Well, this isn't an emotional way to start an episode. Nope. Not one bit. I mean, Dean is absolutely not freaking out about how his brother has just finished seizing and is now motionless on the floor. That's not worry on his face. He's completely in control of the situation. And seeing Dean lose it never makes me also lose it. Not ever. /Sarcasm.
It is insanely creepy when an inanimate object moves its eyes. I think it's even worse if said thing looks sideways at you. There's something about a sideways glance that is just unnerving. This shot makes the dummy seem like it's looking out and silently judging me, and I don't like it one bit.
Dean's cellphone background is a picture of the hotel-room wall from "Clap Your Hands If You Believe." And those are totally Dean's feet, meaning he looked at that wall while he was laying on his bed and thought it was kind of cool (he's right) and decided to take a picture of it. He didn't get out of the way or stand up or anything. Just a Dean spur-of-the-moment decision to takt something that he liked and keep it with him. Never change, Dean.
You know, I like watching these two when they sit in front of a monitor wall and go through security-camera footage. It has to be tedious as hell, but they both look so adorable all hunched over and concentrating like that. I am also amused as it seems like Sam made his chair higher off the ground just to look that much bigger than his brother.
This is a really cool exterior shot. That smoke stack with the red lights looks really ominous. Nothing good ever happens at night near smoke stacks with red lights on them. That is a completely true fact. I looked it up in the Encyclopedia Ardeotannica.
I love everything about this shot, from the low angle to the mannequin parts strewn about to the lighting. It's really, really cool.
This is a great angle right here. I'm sure staircases are probably annoying to film because there are only so many ways you can shoot them, but I highly approve of this one. It really makes that staircase look steep, though, doesn't it?
I like the way this shot is over the Impala's hood, almost like the camera is sneaking around trying not to be seen, so it takes cover behind this giant car and hopes no one notices. Plus, any shot with the Impala in it is a good one in my book!
Oh, Dean. His face here kind of kills me because he just was not expecting to show up and see Lisa ready for a date. And watching that scene, you can see he's taken aback for about a second before he slips his Dean armor back on and hides his true feelings behind snark and an internal monologue of "this isn't bothering me. This doesn't bother me. I'm fine. Just act fine and everything will BE fine." You know, the typical Dean reaction to most things.
This is a really cool shot. The way that light is streaming through the window makes Sam look so super menacing. I think I'd be crapping my pants if I was that other guy.
I know this is kind of macabre, but this is a really cool shot of dead Rose here. I like it because you can see by looking at the blood trails on her forehead that she's been moved to this position. It's not how she landed.
I felt like Lisa and Dean imploding was kind of inevitable, unfortunately. And the person hurt the most by that was probably Ben, and there's nothing he can do about it. Poor Ben. And look at the picture on his bedside table. It's him, Dean, and Lisa in happier times. He wants them to be a family so bad, but I just don't see it happening.
I will just never get tired of Impala shots, I don't think. I like this a whole lot due to all the rain that's glistening on the car. Really, that's just lovely. Plus, look at how mean that bumper looks. I sure as hell wouldn't want to get hit by that thing.
Another Impala shot, but this time it's post-building crash. She came through pretty well, considering. But that car is pretty much a tank, and the only things that can really hurt her are semi-trucks and Dean with a crowbar. I love the shattered glass and the deep shadows on the side, too.
Another thing I won't ever get tired of? The shots of all the cars at Bobby's place. It's a surefire way to get a thumbs up from me. Also, Bobby's sign back there says "self-service salvage yard." I really want to know if anyone has the balls to go into that place and look for parts. Because I can just imagine Bobby glaring at anyone who would actually dare to walk into that yard.
Classic way to end an episode, no? You really can't go wrong with beers, Winchesters, the Impala, and angst. Dean really, really needed his brother's support here, and Sam was finally able to give it to him now that he has his soul back. Also, Dean should only wear plaid from now on. I decree it.
So there's "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning." Not my favorite episode this season, if I'm honest. In fact, maybe my least favorite. But at least there were some pretty things happening! My favorite shots are 6, 2, and 14. I know 2 may seem counterintuitive based on what I wrote, but if one shot can creep me out that much, it's a good one. What were your favorite images?