The sheer intensity of this episode almost killed me. It also took me quite a while before I was able to gather my thoughts on it...

The episode opens in what appears to be a parking lot, completely full of overturned cars and blaring alarms. Suddenly, there's a tall figure; a figure of which quite a few of us [fans] have come to both trust and love. He raises his hand, and silence befalls all. He walks up, and kneels down beside the dead body of a beautiful woman. A look of sadness flashes across his face, and he bids farewell to his "sister." He then disappears just soon as the police arrive. Finally, the camera cuts to an overhead view of the woman's body, and we see what was once a beautiful pair of angelic wings. Only, now, they're nothing more than shadows on the pavement.

This episode was incredible. It was also intense to the point of having me literally biting my nails. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire duration, and I loved every single minute.

Now then, time to look at the things which peaked my interest:

Alastair

It was great having him back in the series because Alastair is, without a doubt, one of my top favorite Supernatural villains of all time. And Christopher's portrayal of him was just simply superb. He nailed every single scene, and successfully turned Alastair into a villain you love to hate.

One thing which I found of particular interest was the fact that he confessed to torturing John for almost a century, saying that John was made of something special; something of heroes. He then rubbed the fact that Dean only lasted for thirty-years in Dean's face, calling him "Daddy's Little Girl." That, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call 'psychological warfare'. And Alastair was damn good at it.

I'm going to miss you, bb. ♥

Sam

After this episode, it was clear to see that Sam does indeed still care for his brother. In fact, saving Dean from being forced to torture Alastair was the only reason he called Ruby. He was also the one responsible for saving Castiel (the first time), so to a certain extent, I've forgiven him for being a twat here lately. I'm still angry with him, mind you, but not quite a much as I was before. Still, he's got quite a ways to go before he's back in my good graces.

Uriel

So, Uriel was the one responsible for killing the angels, and it was all because they refused to join his side? These were his brothers and sisters; they were the ones who stood by his side on blood-drenched battlefields, fighting off the fallen ones. They were his comrades; they trusted him, and he killed them for the simple fact that they wouldn't join him on his quest to bring about Lucifer's resurrection along with the apocalypse? My God. And to think that I've been defending this monster from the fans..

Anna

I still don't know what I think about Anna. Even if she did save Castiel's life, I still don't trust her completely. Still, at least one of my questions - that of her past relationship with Castiel - was answered. It's clear to see that she was, not only his superior, but his mentor as well. He looked up to her, and asked her for advice when he needed it. And you know what? I kind of like that dynamic between them. It shows that their past wasn't romantic, but a special one just the same. In other words, their relationship is more along lines of "siblings," not "lovers."

Dean

I've got a confession to make: Dean successfully broke me with tonight's episode. He was not only forced into bringing out his 'inner demon' - something of which he clearly wanted to leave behind in Hell - but he had the weight of the world dropped onto his shoulders. Do you have any idea what this is going to do to him, emotionally? The man was already fragile, and he just had the revelation of being the cause of the apocalypse thrown into his face. Not only that, he's the only who can stop it.

Damn, Kripke... You are one cruel SOB. Seriously, you could give Whedon a run for his money.

Castiel

I can't even begin to describe just how much I loved him in this episode. From the moment he graced our screens, my heart never stopped racing. He was magnificent. ♥

Castiel has gotten to the point where he is this extremely conflicted character; he's beginning to feel emotions, and he's confused by them. He doesn't know what to do, nor where to turn. Then he discovers that one of his closest friends is killing off his brothers and sisters. Not only that, it also almost lead to the death of his human charge.

Dean & Castiel

This gets it own special mention in my review, because let's face it, the intensity between these two during this episode was off the rails. Not only did Dean open up to him in a way that I've only seen him do with Sam, but he did it twice. All this does is further prove my theory that Dean will eventually begin to rely on Castiel to pick him up instead of Sam.

Something else which made my ears perk up was Castiel's confession that he would be willing to give up "anything" in order to keep from forcing Dean to torture Alastair. Unfortunately, his hands were tied, and you could tell that it was eating away at him. His affection for Dean is becoming more and more apparent; he can no longer be trusted because his feelings for Dean are beginning to get in the way of the job he's been ordered to do.

In Conclusion: This episode was beyond amazing. It was epic.

KITSU'S FINAL GRADE: A+

From: [identity profile] creativeelf.livejournal.com


I loveeddd this hon! Why must you always right awesome reviews of everything AND I agree with everything here *high fives*

Cas' character is beyond me right now. I LOVE IT. To see a character sooo strong about their beliefs in the beginning and to then have him become conflicted is so intriguing. Especially since its an Angel! (I won't mention that he is probably one of the most gorgeous men ever) AND that hes conflicted because he has no emotions but a human like Dean can do that to him!? *flails*

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


It's all in my choice of music, bb. It helps me to think, and to gather my thoughts. Seriously, I would be lost without it. ♥

What Kripke is doing to Castiel's character is just simply brilliant. Within sixteen episodes Cas went from a devout believer - completely devoid of emotions - to someone who's both conflicted and doubtful. And it's all thanks to one - one - singular human being.

Now that, my dear, is masterful storytelling.

From: [identity profile] snchick12.livejournal.com


this ep was insane i tell you insane
I mean I was freaking out through the whole thing
lol
I was like noooo bad Sam
and Dean eeppp
and Uriel grrrr
and then Castiel yay for punching Uriel adn the Anna
yay she killed Uriel
I was blown away

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


LOL. I was freaking out also. Such a wonderful, wonderful episode. ♥

From: [identity profile] x5649.livejournal.com


I don't think I can form any other words... besides... I agree completely. And I did love Christopher's portrayal of Alistair... he totally pwned Todd -nod- His portrayal of Alistair has topped my bad guy list... :D And OMG CASTIEL!!!! It was just... the episode as a whole was beautifully written and everyone was at their best.

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


Christopher successfully had me loving the bad guy; his portrayal was amazing, and I'm actually deeply saddened to see him go.

As for Castiel, I believe the correct term is: SQUEE! ♥

From: [identity profile] brittwinchester.livejournal.com


God this episode. Broke me. Dean always breaks me.

Why do you have to write awesome reviews and mine suck.


From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


Jensen completely nailed that scene, and I was left with a completely shattered heart. I was also literally in tears...

Aw, your reviews don't suck, hun. They're great. ♥

From: [identity profile] xjubesx.livejournal.com


Poor Poor Dean. The poor guy is going to be a mess after this.

And I still can't believe Sam has been taking Ruby's demon blood. Oh Sam. :/

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


Indeed. I can only imagine what the ramifications of this revelation will be.

I couldn't believe it either, and frankly, I was disgusted by it. Still, you do what's necessary when it comes to saving those who mean the most to you.

From: [identity profile] julie-lee90.livejournal.com


wELL BE HAPPY you got the Dean and Castiel show .
Sam whom you seem to have no understanding of gets shoved into the background like the worthless nobody he is .
so what have you to complain about.

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


How did he get shoved to the background? He was the one who saved the day, was he not?
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From: [identity profile] angels3.livejournal.com


You better have given it an A+

I was going to whoop you. I bow to everything you said, except I'm still really irked at Sam although him sitting by the bed and demanding Castiel fix his brother made me giddy as all hell.

Every freaking scene Castiel is in just makes me happy, and the ones he's in with Dean just OMG because there at the end Cass was thinking he wasn't the son his father thought him to be either. It's the kindred spirit thing that will utimately bind them together even closer. They are both lost in their own way.


Sam now I have a quandry because I'm not sure anyone would have made it out without the juice but in falling back on the addiction and Cass knowing just how powerful he's become I see huge problems afoot.

Uriel I've hated him from the get go. He was arogant and prideful and we all know what they say about pride. It goeth before a fall.

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


You better have given it an A+ [...] I was going to whoop you.

D:

I bow to everything you said, except I'm still really irked at Sam although him sitting by the bed and demanding Castiel fix his brother made me giddy as all hell.

I loved that scene for the sheer intensity it demonstrated between Sam and Castiel. As I said, Sam still cares deeply for his brother, and standing up to and demanding Castiel to heal him was something that "old" Sammy would've done.

Every freaking scene Castiel is in just makes me happy, and the ones he's in with Dean just OMG because there at the end Cass was thinking he wasn't the son his father thought him to be either. It's the kindred spirit thing that will utimately bind them together even closer. They are both lost in their own way.

Exactly. The bond between the two of them is truly something special, because not only did Castiel save Dean from the pit, but he's also able to identify with him.

Sam now I have a quandry because I'm not sure anyone would have made it out without the juice but in falling back on the addiction and Cass knowing just how powerful he's become I see huge problems afoot.

As do I. Castiel is clearly going to have to rethink things where Sam is concerned because Sam has clearly gotten to the point where he may very well be more than Castiel can handle.

Uriel I've hated him from the get go. He was arogant and prideful and we all know what they say about pride. It goeth before a fall.

I liked Uriel... a lot. But after discovering what he had done to his siblings, I actually cheered Anna on when she stabbed him.
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From: [identity profile] angels3.livejournal.com


You know I'd pay money to see Kripke give me scene of the angels laying seige to Hell to find Dean.

I mean I can imagine it but to see it in action would be fucking awesome.

From: [identity profile] 24snowyli-chan.livejournal.com


hon, you expressed this episode beautifully, it's been three hours and i still am for a lack of words. i honestly don't know how to express just the utter love for this episode. it was obvious from the start that castiel was going to have conflicts with getting dean to do the torturing, especially the motel scene. can't remember the specific words, but i coudn't help but cringe when Uriel stressed the words "WE don't care" when dean demanded why they were asking him to do the torturing. If he had to stress the word WE and throw Cass a dirty look while he said it, what does that tell you?

and Dean...omg this man just broke my heart. he is a broken individual who doesn't value his life anymore and always haivng his shortcommings thrown to his face, it must had hurt for Alister to call him "daddy's little girl" as if he's not even man enough to be fitting of the word 'man' and just guh.

you didn't point this out somewhere, but when was it announced that it was a free-for all to call Castiel "Cass"? hmmm...seriously, everyone called him Cass at one time or another, found it odd but funny at the same time, eh.

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


If he had to stress the word WE and throw Cass a dirty look while he said it, what does that tell you?

That Uriel knew Castiel WAS NOT happy about the whole thing. And that serves to do nothing more than break my heart even further...

and Dean...omg this man just broke my heart. he is a broken individual who doesn't value his life anymore and always haivng his shortcommings thrown to his face, it must had hurt for Alister to call him "daddy's little girl" as if he's not even man enough to be fitting of the word 'man' and just guh.

That entire scene was incredible on so many levels. I especially enjoyed the contrasting nature of their forms of torture for each other; Dean doing it physically, whereas Alastair was doing it emotionally. It goes to show you that Alastair was indeed a master of the art.

you didn't point this out somewhere, but when was it announced that it was a free-for all to call Castiel "Cass"? hmmm...seriously, everyone called him Cass at one time or another, found it odd but funny at the same time, eh.

The only one who pissed me off was Anna, because frankly, it felt rather out of place for her to refer to him in such a way...

From: [identity profile] 24snowyli-chan.livejournal.com


knowing me, i'll probably re-watch it tomorrow just to see how wonderful it was. damn, can't let the angst go, now can i? i'll refrain from watching it multiple times since, that much amount of heartbreak is not good. And seriously, the one thing that i liked about this episode was how Castiel was in doubt and how he was begining to think for himself, nothing is more liberating than having a brain of your own *sighs*

i'm indifferent towards Anna to be honest, if she's uselful to the plot, then let her pop up once in a while, but if not, then don't waste screen time on her :/

From: [identity profile] alleysweeper.livejournal.com


...that was the reason that Heaven stepped in, and put Uriel in charge instead.

I thought this was discovered to be a ruse by Uriel to get Dean killed.

Otherwise, I loved reading your thoughts. Thank You.

Rock On!
Alley

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


I thought this was discovered to be a ruse by Uriel to get Dean killed.

Hmm. I must've missed that part. The entire episode had me on the edge of my seat, so I consider myself lucky to have remembered as much as I did. Still, thank you for pointing that out. I'll change it immediately.

From: [identity profile] alleysweeper.livejournal.com


It doesn't detract from the sentiment you were trying to convey.

And Castiel himself believed. This speaks volumes on how far he thinks he will go on Dean's behalf. I can't wait to see how this plays out. Dean needs someone in his corner and Sam's been...unreliable, at best.

From: [identity profile] ruskiebiz.livejournal.com


I was totally blown away by this ep. :D Your review definitely describes the PURE AWESOMENESS of it! The interactions Castiel had with Dean, Anna, Uriel, and Alastair was just enough to make up for last week's ep.

*bounces away happily and imagines what to do with 4x16 footage* :D

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


Your review definitely describes the PURE AWESOMENESS of it!

Hee! Thank you! XD

The interactions Castiel had with Dean, Anna, Uriel, and Alastair was just enough to make up for last week's ep.

I actually rather enjoyed last week's episode, although that was mainly because of Pam and Castiel. However, after seeing tonight's episode, I now look at it as nothing more than a relatively weak lead-in for this week's.

*bounces away happily and imagines what to do with 4x16 footage*

How about a music video featuring Globus' "Orchard of Mines"? ;P

From: [identity profile] calcium-yeah.livejournal.com


Love your review, and agree with the grade. This was major.

Re: Sam. Your section on Sam reminded me that I loved his “damn it!” when Dean and the angels disappeared--he was going to get his brother back. I’d forgotten about that by the end of the episode.

Re: Uriel. I guess if you look at it from his point of view, he’s thinking that Lucifer was his brother to and that their father turned on him for humans.

Re: Anna. She's a big question mark for me too, I kept expecting her to be the bad guy.

Re Dean *and Castiel): That was some day Dean had, huh? And this episode had him relying on Castiel so much, which worked so well because Dean had reached a breaking point.

From: [identity profile] kitsu84.livejournal.com


Thank you. ♥

LOL! The part where Sam shouted out "damn it!" had both my mother and I laughing our asses off. It was hilarious.

Still, that doesn't justify the fact that he was killing off his own siblings. They were innocent, ultimately just following the orders of their superiors like they were expected to do.

As did I. In fact, when she first appeared to Castiel, I looked at my mother and said "she's your traitor" because it was at that moment that the pipe valve had turned and begun to leak.

Castiel was truly Dean's pillar of strength during this episode because - like you said - Dean had reached his breaking point. The pressure of all of this is beginning to weigh heavy on him, and yet instead of opening up to his brother, he opens up to Castiel instead.

From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_whee_/


I miss Alastair already. :(

I seriously, seriously loved this episode, even if Uriel kinda broke my heart.
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From: [identity profile] stangerine88.livejournal.com


Awesome review, although I have to ask: Did you notice Sam's irises turn black when he was driving out to rescue Dean? >] I've yet to find another person who noticed it!
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From: [identity profile] crystalchain.livejournal.com


I totally have a new favorite episode after tonight.

All I could think about right after the episode is how fucking much I love Castiel and Dean—seperate and together. Their dynamic and their relationship is beyond my words. I cannot desribe how much I love them, really. I tried several times and came up empty because nothing is doing it justice ♥

Our reviews are pretty similar, aren't they? Just one more proof that you are not only my LJ twin but obviously also my RL twin :D maybe we got seperated at birth and I just don't know anything about it just yet? lol

From: [identity profile] sure-promise.livejournal.com


*points to review* THIS All of it.

*basks in the glory of tonight's episode*

From: [identity profile] ocelotspots.livejournal.com

THIS


I was totally going to write a coherent review. And then I read this and just agreed with everything you said. Wow. I really loved the wings when we see them on the pavement, it was a really beautiful shot. And I was practically dying watching Dean in this episode. I can't imagine what this is going to do to him, at the end of the episode he just looked so broken I felt like crying.

Also I think Ruby's kinda evil and I need a Castiel icon like whoa.
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From: [identity profile] dangerous-47.livejournal.com


Damn, Kripke... You are one cruel SOB. Seriously, you could give Whedon a run for his money.

Pretty much, yeah. Totally.

From: [identity profile] luke2.livejournal.com


I still can't put my thoughts about the show last night into any sort of order, but you pretty much said everything I was thinking. The episode was epic and tragic and full of revelations and building mysteries. Kripke & Co are genius and I CANNOT wait to find out what happens next.

From: [identity profile] artinrevolution.livejournal.com


Wow. I think you said everything.
This episode was EPIC <333
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From: [identity profile] big-heart-june.livejournal.com


Love everything you say here, especially about Dean and Castiel ♥ *clings to Dean* but also Sam, he's def back in my good books too, especially after the hospital scene. God, Dean broke my heart into teeny tiny pieces...*sigh*

Thanks for your review ♥

From: [identity profile] unstable-humor.livejournal.com


The only thing that irked me about this episode, was the fans response to the idea of John Winchester outlasting Dean in the torture zone. Obviously, Lector wannabe was potentially lying - but the matter that some fans can’t for a second let Papa Bear obtain one good quality about himself (he has so many actually)… well it just kind of pissed me off.

I suppose sntv can do that to you though.
Sometimes you just got to back away… or at least stick to Ask John thread.

…and Sam…
…and Castiel (the 2nd) that was made strictly on Dean’s request…
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