Supernatural: Im No Angel Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Source: Mania.com

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“I’m No Angel” focuses almost exclusively on Castiel and that’s a good thing!  Misha Collins beings so much depth and child-like innocence to his performance every time he is featured.  Now being human, it gives Collins even more room to explore Castiel as he now has to cope with all the needs and frailties of being mortal.  

The Winchesters learn that a faction of angels led By Bartholomew are hunting down Castiel and using a hellfire and brimstone internet preacher to attract followers for the angels to use as vessels.  After surviving one attack while living with a group of homeless people, Cas has an angel ward tattooed on his body so they cannot locate him.  Bartholomew hires rogue Reapers to track down Cas.  On the run, Castiel is taken in by young woman named April and experiences sex for the first time…and enjoys it!  But his peace is short-lived.  April turns out to be yet another Reaper who tortures Cas for information on Metatron.  The Winchesters are able to kill the Reaper but not before she kills Cas, forcing Ezekiel to drain his power to resurrect him.  Now back at the Men of Letters bunker, Ezekial tells Dean that it is not safe to have Cas there.  Dean has no choice but to tell his friend that he has to leave.

Fantastic Episode, largely due to the talents of Collins!  His voice, his mannerisms…his acute curiosity about being human are what fueled the show this week.  His asking April, “did I do it right” after sex was absolutely priceless!  And yet even as a mortal he more than proves that he is able to handle himself both physically and with guile.  I had no problem with Sam and Dean taking a back seat to him this week.  Clever twist on the part of the writers in using dimwitted followers of the Jim Bakker-like preacher who are only too willing to give themselves over to the Angels as vessels, sometimes with disastrous results.  A not so subtle jab and the blind faithful!

Bartholomew appears for now to be the new top dog among the angels with Naomi now dead.  Like Naomi he is calm, cold, and calculating and perhaps even more ruthless than she was.  I think it will be interesting to see how many angels join his faction and how many rebel as Ezekiel has.  Ezekiel possessing Sam is a plotline that has the potential of being carried on too long, though.  Its purpose was to heal Sam and Ezekiel both physically and, in Sam’s case, spiritually.  But I don’t want to see it dragged out only to have Ezekiel have to save the day with his angelic powers each week.

Three episodes in and we have not had a single Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) sighting.  Is he in Heaven all alone?  As he lived so long hidden away from the rest of the angels it would be a perfect fit but sooner or later we need a resolution with him.  One question I have is why is Death so oblivious to his Reapers being used by both devils and angels alike?  I get the fact that he is basically neutral yet you would think he might take issue with his agents being taken away from their main purpose.  

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Mania Grade: A-
Episode: I'm No Angel (Season 9, Episode 3)
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins
Written By: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming
Directed By: Kevin Hooks
Network: The CW
Studio: Warner Bros.
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