I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women (missyjack) wrote,
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women

shattered reflections - a meta on the opening titles

The titles for both season four and five were both heavy with the symbology representing the major themes in the season.


The new titles are pane of glass that shatters. “Supernatural” is seen on a shard from both sides, and then the whole word revealed.

This evoked for me:

* Reflections. One life in another, family in different forms, and of course always there’s Sam and Dean reflected in each other.

* Mirrors in the show are often about revealing the truth, what we keep hidden. Think guilt in Bloody Mary, or the true face of the Siren in Sex and Violence or the Wraith in Sam, Interrupted. To look at oneself in the mirror is to face our true selves.

* Seeing things from different perspectives. Something written on glass appears different from each side (as we see aprt of the word Supernatural here. It can make sense when viewed from one perspective, but not from the other. Sometimes two people can look at the same thing, and it means something different to each. Neither is right, neither is wrong.

* Agape. I immediately thought of the famous phrase from Corinthians – “though a glass darkly”

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

This is from a passage which is a meditation on love, specifically on agape. Agape is a type of love that is selfless, and patient, and honest and greater than either faith or hope. It is often illustrated with reference to the Christian concept that one should “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Which is interesting because it is exactly that action in “Exile On Main Street” - Dean rushing to his neighbors’ aid without thought for himself – that Sam lauds, and presents as lacking in himself. This surely an indication of something amiss with him, as Sam’s sacrificed himself to save everyone – all neighbors - in the previous season.

* And finally Plato’s cave . Something about the idea of reflections, shattered illusions and of things not being what we think we perceive them to be made me think of this allegory. Maybe its going to play out in relation to the nature of the supernatural. Maybe this season we will find out that what the boys have been fighting, what we think of us the supernatural, are merely the shadows of something else.

whatever - they're pretty!

* despite appearances to the contrary I was not stoned when I wrote that!
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