If only the writing of this show would be so exceptional as Alex O’Loughlin’s acting or directing…
I am completely in awe what AOL has done as an director and at the same time as an actor. That must have been really challenging.
The vibe of this episode was totally different than any other episode. He played with the light, the camera angle, the pace. When the cops got out of the car they were running towards the camera and the camera at the same time ‘ran’ towards the cops. That created more tension and action than any slow-motion could do it. You felt like being right there. Same goes with the blue room scenes. For example when Lou moved around Jessie’s back to the right the camera went to the left. That was perfect. Tension pure.
The whole chase scenes were terrific. Did we ever see Steve actually turning the wheel for the spins and turns in such a way? That felt so realistic and – again – put the viewers right into the scene. And the shower curtain scene was great. The look through that hole, so good. Loved all that!
The actress that played Brooke was amazing. She sold the pain, the self-doubt, the anger, the disgust and the hope. She owned the scenes she was in. The filming of the ashes gone with the wind was great. Kudos to Alex again.
I thought that most of the actors were even more in the moment, more in their scenes than normally. Especially with Chi, Ian and Christine I got the feeling they wanted to be extra special just because of Alex. He seemed to get them, he seems to be an actor director or better an actor’s director.
So the director O’Loughlin did it different, he changed the atmosphere, but he didn’t exaggerate. He didn’t get lost in it, he didn’t do too much. It felt like art, art-y but without the -ficial.
Very well done.
Hope he gets more chances to direct. That was outstanding and saved the show.