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One tiny little note, when director-Marie asked the "Dean" actor why she wasn't wearing the amulet, she said, "It keeps hitting me in my lip."

Before he found out how upset the fans were at its loss, Jensen said at a con he was glad they'd ditched it, because "that thing smacked me in the mouth all the time. I think it may have chipped a tooth."

Meta continuity FTW \o/ !
fufaraw: (J2)
I have to confess, I'm a little bit eskeered of 10.05. Like, I can't wait for it to be time, but I kind of can't watch it in real time. That's not really a problem, as OH has control of the remote (do not attempt to adjust your dial) through prime time, by mutual agreement. What he dislikes I watch after he goes to bed, since he requires elebenty hours of sleep per night and I'm lucky to stay asleep for five, and those are the early morning hours. Because I learned long ago, not to go to bed until I'm actually falling asleep, or I'll lie awake and curse the darkness and everything that ever went wrong in my life while not sleeping. So he gets the remote while we're both awake and conjugally watching, and I get it when he goes to bed.

So, it's very easy for me to pause, or FF, or replay any bits as needed, and I think it's actually probably better this way--it puts a layer of control in my hands. So, I'm all excited for tonight, but also somewhat trepidatious. I've heard good things, but at this point it's hard to believe. Hold me?

10.04

Oct. 29th, 2014 03:29 pm
fufaraw: (J2)
I...liked it.

It may not have been good television, there may have been a lack of tension. I did notice that Kate got a long monologue, mostly coverage of her with a couple of reaction shots of Dean, maybe one of Sam. The camera lingered, and didn't rush away and on to the next scene. That's unusual for today's tv. We've been watching older series, like X Files, and it's noticeable how many fractions of a second longer the camera lingers on an establishing shot, or a reaction as a character absorbs news, processes information. Teen Wolf is especially bad at go-go-go, no lingering, no padding at all on the dialog or action, barely time for reaction and even then we're fading into the next scene.

But I did notice the slower pace of Paper Moon, and while some interpret it as not having enough script to keep the camera moving, I found it...restful. The green cooler (!! my old friend!) scene at the shore was actually restful. I did detect underlying tension, but it was low-level, and really, I'm ready for some low-level tension and relaxation. It makes sense to me that these guys are abraded and worn on all their surfaces. Their mental and emotional nerve endings have been assaulted and frayed, they've been in flight or fight so long--this is the backlash. This is the comedown. The breather, the drifting, minimal reaction period where maybe they can recover and recoup, a little. Where every word isn't a challenge--or if it is, they're too tired, too over-reactioned out to jump. Talking is good. And listening is possible.

I could be proven wrong in subsequent eps, but what I saw was thoughtful exchange of opinion, reaction, and individually reached conclusions in this ep. And definitely a chance of healing, and finding more steady common ground.

I can live in hope, at least.
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I've been sort of quiet about S10 so far. I've taken a step back from meta and deeper discussion, from my own speculation about where I think events are likely to go, from expressing where I'd like to see things go.

I've come to a sort of epiphany about SPN. While it's my show, it doesn't belong to me. I don't write the scripts, I don't break stories, I don't hand down notes from the network. While SPN staff has interacted a lot with fans over the years, and have indicated they listen to "what the fans want to see," I'm not sure that pressure has any real effect. I think writers and directors get fiendish glee out of, "Giving 'em what they say they want, but with a vicious twist!" For example, fans (me included) have wished for seasons we'd get a bodyswap episode, and we did--just not a Sam and Dean switch. Or we've wanted another "Bitch." "Jerk." exchange. And finally we get one--and this one left a bitter taste.

It may be my show, but it doesn't belong to me and I'm just along for the ride the writers give us, however much I may like or hate it. If the dislike overbalances my abiding love, it'll be time for me to stop watching. That point hasn't been reached yet and, in fact, there are definitely things I'm liking about the season so far.

I'm reading other fans' thoughts, and I'll comment when so moved. But for now, I'm keeping a little distance and a wait and see attitude.

Countdown

Oct. 10th, 2014 12:19 am
fufaraw: (J2)
I didn't really have a chance to put my day nine, season nine countdown post together, let alone get it posted before I lost internet on Sunday. It would be way past anticlimactic to post it now, let alone try and put it together, so I'ma just look forward and see what they make of Season 10.

Not a bad start...
fufaraw: (J2)
Season seven was so full of moments to enjoy. I wasn't a huge fan of the Leviathan storyline, but it did get us some memorable moments with Levia-Sam and Dean, SPN_0781

A reprise for the wonderful Mark Pellegrino as Hallucifer

Breaking Sam's belief in reality, even though Dean tries to reassure him what's real.

We learned a little more about Bobby's background, before we lost him in Season seven. There were new characters, Frank and Charlie, as well as returning ones, Kevin and Jodi. There was a lot to like about the season, even as it wobbled off on a strange tangent with the Leviathans. I don't think anyone expected the shock of the ending, when Leviathan leader Dick, Kevin, Dean, and Crowley all disappeared in a flash, leaving Sam not knowing how or where any of them had gone, alone in that Leviathan goo-spattered room. SPN_1409
One thing we were sure of, though. Sam wouldn't rest till he got Dean back.
fufaraw: (highway to hell)
Season one--

An element that quickly hooked me into the mythos of the show was gorgeous traveling shots of the car against the landscape, backed with authentic rock music. Mere glimpses lingering only for seconds, using such a shot in almost every episode established the nomadic component of the characters' lives, quickly provided background and a link to a childhood spent just like this, in the car on the way to help people in trouble, people who were rooted in the ordinary, who didn't have the skills to help themselves, or driving away from normal, having dealt for them with the unusual. Such shots became an expected component of the show, and established the car as a character, a reliable place of support and safety, as home for these nomadic knights errant.phantom traveler sky
skin curve
phantom traveler road sign
hookman hill crest

And there were iconic moments between the brothers, too. An episode I dismissed for a long time because of the cheesy MOW was Wendigo. On looking back, that episode established a lot of character elements about both brothers and their relationship. It gave us the iconic "Saving people, hunting things" line. And it showed, early on, that Sam was as gonzo about saving Dean as Dean was shown to be, later in the series, about saving Sam. This cap

wendigo handsgot cut down to this I've got you- wendigo handsand became an icon of their devotion to each other. Sam's protective nature for people not in the hunting life, and his courage were displayed in this early episode, too.Sam wingspan S1 Wendigo (1)

Season one was incredibly full of character- and mythos-building. They may have fumbled with what story they ultimately wanted to tell, but filming on a limited budget, they built an amazing, exciting foundation for the saga.
fufaraw: (J2)
Originally posted by quickreaver at Ganked from Cassiopeia7
and reposted from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960 --

"Last year we had the pre-season Eight days of wincest free-for-all. It was really cool and awesome to have something with daily posts that made the hiatus go by faster and elicited all kinds of squee right before the new season started.

So why not have a celebration of the nine seasons of SPN we have seen and at the same time use it as a (reverse) countdown to S10? Season 10 will premier on Oct 7th, so starting this Sunday (September 28th) I will post every day something about each season. Starting Sunday & S1, then it'll be Monday & S2 and so on. This way Season 9 celebration will take place on October 6th, just one day before 10x01 airs. Then October 7th will be reserved for a S10 squee post!

I really hope that others will join me in the Show love. Post anything you want either for a particular episode that season or for whole season: caps, fics, recs, art, meta, drabbles, picspams, gifs - anything you like to show our fabulous Show some love. :D"

Feel free to signal boost this: post it into a comm, your lj, whatever. Just spread ALLLLLLLL THE LOVE. ♥ ♥

I'm in - Countdown to Season 10 begins tomorrow!

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