June 7th, 2016

dean bw

Blocking in SPN 11.13: "Love Hurts"

AKA: Art in Motion

It's no secret that one of my favorite scenes from SPN's fabulous season 11 is the first interview in "Love Hurts". On the surface it's an odd choice, I know: Sam and Dean are in strict interrogation mode, the civilians are merely earnest with no real distinguishing features, and the setting is pretty much catalog-boring. So why do I hold it in such high esteem? Why this scene, and not one of the other dozen+ interviews they've done this season?

Simple: Because the blocking is absolutely perfect and serves as a textbook example for why I sometimes want to shove SPN in peoples' faces and say soppy things like "isn't this the best show ever?!" Let's break it down a bit.

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To sum up: Even if you threw out the dialog, you could still get nearly everything that really matters just through the blocking of the scene. And I think that's pretty impressive. (Especially if you imagine the effect if they're just all been sitting on sofas across from each other. Or stationed around a table.)