WEDNESDAY'S WATCHING

Supernatural 11.10

"The Devil in the Details"
Writer: Andrew Dabb Director: Thomas J. Wright
Director of Photography C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur
Airdate: 20.01.2016

BY WEDNESDAY

What did I watch?

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THE SCRIPT

META VOICES IN MY HEAD

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The Angels, proving themselves to be dicks, cowardly send a small angel to
investigate Amara's smiting.

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STRAWFAN: AMBRIEL, A number crunching angel appears as a STRAWFAN.
                                                          Because she works with the minutiae of heaven, she replicates
                                              a Meta fan who obsessively follows Supernatural canon,
  OR, a Japanese Manga OTAKU.
She speaks with a fan's voice.

AMBRIEL: I work in birth/death statistics in Heaven. I've heard stories about you. 
Ambriel also claims, "I look good in a trench coat, too. And
             we're both expendable."
(And yes, all those Cosplaying fans do look good in trench coats.)

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FAN COMPLAINT: Castiel is being ignored by the writers. Cas does not have an arc.

WRITER’S RESPONSE: Cas helps but “Sam and Dean Winchester are the real heroes.”
                                                         
Castiel is EXPENDABLE. He’s not super important but he does the job.
CASTIEL: So... Why is it dark?
AMBRIEL:  Excellent question.

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Some Fans missed the big picture and overlooked that the Darkness is the big bad this season.
Castiel’s arc is to assist with defeating the big bad. He has not been forgotten.
He is “coming” just as Amara wrote on his chest.


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After AMARA consumes AMBRIEL and her perspective, she reiterates the writer’s point:
“Oh, she really hit the spot…. She's right, you know. You are expendable... and weak.
And why God took a special interest in you, I'll never understand. My brother always did have horrible taste in men.”
Knocked low and resigned to failure, Cas grumbles, “Just do it.”  
“Blue eyes... You aren't even worth the effort. And, no offense, but you look a bit used up. Plus... I have a job for you.”


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Amara/Writer/s
then use Castiel as a messenger and send him to hell.

But, Amara looks nauseous afterwards. Possibly the Angel Essence does not agree with her.
It certainly impaired her judgement of Castiel.
She severely underestimated our little tree topper. She might have to eat her words.


STRAWFAN: LUCIFER takes Sam on a journey through his past, pointing out various
interpretations of Sam's character and perceived flaws.

FAN COMPLAINT: Sam used to be a “hero.” Lucifer shows a younger Sam having a special moment with a young woman.
Lucifer interprets this display as being exemplar of Sam, “Bold, decisive, a solid "B" on the tongue action.”
Disregarding the tongue action, how does this moment demonstrate that Sam is bold, decisive or heroic?                      
 IT DOES NOT.

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WRITER’S RESPONSE: This added canon reinforces something.
If you look in the background you see a couple on a picnic,
and further back a man stops to interact with a woman and her dog.
These two scenes foreshadow Sam with Amelia.
Also, note the conversation between Young Sam and the young woman,
Have you ever heard of a Chupacabra?  …Okay, good.

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What this scene reinforces is that Sam has always been derailed by a pretty face and the desire to have a normal life.
It is his weakness. Sam did not act out of character by not searching for Dean.
He instead spent his time with Amelia having a “normal” idyllic life; however, briefly.
He acted within the realms of his character previously demonstrated by canon and reinforced here.
This new canon scene reemphasizes Sam’s character flaws.

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FAN COMPLAINT:
STRAWFAN LUCIFER accuses Sam of being "prissy" and unheroic and
that his guilt over abandoning Dean changed him. Lucifer said Sam's guilt caused him to
rescue Dean, rather than sealing the gates of Hell, and that Sam is incapable of sacrificing himself for the greater good again.
"Because of this, you're so overcome by guilt that you can't stand to lose Dean again, and he could never lose you.
And so instead of choosing the world, you choose each other, no matter how many innocent people die."

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WRITER’S RESPONSE: STRAWFAN/SAM (The writers’ voice) affirms,My answer is no. This isn't 'cause of Dean or the past.
This is about me having faith in my friends, having faith in my family. We will find a way. I'm ready to die.
And I'm ready to watch people I love die. But I'm not ready to be your bitch.”

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FAN COMPLAINT: Are Gabriel, Raphael and Adam/Michael dead? Are they ever coming back?

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WRITER’S RESPONSE: STRAWFAN/ LUCIFER (The writers’ voice) reveals, “But Gabriel and Raphael are dead.
God went out for a pack of smokes and never came back. And Michael
Well, let's just say prison life hasn't really agreed with Michael.
                       These days, he's usually sitting in a corner, singing show tunes and touching himself.”

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LOOPHOLE: Should the fans trust this voice? Is Lucifer telling the truth or merely trying to sway Sam
into believing the only solution is to allow Lucifer to take control of his body?
Are the writers presenting the trope of a Shrug of God or LYING CREATOR?
There is still room for the writers to reemploy these characters anytime they want to.

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STRAWFANS CROWLEY AND ROWENA discuss the lackluster characterization of Rowena.

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FAN COMPLAINT: Rowena’s character arc, dialogue and behaviour was never fully developed past an angsty, Oedipal cliché.
The writers seem to have trouble writing for and about her.
(I’m Guilty of making this complaint especially the Oedipal angst.)

STRAWFAN ROWENA: “Please, Fergus. I don't know what kind of Oedipal fifty shades
you think you're playing at, but if you think for a second...”

STRAWFAN CROWLEY:  “So, you're just gonna let the big, strong man boss you around?
Whatever happened to the super-duper awesome coven? #girlpower?


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WRITER’S RESPONSE
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Rowena finally, and heartbreakingly, reveals the reason she never loved Crowley…
add some character depth, and then kill her.

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LOOPHOLE: But, there is hope that Rowena can return. She is dead and her soul will go to hell.
Billie could reap her soul and have her reassume her meat suit
(after ironing out the neck kink) and voila, she can return.
Crowley must be inspired to help her, having realized the true bond he and his mother share.
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STRAWFAN CASTIEL:  Cas assumes a role from a fanfic ship and soothes an ill Dean.

FAN COMPLAINT Destiel shippers have been demanding more Dean/Cas time
         
WRITER’S RESPONSE: after an intense dry spell, the writers have Cas offer to take Dean’s temperature while holding up his finger
in an off colour reference to an anal probe.

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There was even strange violin music in this scene.

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But in serving this fandom sect, the writers risk alienation from the rest of the fans.

SPEAKING OF HUMOUR

The anal probe, “B rated tongue action” and “jump your bones” comments, and the double entendre “I am coming”,
were a little lame, unless you are into that kind of cheesiness.
Unfortunately, they seriously detracted from some funnier moments and some AMAZING NEW CANON and PLOT TWISTS.


SHOUT OUTS:

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CHARACTER ANGST:
HUMILIATION, FEAR AND SELF LOATHING


SAM’s

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Even though Sam fought through and denied
Lucifer's accusations (unheroic, prissy, incapable of sacrifice) he was feeling
low and looking plenty beat up by Lucifer's assessment and treatment.

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DEAN’s

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Dean suffered the indignity of sickness and his overwhelming fear for his first visit to hell in long time.
Further degraded by Billie and Crowley, by having to sing the “camptown do dah” password,
he took the “nice work, Bieber” insult in stride.


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ROWENA’s

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A witch collar from the inquisition was used on Rowena.
(Yes, they did exist but in reality were used on innocent women to torture them into obedient exhibits.)
Rowena is made to “hop on one foot” and massage Crowley’s head.
Most humiliating of all, she was made to confess her reason for not loving Crowley.

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Her unlikely and awkwardly phrased speech manages to draw sympathy and understanding in both Crowley and the audience.
Her humiliation complete, she is quickly killed. However, without the collar she could lie.
And maybe she did.
There is at least one other person capable of opening and closing the cage….Crowley.
So, with her dying breath, she protects her son.
Crowley’s humiliation is pending…


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CASTIEL’s

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It was Castiel who could not hold up under the insulting abuse and appraisals of the Angels.
Suffering from low self-esteem and desperately wanting to help,
Ambriel sews the seeds in him to sacrifice himself for the good of others.
There is “nobility” in that. Amara further humiliated him by carving a message in his chest and sending him to hell.



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FORESHADOWING

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

MOTIF:
HOLES


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"It can't be. You finished the spell. But if he was already in another vessel..."
"Loophole..."


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MOTIF: FACE TOUCHING

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LOTS OF GAGGING, SPITTING AND CHOKING:

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AWWWW ! SWEET SHOTS

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LIGHTING

Cas lit with holy light

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Through the Fire

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Rowena lighting her candles

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The  blue and cement grey lighting and the lightning in the holding cell.

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SOUND

Awesome song choice: "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" by Tavares

♪ “Heaven must be missin' an angel missin’ one angel, child ‘cause you're here with me right now”♪



SPECIAL EFFECTS


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Amara leeching back the darkness


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Seamless shots of time loops

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(Love that the dog in this scene seems to be aware of the visitors from the future.)


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POINTS OF VIEW

Dean’s blurry sickness

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FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

Such a tight location but BOOM all the shots.

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BECHDEL TEST

In 2015, Season 11, we only achieved 44%, or
4 out of 9 episodes passing this easy gender fairness Bechdel test.
This year 2016 may
be the turning point for Supernatural indicating a unquestionable determination
to pass the Bechdel test and bring in enlightened change.

Come on Supernatural! You can do it!

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BEST PERFORMANCE

The acting was stellar!! Tough choice between...


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Dean (Jensen Ackles) In addition to vomiting (thankfully, not in Baby,) 
let his fear shine through. His bravado was false and made wordlessly
transparent to the viewers.

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Congratulations, Jensen Ackles, for Best Performance!

FROM THE REARVIEW

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THANKS TO:

SUPERNATURAL WIKI

FOREVER DREAMING: TRANSCRIPT

FANDOM FOREVER (NEEDTAKEHAVE): SCREENCAPS

Supernatural Fans Online: Screencaps

The CW: promotional stills

TV TROPES.ORG: TROPES DEFINED

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StrawFan

SUPERNATURAL WIKIA: Raphael_implosion.gif*

Casplay photo from:The Supernatural Fox Sisters: 
“Salute to Supernatural 2015: San Francisco”

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