A good friend of mine and I had a conversation yesterday about superheros and why our favorites were are favorites. I stated that Spiderman and Captain America were at the top of my list whereas Superman was at the top of his. Of course the why of mine is very deep and thoughtful. Or at least it’s more than I really like red and blue. I love Spiderman and Captain America because they are regular guys who just happen to have super powers. Peter Parker IS Peter Parker and when he puts on the suit he pretends to be Spiderman. However, Superman is Superman. He IS an alien with crazy powers pretending to be Clark Kent. My favorites just seem more real to me. They spend their lives trying to live while saving people in the process. (Although I will say that Tom Welling and Henry Cavill make me love Superman too). I was always more interested in the bad guys in the Superman and Batman universe than I was the good guys. They were too perfect. Too inhuman.
Well after having such an in depth conversation on superheros (as normal people do) right before watching this episode made me notice a few things more acutely about this episode. Cas is spending his days pretending to be Steve the Human (kinda like Finn the Human but with less emotions). He’s trying to fit in. He’s trying to date people that aren’t trying to kill him. He feels like he needs to cut all supernatural ties. Of course Dean being a total douche and kicking him out of the bunker probably isn’t helping at all. He’s not though. He’s not human. He’s an angel and needs to stop pretending. He was never perfection like Superman, but he was a very powerful good force and even though he’s human now he still can be a powerful force for good. He began to stop pretending there at the end when he tried to banish the other angel before he could hurt that baby and before he could hurt him. Then, there at the end, he seemed to embrace what he is when he stabbed hot pink angel in the chest. Will he be able to carve out a life as a human? Who are we kidding, they’ll find a way to fix this or he’ll die. One or the other. Personally I hope for the former.
I could feel Cas’ confusion at Dean’s presence throughout the episode. I thought this still captured that.
I forget at times how handsome Misha Collins is. Also Nora totally played Cas and knew what she was doing. I disapprove.
Now I’m not blaming him for pretending, I’m just saying that Castiel will never be able to pull of human as long as he remembers his angel past. He’s continually confused by human behavior. His discussion with the baby just reinforced the fact that even as a fallen angel he relied on his powers to get him through all situations. The thing I believe that he’s not pretending about is being hurt by Dean. His offer to help Dean and Sam find a fix for all of this was one last cry for help and Dean shut him down. Again. Dean and Sam are idiots though. Castiel can probably read that language that they just made deals with Crowley to read. Why didn’t they just ask Cas? Or at least as him to verify? Crowley lies. He at least definitely doesn’t tell the whole truth.
Poor Kevin, as much as I love Crowley I know Kevin must be so upset that he hasn’t been killed yet.
Now Crowley. He’s pretending too. Big evil King of Hell who can now feel emotions. I think he came to the realization that he is not the evil SOB that he thinks he is after he tried calling Abaddon. Don’t get me wrong. He USED to be evil. He USED to be that guy, but now, now he was almost cured and has been held captive for a while now. He now feels his power stripped away. His kingdom is being brought down by Abaddon, there is no end in sight of getting away from the Winchesters, and Kevin definitely wants to kill him. I’m curious to see what happens from here. Will he continue to pretend to be evil or will be gradually come to terms with his impending goodness? What was up with injecting Kevin’s blood at the end? Will that do something to Kevin or is he trying to receive some more humanity?
Crowley and Castiel were the biggest pretenders in this episode, but really there is pretending going on all over the place. Sam is hunter with an angel inside him pretending to not be there, Dean is a brother pretending to be on the up and up and a friend pretending to not want Castiel around, Kevin is a hunter pretending that he could become the advanced placement student that he used to be.
Favorite lines in the episode:
Dean: My dates usually end when I run out of singles.
Crowley to Kevin: What’s wrong Short Round? Afraid of needles?
I feel the build up to something big. I have said before that I think Sam will find out in the next episode, but we shall see. (I don’t like the boys fighting so I hope I’m wrong).