Everyone’s on the Hunt.                 

Torture, Twists and Traps intensified a tacitly rendered raison d'être. 

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WEDNESDAY’S WATCHING

Supernatural 12.09 “First Blood”

250th Episode!!!

Writer: Andrew Dabb

Director: Bob Singer

Director of Photography C.S.C: Serge Ladouceur

Airdate: January 26th, 2017

BY WEDNESDAY

WHAT DID I WATCH?

 
 
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THE SCRIPT

 

Skilfully, Mick, the glib BMOL, returned to narrate and frame the tale.  

 
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The hiatus fit nicely into the Season 12 timeline. We didn’t miss a beat.

(Well, unless you wanted to watch the Winchesters roam their cells every day for “6 weeks, 2 days, and 10 hours.”)

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Surprises and “a-ha!” moments provided engaging drama.

FORESHADOWING clues in the dialogue were crafty enough to be unobtrusive, yet still arouse curiosity.  

 
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THEMES

UNGRATEFULNESS 

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The World Without Winchesters?

Hunters felt the void created by the missing Winchesters.

The BMOL needed the Winchesters to make inroads with the Hunters.

And, of course, the loss of her boys tormented Mary. 

 
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Sacrifice

Again, the Winchesters poised to sacrifice themselves for each other. 

 
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Abuse of Power/Torture

Definite tensions existed between AUTHORITY figures Camp and Sanchez.

This episode, again, reflected on the ABUSES of those in POWER.  

 
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Script Flaws 

 
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NO EYE CANDY Baby! Nooooo!

CINEMATOGRAPHY/PRODUCTION

Time Lapse /Transitions 

 
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 REPETITION

 

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ANGLES 

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MOTIFS

Traps 

 
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Photographs

 
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HANDS

The Motif of HANDS highlighted plot points and characterization:

 
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SYMBOLS 

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COLOURS

Green = Fear 

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Then, the whole world turns GREEN. 

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LOCATION

The beautiful forest scenes: 

 
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SFX /VFX 

 
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Fight Choreography  

 
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ALLUSIONS/ PROPS

The antique, but high tech, typewriter Mick Davies used

is like the Selectric 251 from the show, “Fringe.” 

 
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A Line from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” :

 

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A Line from “Watchmen” by Rorschach in prison:

"I'm not locked in here with you; you're locked in here with me!" 

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PERFORMANCES

 Donald Hong, the terrified coroner: 

 
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Donavon Stinson, as Wally, the “surly, suspicious” Hunter:  

 
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I find myself holding my breath when these two come on screen.

Another well-oiled team, David Haydn-Jones, as Mr. Ketch, and Adam Fergus, as Mick,

exchanged this greasy, chilling glance about the neglected “clean-up.” 

 
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(Oh! No, you didn’t!)

Lisa Berry

Another smouldering and vengeful performance from Lisa Berry, and although it could be her last,

I’m in complete denial. Surely, her resurrection is imminent. If not the Supernatural world has taken a direct hit. 

 
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Samantha Smith portrayed Mary’s fear and anxiety.

Worried, cranky, Mary assumed the typical Winchester response:

work it off. 

 
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Jared  Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

gave all-star performances.

It was all in the details of facial expressions, silent communication, and gestures.  

 
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Dean communicated silently with Sam (see also First Aid Kit above.) 

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Sam dipped his deathly Pact HAND to clean.

A moment of foreshadowing, and characterization, while incorporating the HAND motif.  

 
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Misha Collins

Misha Collins had ALL THE FEELS. His fear, anger, self-loathing, and his depth of love for the Winchesters

led to his impassioned speech at the end,

which made me realize that this episode was his story to tell all long.  

 
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As in 11.17 “Red Meat”, Sam is drawn to the lantern light. 

 
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Rating: Five Chow Trays out of Five!!! 

 
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