Think you know every SPN episode inside and out? So did I, but a new HDTV with a great picture and sound changed all that. I started to see things that I'd never noticed before. After a while I decided to make a list of all the things big and small that I came across, episode by episode.
I'd like to think of this as an in-depth look into Supernatural. It's a collection of interesting observations, continuity errors, goofs, filmmaking techniques, statistics, important (or not so important) information, trivia, and anything else that struck me as unusual.
Beware! This post is image heavy.
|A few important notes...|
Over the run of the S1 SPN Revealed posts, I was asked how I'm so good at spotting continuity errors and other little happenings in the episodes. The simple answer is that I've worked as a Script Supervisor (also known as Continuity in England) in the past. I only worked on a few college student and independent films, but I know the job well. The Script Supervisor does a lot, but the basic job description is to keep track of continuity during filming, everything from hair & make-up, to props and lighting. On the set, you have to catch everything you can - quickly. The difference with doing this to SPN episodes is that I can take my time, back up the video countless times, and even look frame by frame.
I don't hunt down these instances to be critical of the SPN crew. I know even from my limited experience how hard they work every week and I have the utmost respect for them. But it's interesting what little mistakes get by even a professional crew. It's also interesting to continue to find new elements to these episodes that many of us have seen dozens of times.
Get Involved: I'm always open to continuity errors, etc. spotted by others. If you see something that I don't have in a post, drop me a comment in the post or a PM, and I'll look into it. If I can confirm it and include it in that episode's post, I'll give you credit for the find.
For this reason, these posts will occasionally be updated. I'll post about the changes when they occur.
All the caps in these posts are my own. While most of these will not be suitable for other uses, due to my cropping and highlighting, you're free to take any that you like. All I ask is that you give me credit for them. Thanks! :D
On the laptop: "Entrepreneur Takes Own Life" on the Internet News Archive.
Beautiful framing of Sam through the room divider and ironically it's in the shape of a cross.
Dean continuing his tradition of removing the top from his coffee.
Blowfish alert! *g*
Sam's name on the map of the YED's special kids, but look at the spelling of Andy Gallagher...Andre???
This is the show's first time at Tulk House aka Rosemary. They'll revisit this location again in seasons 3 and 7.
Sam must have five-spot radar. Not only does he spot this small symbol on a black urn outside...
but he also finds a 2nd one later on that's even smaller and inside a vase while he and Dean walk down the hallway of the inn!
There's a bunch of Sammy Frowns in this ep. Here's number one.
Sammy Frown number two as the boys register at the inn.
Dean uses the alias Mahogoff.
Note the picture on the wall in their room. It's an actual photo of the location they're filming in. We'll get a better look at it in a little bit.
A little Dean-wearing-a-Henley appreciation. :)
Great low camera angle (an homage to "The Shining" and mirroring the POV of a young child) as the boys walk the hall.
Sammy Frown number three.
Continuity Break: When the boys enter and are in the room with all the dolls, Dean's sleeves are down.
But when the boys leave the room they're magically scrunched up on his arms.
The paper Susan signs related to selling the inn? They're really acting contracts. You can make out words "The Producer" and "Artist's Employment" in the 2nd cap.
The song Tyler's humming during this scene appears to be "A Tisket, A Tasket".
The buyer of the inn is hung by a power cord from the ceiling fan.
The boys are staying in room 237.
During the drunk scene Sam smashes the cast on his right arm on the table next to him. You'd think that would hurt....but then Sam's not feeling much pain here. :P
Dean calls Sam "Sasquatch" here, which reportedly was one of the nicknames late, great director, Kim Manners gave Jared.
The frequently-used deer head on the wall in the background. Also, this drunk scene appears to have been shot completely hand-held.
This bar scene is also similar to a scene from "The Shining".
Continuity Break: There's a big one in this scene. When Dean sits down he is clearly not sitting opposite to Sherwin. He actually to Sherwin's right.
However in this shot, Dean is suddenly to Sherwin's left.
Then in the reverse shot Dean's back on Sherwin's right side.
Here's a closer look at that photo of Tulk House/Rosemary location.
SPN once again using a mirror cleverly as Sam deals with his hangover.
Sammy Frown number four.
It's not breaking & entering, just entering: Sam picks open the lock on the room with the dolls while Dean keeps watch.
That's Jensen doing the driving as they leave the inn.
Naturally these are 2 stunt doubles when Sam saves Susan from the attacking car.
Lots of whiskey to choose from when Sam goes to grab Susan a drink.
A rare Dean Frown.
Wonderful framing of the young girls through a puddle of water on the cover of the pool.
A bit of location trivia: this outdoor pool is not at the Tulk House/Rosemary location, but at a different estate in Vancouver.
Dean door kick!
Clearly Jared's stunt double, Mike Carpenter, doing the jump into the pool.
However, that IS Jared actually swimming in the water.
It takes Dean three kicks to get the door open.
This shot of the boys driving away from the inn at the end of the episode is actually the earlier scene re-used. You can even just barely see Susan standing outside at the end of the shot. She, of course, shouldn't even be there because she and Tyler left in the cab before the boys leave.
Hope you enjoyed this revealing look at "Playthings".
To see my SPN Revealed posts for S1, please go to my SPN Revealed S1: The Ultimate All Episodes Post.
And to view the previous SPN Revealed posts for S2, use my SPN Revealed S2 tag.