If last week was noir light, they made up for it in spades this week. There were a ton of awesome images in this episode. I mean, I could probably write a whole review on the alpha vamp montage alone. This episode was directed by Rod Hardy, who has an extensive TV directing resume, including stints on "The X-Files" and "Battlestar Galactica."
We're in the teaser and it's already atmospheric and noir-ish. This image is pretty much the opening for every hardboiled detective novel ever. "It was a cool, moonlight night as he made his way down the alley with his moll at his side. He turned up his collar to keep out the chill, wondering yet again how she had convinced him to walk the city streets at this time of night. He had a case to solve, and his mind kept slipping back to the particulars, making him poor company at best." I mean, it just writes itself!
This is a great shot over the Impala. I will never get tired of looking at the Impala. It's just so angular and gorgeous, and she just laps up the attention, doesn't she?
Here's a cool through-the-window shot, with the blinds and the blind shadow on Sam's face. It's super noir. Seriously, this episode has more shots of characters with shadows on their faces than any this season so far, especially once Dean gets turned.
This shot is awesome because it's almost exactly the same as the cover for "My Summer of Blood" Look!
That is so ridiculous! The vampire on this cover is even dressed like Dean and standing like him with his shoulders hunched down. Oh, man, that's good. Even when the show is taking itself seriously it can't take itself seriously!
What a gorgeous shot of this journal. They make some amazing props for this show, and it's nice when they can show them off so spectacularly.
In an episode with so much blue and darkness, this yellow lighting in the blood cooler really pops. Unless that's not a cooler at all but a warming container so the blood is warm when they drink it, a la True Blood.
That whole yellow lighting in a bluish room thing I mentioned with the previous cap still holds true for this one! Plus, the ceiling of this place is really cool. It's very cathedral-esque.
And now we come to the most amazing part of the episode, visually, for me. This alpha montage is insanely cool, so pardon me while I cap the hell out of it. Is that the alpha? A messenger? A Cylon? And where is that house? It looks so English, doesn't it?
And more creepy little girls. Of course. This is a very creepy tea party for one, and we'll see why it's so creepy in a minute.