"Form and Void"
11.02
Writer: Andrew Dabb
Director: Phil Sgriccia
Airdate: October 14, 2015

BY WEDNESDAY

What did I see?

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VISUAL MOTIFS AND SYMBOLS

Although the Darkness was reduced to "giant crazy fart" the script held many repeated words, motifs and symbols
carefully woven through a visual tapestry of imagery by Director Phil Sgriccia and Director of photography Serge Ladouceur.

Such a pleasure to see imagery in tandem with the script, enhancing motifs, symbols and meaning:
RED FLOWERS, THE TREE OF LIFE, RELIGIOUS ICONS, SWEETS, HANDS, AND ANGELS were motifs in the script that were
represented visually. At some points, the visuals managed to incorporate more than one motif at a time.

TINY RED FLOWERS

Tiny red flowers (symbolizing Amara/Darkness and Danger) were more prevalent in this episode.

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THE TREE OF LIFE

All cultures recognize the "Tree of Life" as a powerful force. Primitive people's saw
the powerful tree pattern on every placenta, of every birth, and replicated it in works of art.
Modern people know that the "tree" is a network of veins that nourish the fetus but it
is no less a source of life giving power. It remains a GLOBAL spiritual symbol.

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GARDEN OF EDEN?


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(The Low Angle shot draws the viewers' focus up towards the red flowers, AS DOES Dean's gaze.)

The Tree of Life, or network of veins, is reinforced visually when the Rabids become infected by the Darkness.
Their veins bulge and turn black.

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Two other "Tree of Life" structures, although more abstract, are in the Chapel's stained
glass red flower branches and the Bunker's book tree.

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SWEETS

The Script made references to sweets and tasty treats.
For example, Jenna's grandma
asks, "Honey, are you all right?"

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Crowley can also TASTE the power of the Darkness,
"Whatever's in that house, I can TASTE the power radiating from it."
Crowley further extends this "TASTE" for decadent things, describing Dean as "SCRUMPTIOUS young altar boy"
and that he owed his presence there to inside information.
"I have
sources in the Catholic Church... nuns that owe me a favor, priests with A TASTE FOR..."

RELIGIOUS ICONS/BIBLICAL ALLUSIONS

The script bordered on the SACRILEGIOUS with Crowley's comments.
Yet, some interesting allusions to the Bible were supported
with visuals of religious icons.

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The religious allusions did not stop there.

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Hope and Faith still thrive in Sam and he prayed for a cure, or a sign from God.
He did receive a sign but it looked like it came from Lucifer in the
cage.
Previously, Sam was given two messages from the Reaper, Billie ByTheWay. She had "messageS to deliver."

One message was from all the Reapers. Should the Winchesters die again, they will be dropped in the "Empty."
Was Bille's other message about Sam
being unclean in the "Biblical sense"? This message helped him find a cure.
Was
the message from God? Did Billie intentionally, or unintentionally give this message? What other message was there?
There
was beautiful footage of Shadow HANDS as Billie sang, "Ice cold HANDS."

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The most prevalent image were the ANGELS.
Castiel learned that Heaven was not running as smoothly as Metatron informed him.
Hannah was outvoted by the Angels who "hated' Castiel.
Hannah betrays Castiel and plays the "Good Angel" to the other "Bad Angels" in an effort to glean information.

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Dean was visibly upset to see Soulless Jenna smashing the Angels.
He even put himself
at considerable risk to protect one little angel ornament.
When Jenna tosses
it, Dean catches it.
It survives the massacre due to Dean's intervention and
lands safely on the bed.
(The ANGEL ornament
combined the HANDS motif with the ANGEL motif.)

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WHITE and SILVER prevailed. SILVER denoted POWER and was used both to cure and harm.
WHITE shattered along with good, the pure and the
innocent.

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NOTABLE HIGH ANGLES

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(The Superior Harvest Festival sign promises a parade and a dance. In a weird way Sam delivers it.)

CUT TO

There was some brilliant editing/cutting between the three story lines of Sam, Dean
and Castiel. There was also some clever juxtaposition between what baby Amara
was doing and what action was taking place in the rest of house. This gave the
impression that baby Amara was very much aware of what was going on.

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This shot was clever. Amara, her identity not revealed, tugs on "her colour" dress behind
Crowley's back and slips out while they discuss her demise.

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BEST PERFORMANCE
Tough choice as usual. Loved seeing Devious Crowley and Daddy Dean.
Outstanding performances from Baby Amara (Triplet babies and the SFX team)

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There was an excruciatingly demanding performance from Misha Collins for tortured and betrayed Castiel.

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REARVIEW REVIEW

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(Beautiful shot of reflected danger Red behind Baby)

This episode incorporated elements of past episodes.

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(Could have been more... Did you notice any references to past episodes?)

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