31 October 2008 @ 08:18 pm
SPN 4.07  
Squee, demonic meta, technical/visual stuff, wikipedial quotes and a meta-ish picspam.




"It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester"

OR

Alternatively titled: Angels, Demons, Their Half-Breed Illegitimate Spawn and the God-Anointed Resurrectees Who Love Them.

Featuring:

- Terrifyingly Tiny Leprechaun hands!
- Skeevy Incestuous Witches!
- ASS-TRONAUTS!
- Jailbait!
- Genderswap!Cheerleader Reincarnation Fantasies!
- "Well that’s it! I’m torchin’ everybody!" (Or in other words, Dean: The Special Pyromaniac Edition)


On a more serious, half-thinky note:

White demon eyes = special demon raygun power?

Eyes, we can gather by now, are highly significant within the Supernatural universe, especially when it comes to demons. Do they denote demonic status/sub-species? Possibly. Samhain's eyes were not as completely white as Lilith's, which makes sense seeing as how she is higher status than him, but they both possess a higher, more mythical status and power than any other demons encountered apart from Azazel. Azazel had yellow eyes and showed no sign of possessing the 'light' power, but was significantly stronger than 'normal' black-eyed demons as shown by, among other things, his ability to come into contact with Holy Water without reacting.

The true extent of Azazel's plan and its logistics (i.e. How his human-demon children actually gained such huge power from his blood, and just what he was planning to do with such a leader for his army, let alone what he was planning to do with the army) all remain unknown, and so his particular brand of power, or his demonic nature also remain a mystery.

The same goes for the Lilith, possibly Samhain strain of demons. We've seen the white light, but not much else.

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Okay, apart from everything else, I just have to say that I am loving the music, the sounds, the camera angles and techniques that have been used lately. I'm just gonna make a quick list of my favourites here:


- The awesome sing-song rhythm underlying the previouslies. The rock-recaps are absolute love, and I do want that rocking sound-track back soon, but this was a cool change and really set the tone and tension, and I enjoyed a lot of the underlying soundscapes throughout the episode.

- The utterly creepy, beautifully understated flutter of wings for Uriel's unseen movements and threats.

- The already infamous razor-blade-inside-the-mouth gullet shot and the creeptastic shot of the drowning girl from within the boiling tub.


- Dean's static-fuelled, PTSD-like, screaming sound-flashbacks from the halloween masks.

- Samhain's vision, especially when he's charging Sam in the Mausoleum, and Sam throws this brutal uppercut that just drags through the air like he's a goddamned superhero. (Or is that anti-hero? Potential super-villain? Super-Powered-Through-Evil-Means-Anti-Heroic-Tragic-Figure-Doomed-By-Self-Fulfilling-Prophecies? Oh God, I'm so confused.)

- The cuts in Dean's zombie fight. I loved the slick jump to one pinned down zombie to another slamming down, followed by Dean slamming down. Like freakin' zombie dominoes.

- I also like the decision to have almost zero special effects for the angels; with pure good acting and subtle camera cuts, the jarring otherness is captured much better than more tangible evidence of supernatural origins could ever really be. Precisely because it's so real, so visceral, the strange behaviour and disappearaces are that much more affecting.


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Quotes from Wikipedia - a kind of basic info-dump of pieces stolen straight from the pages of each Angel that I found interesting:


Uriel: is often identified as a cherub and angel of repentance. He "stands at the Gate of Eden with a fiery sword,"[2] or as the angel who "watches over thunder and terror." In the Apocalypse of Peter he appears as the Angel of Repentance, who is graphically represented as being as pitiless as any demon.



Samael: (The significance of whom is purely speculative on my part as possibly relating to Sam.)
Christian tradition and demonology, a figure who is accuser, seducer and destroyer, and has been regarded as both good and evil. It is said that he was the guardian angel of Esau and a patron of the sinful empire of Rome...

Also called Sammael and Samil (and is even sometimes confused with Satan) he is considered in legend both a member of the heavenly host (with often grim and destructive duties) and a fallen angel, equatable with Satan and the chief of the evil spirits. One of Samael's greatest roles in Jewish lore is that of the Angel of Death. In this capacity he is a fell angel but nevertheless remains one of the Lord's servants. (See also Angel of Death.) As a good angel, Samael supposedly resides in the seventh heaven, although he is declared to be the chief angel of the fifth heaven.




Michael: (Also speculative, as possibly relating to Dean's role.)
...is an archangel, one of the principal angels in Christian and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God.

According to rabbinic Jewish tradition, Michael acted as the advocate of Israel, and sometimes had to fight with the princes of the other nations (cf. Daniel 10:13) and particularly with the angel Samael, Israel's accuser. Michael's enmity with Samael dates from the time when the latter was thrown down from heaven. Samael took hold of the wings of Michael, whom he wished to bring down with him in his fall; but Michael was saved by God (Midrash Pirke R. El. xxvi.).







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Meta-ish Picspam.

Not much text, as hopefully the pictures speak for themselves, and if they don't, well enjoy the pretty!


book

hellmask


brothers


handshake


castielsam


uriel


astronaut


castieldean


attack



push



angels



death


One last note in regards to the lack of an interaction/fallout post-Sam using his powers: Dean’s face in that scene wasn’t shocked, or furious, or even very much betrayed. It was devastated and resigned. As was Sam’s. I think this is going to take time to come to the boil again, unless Uriel throws salt in the water.


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2x 4.07 related songs:

Ghosts - Ladytron

Made you a prisoner inside your own secrecy

There's a ghost in me
who wants to say "I'm sorry"
Doesn't mean I'm sorry


God Said I Could Have You - The Old Ceremony

I can't promise heaven;
That's something only God can do.
But if you want to talk to him,
I'll make sure your call gets through
'Cause you belong to me.

God said I could have you;

You belong to me.





That's all folks, hope you enjoyed!
 
 
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[identity profile] maychorian.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thank you for the meta-ish thoughts and pics.

Oh, Dean's face in that last bit just breaks my heart.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on October 31st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I know - there's something about the way he played that scene - that just can't be captured in caps that's just brilliantly tragic.
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