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30 May 2010 @ 08:21 am
Day 9: "(One) of the best scenes ever"  
Day 09 - Best scene ever

Now see, this was incredibly difficult because I have countless best scenes in my fandoms, I could be here all day discussing them so pinpointing just one is kind of impossible. But since this is a meme I've narrowed it down to one particular scene that is relevant to my current interests which I personally think is one of the best scenes. Most will know what I am referring to and if you don't, you don't know me that well. ;)

Introduction Of Angelic Theology

"I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition."

This entire scene of 4.01 "Lazarus Rising", right from Castiel's entrance in the barn to when the credits roll is just absolutely amazing. And I'm not just talking about it from a Castiel fangirl stance, but the conclusion to the fourth season premiere as a whole it was pretty epic even by Supernatural standards, since it introduced an entire new level of intensity to its own mythology. The fact that Kripke had kept quiet about adding the angels into the new season so well and just let it reveal itself in this premiere made the entire experience more worthwhile. I remember when it premiered and Castiel's final line was when replying to Dean why they pulled him from Hell, "Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you." I completely freaked out. In a good way, of course. The introduction to theology was the best and smartest thing the show could have ever done because, in all honesty? Had they continued what the third season did (as in being completely lacking in substance) I would have began drifting away from the show entirely. So, thank goodness they turned everything up several notches by finally adding angels into the mix, because how can you have a show about the supernatural that deals with demons and Hell without angels and Heaven? Plus, this also brings forth Dean's bigger involvement in the plot overall, which I greatly appreciated they did, it added a lot more mystery to what all their roles are in the grander scheme of everything that has happened.

But of course, this scene also introduced one of the most beloved newest members of the cast, Misha Collins as Castiel. First of all, I never have been so enthralled by a character who just appeared for a few minutes, and I was curious as to who this character is and why am I so amazed by him without knowing anything about him. I mean, hello. His entrance was epic (as all his entrance since then, he just struts it), being completely badass withstanding the sparks and the gunshots fired at him, along with showing off his wings in shadows like that? Come on, how can anyone not be at least a little bit fascinated by him from those things alone. His enigmatic presence gave us fans something to ponder about. Was he really an angel? What is this mission from God? Can we really trust him? This is what makes compelling characters and it's what Misha Collins brings to the character on his first appearance made a good impression on the fanbase.

So well in fact, that I have never have I seen this fandom react so positively in such a short period of time towards a newcomer before. Immediately the day after the premiere spn_castiel and deancastiel were created, he was instantly taken in and beloved by fandom, which is generally very rare for guest-star roles on Supernatural.

Overall, I used the ending of "Lazarus Rising" for this particular category not because it introduced my bb and had the starting wonders of my OTP, but because, in my personal opinion, it really was the best scene that got me hooked and psyched for the show again after such a disappointment the third season turned out. From the introduction of an intriguing character that turns out to be an Angel of the Lord to discovering that Dean has a higher purpose to serve towards the plot than we ever realized, it's just an amazing scene to bring to us and it got me so fascinated about where the show was heading next.

But again, this isn't the best scene "ever", it's just one of the best scenes I find that was influential for me and my viewing purposes.

Also, I'm sure others have noticed this too, but Misha's voice isn't as gravelly and deepened in the premiere as opposed to his next appearance and forward. You can watch the entire scene again here, as stupid YT disabled the embedding for it, but yeah he sounds closer to his voice in real life than the Batman!voice we hear now. Heee. <3

Masterlist of days here.
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just a small town girl: [supernatural] not buying your bullcrapcarameltrap on May 30th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
That scene will forever remain the most impressive for me. I don't any other scenes in any other show will ever beat it. It turned me into a huge Castiel fangirl ever since. :D

I noticed that, too! He doesn't sound as growly as his first appearance. It must be taxing for him to keep that up.
Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think any other character entrance has ever made such a huge impact like Castiel's has, especially on this show. The fact that the introduction to his character led to the mystery about the angels in general is what makes me appreciate how they planned it out. It was such a turning point for the show to take in general, and it got us a fantastic addition to the show.

Hee, I kinda wonder if that was Misha's decision and he just kept it up and, much like with the same old attire, didn't realize he would be going it for this long. XD
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Renée: Castiel. Wings.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
It really did. Had they continued on with the regular hunting/demon stuff it would have stayed repetitive and boring, so I was relieved when they finally got into the grander stuff like adding in this entire holy war between Heaven and Hell and made it work into the show's own mythology as a whole. Some people might bitch about it, but you know what? I couldn't see the show progressing any other way.
skieswideopen: SPN - Castielskieswideopen on May 30th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
This really is a fabulous scene. I only tuned into that episode because I happened to catch the end of season three, and I was wondering how they were going to get Dean out of hell. This scene was what kept me watching all the way through seasons four and five.
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
That's amazing, and just think it's because of this scene that got you interested in the show. I know if it were me just getting into SPN for the first time that would have definitely peaked my interest, since I am very into theological tales in mythology and such. So the fact they actually went there with the angels and with Castiel and bringing forth this entire Apocalypse storyline to the mix just really amped everything up tenfold. I have never been this excited for anything SPN-related like I have been with Castiel/the angels/Apocalypse and dealing with Dean's destiny before, so yeah. Huge impact on my viewing from this scene, as well.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on May 30th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Holy tax accountants with bitchin' trench coats FTW! Word to all of this!

You know, I can only imagine fandom after the big angel reveal. That was a pretty epic twist to the entire show.
Renée: Castiel. I'm almost out of minutes!rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it definitely was an epic twist for sure. I remember just cruising around different communities and forums and boards seeing what people were saying about it, because I was still in a daze myself, and there were loads of people speculating ranging from theories about the angels to whether or not Castiel really was an angel or a demon in disguise, or a fallen angel tricking him, etc. Even going back now and seeing what people were thinking and theorizing regarding Castiel and Dean is just so fascinating.

I mean, regardless how one feels about the angels/apocalypse plot in general, you cannot deny how amazingly awesome this epic reveal was and how it got fandom buzzing with anticipation again.
Tangles: Distractionentangled_now on May 30th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
It was an amazing scene. I had no expectations at all and it absolutely blew me away. I had to watch the whole thing all over again when it had finished and I never do that.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Same here. It's just an awesome reveal to have in a premiere, they really took a step up from what damages happened in the third season and really went the extra mile in giving us something more to the story.

This is what got me all in research mode, actually. I was looking things up about angels and biblical mythology and everything.
a child dizzy on lemonade: merlin  | merlin/arthurfalsebeginnings on May 30th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
This scene was epic and of course gave me hints of how awesome Dean/Castiel could be. I think I watched it 5 more times when I first saw it.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Never change.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Definitely. Just from that scene alone people were already shipping them, and it's simply because of the chemistry between Jensen and Misha. There was just so much of that in their scene alone, and of course Castiel reading Dean like an open book when he says, "You don't think you deserved to be saved", because that really did me in. Nobody can understand Dean Winchester like that within the first few minutes of meeting him.

Hee, I had to rewatch it because I was all buzzing with excitement that YAY ANGELS FINALLY WHEE! from the premiere itself. I needed to see it again. :)
the infraggable crunkblualbino on May 30th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
That scene knocked me out when I first saw it.
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on May 30th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm still amazed at how amazing it still is, they really thought it through how they were going to present revealing this new addition to the mythology into the show, and they did it splendidly.
imisspadfoot21imisspadfoot21 on May 31st, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeee, YES! All of what you said! This scene changed SPN forever...and made fandom more enjoyable again IMO.

Hehe, the way I explain the voice thing is that Castiel hadn't been in Jimmy's body that long so his voice came out a mix between Jimmy's and a bit of how Cas sounds later once his presence got comfortable in his vessel...
Renée: Castiel + Cell phone = OTP.rogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
Definitely made fandom much more enjoyable to be in, and I love finding the many Castiel fans within the fandom through this scene. And Misha fans in general, because this was such a gift to fandom as a whole to find an extraordinary actor like him to carry on such a role like this. <3

That's an interesting theory, and I can certainly see that happening since angels, esp those who haven't been in human vessels before, would be getting used to operating their new forms. However, when we see the transition through the flashback in "The Rapture" Castiel sounded deep and gravelly as he usually does and not a mixture of both. So, I think here it's more of Misha testing out what kind of level of octave his voice for Castiel should be since I'm certain they weren't sure on where his character was going to go. But heh, it could work either way depending. :)
bold_seer: = castielbold_seer on May 31st, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
From the second I saw his coat, I knew he would become my favourite character. And so it was.
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on May 31st, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
It's very noir, and I like that. I also love that it's just part of his character's signature now. ;)
cheerful_earl: Castielcheerful_earl on June 1st, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
I love that scene. It's so amazing. Just... everything you said about furthering the mythology, the introduction of the angelic theology... Ditto. All of it. The way they built the suspense for what raised Dean, for what Castiel really was, was one of the most clever things the show has done. I remember at ComicCon that year, Kripke talked about how they didn't want to waste time with "oh, no, will Dean come back?" in the opener, because it was so obvious that he would. So building up the mystery of *how* was a brilliant alternative.

Plus... Misha's introduction! <3 When it was first on, when he walked into the barn, I was like, "Dude! What *is* he?" and the friend I was watching it with replied, "He's HOT."
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on June 1st, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
The way they built the suspense for what raised Dean, for what Castiel really was, was one of the most clever things the show has done.

I completely agree. And yes, the building up to that mystery to be revealed at the very end was cleverly done because we knew Dean would be back but it's the how and what for that was the biggest thing to really get towards. I especially loved how it had us guessing because like the boys, fans would either assume it was a deal being made or demons. But since it was neither it's like, well what the fuck could it be? That was definitely brilliant in handling that as a premiere, because they were holding out for such a reveal for the end and when it did it was explosive towards the entire fandom. I think that's just great.

Plus... Misha's introduction! <3 When it was first on, when he walked into the barn, I was like, "Dude! What *is* he?" and the friend I was watching it with replied, "He's HOT."