December 5th, 2010

Chuck

A Somewhat Pragmatic Argument

There has been a lot of outcry over the torture scene in Caged Heat, that I agree with -- I'm always happy to raise the feminist hackles in the name of female exploitation (who else hates the phrase "rape shower" ?) but honestly, while Meg's scene was terrible for so many reasons, I have to admit that I was not bothered by the original scene with Ruby in S4. In my opinion, there are a LOT of crucial differences that need to be addressed.

The scene with Ruby was shot with close camera angles in a very tight space that was mostly shadowy and dark. We only ever got partial shots of her nude body, and they were things like close ups on a clenching fist or her feet straining against the bonds or the blade of the knife. It was claustrophobic and psychologically charged, and of course Alastair is AWESOME. We also got a shot of Ruby's bloody gash, too. 

But with Meg, we start off with a full body pan that includes her lower body (we never saw Ruby's) and lots of gratuitous flesh shots. It's a *very* well lit open space and the focus of all the shots is pretty clear: her exposed body, period. We didn't even get a shot of any wounds -- so that's seriously the whole point, torture has like nothing to do with it! Also, Christian is boring and flat and brought nothing to the scene; he *so* does not have the dramatic flair of Alastair. And the dialogue was just a bunch of super insensitive rape innuendo. LIKE WTF?

I guess what I'm saying is that Ruby's torture scene was done as artistically as possible, where Meg's was much cheaper and showy. Neither scene really contributes to the plot anyway; but they're two different brands for sure.

This is just another instance where Sera Gamble tries to pull off something that Kripke had already done earlier, but misses the mark and that certain je ne sais quoi, and whatever she's trying to do becomes the less awesome, unepic b-side ripoff. In this case, it also becomes inappropriate and insensitive. In conclusion, I love Pizza!Cas.


Right now I'm sitting in an ugly break room with aching feet. Very late tonight, I will go home to enormous amounts of homework. I hope you all are in happier places than I.



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