. Cas did ask for punishment, “I confess my transgressions, and I will
accept whatever punishment you dole out, now I ask you to help me. Please, save me from doing worse.”
Torture is pending.
An exciting development is the news from the cage.
The Demon reports, “They said it sounded like a frightened animal, all of Hell heard like someone was going crazy.
The rumor is that Michael or Lucifer, one of them is trying to warn us…”
Crowley is going to have to visit the cage. He looked…afraid.
“Dean, if you don’t change right now,
all of our crap is gonna keep repeating itself.”
Like the LYING. Sam’s OK. Castiel’s Ok. Dean’s Ok…except they’re not.
Director: Robert Singer
Cinematographer: Serge Ladouceur
We are not surprised when we see the attention to detail used in
the composition of an episode of Supernatural. Symbolically, the colour red, as
frequently used in Supernatural, denotes danger, bloodshed and evil. This
episode had lots of red hits in the background in signage to alert the viewer.
Here are some other notable uses of RED throughout this episode.
The first time we see Deb (Jillian Fargey) in Marnie’s front room she has a tiny red flower beside her head.
Later, after Crowley is finished bludgeoning everyone with a crowbar,
she bleeds on the same side of her head.
Tiny red flowers continue to appear much like they did in the “Werther Project” of Season 10.
(The backpack with the tiny red flowers was first worn by Mike.)
The yellow yarrow was used as in “About A Boy.” Could it again denote transformation and rejuvenation?
Yellow was used in the “Prisoner” to denote deception.
Orange was used for the Construction Workers and predominantly in Marnie’s Home.
Orange seemed to represent ordinary people who would have something extraordinary happen to them.
BROTHERS ‘N SYNC
LOW ANGLE / HIGH ANGLE SHOT
IT’S ALL ABOUT WOMEN!
Note the word “SHE” of Sherriff with the open door.
SEEDS AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE
Later shots of other parts of the hospital (in 11.02) showed additional seed photos on the walls. Seeds, were clearly a symbolic theme of this episode.
The theme of the cycle of life continues with remarkable images of female anatomy, which is extremely rare to see in film.
Here we have a prominent image of female reproductive anatomy and it is actually a menstruating image, plus it is being sewn closed like
FGM practices around the world (*See Link below).
Keep in mind this shot need not have been included.
Despite the numerous occasions when a character had stitches, no other close up like this can be recalled.
It has a certain shock value because we are unaccustomed to seeing such an image depicted in the media.
We are taught by the media and society that this is somehow “gross.”
It isn’t. It is life. Women watching, especially young women, might be uncomfortable
with it because their privates are literally being displayed to public view,
and also being tortured by being sewn closed. It happens globally.
Taken on its own, we could surmise that it was completely accidental;
except it was not presented in isolation.
We have Mike’s description of a birth gone wrong.
“The doc said it was gonna be a tough birth, but Janie she stepped up. The twister hit, the power went out.
She just kept on going. No drugs.Just pushed out this little dewdrop like she was nothing.
Then Janie started bleeding.
They tried, but …You’d think they’d know how to stop something like that.”
This hayseed’s description of a delivery was a bit repulsive…and very detailed.
On the one hand, Mike seems to be applauding her courage to not use drugs,
but on the other hand, the results were fatal.
Was this speech meant to play on a fear of childbirth?
(I hate when the FEAR OF CHILDBIRTH is reinforced by the media.)
the detailed description of this tragic birth is significant to this birth, because it was the birth of Amara.
The new born, or the Darkness, caused the mother’s death.
The birth of the end of life?
To Re- “Cycle” the Theme…
The Deputy’s bloody dressing, or pad, remains on prominent display throughout the episode.
It’s just a bloody bandage but for women it represents a little bit more doesn’t it?
There is our well ingrained drive to hide or dispose of pads required to catch the blood of a female’s reproductive system.
It is shown continuously throughout the dialogue and from many angles.
Notice the framing…the distance between Sam and Dean to frame the pad…
how Dean’s hand frames it on more than one occasion….
Then, there is this shot, definitely not an accident. She’s dead, lying under a coffee table.
Her torso is covered by two bowls. One is full of Nuts (seeds) and one is filled with blood which
Crowley used to “phone” his demons.
Blood and seeds symbolically placed in a woman’s mid-section definitely reference how a woman creates life.
She is dead though, which leads us to the “death” of a woman’s reproductive capability…
“Is anybody hot? I’m hot….
I believe that’s the menopause, sir.”
Menopause is rarely mentioned in the media.
Menopause is the loss of seeds and blood and signals the end of a woman’s reproductive ability.
It is associated with “older” females.
The first time we see Crowley’s alter meatsuit, Marnie, is when she gets out of the car showing off some beautiful legs.
Then we realize we’re looking at a gracefully aging housewife. Was this to trick the male viewer?
The camera continues to pan her body in the most openly voyeuristic way,
simultaneously portraying her as a sex object while mocking
the viewer for looking at an older woman as a sex object.
Our first view of the Darkness was as a sultry, desireable female who was clearly seducing Dean.
The Darkness is quite old (ancient actually).
Is the mention of menopause and Marnie’s body scan meant to subliminally suggest Dean being attracted to the female “Darkness”?
After the laceration imagery, the bloody bandage, the seeds-and-blood mid-body shot and a reference to menopause, re-examine some of the other shots.
THE GROCERY BAGS: Did we need to know what was in her bags, or even that she attempted and failed to pick them up?
Who buys that much cream? Why is it so prominently displayed? Why are we looking at this so long?
It doesn’t seem important to the plot so why is it included?
The image of the oil jar’s plug and spout artistically recall sex and procreation. These themes were further reinforced with the scenario of the orgy (which was simply awful).
Crowley bludgeons the swingers to death with a crowbar and we see the aftermath.
The sex was totally irrelevant to what was happening in the episode, so much so that it was even questioned by a demon:
MINION to Crowley: “It’s just, you barely escaped assassination. You’re arguably on the run from the most powerful witch on earth — not to mention an angel of heaven and …you didn’t call for help until after the orgy?”
Was that supposed to be funny? Did we sign up for a violent porno by consenting to watch SPN?
It was sexuality, but without the intent, or possibility, of procreation, once considered a sin.
Was this the antithesis of procreation…?
…or did it have another purpose altogether?
So many of the images clearly projected female anatomy at different stages of the women’s life cycle, then the seeds and sex images and scenarios all subliminally suggest procreation, but by whom?
I return you to the initial question. What did you see in the First photo?
Add in the title of 11.03 (which I won’t mention due to spoilers) to this episode’s visual and plot themes of sex, reproduction and birth, plus women’s deaths associated with procreation both literally (Deb and Amara’s mother) and figuratively through the death of her reproductive capability, and there is a strong suggestion about something that will be revealed later in the season, possibly about the Darkness.
FROM THE REARVIEW
*”FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia, the
Middle East, and among diaspora communities around the world.”
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