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  • 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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Supernatural: Im No Angel Review

Castiel being human

By Tim Janson     October 24, 2013

Castiel being human
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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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fenngibbon 10/24/2013 3:41:13 PM

 The whole "rogue reaper" thing makes no sense; their sole reason for existence is to transport the dead to wherever they're going.  

Of course, the show started with reapers looking like Pruneface from Dick Tracy, so they've been playing fast and loose with continuity for a while now and between being afterlife coyotes and now bounty hunters, it looks like reapers have become the go to guys for "we need a supernatural creature to do X" scenarios.  

SarcasticCaveman 10/24/2013 5:26:25 PM

 I disagree to an extent, least in this instance.  People can ward against demons and people can ward against angels...aside from demon deals, angel rescues or back woods doctors doing Frankenstein-like medical procedures to themselves, death is pretty much universal and final.  However, a ROGUE reaper was a bit of a stretch for me also...but it was something that hadn't been done before, at the very least.  As for the appearance of reapers, I don't feel the fast and loose that you talk about.  It was established at the very beginning of the second season that reapers can change their appearance and look like anybody.  Might that explain why so many near death experiencers report seeing past loved ones when they die?  That reaper told Dean that manipulating their appearance often helps the transition go more smoothly.  The reaper in season 1 was being controlled by an external force - I doubt the reaper was caring about appearance when it was being forced to hunt people down.

mike10 10/24/2013 5:53:07 PM

That has to be the most messed up thing Dean has ever done, telling Cas he has to leave after all he has been thru and after Dean told him to come to the bunker. The look on Castiel's face was heartbreaking. All the guy wanted was to enjoy his burrito.

Bryzarro 10/24/2013 5:53:41 PM

 Actually rogue reapers were covered last season during the trials.  When Sam had to go into hell they had a Reaper take him.  That one got killed. But it's nothing that new. 

SarcasticCaveman 10/24/2013 6:26:43 PM

 Good call, Bryzarro...I forgot about that.

GreatOne 10/25/2013 9:08:50 AM

I wish they would do more to establish exactly how Sam and Dean have the ability to buy things.  Fake credit cards alone simply cannot do the job.  They should be scrambling as much as Castiel does.  The electricity/water for their bunker isn't coming free, either; municipal utlities are not likely to overlook that.  It's also a little disconcerting that they operate out in the open as much as they do after their Leviathon doubles went on a killing spree.  Cops aren't likely to forget that.

I'll confess that these are probably deemed as lame criticisms by most, and it's overall still an outstanding show, but they still bother me.  I'll go back to my basement, now.

makabriel 10/25/2013 9:37:15 AM

 Heh.  When I was getting back into the series I asked a friend if they eventually got real jobs or something.  Which, it seems, they don't.  I agree.  It's one of those "hand waving' things about the show.  Like how they allude back in season 3 or 4 that Sam should be able to use his "demon blood" abilities even without the need for feeding on blood.  They totally dropped that. 

I imagine a secret bunker like that has something worked out so that it is "covered" when it comes to utilities.  SOmething the order setup.  Also, it kinda looks like a dam, so maybe hydroelectric? Or Supernatural...


TheSilentKiller 10/26/2013 7:49:38 PM

Well if we're going to nitpick, how about a universe where literally every male with dropped testicles (I'm looking at you Kevin) speaks with a 20-year whiskey voice.





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