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We Supernatural fans are a very opinionated lot. (Understatement!) We can argue about whether or not we liked or disliked an episode or story line for days, weeks, and even longer. But one thing that I think most of us can agree upon is that no matter what happens in the show, it always looks amazing. The production values on this show are stellar, especially considering their budget is a fraction of some other, lesser-looking shows. So I'll leave the serious reviewing to those more capable than myself. What I really want to do is talk about some of my favorite images from the episode, why I liked them, and what they meant or could. Let's talk about the pretty, people! In chronological order, here's what I liked from "Exile on Main Street."
I really liked the angle they used here because it sort of feels like this is Dean's out-of-body experience, like he's floating above the bed looking down on himself. And really, this new, normal, apple-pie life he has must certainly have felt like that at times. Also, it kind of looks like he's doing a facepalm there, which is hilarious.
Mostly I like this shot because it is adorable. Seriously, how cute is it that Dean is teaching Ben about cars? The answer is extremely cute. Plus, Dean is smiling. That's been a rare occurance these past few seasons, so no matter what the cause, it's good to see a smile. And can we talk about the fact that Dean is wearing a t-shirt with a graphic on it? Is this a wardrobe first for adult Dean? I Wuv Hugz aside, have we seen him in anything but plain t-shirts? I'll take bets on whether Dean bought that for himself or Lisa got it for him. Lastly, I love how this shot is framed with the Impala in the background, awash in sunlight, sort of overseeing the proceedings. A passing of the torch, as it were. Let's hope it doesn't last too long.
Here we have the new season 6 title card, of course. To me, it looks like glass breaking. I've seen other people describe it as a mirror, but to me, some of these shards look transparent. But either way, something here is shattering. What is this representative of? Are we shattering expectations, illusions, Dean's happy life, trust, all of the above? It's ambiguous and very appropriate for this season.
And there's the show title, obviously. I like the callback to the season 1 color scheme, the blue on black. It's a nod to the reboot and the MOTW format. Plus, this shade of blue is very cold and icy, which really fits with what we've seen of Sam so far. More foreshadowing?
I really like this silhouette shot. It reminds me a lot of the silhouette shot of the boys from the pilot. You know the one I'm talking about. But yeah, in general, I just like silhouette shots. There's something elegant about them.
That is a creepy staircase. I love the bannister's shadow on the wall and the beam of light from Dean's flashlight. It's very evocative and really sets the mood. This show does a great job using shadows to enhance the creepy factor.
6.Dean versus the Yorkie, round 2. I adore that they used for the Yorkie POV here because it's really funny looking up at Dean instead of looking down on the dog. It's a nice perspective. Plus, the dog looks really cute like that. I normally don't really care for Yorkies, but hee, it's all scraggly hair and tiny ears and cocked head!