At least Dean and Sam are aware that something is not right with Cas. (Again.)
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that angels that torture and kill other angels are probably bad. Alfie's screams made Castiel flash back to when Naomi was what, drilling into his eye? Is Naomi controlling all of the angels, or is she working for someone? I would love it if this meant another trip to Heaven. "Dark Side of the Moon" was one of my favorite episodes.
Dammit, I liked Samandriel. Hated hearing him scream. (The second time through, I fast forwarded through most of it.) Even worse that Castiel was forced to killed him, because Cas doesn't need more bad crap on his conscience. How many babies can he save to make up for it? (And how adorable was that baby scene?)
Maybe I just love religious tongue-in-cheek or something, but I loved the burning bush. (Poor innocent bystander guy.) Of course, I also love Crowley. And how fascinating that, like Leviathan and demons, there's also a tablet for angels? Who gets one first? Of course, the Winchesters have Kevin the Prophet stowed secretly on a house boat somewhere in the metaphorical desert, so they're one up on the other two factions.
At any rate, the assault on the ninth deserted warehouse, the demon bomb, and destroying the anti-angel sigils with spray cans was again like a return to the best of the angel/demon stuff on Supernatural. And we may have lost poor Alfie, but at least we've finally left behind Dean's buddy movie relationship with vampire Benny, and Sam's romance novel relationship with Amelia. It was especially nice that it happened after Dean finally let Sam go and stopped pressuring him. It was like the boys finally grew up and accepted each other. Maybe spending quality time with other people was what did it.
I rather liked Amelia. Benny, not so much, and especially now with the broad hints that he's about to fall off the wagon. I'm betting the Winchesters will have to take him out by the end of the season. I bet we haven't seen the last of Amelia, either. I sort of want Sam to tell her what he really does for a living, just to see her reaction.
And I especially loved the early parallel scenes of Dean hiding BustyAsianBeauties dot com from Castiel, while Sam was watching a documentary on dung beetles. Yes, that's our dynamic Winchester duo.
Bits and pieces:
-- This time, the road so far was set to the Bob Seger tune, "Kathmandu". Great song.
-- Castiel showed up twice and scared Dean and Sam individually.
-- The type of torture Crowley and his henchman Viggo inflicted on Samandriel looked a lot like a crown of thorns, didn't it?
-- This week: Hastings and Geneva, Nebraska, and wherever Garth's houseboat "Fizzle's Folly", wherever that was.
Dean: "So who snatched Heaven's most adorable angel?"
Dean: "I wanted to ask you a few questions about your... ambush. Heh."
Hinkley: "I'd laugh too if it didn't feel like the sun just ate my face."
Castiel: (to Dean) "It's a metaphor."
Castiel: "The amount of pain an angel must be in, not just to manifest through shrubbery but to burn, Dean? We have to find him before it's too late."
Manifest through shrubbery. Do I like shrubs? That's between me and my God.
Dean: "Well, will you look at that. Our ninth abandoned factory. Ain't that America. What do you say this doesn't pan out, we head back to that beer and bacon happy hour about a mile back?"
Beer and bacon happy hour. Ain't that America.
Crowley: "What on earth could you possibly need now, Viggo? I've given you every torture instrument known to man, short of a Neil Diamond album."
Terrific episode. Three out of four mothers of Zen,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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