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"All Dogs Go To Heaven" was directed by Phil Sgriccia, a very familiar name in the "Supernatural" world.  This is his 18th episode directed on the series, and his first since the season premiere.  And since he was responsible for letting the cameras run for the infamous "Eye of the Tiger" outtake, I really hope we get some dog actor outtakes on the Season 6 gag reel.  At any rate, this is what I liked to look at this episode.
 
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Well, this sign looks familiar.  Where have I seen it before?
 
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Oh, yeah, the Honey Wagon was the strip club in "Sex and Violence."  Good reuse of a sign there!
 
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I liked the black and white, somewhat fish-eyed view they use for the skinwalker POV.  It's enough to show a difference but not too crazy.  Plus, it makes some funny funhouse-mirror shots of Sam and Dean later on at the animal shelter.
 
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I adore the extremely minimal lighting in this shot.  The moonlight is lightly caressing Sam's face while he sits in the car with Dean.  Gorgeous.
 
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Aside from being a very interesting position to be in while having a conversation, it is telling that Dean is sleeping in his clothes on top of the covers.  He really doesn't trust RoboSam, does he?  Not that I blame him.
 
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All the Impala love this season has been fantastic.  I will never get tired of looking at artistic shots of her.  What a beauty.  And this really is an angle we don't see very often.
 
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Alice talked about this, but man, this dog was so expressive.  Okay, yeah, it probably focused on its trainer a  bit too much, and that was a bit distracting at times, but still.  Look at its ickle wittle face!  I wonder if the skinwalker gets to choose what kind of dog it gets to be.  Because it makes good sense to choose a smart breed of dog, like a German Shepherd, so that you don't have to hide all your emotions.  If you ended up as a really dumb kind of dog, you'd have to play dumb all the time, and that would get annoying.
 
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The light coming through the trees is really fantastic.  It's a very stark scene with black and green and just a hint of color in the leaves of the trees.  Clandestine meetings should always look this good.

Comments  

CitizenKane2
# CitizenKane2 2010-11-23 01:48
Thank you for this. My favorites shots are #7 (dog) and #14 (dog, again :-)). #13 (Dean Sniper) is a very close third.
CitizenKane2
# CitizenKane2 2010-11-23 01:49
Sorry, but I had to add this. I know your article is about the pictures, but sometimes your comments are hilarious :-) For example, for shot #7 (dog), you wrote :-) :

"I wonder if the skinwalker gets to choose what kind of dog it gets to be. Because it makes good sense to choose a smart breed of dog, like a German Shepherd, so that you don’t have to hide all your emotions. If you ended up as a really dumb kind of dog, you’d have to play dumb all the time, and that would get annoying."
Yirabah
# Yirabah 2010-11-23 03:02
Hi Arde, haven't had a chance to talk to you in a while. Just wanted to remind you that I love your visual recaps.

*raises hand for high five* I am right there with you for the admiration of Serge.

My favourites are the pics 11 to 13. I immediatly loved how badass the boys looked under that bridge. Also was wondering if we hadn't seen Crowley under that bridge before.

You managed to get a laugh out of me with the robo conversation.

And Dean - well if I ever should be should by a sniper it better be him.
Yvonne
# Yvonne 2010-11-23 03:30
Do I have to pick a favorite?
Ok, ok, um, Sniper Dean. No, Dean lying casual on the bed. No, wait, stealthy Sam in the shadows. Oh Oh! For real this time, the bad ass boys under the bridge.

Thanks for these and the laughs that went with them. You rock. And binary code? That'll keep me chuckling all day!
Julie
# Julie 2010-11-23 04:27
I love your visual reviews Arde , you find such beautiful pics. and you have such an eye for detail , and fantastic recall, I think you must have a photographic memory. Keep up the great work.
And can I just say 2 words --- Number Thirteen !! Thank you , thank you !! :D
9Tiptoes
# 9Tiptoes 2010-11-23 10:07
11 and 13 definitely...al though I have a thing for guys in white socks. ;-)

Serge is the man. It's amazing how when you watch the ep for the first time, you don't neccessarily notice all the great stuff that goes into making scene perfect, be it the lighting or the score or even just the subtle acting. You go back through it a second time and those same things that really made the scene just seem to pop out at you. I love that you take the time to show us visually what really worked for you.
nancyL
# nancyL 2010-11-23 10:09
Ardeospina, love all your pics for this episode, but if I had to pick my favorites:

11. The badass Winchester brothers :D
Sam, the brother of the darkness and Dean, the brother of light.

12. When the soulless one opens his mouth, I cringe, but when he is taking out the bad guys, I have to cheer.

13. Sniper!Dean, with his stubble and his killer eyes. :D :D Let me wipe the drool off.

I love German Shephards and I love this dog, he is a good actor. HaHa :lol:
Suze
# Suze 2010-11-23 14:44
Dean really has ridiculously long eyelashes for such a tough egg ... Liked the one under the bridge, too. ;-)
BagginsDVM
# BagginsDVM 2010-11-23 17:58
You picked some great ones, even some things I didn't notice watching the episode. Sometimes it really takes the stills to be able to catch things when in the midst of the action, such as the light behind Sam in #9. Other favs are 7, 11, & 13, of course!
det_coverdale
# det_coverdale 2010-11-23 22:02
When I saw the episode, and the shot of the two under the bridge, I thought, 'wow, that's a good one'. Pity that it showed an exasperated Dean, and not a 'let's I mean business' Dean, but they do look badass, nonetheless.

Oh, and sniper Dean. That's a beautiful one. Helps to have a striking face in the shot, too. The camera absolutely loves Jensen, doesn't it.

As an honourable mention: In #10, there's something about the contrast of the light and the reflection in the window that I like.
Evelyn
# Evelyn 2010-11-30 19:29
Hey Arde- I always love your look at the shots in each episode. I enjoy your introspection. Couple of comments:

Pic #3 - with dog's viewing in black and white - I loved how when we were seeing things from the dogs perspective that the view went to b&w, because as we all know, dogs do not see in color, so this was cool that they filmed the scene that way as well.

I loved the view of Dean on the bed, back to sleeping in his clothes. Ah Dean, you never get to truly relax, do you? But look, ma, no shoes. At least he took those off.

My heart just breaks for Dean in #10. Sitting there alone, wanting so much to talk to Lisa, to be humanly connected with someone, because he sure isn't "connected" with Sam at the moment. Oh, Dean, I'll be your Lisa for the time being.

#11 is just so hawt!!! Dean walking all military like with the rifle suitcase in his hand. I also found it telling the way they shot this - Dean and Sam walking so far a part from each other, which kind of mirrors the way they are personally, that far apart from each other. Usually they walk side by side, but this was very telling as to where they are sitting right now in their relationship.

Lastly, Sniper Dean. Man, Jensen has such beautiful facial features and this shot really brings those out. Especially the eyes. I love his eyes - I could just melt into them, and many times do when I look at pictures of him. This is a great shot.

As always, great highlights Arde. Always enjoy them.