Castiel

  • The WFB Short Attention Span Theater: Happy New Year Castiel!



    From our archives, here is a reposting of last year's The Winchester Family Business Short Attention Span Theater "Happy New Year Castiel!"
  • Five Things I Want To See Castiel Do

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    Here's a fun list that's been sitting in Jenna1987's archives since season five!  She thought it would be fun to share it now in its completed form, given the fun we've been having with Castiel/Misha this week.  

  • Top 11 Castiel Lines



    It's Misha Collins' 38th birthday today, and what better way to celebrate than a Top 10 list?  I know!  A Top 11 list!  To thank him for giving us the amazing Castiel, here are my favorite 11 Castiel lines.  Cass has some great dialogue, so it was pretty hard to narrow this down to just 11.  And I'm sure everyone has their own favorites that don't match up with mine, so put them in the comments section!
  • Castiel Plays Caption This!



    Here's a really fun twist on today's "Caption This" courtesy of guest contributor FS425.  Castiel plays "Caption This!"  The angel certainly has a lot of one liners to draw from.  
  • Thoughts on Supernatural 7.17: "The Born-Again Identity"



    Honestly, I'm not quite sure where to begin with this one. I just finished the episode and many emotions and thoughts are running around at full speed. This episode was brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed. Any faults that there have been with season seven have nearly been corrected by this one 42-minute installment. Let's see if I can form coherent and sufficient words to talk about this amazing show that just made me fall in love all over again. 

    Let me start this review by saying this: I freakin' love Castiel. This is no secret, but in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to prepare everyone for the gushing that's about to commence. I, like many others out there, have been waiting for this episode since 7x02 when Misha's beautiful face last graced my screen. So, with that out the way, let's commence the review. This episode, like much of the season, was really about the characters and in this episode in particular, there were individual stories told throughout:
  • In Memory of Thursday's Angel

     


    Dearest Castiel,

    You came into our lives unexpectedly with flash and promise...

    You were threatening...

    You were naive....

  • Epitaph For Castiel

     

    I suppose we all had some forewarning that Castiel would be going away, especially when Misha Collins was cut as a regular.  But now that he has gone into that obliterated pile of black goo at the bottom of a Kansas retention pond, his demise is starting to sink in a bit.  Sera Gamble has even confirmed that Castiel is indeed dead, but we know that in Supernatural that doesn't mean he's truly gone.  Yet, we are left with a hole, and perhaps a lot of sorrow depending on what fan you ask.  

  • "Hello, Cruel World" Review: Body Blows



    Anytime Ben Edlund's name appears as writer for an episode, I know that I will be either laughing till tears run down my face or crying as my heart breaks. "Hello, Cruel World," is most certainly the latter. Pair an Edlund script with the directorial skill of Guy Norman Bee, and Supernatural hits the jack pot every single time. If it was Edlund's intent to break every Supernatural fan's heart with this particular episode, he did that and more. For good measure, he twists the knife deep a few times. He also never lets up. 
     
    His first strike comes from Castiel. The blow is heavy and hard. The Leviathan trapped within the angel's vessel are barely contained. At the crucial moment when they could have finished both Winchesters and Bobby off for good, they are instead forced to retreat. Their black ooze is leaking out, as Castiel is about to explode. He eventually ends up walking into the local lake, which happens to also be the water supply. At this point, almost reminiscent of "Dead in the Water," the Leviathan pour forth from his body and infect the pipes, possessing any who drink the water. 
     
    The body blow here isn't just watching Castiel disappear into the water. It is the trench coat that floats up left behind. Dean picks it up with tears glistening in his eyes, and mutters, "Dumb son of a bitch." 


     
    Dean's anguish here is palpable. It is understated, but raw. Dean doesn't show his emotions as blatantly as he has in the past when Sam died in his arms in "All Hell Breaks Loose I." It is quiet, reserved, and almost resigned to the fact that he has lost one of his friends---and brothers. They may have been on opposite sides until Castiel agreed to return the souls to Purgatory, but that didn't change Dean's feelings---he cared for the angel and losing him hurt more than he cares to admit. After all, he wouldn't necessarily be topside at all if it hadn't been for Castiel. 
     
    They've watched their angel friend possibly die---or become something far worse, too. Only time can tell, but it isn't hard to figure out that Castiel's vessel has now become the vessel for the Boss Leviathan. That remains a mystery yet to be solved, but it's a possibility on the table that makes the scene hurt all the more. 
     
  • Sofia's Review -- "Hello, Cruel World"

     Am I the only one who's exhausted? "Hello Cruel World" is the second episode in a row that picked up exactly where it left off the week before, and at this rate it will continue that way next week. This season's pacing has been ambitious, which I love, but I never realized how much I need those little closure scenes at the end of each episode. They don't really offer complete closure because the Winchesters' job is never done, but they do give you a minute to catch your breath, which I could use right about now

  • Robin's Rambles - "Hello Cruel World"

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    Cas, grinning, his face covered with ugly black striations, approaches Bobby. Dean says his friend's name, a warning. Bobby regains consciousness. "How many of you ass-clowns are in there?" asks Dean, "a hundred? More?" Blood drips heavily from Cas' hand. "Your vessel's gonna explode, ain't it?" adds Dean fearfully--"wouldn't do anything too strenuous--in fact, I'd call it a day and head on home--huh?" (He says the last with hope.) "We'll be back," promises Cas, "fer you." The creature, bleeding profusely, lurches off. "This is a new one," says Bobby. Barely staying on its feet, the creature that used to be Castiel stumbles out a door.

  • 7.02 Review - "Hello, Cruel World"

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    Season seven, episode two: it's a bit surreal to type that about Supernatural, because it's hard to believe the brothers Winchester have been gracing us with their presence for the better part of seven years already. But seven years or not, this season has the makings of a champion run. It may be premature to say this, only two episodes in, but so far this season feels on par with season four, which was my personal favourite overall. So, what did we think of episode two?

  • Let's Speculate: "Hello, Cruel World"



    WARNING!!!!!!  If you haven't seen tonight's episode of "Supernatural," read no further!  There will be plot discussion and spoilers and other things you won't want to read unless you have seen the episode.  Consider yourself warned!  If you're still here, let's do this!

    First of all, I just want to say to Ben Edlund and Guy Norman Bee, I both love and hate the two of you for the floating trenchcoat scene.  Not gonna lie, I cried.  Ugh, it was so emotional!  There should never be trenchcoat without Cass in it!  It's just wrong!  Which is exactly why it was the perfect symbol to show that Cass was really gone this time.  Or is he?  DUN DUN DUN!  This leads me to my Theory of the Week:
  • 7.01 Review: "Meet The New Boss"




    Thoughts on Meet the New Boss

    Welcome back, fellow Supernatural  junkies! It's been a long, dry summer without a weekly dose of Winchester.

    We start off right where we left off, and immediately Cas recognizes that the boys are placating him with insincere kneeling. The fact that Cas stated he didn't see the point in Bobby, Sam and Dean kneeling before them out of fear, when it should be love and reverence gives me hope that somewhere in this season the old saying may prove true once again: love conquers all. Well, the episode started off with quite the emotional bang "“ personally I loved Cas as he was and this new God-complex distressed me greatly in the opening segment. The nasty cherry on top?  Sam collapses and the hits keep coming. 
  • Supernatural Preview: Episode 7.01 - "Meet The New Boss"

    'Supernatural' Season Seven Premiere: CASTIEL TAKES ON HIS NEW ROLE AS GOD 

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    After a LOOOONG summer hiatus, the series premier of season seven takes place in a few days.  What can we expect?  With a new God in town :a lot!

    Some of it we already know and some of it we don't.  The premiere will pick up right where the season 6 finale left off, with a very shocked Dean, Sam and Bobby confronted by a very powerful Cass.  The CW released the first two minutes of the episode which you can see below, if you haven't seen it already. 

    A very horrified Dean opens a dialog with what use to be a very close friend and is described as an 'ant' for his trouble.  Cass tells Dean he is now the new self-proclaimed God and requests the boys and Bobby bow down and worship him.  

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    Bobby, the forever survivor, does just that, knowing how to pick his fights so he can live to fight another day. But he doesn't lose his sense of humor in the process: "You want the whole forehead to the carpet thing?" he asks Cass. He admonished the boys to follow suit, and as the still stunned brothers start to comply.

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    Cass stops them stating there is no point to their obedience if they didn't mean it. Even Cass realizes they are doing it out of fear and not love or respect, something Cass is going to see a lot of, so he better get used to it.  

    Castiel will refrain from killing Dean, Sam and Bobby but tells them they need to stay out of his business.  He comments that he has no need to kill them now and adds "once you were my favorite pets before you turned and bit me.” 

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    His business, currently involves setting out to "right some of the wrongs in the world".  From what we've heard, that's going to involve killing a lot of people and angels that Cass feels wronged him.  We have some good BTS photos of Cass doing just that, at least to the angels in Cass' version of Heaven.   

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    If the boys and Bobby do that, they are welcome to live in Cass' kingdom peacefully. Seems Cass is unaware of all the evil he has let into the world, which would make living "peacefully" quite impossible. 

     

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    Cass also notes that Sam isn't looking too good.  Though Sam vows he's fine, Dean angrily tries to remind Cass he did agree to heal Sam once all this way over. Good try Dean, but that was only if you didn't interfere with Cass' plan, which you did, and which Cass is quick to remind him of.  

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    His comment to Sam, "You should be thankful for my mercy. I could have cast you back into the pit."  This was a reaction to Sam stabbing Cass in the back at the end of season 6. 

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    Cass leaves with the comments, "I hope for your sakes this is the last you'll see me."   

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    But that's not the way it works in the Winchester world:.especially when someone poses the threat that Cass does. We get an idea of the course the boys and Bobby decide on in the two promos and the official synopsis that were released.

    In a desperate attempt to stop his old friend, Dean comes up with a plan: they should summon and bind Death (Julian Richings) with a spell and get him to stop Castiel. Death has already boasted about being able to reap even God, so that sounds like a good place to start.   

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    A set report describes a scene in which Dean, Sam and Bobby break into a huge beautiful mansion called Aberthau, looking for "an act of God".  They find instead the owners of the property and come face-to-face with a shot gun.   Dean, ever so cool, says "Hi".  The scene cuts to the mansion's study where Bobby and Sam enter and find Dean tying up the elderly home owners. Dean is seen copying a sigil and both Dean and Bobby cut Sam's arm for drops of blood. All the while Bobby is mash up a "bunch of stuff' in a pestle and chanting Latin.  

    The spell completed Death appears, bound, and Dean gives him a bag of take-out saying “Fried Pickle Chip?  Best in the state.”  A lot of when was written in the report was confirmed by tweets from Jim Beaver:especially the fried pickle!  

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    The promos lead us up to the photos that were released for the episode.  Death does seem content for a while eating the junk food, but the bliss doesn't last as Cass is apparently one step ahead of Dean.  We do see Death in a three-way confrontation with Cass and Dean.  Seems Cass, even though he warned them about staying out of his business, realizes the boys will never do that, surmises they will call upon Death for help.  Seems Cass beats them to it.  Hence the confrontation between Dean, Cass and Death is a heated one.  Death isn't too pleased with Dean. But this is nothing new.  Death is usually at least irritated with Dean. But, so what?  I don't see where the boys have many options:.at least not safe ones anyway.

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    Is there going to be a price to pay for binding death? More than likely.  Binding a powerful horseman like Death is dangerous and recklessly mind-boggling. But when has that ever stopped the boys and Bobby.  And considering the alternative " and angel that is too powerful for his own entity and could go Chernobyl taking half the planet with him " I sure they feel any port in a storm is an acceptable risk, and one worth taking.  After all Dean has successfully gotten Death to help him in the past, so it makes sense to try to recruit Death now. 

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    As for how angry Death will be? He's Death. I doubt he gives a fat derriere one way or the other about Dean's rebelliousness.  Death is too far above human concerns and feelings to be more than mildly annoyed at this argumentative little "ant.' Beside Death seems to have some plans for Dean, at least he alluded to that last year, and if that is still a factor for the horseman, it may make putting up with Dean's defiance worthwhile.   Question for me is, is Death even marginally displeased with Cass?  Death wasn't very happy with the old God, so why would he like this new one any better?  Do we get to see some kind of a Cass/Death deal similar to the Cass/Crowley deal we had last year?  

    As for Bobby and Sam, they are standing together off to the side during this encounter. Once again we see Bobby as the "forever survivor' and this time we see his protectiveness of Sam as well.  Should Dean not survive the confrontation, Bobby has every intention of high-tailing it out of there, and he plans on taking Sam with him. 

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    Speaking of the King of Hell, yep, he makes an appearance in the episode too, and from the promos, it looks like he is dancing and boozing it up.  Not exactly what you would expect from a demon that now has to look out for a new God.  

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    What and how he fits into the premiere we don't know, but future episodes see Crowley trying to help the boys in an attempt to avoid any further contact with his newly empowered former partner.  So has the worm turned?  Is the shoe now on the other foot? Is Crowley now the employee of the Winchester boys?  That would be fitting and could lead to some very tense encounters later in the season.  With Crowley, one never knows!

    More info from the promos, though we don't know the order of the events. They start with blood dripping on the floor and then Sam falling to his hands and knees, apparently with a bloody nose.  

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    There are brief shots of Sam gasping in fear (Hell memories?) and being dragged up to the ceiling by a noose made out of a ceiling lamp chain (Which looks much more like the here and now). 

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    We see Dean punching a policeman/security guard (maybe outside the mansion?) in the face with a saltgun while Sam is in the background, hands in the air, obviously being held for something.  (Ouch, that looks like it hurts!):..

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     ::and a short sequence showing Castiel lying down bloody and getting up, dizzy, reeling, looking dazed and beaten, in child's room/birthday party. Have to wonder if this is a depiction of Cass absorbing all those evil souls from Purgatory.  He does survive the ordeal but his "soul' maybe just as battered and disoriented as Sam's. 

    The second and third caps are actually Cass on the floor and then starting to get up.  They have a weird camera angle there to add to the "dazed and dizzy' effect of his injury.  The remainder of the scene we see Cass stunned and spinning in a circle with the cameras always in front of him.

    As a side note, Misha Collins talked a little about Cass' complexion in an article recently.  "Castiel is definitely having problems with his complexion in the first and second episodes of the season. Because he is God now, he has a lot of work to do, and is taking care of Hell, Earth, and Heaven. Frankly, in all of the craziness, he hasn't time to see a dermatologist,” he joked. “It took three extra hours every day in makeup to deal with the boils and blisters and deal with the puss-y disgustingness that was Castiel at the beginning of the season."

    Then last shot is of Castiel outside, from below, blocking out the sun, looking at something on the ground.  

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    The extended promo begins with a short sequence of Castiel knocking down a priest at the Lady of Serenity Church. Outside, the sign says, “BELIEVE IN GOD. HE WALKS AMONG US.” 

     

    In a montage, Sam is falling down with a bloody nose, a bloodied Castiel apparently being struck by lightning, and there's a slightly extended bit of Castiel waking up in the child's room/birthday party that we saw in the shorter version. 

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    Official Synopsis: CASTIEL TAKES ON HIS NEW ROLE AS GOD  Castiel (Misha Collins) doesn't kill Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) but warns them not to interfere in his business. Assuming his new role as God, Castiel sets out to right some of the wrongs in the world. Dean decides they should bind Death (guest star Julian Richings) and order him to stop Castiel, but the former angel is one step ahead of them, leaving Dean to face a very angry Death. Meanwhile, Sam struggles to deal with the broken wall in his head. 

    Executive producer Phil Sgriccia is the director of this his 22nd Supernatural episode thus far and it was written by Executive producer and showrunner Sera Gamble, her 25th episode for the series.

    Cast (IMDb) includes Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Julian Riching and Mark Sheppard (Crowley)

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    BTS photos show some of Castiel's "cleansing' of heaven and earth, and the photographers reported some of the dialogue they over heard. 

    “:: with Castiel among the 12 dead or fallen Angels. He has a lot of dialogue and the description on the Angles is they are dead with charred outlines on their wings on the grass. Castiel says “It's a new day. On Earth and in heaven. Rejoice".” 

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    The promos and sneak peak videos are below 

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    “Now, in season seven, the Winchesters will find themselves in an increasingly sinister, changing landscape, up against a new foe unlike anything they've ever fought. They'll find their old tricks, weapons and hiding places all rendered useless. All they'll have is each other. And the certainty that, like the last of the cowboy outlaws, whatever they face, they're not going down without a fight.” 

    That paragraph, in some form or another, in some wording or another, has appeared in most, if not all, renditions of the new season seven scenarios.  The “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is the concept for this year, like the "noir concept' was for last year.  Unfortunate for many, the "noir concept' fizzled, mainly because the writers forgot that the audience was supposed to know about the mystery and then watch the main characters discovering it, usually learning something about themselves in the process.  We didn't even know of a mystery until almost the end of the season and as for the main characters learning about themselves, well, we all know how that worked. Not an arc and not good literature, as least not for lovers of "noir'. 

    The "cowboy outlaws' concept has a much better chance of success as the boys have always been cowboys at heart, heroes who give it their all, no matter the cost to themselves:.with their trustee steed, Baby, always at their beck and call. " Yeah:I had to thrown that in.  Really, I always hoped they would at some point give Baby a personality:.maybe from a friendly, sympathetic ghost or something, and then keeping the haunting there.  Making Baby, Kitt in “Changing Channels” came close though. Now that would be something to see...and right out of the old west.  After all, how many times did Silver save the Lone Ranger and Tornado save Zorro?  Okay:far out, but one can always dream. After all, who'd of thought we'd have a western episode, heh?!

    One interesting thing I read that has not been commented on much is the new season seven part of the show's official CW synopsis. It now reads,

    “Now, despite Sam and Dean's efforts to stop him, Castiel has succeeded in his plan. His power is God-like, and Sam and Dean have no idea how to stop him. But even Castiel doesn't truly understand the magnitude of what's inside him -- or how dangerous he really is.

    Season seven finds Dean and Sam reeling from the loss of their friend. Sam's violent memories of Hell threaten to overtake him, threatening not just his life, but his brother's as well. Meanwhile, Dean struggles under the weight of a secret that threatens to tear them apart. And even as the brothers traverse the backroads of America, hunting things that go bump in the night, something is coming for them. They are about to face an enemy more canny and adaptable than any they've ever fought. As the landscape around them becomes increasingly treacherous, the tools they've come to rely upon will be stripped away. Our heroes, like so many outlaws before them, will find themselves utterly outmatched and outgunned, with no one to rely on but each other.”

    Well, we already know about Cass and his situation, and about Sam and his situation, but what about Dean and his situation?  Not much has been said; in fact most sites are talking about the lack of a Dean arc.  So what's with this secret that Dean is struggling with?  Is that the secret Dean is put on trial for in a future episode?  Is that the secret TPTB claim they are going to let us in on a little at a time?  Is that Dean and his situation?

    That would be cool, because I like secrets. The thing with secrets is that the character that has the secret has the story. Good example is the CW's new series “Ringer.” Secrets make a character interesting because, in order to keep that secret a secret, the character has to stay way ahead of everyone else, and THAT can make for some interesting plots.  That to me is a hint the Dean has a good arc this season.  Now we just need to find out what it is!

    Here's some clues about Dean's story arc from a recent article in the LA Examiner:

    "Dean will have lots of issues this year that he's going to have to deal with," co-executive producer Bob Singer teased. "During the first thirteen episodes [of season seven], I think he will probably carry a rockier journey in an odd way in terms of how he feels emotionally and how he deals with things. He's on a real rollercoaster. Jensen has plenty to do!"
     
    Dean will have a major upcoming moment in the fourth episode-- the episode that Singer directed-- though, during which he is put on trial by an Egyptian God. Yes, you read that right: Castiel isn't the only God Supernatural will explore this season!  "Cyrus-- an Egyptian God-- he weights how heavy your heart is against a feather...It's all about carrying guilt," Singer previewed.
     
    Dean has a lot of guilt about the things he's done, most notably the way in which his good friend Jo (Alonna Tal) died. And Jo returns for that episode, to act as a "witness" during the trial, which is chock full of emotional weight for both actors, especially when they get to the flashbacks from previous moments they shared. 
     
    Dean will interact heavily with guest star D.J. Qualls, when he gets "stuck in an emergency situation when he can't be with Bobby and can't be with Sam and needs a hunter" in another upcoming episode. Bobby (Jim Beaver) sends him a "quirky" guy named Garth, played by Qualls, who let's just say, may prove to antagonize Dean in his own unique way.

    To read the complete article, click here. 

    With Sam being affected by hell-memories and Cass being an antagonist of sorts, (for the first part of the season anyway), that puts a lot onto the characters of Dean and Bobby.  So much so that Jim Beaver reported he has been in 5 of the 6 episodes shot so far.  With that much on screen time, I have to wonder what Bobby's arc is: he certainly must have one too. 

    Maybe Bobby's arc is to bolster up Dean, who bolsters up Sam so they all can bolster up Cass, and get him back to the friendly angel we all know and love.  Sera Gamble stated that TPTB know how the character of Castiel is loved by the fans, and that the fans should know, the TPTB love him too. 

    However this season pans out, it starts Friday, and the premier is supposed to set the tone for the year, giving us all kinds on hints as to how the cowboy Winchesters fight the evil, and save the good.  So with that in mind:..  

    HAPPY SEASON PREMIERE EVERYONE!  Hope you enjoy it tremendously:.and don't forget to come back and tell us what you think! 

    If you liked the screencaps, more of them were posted on the spoiler page.  To see them, click here

    For spoiler updates, follow me on Twitter at @sblgrn   

  • Top 11 Castiel Moments

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    Today is Misha Collins' 37th birthday.  Happy birthday, Misha!  So, in order to help him celebrate, I've put together a list of the Top 11 Castiel Moments.  Because nothing says "birthday" like a list!

  • A Dean and Castiel Timeline, Part One



    After the S6 finale, I saw a lot of discussion on the concept of Dean and Cas as family, particularly the validity of Dean's assertion that Cas was like a brother to him, and Cas's echoing of that sentiment.  And I started thinking (rarely a purely good thing) , I have also frequently wondered about the bond between Dean and Cas, and as the seasons progressed have many times been confused by the growth of their friendship.  I never doubted the bond and friendship existed, to me it's always been self-evident.   I just frequently lost track of the "how's" of the development.  So I pulled out the DVD's beginning with S4 and started watching.  And analyzing.  And studying.  And discussing it with a friend and fellow fan.  And then got confused again.  So I decided to write out a timeline of every episode Cas has appeared in since he met Dean, focusing separately on Dean's perspective and Cas's perspective (I'm just a little OCD) , and mostly excluding Sam from the discussion for the sake of my sanity.  And then I decided to share it.  The following article is part 1 of a planned 3 part series, beginning with season 4.  
  • A Supernatural Symphony



    From the instant that little Fish (for which somebody had big plans) crawled out of the primordial ooze, and learned to squeeze air past a rudimentary set of vocal chords, we humans have been sharing our stories.  We tell stories for a myriad of reasons, but mainly to entertain, to enlighten, to educate and to explain (often in a plea for understanding).  That's what Cas was doing as he spoke to God, and as he pleaded with the Brothers Winchester and Bobby, from inside a circle of fire, from inside a house covered in sigils, and from inside the dirty garage of a scrap yard.

  • The OMG! Castiel Top Ten List

    Dany's Dean birthday list and her follow-up Sam list were so fun, I asked her if I could do a Castiel one to go along because he may a nerd angel, but Castiel is also the hottest angel in the garrison. Ask anyone. Plus, there seems to be a lack of Castiel articles and things in the archives, and it's my new goal to help remedy that! (Yes, I might have developed a bit of a Thing for Castiel. Why do you ask?)
  • Thoughts On "Swan Song"

    Thoughts on Swan Song
    Carry on my wayward son
    There'll be peace when you are done
    Lay your weary head to rest
    Don't you cry (don't you cry no more)
    Delighted applause was heard in my small corner of the world when then highly anticipated Kansas montage cued up. So many great moments to reflect back on over this season, and every one of them would have a special significance now, in the episode set to bookend a saga that began five years ago, on September 13th, 2005. A saga that has touched many people in many different ways and now has united us before our televisions across the world for this must-see chapter 1,704 days later. So let's get to it:
    "On April 21, 1967 the hundred millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville. A blue two door Caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches, the lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have; a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. And that's where this story begins. And here is where it ends."
     
    Beginning with a beautiful tribute to a beloved character was fitting and ambient for a special episode such as this. The 1967 Chevy Impala is a character in the Supernatural family that, regardless of where you fall on the Supernatural fan spectrum, you love and can't imagine the show without. Thus, this was the perfect beginning to the end. Now, as we do with the Winchesters, we know the full origins of this much loved car. It was first owned by a man who, not unlike the current owners, travelled the country helping people in his own way (ironically "getting' people ready for judgement day"). The Impala through thick and thin has been home to these two boys as the narrator verbalized so eloquently. The reel of images of the young Winchester brothers imbuing the car with little pieces of themselves and their family conjured a soft smile and tears. How fitting that, after all this time, it's ultimately the Impala who saves the day. Every moment of the last five years touched this bookend in one way or another, uniting through the Impala - the one who has witnessed it all, standing steadfast and stalwart each and every time. 
  • Thoughts on "Two Minutes to Midnight"

    Thoughts on Two Minutes to Midnight
    As second to last episodes go, this one didn't disappoint. From the opening teaser to the last frame of Dean's troubled face, my eyes were glued to the screen.
    What I loved about this episode:
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    The return of our angel! He's not quite an angel anymore though, that's okay with me. Human Castiel is way better than no Castiel, and likely to about ten times as funny. Speaking as someone who has always enjoyed the friendship between Dean and Castiel, it was a good moment to see the apology and re-establishment of the status quo between them.
    Castiel's apology to Dean on the phone was quite touchingand funny.
    "You said no to Michael. I owe you an apology, you are not the burnt and broken shell of a man that I believed you to be. "
    As always, Cas' struggle in the human moments and with nuances of our culture provide for great comic relief during a heady episode. Castiel saved the day with Pestilence, proving more and more to be as sneaky as any Winchester. I admit, I love seeing badass Castiel, so he can swoop in heroically anytime! He had a few of these moments in the episode of course, including when he discovered that the sawed off shot gun