ugh you know it also just hit me that Cas is wearing a suit when he steals that angel’s grace, which is not only the armour of angels in general when they go into battle as we see them, but it’s what he was also wearing when he had his own grace stolen by Metatron, and most of all a familiar armour of Castiel’s
which is not only nostalgic in its way (only more so seeing Cas in that tan coat in the 9.10 preview!! ;u;), but it also speaks to the nature of Cas’ reclamation of grace, that he finally is starting to see it as power rather than something intrinsically him, that in the way the suit and the coat are very literally his business attire, what he wears for the work of war, grace doesn’t make him more or less of an angel or a human, more or less of who he is, it only makes him more of a formidable force in battle. and if grace is to be wielded like a sword, Cas totally brings new meaning to the idea of looking sharp in a suit eh~
"i’m not oppressed but I still understand what it’s like"
honey child come close to me
no you don’t
no you don’t
no you don’t
THIS HURT ME MORE THAN I WAS EXPECTING…
This was Naomi’s doing…
Okay, peeps. Here we go.
Let me start this saying I actually didn’t mind this episode, even though Buckner and Leming are still very much not my favorites, by a very long shot. But I thought this episode, while not perfect, was much, much better than “I’m No Angel” or “Taxi Driver”.
I also think it was a fairly good Destiel episode, and that Kevin’s death, while absolutely terrible, and tragic (and omg tell me they’re bringing him back please because don’t you dare kill KEVIN off for good ç_ç) actually served a good narrative purpose.
More about all of that under the cut!
I really liked that they left it open for interpretation whether Ezekiel was referring to playing Sam all along or just in that last instance. And with that also opening up for discussion whether Sam might have died in 9x01. His line went flat for a few minutes after all, before Dean said he agreed to the possession (if I remember correctly).
The whole ending scene, where Zeke tells Dean “I think I played him well” reminded me a lot of “Primal Fear” with Richard Gere and Edward Norton. Especially the ending scene where Aaaron reveals that there never was an Aaron to begin with, but only ever a Roy.
First of all a shout out to Thomas Wright* who directed this episode in lush dark tones.
Some shots in this episode were smooth; like the two cars arriving for the Bartholomew/ Malachi faction face-off - filmed, shark-like and nose to nose through a concrete spy-hole.
The script may have stuttered with exposition in places, but, A+ for the camera.
The episode opens with an angelic showdown in a bar with a neon “Kingdom” beer sign on the wall. It’s Biker men vs Glee Club women…
*(CORRECTION NOTE - My original post said that it was Phil Sgriccia directing, but he was one of the Executive Producers on this episode, not the director. My mistake - sorry!)
I actually kind of love this scene, and I think for the most part it speaks for itself… so just don’t understand how Destiel shippers are upset about it! I read it as entirely supportive of a Dean and Cas relationship. And here’s why:
Cas is wearing a somewhat cheeky look when he brings up April because he knows it will perturb Dean. And the first thing that Dean remembers about her is that Cas had sex with her. So, Cas knows he’s struck a chord just like he had been predicting and (I’d say somewhat mockingly, yet acting quite innocently) says “Yeah, and you stabbed.” (Like that’s another thing you might remember about her Dean, if you cared less about who I was sleeping with.) And Dean picks up on the fact that Cas is taking a jab at him, hence the open-mouthed reaction and the glance at Sam (to see if he’s picking up on what Cas is really getting at). “She was hot,” Dean says, trying to lead the conversation back to safe territory. And I mean, I guess you can see it differently but Cas isn’t exactly hiding his eye roll when he responds, "So hot." Because all Cas knows about “love” and relationships is what he’s learned from Dean, and although looks may be among the most important things to Dean, Cas mostly liked her because she was "very nice." And the next clip is Dean realizing just how far Cas exists outside and above the norms of our society. Cas liked April first and foremost for the person she was (//well who she was pretending to be//) rather than reasons that are normally highly valued: looks, conformity, etc. Cas doesn’t care about societal norms, I mean come on, he’s utterly indifferent to sexual orientation. And Dean is very caught up in this realization, jerking back into the moment and casting a wary glance at Sam before a dazed expression crosses his face once again.
And Sam! There is no better expression for watching your brother realize that it’s perfectly fine to be head-over-heels in love with the guy sitting next to him. As if the whole exchange wasn’t incriminating enough, it’s Sam’s reactions to the whole situation that solidify my opinion of this scene. I mean, he’s playing the awkward third-wheel perfectly! What other way can it be described?
As for that last gif… “Not every hook up’s perfect." Need I elaborate? You can read it as a reminder or a promise (**that smile, though**), but one thing’s for sure… Dean and Cas are desperately, hopelessly, dewy-eyed, rosy-cheeked, perfectly in love.
Oh yeah, the gifset!
Now excuse me while I laugh about this exchange forever.