galwithglasses: (Summer impala)
galwithglasses ([personal profile] galwithglasses) wrote2017-04-04 08:47 pm

Impala birthday countdown day 21 - The Things They Carried 10.15

For the Impala birthday countdown, I did a random number generator to come up with episodes to look at. The second one that came up was episode 10.15 - The Things They Carried. It was written by Jenny Klein and directed by John Badham. The caps are all from Home of the Nutty. The thing that struck me most was the way the episode directors chose such different ways to use the Impala. In Crossroad Blues, the car seemed to be used to catch the light or frame a shot. In this episode, Mr. Badham treats the car more like a prop or a piece of scenery or in some ways what the Impala is at a most basic level, a vehicle for moving the actors from place to place. Neither way is better, just a different use of the elements to make a picture.

I wasn't crazy about the episode because the MotW, the Khan Worm, is really grossly disturbing. The episode has the Winchesters working with Cole to try to save a fellow soldier. This is also during the Mark of Cain run so Sam is trying to solve that for Dean who has a decidedly pessimistic view of the whole deal. Sam and Dean take the case as a distraction and only run into Cole later. The Impala's first scene is a night drive to get from the Bunker to the town where the case is located, Fayetteville, North Carolina. That is halfway across the US so the boys are on a road trip. The boys are driving in the rain and the drops on the windows catch the light nicely. The lights from outside the car add interest with changing lighting on the boys' faces. The scene ends with the Impala driving through the foggy rain.











The boys arrive in town in the foggy daylight.





At some point in the early part of the case, they run into Cole, or rather he finds them and commits a grevious crime. He leans on the car and he is not a Winchester. Shame, sir.





The Winchesters are NOT amused.



The thing about this scene is that the Impala is treated as functional scenery. She still looks good and she's a major piece of the scenery but she's not framing the shot or there to have gleaming reflections.









The rest of the scenes are handled similarly. She gets gas, drives at night, and provides a spot for a stakeout. First for both Winchesters and then for Sam alone. At the end, she's there for Dean to load up with gear while having a conversation with Sam.

















She's a car doing car things and that is perfectly fine. It's probably how the boys view her most days as they go about saving people and hunting things. But Cole, only Winchesters sit on the car.

[identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes Cole, only the Winchesters get to sit on her!!!! (and I wish Dean had stormed over and checked her for scratches!!!)

Also as an aside, I remember seeing a really cool outtake of Jensen getting Dean!grumpy with a camera man for nearing scratching/bumping into the car and he's all 'hey, watch the car, man...'. It's very awesome if you can find it!

(ps I think I've also friended you on DW. I'm doing a just in case back up, but I'd like to contact as many friend as I can. Just thought I should let you know!)

[identity profile] galwithglasses.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I friended you back on DW. I still have to try to find everyone over there. I think Jensen/Dean have a mind meld going over the car. It's more than just character bleed. 8-)

[identity profile] caranfindel.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Just one more reason to stab Cole in the face.

[identity profile] galwithglasses.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll hold your books for you while you do it. 8-)

[identity profile] hugemind.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Cole sitting on the Impala makes me growl at my screen. And obviously she's activated her super stealth mode around Cole and acting just like a regular car, so she won't blow her cover.

[identity profile] galwithglasses.livejournal.com 2017-04-05 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I think she's invisible to radar and probably sonar too. I figure she can turn off the cloaking whenever she wants. Obviously, she needed the boys to know Cole was hanging around.