WEDNESDAY'S WATCHING

SUPERNATURAL

11.14 The Vessel

Writer: Bob Berens
Director: John Badham
Airdate: 17.02.16

Disturbing!
A tribute to those who made unflinching sacrifices in World War II to protect our future.
Truth be told, Berens does not disapPOINT.

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WHAT DID I WATCH?

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THE TITLE: "THE VESSEL"

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TRUTHS

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MILK, COFFEE, BEER, AND WATER

No one wants that Milk
Dean needs to stop saying "It's a Milk run." Because it never is.

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Sam gets the coffee

Sam's caffeine induced quest for knowledge reveals the powerful weapon of the Hand of
God on a World War II submarine which sank.

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Dean gets the beer

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"You drank all the coffee, so what am I supposed to drink, water?"

Na. Lucifer gets all the
water

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NOW THAT'S DISTURBING!!

Watching the humiliation of Crowley was most uncomfortable to watch.
(Luci is going to pay for this!!)

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SIGILS AND SYMBOLS

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(Did Sam send Lucifer to heaven?...uh oh.)

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MOTIFS

Points And Finger Points
(I want that hairpin!)

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LIGHTING/SFX

Dean lit with a halo effect:

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Nostalgic lighting to Red Danger Light

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SFX Lights

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PERPECTIVES/ANGLES

Behind pointy weapons:

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Low Eye-level With Dean

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High Angle

Emphasizes the powerless...

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Or those overwhelmed by loss:

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GREAT SHOTS

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SOUND

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SET/SFX

The Bunker is set in a Shadow Cage.

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THE SUBMARINE

Robert Mackay: submarine technical advisor

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For an interview on the production design by Jerry Wanek read this article:

http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/local/2016/02/16/supernatural-airs-cobia-inspired-episode/80462820/

Acting and Dialogue recreated the tight confined spaces:

Crewman: "Look out. Coming through. Coming through."

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LOCATIONS

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Abandoned derelict wharf

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PROPS

The Incredible Detail of Sam's Research:

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THE BECHDEL TEST

So far in Season 11, 6 out of 13 episodes have passed this easy gender fairness Bechdel test,
or 46% of the episodes.

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Normally, I would be DEPRESSED, but this failed gender fairness test was completely overshadowed
by a positive comment about gender equality referencing Rosie the Riveter.
Women were called upon during the war to do men's work and these women proved
that they could do a "man's job" and do it well.
The poster resurfaced and became an iconic image for Feminists in the early 1980's.


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BEST PERFORMANCE

So many contenders!!

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Mark Sheppard's performance of Crowley's humiliation with a tinge of suppressed anger was disturbing
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All the crew, Grant Harvey (Petey), Taylor St. Pierre (Galley Cook / Harris) and
Darren Dolynski (Captain Dearborne) took us to another time and quickly
established a connection. We did not want to lose these people.

The beautiful and talented European star, Weronika Rosati, as Delphine Seydoux,
captivated her audience with a literally kickass performance.
Bravo Femme De Lettres!

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Richard Stroh ruled as Befehlsleiter Gumprecht.

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Jensen Ackles (Dean) impressed us with his complex dialogue scene with Delphine interrupted
by Petey and he overwhelmed us with emotion at the end making everyone reflect
on the tragic loss.

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The real mind bending performance was Misha Collins acting as Lucifer, as played by
Mark Pellegrino who portrayed Castiel, as performed by Misha Collins.
That's one for the record books.


CONGRATULATIONS MISHA COLLINS!

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FROM THE REAR VIEW
(Sorry No Baby)

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THANKS TO

SUPERNATURAL WIKI
FOREVER DREAMING TRANSCRIPT
IMDB: CAST LIST
SUPERNATURAL FANS ON LINE: SCREENCAPS
SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD: SCREENCAPS
TWEETS: Jim Michaels and Jose Manzano
MINDEN PHOTO: Diver on the wreck of the US Submarine tender USS Macaw

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5 out 5 One Hit Wonders

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Comments  

Sylvie
# Sylvie 2016-02-22 07:58
That was a stellar episode from start to finish. I have always been a WWII buff, and I love movies from and about that time period. Kudos to all involved, in front, behind the cameras, all the crew. Wow, that is going to be one of my favourite Supernatural episodes of all time! And thank you again Wednesday for a great run down of the episode. And thank you to Jared for pronouncing "une femme de lettres" properly! ;) I am French, so I appreciate proper pronounciations .
Nogadamo Bhitia
# Nogadamo Bhitia 2016-02-22 23:24
Lots of women smoked and wore pants in the 1940s. My mother, her sister and all their friends among them. They were doing it in the 1930s. Young women were influenced by Hollywood films. Think Katherine Hepburn. She looked great in slacks, as women's pants were called.
edatur
# edatur 2016-02-23 14:14
Totally agree that this was a 5 out of 5 stars episode for Supernatural. Any chance that this can be submitted for an Emmy Award? The SPN Family, all of it, is sick and tired of this epic series -- among the few outstanding ones done for television -- continually being ignored and disrespected. Come on, we can push this Sisyphean boulder up the hill, right? We never give up, do we?