Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 20

The Rapture (30 Apr. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Castiel has been sent back to Heaven. His human host, Jimmy, tries to regain his life. But the demons won't leave him alone and now his family is at risk. Sam and Dean can help a little, but they're going to need a "miracle" to win.

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Castiel schedules a meeting with Dean in his dream but when the Winchester brothers arrive at the location, they find that Castiel has gone. His vessel is actually Jimmy Novak, a religious middle-class man from Illinois that has no recollections of the Castiel's memories. Dean and Sam try to persuade him to stay as he could endanger his family but Jimmy sneaks out and travels to reunite with his wife and daughter. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Amelia Novak: [possessed] You know what's funny?
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Rapture
23 August 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

"Raise me from mortal / My will be your will / My words speak your words"

Another great episode after the slight underwhelmingness of the previous episode. Like that one, this has clues about where the series is going, but again, they are written so that they do not draw attention to themselves - one has to pay close attention to what is said to be able to predict the upcoming Mytharc twists.

That aside, Misha Collins gets an overdue episode where *he* is the star, and on top of that, the opening credits inform us that Julie McNiven is back. Fantastic news. Neither actor does less than stellar work, though this is Collins' moment to shine. Add to that a clever plot with so many surprise twists that some of them *should* feel forced, yet they all make sense - they aren't twists for just twists' sake. Also, the pacing is clearly better than in the previous episode.

Plot aside, there are very interesting themes explored here, namely human's faith in a god. Religious people can basically be divided into three categories: 1) The "in-name-only" ones, who state on official record that they are of certain faith, yet do not actively practice it. 2) The ones who do believe, but when their faith is put to test, turn out not to be true believers, abandoning their faith and acting like rational people instead (faith is, after all, *by definition*, the opposite of logic). 3) The truly devout ones, who, when their god asks, shall obey without question. In this episode the writers test certain characters, with interesting results. After all the great Mytharc stuff, one may find oneself pondering about how many of the "religious" people in *our* world really belong to groups 1 and 2, and therefore are either hypocrites or in need of that test of faith, which they will fail. As such, this episode is highly recommended to be shown to anyone's "religious" acquaintances.

Overall, this does not quite achieve Classic status, only 8/10 greatness, but the teasers of the upcoming episodes at the end (possibly not included on the DVD/Blu-ray release) hint that they will be even better than this one. And they are indeed.


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