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SOILER: When the Grim Reaper "throws" Dean Jensen Ackles over the counter it's obvious that it's his stunt double. See more »
[looking at a piece of pie Dean just bought at a convenience store]
Look at these chemicals. Do you even read the label?
[taking his pie]
No. I read pie. The rest is just blah, blah, blah.
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Castiel is missing. Dean and Sam (plus Ezekiel) go searching for him, fearing that he might be in trouble.
This episode is difficult to review. I am a huge fan of Castiel and was very excited to watch this episode because it was supposed to be all about Castiel learning to adjust and struggle with his new humanity while also running from all the angels that want his head on a platter. At supernatural convention panels prior to this, the actors made mention of things they enjoyed or thought was interesting, such as 'Castiel's bathroom scene' or 'Castiel living under a bridge with the homeless', or 'Castiel having trouble sleeping'. These were things many people were eager to see play out. – However, what did this episode consist of? Well, the parts we expected to see, such as Castiel's difficulties with eating, sleeping, and temporary living arrangements took up so little of the episode that it might as well have not been mentioned.
What we did get, however, was a new "love interest" for Castiel. I use the term 'love interest' very, very loosely. When the promo for the episode came out, we all saw footage of Castiel meeting a woman and then a brief clip of them kissing. There was some uproar about this particular footage, some positive and some negative. But the one thing I heard constantly from the fans was "don't f*ck this up" and I too was sincerely hoping that the writers would create a scenario that was believable as well as interesting.
How did it play out? Well, I won't say anything for spoilers sake...but take a gander at the picture right next to the title on IMDb or take one glance at the promotional pictures shown before the episode even aired. How did this 'love interest' play out or help the plot? In my completely honest opinion: it did /not/ help at all. When things turn sour, as things normally do on SPN, it wasn't even a "wow, what a crazy twist!" it was more along the lines of "are you kidding me?" and "was that necessary?" because there are so many times when the writing felt forced, fast, or just unnecessary.
I would have been much more interested in seeing Castiel battling his hunger, or trying to find shelter on the streets instead of this forced "relationship" between Castiel and a strange woman. There are so many ways this could have been written differently and more effectively in terms of Castiel's development.
Castiel felt out of character. I'm just going to say that now. And I know that many other people felt the same way. Castiel said some things in 9.01 that I felt were very powerful, only to have it all take a complete flip in this episode. His line in 9.01 that I loved the most was "I'm one of you (angels), I will never stop being one of you." And...well, this episode's title is "I'm No Angel," not only is this the title, it is something Castiel says. Did he truly lose all of his certainty in a matter of days?
There is Supernatural lore that is thrown out the window for the sake of making the episode 'fit', which either means the writers did not care to follow up on their own rules or they simply thought we wouldn't notice.
This all sounds very harsh and negative. I'm aware. However, it's very hard to shake off these negative feelings when we're dealing with a main character that is adored by so many. When the writers brush off years of character consistency for the sake of one episode, people will be disappointed or even angry.
There were certainly some scenes that were enjoyable and left me excited for future episodes. Jared Padalecki does an amazing job flipping between Sam and Ezekiel (Zeke), and this part of the plot is still very interesting. Many fans are still unsure whether to trust Zeke. He has been and still is very helpful and offers his assistance in the search for Castiel, but Dean is having issues with Zeke just 'showing up' whenever he feels like it. And with Sam still in the dark about being possessed by an angel, Dean is constantly having to lie or dodge questions in order to avoid telling Sam the truth.
At one point in the episode, Dean is forced to choose between two things, both of which are unpleasant; I hope the decision Dean made will be further explored and questioned.
Episode 1 and 2 of season 9 were fantastic. As I said, I am a huge Castiel fan and was holding so much hope for this episode, only to be left disappointed. I hope things are redeemed later on and that any inconsistencies or plot holes are fixed. For now, though, I think we can still look forward to great episodes ahead. Despite this little bump in the road, season 9 is still looking very promising.
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