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.
I'll be examining each episode in order, one at a time. Some of the info. will probably be well known to most of you, but I hope to point out some new discoveries as well.
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
Beware! This post is image heavy.
I found it curious why Dean says "They've got dad", when as far as he and Sam know Meg is working alone.
Stunt Double(s) In Action: I'm sure this cool driving was done by a stunt driver, but somehow it still sort of looks like Jensen is at the wheel, which is nice. Hee.
"Singer Auto Salvage" sign at Bobby's place. I thought I'd cap it because it is a little hard to see.
A good look at the outside of Bobby's house.
The Key Of Solomon book and an illustration of a "protective circle".
A nice view of the main room at Bobby's, including the piles of books on the left side of the frame that Dean is about to be thrown into.
You can see Jensen's stunt double when Meg throws Dean into the wall.
Meg: "You son of a bitch! You promised!" Dean: "I lied!" Strange...I don't remember him promising anything.
I can see you: Right after Dean's line to Bobby “What are you gonna tell them” you can see a hand with a small digital camera in the lower right corner of the frame.
View of the Devil's Trap illustration in the book.
I can see you II: As Sam moves to draw the devil's trap on the trunk, you can see the shadow of the camera on his back.
In the shot where Sam pulls the fire alarm, at one point you can see a corner of a net, which is used to diffuse light, in the upper left corner.
It's not breaking and entering, it's just entering: Sam picks the lock to get the firefighter uniforms.
Hey, don't I know you from somewhere? I could be wrong, but to me, this looks like Monique Ganderton, the same actress who appeared in "The Magnificent Seven" from S3.
You can see the name patch of "Kim" on this guy's uniform, which must be an homage to the director of this episode, Kim Manners.
Another homage shot here to the film "The Shining", as the ax breaks through the door.
Stunt Double In Action: I'm pretty sure that's not actor Sebastian Spence tackling Jared, but actually a stunt double.
Stunt Double In Action: This is Jensen's stunt double crashing into the car. There's also a continuity error because he's not wearing Dean's ring.
This is a rare shot, because an actor will not normally look directly into the camera. This happens at the return from the commercial break after Dean points the gun at John and says, "You're not my dad.".
Continuity Error: When the YED is hurting Dean there's a difference in the amount of blood on his chin between shots.
There's some nice continuity between this shot where you can see the cut across Dean's chest from the YED's attack...
and this shot from IMTOD, where you can see the same diagonal cut.
Notice how Jensen continues to show Dean's pain as Sam gets up to check on John. Jensen's always acting, even when the camera isn't concentrated on him.
Trivia: There's some great information about the car crash sequence in the S1 Companion book. Including going into a lot of detail of how the scene was filmed, it also mentions that the car was originally supposed to roll over, but when the truck hit it didn't wind up doing that and became attached to the grill. This final shot actually happened when the stunt driver in the truck had somehow veered off his original course and managed to aim the vehicles straight towards a camera.
The possessed truck driver looks a little different than the one seen in IMTOD. I could be wrong, though...you take a look and decide for yourselves.
There is also a difference in Dean's wounds between this episode and IMTOD.
Hope you enjoyed this revealing look at Devil's Trap.
This brings an end to my detailed look at Season One. I want to thank everyone for all of your comments and encouragement. It's been great doing all of these and seeing the wonderful and enthusiastic response to my findings. I will be going on to do Season Two, but after a short hiatus. It will give me a chance to prepare my caps and concentrate on the 4 final new episodes of the season. But never fear...I will be continuing this series!