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13 October 2010 @ 08:39 am
SPN: "The Third Man" Episode Review + Meta  
This episode really sparked up my reviewing and meta tendencies because I just absolutely loved it, which cannot be said for the first two episodes of the season, and with good reason. Didn't I say that once Castiel reappeared again everything would be made better? And it was everything I had hoped it would be, and then some.

Supernatural 6.03 "The Third Man"

The Winchesters encounter a case where strange and mysterious, not to mention disturbing, deaths of people were being found. The common thing connecting them is that they were all cops. Most of these grueling deaths happen to be similar to the Plagues of Egypt, and Dean decides to call Castiel for help since it is linked to being biblical. Castiel arrives and tells them he needs their help instead, saying that these events are in connection to weapons being stolen from Heaven, and another factor being that there's a civil war going on in Heaven between the angels who want to start up the Apocalypse again. We discover that Raphael is the leader of these angels who want this to happen. They find one of the stolen weapons, the staff that belonged to Moses, which has been broken into pieces and handed out in exchange for human souls. Castiel locals where this angel is in order to stop him, it turns out he's an old friend named Balthazar, who turned away from Heaven in order to have freedom and is just "having a little fun" and gives a speech about why he is the way he is now and what he's doing. Unfortunately, Raphael comes with some of his followers in attempts to kill Castiel, however Balthazar comes to Castiel's rescue and destroys Raphael's vessel. The boys and Castiel demand for Balthazar to unleash the souls of those he claimed, and Castiel then lets Balthazar go without another word, much to Dean and Sam's surprise.

In the end, Sam continues his unjust self-righteous behavior in responding to Dean's statement about him being different and not like himself, saying and practically implying that he was stronger than Dean with his time downstairs. There's definitely something off with Sam, and Dean is fully aware of this as the rest of us are.

This episode proves itself superior than the previous two episodes. It was written by Ben Edlund, so it's a given that this would be awesome regardless.


Castiel: New and Improved, and His Mission This Season

Castiel returning is probably the biggest highlight of this season so far, really. In a completely biased opinion, it's probably the only exciting part of what's been going on this season.

Anyway, there are some very fascinating points in this episode due to Castiel's return. Obviously his status in trying to regain order in a chaotic Heaven, along with what has been happening up there since we last saw him after the war had ended. Perhaps the biggest is him trying to settle this civil war happening between his brothers, and how he (and others apparently) are trying to cease it from going farther than it already has, and the confrontations he'll be having like he did with Raphael in this episode. But most of all, I think would I love the most about what Castiel did this episode was show how much he's evolved since we last saw him. A compilation of both his S4 and S5 selves of being all business but still conflicted with his emotions.
Castiel: There is no other way.
Dean: You're gonna torture a kid!
Castiel: I can't care about that, Dean. I don't have the luxury.
This moment really says all there is to say about where Castiel's state of mind is right now. Notice the importance of his last words, because of what he's doing in Heaven requires so much attention and his energy, and the pressures of keeping the chaos under control, it's putting all this responsibility on his shoulders and he has to make certain sacrifices for the greater good, no matter how terrible they may seem. It's not that he doesn't care, it's just he can't. There's an obvious inner conflict he's struggling with here, as I read a small snippet from an interview a while back that Castiel will be torn between his obligation to Heaven and wanting to help the boys. He still cares for them and wants to help, but here in this episode he came because of what they're dealing with is in connection to what he's dealing with, so he really doesn't have time to balance both things at once and has to make certain choices and I'm loving that aspect of his character. Always have, actually.

Also, notice the fact that Castiel is incredibly expressive in this episode, what with the air quoting and snarking and how he uses his eyes to communicate without saying much at all. There needn't any kind of exposition of his character or anything like that, a simple look could explain so much about what was happening with his character throughout. Even without having all the details you could understand precisely where Castiel was coming from based on his actions and reactions and his main objective from this episode alone.

I also loved that he was the one being in charge this episode instead of being a sidekick to the Winchesters. Not that I didn't enjoy Castiel hanging around before, but they set something up for him last season that was eventually forgotten (ex. his mission to find God was never really shown, the dealio with the amulet that was also forgotten, his journey of becoming almost!human in a sense, just a few examples), and this seems like a solid storyline for him to be involved with. Regaining order in Heaven, dealing with troublesome angels who just want destruction and chaos, having to deal with all these heavy duty responsibilities that no other angel would step up to the plate otherwise. I feel like this will be the worthwhile story of the season if done correctly.


Dean and Castiel: "Dean and I do share a more profound bond..."

The significance of this statement is very appealing to me, because it's obvious that Dean and Castiel do share a special kind of bond and it didn't really need to be said, but at the same time it kind of did. That recognition that Dean and Castiel are still friends and will still share this special and important bond even with everything that's going on in both their lives right now. There is no denying there is a special connection between them, with or without the slash-goggles on it's pretty evident of their friendship that's been forming ever since the fourth season.

To make it known was definitely part of the fan-servicing in the episode, but it's important to really acknowledge that there is that particular bond between Dean and Castiel. It's something I think many were worried wouldn't be mentioned or shown again, because it's a very significant part of what made them turn to each other at different points of their character developments. A unique kind of bond they share because of how they relate to one another, how Dean showed Castiel the ways of being human, of understanding humanity in general, and without Castiel, Dean wouldn't have shifted and changed (not like the mess that was the premiere, but in other ways of faith and understanding, even if it's a gradual thing for him to process). To say there's no connection or chemistry between them now with everything they've gone through together would be the biggest denial anyone who watches to the show would ever make.

Never mind the fact that Castiel has a deep affection for Dean that is absolutely evident with everything he's done and sacrificed for him, and I loved that. But I also loved that Castiel makes it clear that despite that profound bond he has his own agenda to worry about and won't always come when Dean calls for his help. It doesn't lessen their connection, but he makes it clear where his priorities lie.

At any rate, there should be more Dean/Castiel scenes in the future of this season because this is far too important and significant to their relationship to be forgotten after this episode.



The Civil War in Heaven

This is the second best thing to be revealed of what's happening this season. An angel civil war having broken loose within Heaven that's already in a chaotic state as it is. Without any particular chain of command, God still is absent from this cause, this prompts questions from the angels about what's happening and obviously many will be persuaded to believe and follow one thing or the other depending on how they are swayed into thinking.

Originally I had thought this would have happened back in the fourth season when we discovered that Uriel had formed a conversion of angels to join his side of wanting the Apocalypse to happen and joining with Lucifer in the war. Now it seems that particular idea has been brought back but post-war, in hopes in creating another apocalypse to serve their own needs of freedom and chaos. The entire prospect about an angel civil war has always fascinated me because they're otherworldly beings with an entirely different kind of culture from mankind; they were designed for specific purposes and without those purposes there would be no order at all, just utter random chaos. A civil war breaking out would be catastrophic to the natural order of things. Now, the show often times gives us the theme about freedom of will, of making choices for oneself, but how far can that extend to and to what cost? With no superior leader in Heaven anything is bound to happen and sides will definitely clash.

And think about it, Castiel is the only angel we've seen so far that still has faith in God and His Plan and had always had his heart and intentions in the right place, even when he was questioning his orders and even God Himself at a particular time. All the other angels don't even have a smidgen of faith left, or believe that God has abandoned them for good meaning they can do whatever they want. Which of course, is not true, given the state of what is happening recently there's definitely a balance needed in the universe otherwise shit will totally hit the fan in a more catastrophic manner. At least, that is what I believe would happen, and is actually happening right now with what's been going this season in general, but more of my thoughts on that later.

Rambling again, but I am seriously in love with the concept of an angel civil war. It's intriguing and I want more of it to be featured this season, please.


Balthazar: The New Angel In Town

New angel to us, old friend for Castiel.

I think I'm more relieved to have more new angels introduced to us because we need to have some other ones instead of just Castiel and the basic soldier angels, and seeing Castiel having a friend from Heaven is something I've wanted to see. He doesn't seem to have many close connections with his family at all which is kind of sad. But Balthazar's introduction was definitely interesting.

I think what's interesting about him is how he twisted Castiel's rebellion into something so degrading, like Castiel was proving a point about having freedom to do whatever he wished, like he just decided to go "fuck you Heaven!" and bolt when we all know that's not the correct reason at all. They have very different circumstances and reasons for doing what they did; Castiel rebelled because he wanted to save the world, to do the right thing. He understood the consequences of his actions and knew of what he was doing, whereas Balthazar here just wants to have some fun with having freedom of Heaven's orders and rules and the anarchy that is up there, of no Father in Heaven to tell them what to do. There's definitely going to be clashing between the two, since it appears based on their conversation alone that they know each other pretty well and there's a sense of familiarity between them as brothers. But yeah, with Balthazar gone completely AWOL and having selfish reasons for it there's gonna be some angel family angsting and more fighting going on.

I do want to know his particular role this season, what kind of involvement he'll have. What other things has he stolen from Heaven? Is he going to try and convert Castiel to his side of things? Will Castiel listen or continue on with his mission? Will Balthazar surrender and help alongside his fellow brother? I AM DYING TO KNOW PEOPLE.

Either way, he looks rather interesting of a character. I am definitely intrigued by him.


The Bargaining of Souls: The Significance of Angels Claiming Human Souls

Another thing that was revealed in this episode was the claiming of souls and bargaining with them. There seems to be another reversal parallel here where instead of making deals with demons, humans can make deals with angels in exchanging their souls for something.

There had been numerous arguments and debates a while back in that had Dean believed in angels and Heaven before any of the chain of events of his brother first having been dead, could he have bargained with the angels instead of demons at the crossroads? Now it seems like it is deemed possible, although Castiel says it's never been heard of in this kind of manner. But an angel claiming a human soul will leave a particular brand or mark on them. Which of course, speaking as an angel who gripped Dean tight and raised him from perdition, he did leave a pretty interesting mark on his shoulder, and the line about their "profound bond" would mean more than we could ever imagine, just some food for thought on that.

Needless to say, I think this is a very important subject to remember for later because there was an implication when Balthazar pointedly looked at Sam when he mentioned about the soul situation. Could this be in connection with what happened to Sam, or what is wrong with him? Or about the Campbells in general? Other things happening that they're encountering? There's definitely something more to this, and I'm interesting in learning more about it.


Memorable Moments of the Episode:

++ CASTIEL IS BACK BITCHES!

++ I felt like the first part at the beginning of the episode was unnecessary. I'm just not interested in seeing shirtless!Jared or shirtless!Jensen at all. It does nothing for me, and it amounts nothing to the show. I would prefer them clothed than half naked, thank you very much. Ugh Lisa, gtfo off my screen immediately because you are irrelevant. And that random hooker, other than wondering why in the world is Sam paying for sex, that entire scene was awkward and painful to watch. Bad acting all around. But those are the only things I disliked about the episode, really. Everything else was absolutely golden.

++ Gore, gore, gore everywhere! Where there's Ben Edlund, you're guaranteed some interesting gorefests. lol

++ Dean racing Sam in the Impala. It's a nice little throwback to their brotherly bantering days. <3

++ "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to Castiel to get his feathery ass down here." <--- that was not only adorable but only Dean would end up cursing within a prayer, and suddenly Castiel does come for him nope that joke will never get old, sue me

++ CASTIEL ARRIVES IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEAN PRAYS FOR HIM, AND DEAN LOOKS AT HIM IN SUCH AN AWED AND HEARTS IN HIS EYES. LIKE HE'S LOOKING AT A LONG-LOST LOVE OR SOMETHING AND CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S STANDING RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF HIM. YOU ALL KNOW IT'S TRUE.

++ Sam mimicking Castiel's deep guttural Batman voice, lol.

++ "Dean and I do share a more PROFOUND BOND. I wasn't going to mention it...."

CUE THE OUTBREAK OF DEAN/CAS FANGIRLS SQUEALING LIKE MANIACS OVER THIS. CANON, OUR OTP HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED AND MADE. SORRY SAM BUT YEAH, CASTIEL LIKES DEAN MORE. HELL HE'S IN LOVE WITH HIM FOR GOODNESS SAKES. Also, notice Sam's taken aback look after Castiel mentions this, lol! It's hilarious!

++ "What part of 'I don't know' escapes your understanding?" BITCHY CASTIEL IS MY FAVORITE. ♥

++ CASTIEL OVERUSING AIR QUOTES IS TOO ADORABLE FOR WORDS! I CAN'T EVEN.

++ Moses' staff. The staff of Moses. Next up, the search for the Holy Grail! XD Seriously though, very interesting part of the mythology, though I wonder what else will be added into the list of these so-called weapons and what other items are hidden in Heaven.

++ Castiel randomly zapping Sam and Dean placing with him will never get old, and of course the new use of his amped powers for portability is awesome. The special effects was....interesting, the zooming out in a weird kind of fashion. Reminds me of the random zoom-ins from that one episode last season. lol But yeah, nice seeing Castiel with all these awesome angel abilities again, even though I'll miss him communicating with his cellphone (mini-break for a prayer circle for the the cellphone, RIP ;_;)

++ The whole thing about reaching into a person and touching their soul like that? Is interesting, but kinda creepy (and there's undertones with that scene that I'm sure many were thinking about while watching, Castiel is totally a creeper...)

++ "I can't care about that, Dean! I don't have the luxury." Perhaps the most heartbreaking line ever uttered in this episode. Poor Cas. :(

++ EPIC FIGHT WITH THE ANGEL SWORDS, FUCK YEAH! I can't tell you how I've missed those epic angel swords, anything involving the angel mytharc I've missed really. Seeing more fighting and angry!Castiel is worth everything to me. AND FALLING OUT THE WINDOW AND BREAKING SAM'S DOUCHEBAGGY CAR! MORE AWESOMENESS! \O/

++ SEE! THEY ARE BICKERING LIKE THEY ARE ALREADY MARRIED, AND I LOVE IT! CHEMISTRY IS THROUGH THE ROOF, THEIR POSITION OF FACING EACH OTHER AND EYEFUCKING IS STILL EPIC LIKE ALWAYS, AND SAM IS LOOKING ON IN THE BACKGROUND LIKE THE IGNORED CHILD, LOL!



++ "I need Myrrh." LOL SO RANDOM CAS, ILU.

++ Castiel's random zapping back and forth at random times is kind of worth it, really. XD

++ ANGEL CIVIL WAR = CYLON CIVIL WAR, AMIRITE? ;D

++ Awwww, Castiel is ashamed of his brothers. :( There's definitely some paralleling here between himself and Dean, because with what this episode suggests and from the passed there's a certain level of distrust between them and there being more of that barrier now because of whatever is Sam's deal is.

++ All I could think is that Balthazar has some pretty sweet digs. lol, and Dean making a pop culture reference and Castiel having that expression of, "I don't understand" but saying nothing. D'awww, it's okay Cas. *pets him*

++ lol @ random frog. Appropriate though, considering the plague dealio and all.

++ Balthazar seems to be a combination of future!Castiel and Gabriel, from his outfit and his jokes/comments to his liking of random disco music and lights and snapping of his fingers to disappear. Very interesting though to see him, a brand new angel into the mix.

++ "Why won't any of you listen?" ;__;



This scene is also another heartbreaking scene of his, just the way he looks after killing yet another one of his brothers. He just wants his family to stop fighting already, to stop misunderstanding things and to know there are other alternate ways of handling this. So much emotion on his face, look at him! Just oh Cas, my heart breaks for you right here. ;__;

++ I think what I loved about this episode most of all is there were tons of things they gave us, from BAMF!Castiel to whumped!Castiel, to him being bitchy and all business-like yet innocence with his lack of human communication and social skills, the kink!plays and Dean/Cas moments and angel mythology extending into a civil war in Heaven. It's everything I wanted out from a Castiel-centric episode and to have it all in the episode with Castiel making his first appearance of the season is just frakking amazing. And of course with Raphael making his second appearance on the show filled me with glee, even though he beat Castiel into the ground (and down those stairs, I winced because damn that has got to hurt being beaten by an archangel).

++ "I believe the hairless ape has the floor." LOL IDK WHY BUT THAT MADE ME LAUGH! Castiel defends his beloved human. Also "hairless apes", it kind of makes me miss Uriel with his "mud monkey" comments.

++ PRETTY MUCH ALL CASTIEL SCENES WERE FRAKKING AMAZING, AS ALWAYS. <3 <3 <3 <3 ILU CAS NEVER LEAVE US FOR THAT LONG AGAIN, M'KAY?

++ Sam is being an arrogant asshole, but at least Dean knows that Sam is being an arrogant asshole and suspects something is definitely wrong and off with him.


Overall: Amazing, top-notch episode. Definitely wayyy better than the first two of the season, that's for sure. There was better pacing and integrating of the angel mythology, the writing was amazing and the dialogue was perfect especially when all the characters were interacting with each other. This felt like Supernatural, unlike the previous episodes where it was just random shit making me feel like these weren't the characters. No, this episode, written by the brilliant Ben Edlund, felt like the show again. With characterizations and the direction, the mythology and storyline for Castiel, everything. I knew immediately that Castiel would make things all better again, and this really proved it. Of course I don't think I could have trusted this kind of an episode in the hands of anyone besides Edlund since he gets the characters and the story. The new addition of the mythology is awesome, because I prefer the mytharcs to the melodrama any day. But that's just my opinion, and really this episode was far more superior to anything else that's been shown of this season.

A+ of an episode, will watch again and again and again....


Ben Edlund is my hero, seriously. He saved us from headdesking another episode to smiling and being excited for the show once again. ♥ ILU BEN EDLUND, PLZ WRITE ALL THE REST OF THE EPISODES AND TAKE OVER AS SHOWRUNNER, KTHX.
 
 
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goldenusagigoldenusagi on October 13th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Castiel does make things better! I just hope the eps that come after this one don't feel like 1 and 2 did. Also, I would love to know how many episodes Misha is going to end up being in.

So much goodness! The random Cas popping around, the destroying of Sam's car, the angel fights, the profound bond.

Castiel does seem pretty torn right now. He has things he has to do, and some of them are unpleasant. And he does have larger concerns than helping Dean out (unfortunately, LOL). This episode was very fast paced. I saw someone else say that it was set at the speed Castiel likes to move at, and he just dragged the boys behind him, instead of like last season, when he was following them.

he did leave a pretty interesting mark on his shoulder, and the line about their "profound bond" would mean more than we could ever imagine, just some food for thought on that

I'm hoping this is leading to something. Anything, I don't care what.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. OTP.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm actually very curious about that. Exactly how many episodes is Misha going to be in this season anyway? We knew how many he was contracted for before the fifth season even began, so I'm wondering why it hasn't even been announced or made an estimation on how many he's contracted for this season?

This episode was very fast paced. I saw someone else say that it was set at the speed Castiel likes to move at, and he just dragged the boys behind him, instead of like last season, when he was following them.

I like that, and it totally makes sense because we, the audience, are being dragged along for that ride just like the boys and we're constantly in motion to Castiel's mercy of where he decides to go. I loved the camera panning movements, from where Castiel disappears and reappears again in a different spot, very awesome. And I love that Castiel is the one taking charge instead of tagging along and it's a reversal. There seems to be lots of reversal this season, for better or worse. This is definitely for the better of Castiel's own personal journey I think, even though he's underneath loads of pressure, the poor angel.

I'm hoping this is leading to something. Anything, I don't care what.

Me too. It's been put out there, it must have some significance. I know it's wishful thinking, but I have to believe there is something more to it than just that.
pretty much the nostalgia chick: watanuki - omgyayvikki on October 13th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Everything you said about Castiel gets a huge 'word' from me. FUCK YES, NEEDS MOAR CASTIEL. ALWAYS.

I always enjoy reading your metas. Thanks for putting up with my random comments.
Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you. I don't mind your random comments at all, I enjoy them thoroughly. :D

Basically, Castiel > everything else, amirite?
just a small town girl: [supernatural] puppy eyescarameltrap on October 13th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
What I love about this episode wasn't just Castiel being back but that he's a perfect blend of S4 and S5 Castiel who has all his angel powers but still keeps that little bit of humanity he has. I love how crabby, impatient and bitchy he is, not only to Sam but to Dean as well. lol.

Still getting use to Balthazar. His crinkly face reminds me of Gordon Ramsay, though but his attitude just screams Gabriel which has the unfortunate effect of making me miss Gabriel more.

Oh yes, please! More on angel mythology. I'd love to see more of it and have more new angels. I like that they used the staff of Moses for this episode. The 'we can rule out Moses' will never cease to send me into hysterics.

This is going to be my favourite episode.
Renée: Castiel. I don't understand.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
As soon as Castiel started getting impatient and using hilarious comments in trying to communicate with Sam and Dean when he appears is when I knew that this was still Castiel as we knew him. He just has a completely different kind of responsibility than the previous two seasons, but he's still the same old Castiel and there didn't need to be any further explanations of that because it's evident the moment he steps onto our screen. His bitchiness and impatience with the boys will never stop being hilarious. Oh Cas. ♥

Gabriel. :( Yeah, there was definitely some Gabriel-esque moments in Balthazar's personality that I found interesting. Though I'm certainly interested in how his character is going to play out this season and his relations with Castiel throughout.

More angels, angel mythology, just more of that mytharc please. :D And of course more Castiel, because you can never go wrong with more of our precious nerdy angel dude with wings. ;p

I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS EP! IT IS FANTASTIC!
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on October 13th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
The third eps. was definitely the best one to date. Thank you, Ben!

I do love that we have canon confirmation that Dean and Castiel are STILL friends which is a huge relief. And the part about them having a "profund bond" was awesome!

I feel so bad for Castiel. He's torn between doing his duty and helping out his friend. He's being pulled in so many different directions it's no wonder he's bitchy.

And I like Balthazar! He's like Gabriel. Only older and cooler. I sense some major drama ahead in the future for both of them.

And I love the parallels between Dean and Castiel. Both of them have been reunited with their families only to find out they are full of dicks. Proving that getting what you want isn't always what is cracked up to be.

Renée: Dean/Castiel. Bittersweet.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Ben Edlund never lets us down. ♥

While I'm still waiting for that damned hug, having verbal confirmation of their friendship and how deep their bond is with each other is pretty damn close to it actually. <3

Seeing Castiel being so conflicted is devastating, but fascinating at the same time because it's when he's conflicted and torn and trying to maintain himself through all of this that really makes his story so compelling to me. It makes me have hope that they'll be handling his storyline well this season. At least I'm praying they do, from this episode it seems there's a lot on the plate for his character to be dealing with.

Balthazar is definitely interesting, and I can't wait to see what else is in store for him and Castiel.

And I love the parallels between Dean and Castiel. Both of them have been reunited with their families only to find out they are full of dicks. Proving that getting what you want isn't always what is cracked up to be.

All of this. I'm always amazed that with each season there seems to be more parallels between the both of them in certain ways. I love that. ♥
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on October 14th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
BTW, I was curious. Do you think the child torture scene was truly necessary for Castiel to get information? Couldn't he have just read his mind or something?

I just thought about this when reading another SPN review on my friends' list and the thought has been percolating.

Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
I'm honestly not entirely sure. He could have, but maybe reading his mind wouldn't have done any kind of good because the kid didn't know the specifics about the angel who made him the deal. I think the branding of his soul would be distinctive to a particular angel, hence why Castiel needed to do what he did to get all the information.

That's my thought anyway.

Edited at 2010-10-14 07:43 am (UTC)
Revy: he's no heroallodole on October 13th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
look at my junk.
I heart Edlund so much. Imo he gets the characters the best and there's a suitable amount of angst, awesome oneliners and gore in his episodes always. I can't think of a reason why he isn't the showrunner. Not that I haven't liked some of the other writers too, obviously, but Edlund just effing rocks.

This was definitely my favourite episode so far. It had everything.
Also: angels. I love angels in all shapes and forms and an angelic civil war sounds intriguing, a whole lot better than no angel storyline at all.

I cringed at that shirtless!Sam-scene. It was honestly painful to watch. .. Uh, painful in a bad way.

Lmao that "don't start that"-gif and Sam looking all lost at the background. I love those three. (Dean/Cas = OTP forever and ever.)

I didn't even think I could adore Cas more than before, but I do. His BAMFness, snarky comments, why won't any of you listen = my heart kinda broke etc. I do hope he'll appear often in this season.
(ps. No Campbells = which is awesome in my books. And bye bye Sam's Douchemobile, won't be missing you. ♥ I'll never stop giggling at Sam and Dean after the car gets destroyed. I can only imagine how awkward it's probably gonna be in the Impala after this ep..)

I loved Balthazar already precisely because he's in a league of his own, would have probably hit it off well with the likes of Gabriel. (Oh gosh, Gabe :( ) Not to mention that dashing accent, mm.

Not that I don't like the brothers as always, but I'm kinda glad they are not the center characters in episodes three and four. It's interesting to see what the other characters are doing, after all. So looking forward to Weekend At Bobby's.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Closer.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
Total word about Edlund. He's one of my favorite writers on the show without a doubt. ♥ He honestly should be showrunner, he understands the story, the characters, how they all interconnect with each other. Brilliant man, Ben Edlund is. Why he wasn't appointed that position still baffles me.

Also: angels. I love angels in all shapes and forms and an angelic civil war sounds intriguing, a whole lot better than no angel storyline at all.

Yep, I'm the same way too. I've always been fascinated my the theological aspect of the show ever since the fourth season. And in general anything dealing with theology or angels immediately grabs my attention, and I'm happy they decided to continue on with the angel and apocalyptic-related stuff into this season, since that's something Sera Gamble didn't like from before and I'm glad that she's not part of that decision making because without this it would be rather boring, imo. And an angel civil war is exactly the kind of umph we need in this season right now. I can't wait to head further into that storyline because already I'm intrigued.

I cringed at that shirtless!Sam-scene. It was honestly painful to watch. .. Uh, painful in a bad way.

Ugh, seriously. It was just blatantly there for the shallowness of some fangirls to salivate over Jared's muscles. That's it. I wasn't interested in it and the entire scene itself had me cringing. I was like WHY IS THIS EVEN HERE? IDGI. But heh, I blame that on the influence from Sera Gamble who wanted more shirtless scenes of Jared, which I still think is inappropriately creepy but whatever.

Lmao that "don't start that"-gif and Sam looking all lost at the background. I love those three. (Dean/Cas = OTP forever and ever.)

HEEEEE! I love their little couple bickering moments, and when others say there's no chemistry between them I say they're obviously on crack because look at that scene alone. Chemistry, profound bond and connection are all there plain as day. The eyesexing is happening without them even realizing it, and it's awesome. Totally OTP4evah. ♥

Castiel better be appearing in more episodes this season. Do we even know how many Misha has been contracted for?

I'll never stop giggling at Sam and Dean after the car gets destroyed. I can only imagine how awkward it's probably gonna be in the Impala after this ep.

lol, I know right? Dean's "well, there's a silver lining" line cracked me up, especially when Sam gave him his bitchface. XD Though I'm wondering, how it the world did Sam get a car like that? They're not living on luxury so how could he have afforded something that expensive? Glad that it's gone though, but yeah awkwardness in the Impala. But that's nothing new with these two, right?

Balthazar is an intriguing character by himself, I'm wondering if we're gonna have a Balthazar-centric kind of episode. You know, where Castiel is kind of following him around and there being some scenes between them and their different motivations and clashing ideas and whatnot. I think things are gonna get interesting.

Not that I don't like the brothers as always, but I'm kinda glad they are not the center characters in episodes three and four. It's interesting to see what the other characters are doing, after all. So looking forward to Weekend At Bobby's.

Seriously. I wished they spent more time focusing on supporting characters more often than just the Winchester brothers, because I feel like even though Sam and Dean are the main cast there seems to be more of a secondary ensemble that may be far more interesting than what is happening with the two brothers every week. We need more background with Bobby and Crowley and Castiel and Balthazar and Raphael and the other angels, and so on. The fact that this episode and Friday's new episode will be dealing with non-Winchester storylines excites me. :D
Revy: close to your heartallodole on October 14th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
I'd rather want even Kripke stay a showrunner, because my "respect" towards Sera is totally going downhill. At least she won't be making all the decisions and there'll be everyone from Edlund to Robert Singer making those decisions too.

And in general anything dealing with theology or angels immediately grabs my attention, and I'm happy they decided to continue on with the angel and apocalyptic-related stuff into this season
I'm exactly the same! Seriously, angels have intrigued me since forever and I was terribly happy that my fav show has them- and as such interesting characters too! I don't even understand those who say that angels being in the show is weird- uh, I don't think it's weird. Since there were demons since S1, it's logical that there're angels too. ;P

Yeah, that whole scene was just really damn pointless. I heart Jared, but DNW his muscles. Keep your shirt on, boy. (Yay, someone thinks the way I do about this!)
It is inappropriately creepy to me too. Sera's fangirliness is showing through in ways I don't want them to.

I've even made one of my friends who doesn't watch Supernatural into a Dean/Cas-fanboy. You'd have to be blind to not see the chemistry between those two. It's not even about my slash goggles being tight as hell, those two have a ~bond.
I don't know, but I do remember reading/hearing somewhere that Misha didn't have work often, that he was "on the set for a few days" when Jared and Jensen work full time. Other than that, I have no idea. I guess we won't be seeing Cas often in this season- one can always hope, though!

Dean's "well, there's a silver lining" line cracked me up, especially when Sam gave him his bitchface.
I was totally dying at that scene, so fantastic.
I have no idea- maybe Campbells helped him get it? Who knows what Grandpa Douchebag has in store.
Indeed awkwardness between those two is nothing new, I'm sure they'll get over it- in time.

I'd love to see a Balthazar-centric-episode, oh my. ♥ Just the idea is intriguing! It seems like he and Cas have a history and I'd like to see more of it. Oh well, I hope we're gonna see more of him anyway, too intriguing a character to leave just for one episode.

This show has fantastic side characters and I'm very glad that they're focusing on them for a while and leaving Sam and Dean to their own business. I do hope there will be more episodes like three and four in this season, I'd be very happy! Just think, how interesting it would be to see an episode concentrated fully on what's happening in Heaven? Oh, can it be weekend already, I'm dying for episode four, I've been wanting a Bobby-centric-episode since forever and it's awesome to see Crowley (and Rufus) again too.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on October 15th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
I'm still unclear on what a showrunner's position actually entails, since Kripke still calls the shots from the sidelines and approves of certain things, but what exactly does Sera Gamble do in general? Either way though, I'm glad that she's not in full control because that would have been disastrous.

I'm always perplexed when people say they hate the angel stuff. I know that some people aren't attracted to it like we are or don't believe in it, and that's totally fine. But when it's an essential part of the mytharc of the show, you'd think some would appreciate it more in the ways of how it's progressing the storytelling. It's not like they're shoving religious beliefs down your throat or whatever. In fact, the show has always had religious influences ever since the beginning (exorcisms, holy water, etc) and they borrow from various different religious folklore all the time. Why should this be any different? If they have demons and Hell why not angels and Heaven? They're two sides of the same coin, it's the balance of the universe really.

Yeah, that whole scene was just really damn pointless. I heart Jared, but DNW his muscles. Keep your shirt on, boy. (Yay, someone thinks the way I do about this!)

I'm glad I'm not the only one too! I talked with someone at Chicon about it and I said I'd rather see that tan trenchcoat more than some Hulk muscles, lol. Yeah, Sera is just really creepy in that regard. Again, she's the Stephanie Meyer of the show. -__-

Yay, converting Dean/Cas fans one person at a time. \o/ Someone would have to be really blind to not see that "profound bond" Dean and Castiel share, whether if you ship them or not it's there regardless because they have been building their friendship since S4 and it continues to grow as the show continues. ♥

I don't know, but I do remember reading/hearing somewhere that Misha didn't have work often, that he was "on the set for a few days" when Jared and Jensen work full time. Other than that, I have no idea.

That's interesting. Well, I'd rather they have limited episodes with Castiel to treat his storyline correctly instead of him being just there in filler kinds of episodes. I mean, I know I say that Castiel makes everything way better (which is true) but I'd want them to treat his character with respect than just in the background for comic relief, you know?

I have no idea- maybe Campbells helped him get it? Who knows what Grandpa Douchebag has in store.

Mmm, maybe. It just seems rather random that he would be cruising around in something as though he was rolling in tons of dough. Like he was preparing to be on MTV's Cribs or something, lol. idek

I do hope there will be more episodes like three and four in this season, I'd be very happy! Just think, how interesting it would be to see an episode concentrated fully on what's happening in Heaven?

That would be so awesome, I think I'd die with happiness. I could almost forgive of the mess that had already been created if they did an episode or several focused on this precisely. omgyes do want plz kthx. :D
Revy: angels aren't innocentallodole on October 15th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
I don't know either what a showrunner exactly does, but but. Yep, good thing Sera's not completely in control.

If they have demons and Hell why not angels and Heaven?
I couldn't agree more. I was actually a little surprised that it took so long for them to introduce angels, since there's been demons since day one.

Hahaha, Stephenie Meyer of the show. She certainly is.

Not that I'd mind Cas being in every episode ever, but yeah, I agree. I'd rather watch a few proper episodes with him instead of him just being there for the sake of being there. ;P

It does seem quite random, but oh well. Nothing about the Campbells makes much sense to me. (I still think I would have liked the first two episodes better without them, or at least without the cousins- I just don't like them. At all.) At least the Douchemobile can rest in pieces now, Impala's the only car that matters to me.
MTV Cribs on Grandpa's house (or wherever he lives) "yo this is the place I keep the monsters I capture 8) then I torture them 8)" Yeahh I don't know. I just hope he'll be out of the picture soon...

Let's pray for a Heaven-centric episode. It would be fantastic. ♥
Renée: Castiel. Prayer Circle!rogueslayer452 on October 15th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
I couldn't agree more. I was actually a little surprised that it took so long for them to introduce angels, since there's been demons since day one.

I don't know why it took them this long either, but either way I'm glad they did. In fact I remember after the fourth season premiere of Castiel being revealed as an angel and seeing his wings, I was so pleasantly surprised that that was the direction the show was going. And I was excited. And when the episode went to black I was ecstatic because, omgomgomg angels! Heaven! They have a plan for Dean! Shit just got real! :DDDDD I was literally incoherent with giddiness, which I don't think I've ever reacted that way to this show before to be honest with you. Heh.

I mean, it just makes sense they would introduce it at some point. Better now then never, I say, and I think it was the perfect time to really set it all up the way they structured it in S4.

Nothing about the Campbells makes much sense to me. (I still think I would have liked the first two episodes better without them, or at least without the cousins- I just don't like them. At all.)

They're so random. Like, I would have liked them had they been introduced properly instead of just saying "oh yeah btw these are your cousins and now let's move on..." because that? Was weak. If you want me to be invested in whatever they're going to be dealing with do it with something exciting. Then again, Sera Gamble wrote the premiere, so it's not like she would have done their justice anyway. Unless there is something really compelling in store for the Campbells, I'm not really interested.

Let's pray for a Heaven-centric episode. It would be fantastic. ♥

*holds prayer circle for this* It needs to happen. It really does.
Revy: journey's beginningallodole on October 15th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
Yep, obviously I was overjoyed when Castiel came and was all I'M AN ANGEL OF THE LORD and I had this stupid, wide grin on my face for a long time after it. It helps that I adored Lazarus Rising a whole lot, right from that moment when Dean crawls out of the grave. It helps that SPN's angels are awesome- even those I want to stab in the face. Cough Zachariah cough.

Exactly what bothers me about the Campbells, even more than their obvious in-your-face-shadiness. They just came from nowhere, no one explains anything about them, they're rude and really unlikable and seem to be only there to make the audience (and Dean) more confused and irritated than anything else. Random relatives from some dark hole = do not want.
Unless there is something really compelling in store for the Campbells, I'm not really interested.
Same. >__> I really hope they're not gonna be around for the whole season..

*prayer circle* please, writers, please? at least half of a episode? Oh well, we'll see.
Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on October 15th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
What I love most is how they're portrayed as how they're perceived in the Bible and not how our culture as shaped them to be. They're warriors of God, they're ruthless and will smite first and ask questions later. I also love the psychology of angels too, from the conflicts Castiel is dealing with between obedience and doing the right thing or even how some angels are just assholes and sociopaths. The culture of the angels fascinates me like no other.

I even started really researching hardcore on the subject, I bought an encyclopedia of angels book and I'm going to be ordering an Enochian dictionary soon. :)

they're rude and really unlikable and seem to be only there to make the audience (and Dean) more confused and irritated than anything else

Yeah, it's like you want to make them interesting? Should have constructed them better. I think I would have preferred if they had just Grandpa Campbell in the premiere and have the others introduced later, but no. Obviously Sera Gamble doesn't think when she writes sometimes, or try to structure an episode with an understandable sense of direction. :/ I still don't get them, like I have theories (wasn't it said that all of Mary's relatives/close friends had died? so they're all risen from the dead too? idgi) I mean I know it's only been three episodes, but there's a difference between having something be a mystery and wanting to keep us interested and just introducing it like it's no big deal and just leave it like that.

That's what's missing, I think. I keep going back to the S4 premiere because that is a perfect example of not giving anything away but still keeping the mystery to leave us intrigued. Was Castiel really an angel? What is going on? What is this plan they're talking about? Etc. I got nothing like that regarding the Campbells, or anything else in that premiere. Just confusion and irritation.
Revyallodole on October 15th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
I keep agreeing with you about angels in every comment, but yes, yes to everything! I love how the angels are not Nice Guys With Fluffy White Wings, but ruthless and righteous and all that. Awesome.

Enochian dictionary, wow *___* I've been thinking of buying some sort of an angel book myself too.

I think I would have preferred if they had just Grandpa Campbell in the premiere and have the others introduced later, but no.
That's what I thought. If they're absolutely necessary, it would have been better if they had been introduced perfectly and there had been some sort of an explanation for their existence- I don't really want to wait many episodes until we hear a proper reason for why Grandpa and the douchebag cousins are there. They really shouldn't drag the "mystery" for too long, because I've already lost interest. (If there ever was any!) I just want them to go away.

I think it was mentioned that all Mary's friends were dead, but I don't remember at all if it was the case with her relatives too.. uh, need to rewatch some episodes soon.

Even when Lazarus Rising had lots of stuff happening in a short time, the confusion it brought up was the good kind, I was intrigued and at the edge of my seat- we just knew that we were dealing with something that we hadn't ever seen before in the show. There were a couple of things I liked in the premiere, but mostly it just made me go what the fuck at the screen more than once.
Renée: Six. Warrior of God.rogueslayer452 on October 15th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
Hee, we're just theology geeks in that sense, huh? ;) Anything involving the angels we're there.

I also have several books that are about studying Revelations in the Bible too, even one of the Bible commentary editions, because I was very interested in understanding the connections and meta of the material (the passages about the 7 Seals and the angels sounding their trumpets really set forth into my prediction that the angels were wanting the Apocalypse to happen long before the S4 finale happened) So yeah....when I said geeking out? I really meant it. lol

I think it was mentioned that all Mary's friends were dead, but I don't remember at all if it was the case with her relatives too.. uh, need to rewatch some episodes soon.

Yeah, I think Sam said something along the lines that all of them were dead, all her friends and their uncle, which leads me to believe relatives too. Anyone who has ever known her or had a connection with Mary Winchester had died. Of course that was never really explained either since the third seson, so it makes me wonder if they're rehashing all of that now or completely retconning it.

Even when Lazarus Rising had lots of stuff happening in a short time, the confusion it brought up was the good kind, I was intrigued and at the edge of my seat- we just knew that we were dealing with something that we hadn't ever seen before in the show.

Exactly, and that's the way to handle doing something new or going in a new direction for the show. That's not what this premiere did at all. It's not "oh just give it a chance" like some people are saying with us complaining about it because it's not that simple. It just didn't grab anyone's attention or intrigue, which is what it's supposed to have done if they wanted to sell this idea for a sixth season which I've been apprehensive about for the longest time.
Revy: tomorrow's memoriesallodole on October 15th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: look at my junk.
Seems so! My interest in faith and beliefs itself are also alive and well, thanks to this show. Strangely enough.

:D That's quite amazing! I'm thinking I need to look for some books, because 1. I don't have any of that kind 2. I really want to read about this stuff, because even though I don't think I particularly believe in anything, spirituality and (old) churches and angels and different Gods are really interesting to me.

So it makes me wonder if they're rehashing all of that now or completely retconning it. I'm thinking along the same lines honestly. But I guess we'll see what they have in mind. (Maybe Grandpa is an evil scientist and is keeping the monsters they capture in cells and does tests and...)

If it was any other show than Supernatural- after all, I am a big fan- and if I didn't have any kind of attachment to the characters, I don't think I would have continued watching after the first episode, to be honest. And that's a lot to say, coming from me who is extremely easy to please. I'm glad the direction is taking a turn towards better times.
♛ part-time maenad: seeker; band on the runradon_ on October 13th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm too sleepy to type a proper comment so I'll just make huge hand motions that signify me indicating this entire post and say, "THIS. THIS HERE WHOLE HUGEASS POST HERE."
Renée: LotS. Team Epic Hotness.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Heee, glad you approve bb. I wrote all of this last night so I'm surprised it came out as coherent as it did. XD

This entire episode was that silver lining to where the season had been going, and I'm happy that it was incredibly fast-paced, there was tons of Castiel and exciting things happening with that whole mytharc, the writing and the dialogue, the character chemistry, everything. It's more than you can say for the first two episodes, that's for sure. Hopefully based on what this episode tells us we're heading in the right direction from here on out. *crosses fingers*
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbrokensapphirestar_ on October 13th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
i could go on and on about cas's bamfness and awesomeness and all-around best guy of the entire fucking forever-ness, but, you know. then this comment would never end. but ILYSFM CAS, NEVER CHANGE BB. ♥

also jared's scene with the hooker? oh god i lol'd so hard. i just. i don't even know. first of all, it's so not sam, and second, WHAT WAS UP WITH HIS RESPONSES. she's like oooh hello last night was delishus and he's all deadpan great and she's ooh you're so mysterious and he's all smirkity smirk okay and then she's all ooh call me and he's all smirkity smirk deadpan okay. and WHAT. but seriously, if the stuff before didn't convince people that sam's not sam anymore, then that scene totally should've. because i can so see sam from before bitching dean out for being with hookers and making use of his epic bitchfaces, whereas now he's the one doing the dirty.

that's one thing i look forward to in the winchester storyline - not sam, because he pisses me off right now, but dean and his possible and eventual attempts at trying to figure out what the fuck's up with his brother. (also dean and his speshul bond with cas, but er, that's a whole other thing. PROFOUND BOND. /eep)

BEN EDLUND BETTER WRITE LIKE AT LEAST TEN EPISODES OKAY.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Between us.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Where there's Castiel there is no wrongness. He's just utterly badass and fantastic. ♥ I'm so happy that Ben Edlund wrote this episode, no other writer I felt could have done Castiel's return justice.

I think that scene, despite it being kind of painful to watch because the exchange was so awkward and not even in the hilarious kind of way, really spotlights that Sam isn't Sam anymore because of his deadpan responses. Something is totally off with him because of that and I think it's pinpointing that more than anything. And of course the shirtlessness, but again that does nothing for me. It actually made me roll my eyes because it's a typical Gamble kind of influence of "lol liek let's have Jared take off his shirt, teehee!" Psshh, I don't care.

But yeah, I agree with you. Now that Dean is suspicious about Sam I can't wait to see him trying to piece this puzzle together in understanding what is wrong with his brother.

THERE TOTALLY NEEDS TO BE MORE DEAN/CAS EPIC SCENES TOGETHER. THEIR BOND IS A PROFOUND ONE. THEY SAID SO, IT'S CANON. ;D AND BEN EDLUND IS MY HERO. ILHIM SFM HE NEEDS TO WRITE ALL THE EPISODES OF THE SHOW. FOR REALS NOW.
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Renée: Sierra. Incognito.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Agreed. This episode is definitely better and more superior in terms of storytelling and quality-wise, but it's gonna take much more to repair the damage the beginning of the season already caused.
cheerful_earl: dean/cascheerful_earl on October 14th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
Everything you just said, I thought. Should not be a surprise by now. Although, I have to say, one other highlight of the episode for me was Dean saying "disco stick". Dean quoting Lady Gaga just wins.

I did not understand the scene with the hooker AT ALL. It's weird and I think it means something but I don't get it.

The whole thing about reaching into a person and touching their soul like that? Is interesting, but kinda creepy

I want to say they're leading up to something with this. The whole "angels leave marks" coupled with Dean and Cas sharing a more profound bond and such really made me think of the mark we know Dean has from Cas.

But for serious... That episode was love. Also... Balthasar/Crowley? Thoughts?
Renée: Dean/Castiel. BFFs.rogueslayer452 on October 14th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
I totally didn't catch the "disco stick" the first time around, and when watching the episode again I was loling so much. Dean quoting Gaga will always be awesome. He secretly listens to her, for sure. I'm positive of this. XD

Yeah, I don't get the hooker scene either. It was just weird placement I think saying that "oh hey, Sam is being all robot-like, see how not!Sam he really is something is up!" Or something? idk, but it was simply awkward to watch.

I want to say they're leading up to something with this. The whole "angels leave marks" coupled with Dean and Cas sharing a more profound bond and such really made me think of the mark we know Dean has from Cas.

Oh, same here. Not that I'm holding my breath because there's always something meant to be seen as significant and yet they never do anything else beyond that, but there's a vital part about the subject regarding marking/branding/bargaining of souls in this show and making deals. I have some theories, but to me the "profound bond" comment definitely sticks out because Castiel did raise Dean from Hell, he marked him. That mark was significant. Dean was Castiel's charge, there's a strong connection to them and from that line it's out there now. So yeah, I'm praying there's at least something else to go along with that.

Balthazar/Crowley would be awesome. They could be sassy together, with their accents clashing, it would be fantastic. ;D Gay angel and a gay demon, anything is possible!

Castiel = love, amirite?
bold_seer: spn: castiel (blue)bold_seer on October 19th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Many good points as usual. (And happy late birthday!)

But I also loved that Castiel makes it clear that despite that profound bond he has his own agenda to worry about and won't always come when Dean calls for his help. It doesn't lessen their connection, but he makes it clear where his priorities lie.

I loved that annoyed look of his, and him freeing Balthazar (although Dean disagreed) and also fluttering off without a word. Because while Castiel is Dean's angel (and not Sam's, although he likes him, too), he's not Dean's personal angel. It's good he has an agenda of his own. And I think there needs to be some - tension.

Why won't any of you listen? is heartbreaking on so many levels.

CASTIEL REALLY DOES MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER; TO SAY ANYTHING ELSE IS BLASPHEMY.