We're nearly there! We're at number 4.... let's see if you agree with our picks this time as we get down to our favourites of favourites!
"On The Head of a Pin"
Why: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaangst. Delicious, delicious angst. Did I mention angst with a side order of angst? Because this episode delivers that in spades. If you're looking for a feel-good episode, this is definitely not it. But I looooove me some angst, so this episode is right in my wheelhouse.
This episode grips the viewer tight right from the opening and doesn't let go until the credits roll. It has a real in media res feel, the opening, with Castiel walking through the aftermath of a battle to find his fallen sister. This is the first sight of the now-familiar wing singe, and man, it is spectacular. The slow pan up from the dead angel as the helicopter spotlights pan over her wings is one amazing image.
And things just get more intense from there. When Uriel and Castiel are waiting in the motel room to whisk Dean away, you just know it's not gonna be good. And having Dean torture Alastair is sooooooo not good. That whole scene is so well-acted by both Jensen and Christopher Heyerdahl (Alastair) wasn't it? They really nailed it, and made us feel the horrible connection the two had in Hell. Speaking of good acting, this was a standout episode for Robert Wisdom, too, as Uriel. He was very persuasive, and it's easy to see why so many angels sided with him.
But the badesst basass of them all this episode was Sam. Exorcising Alastair? Damn, he had some serious mojo. Unfortunately, the reason he had the mojo was demon blood, which didn't turn out very well for Sam in the end at all. Still, it was pretty intense to see it happen. And protective Sam in the hospital was pretty cute.
This episode was also a big one for Castiel, too. We'd seen him have doubts, and we'd seen him help the Winchesters before, but I think this was the episode that cemented the idea in his mind that he was going to side with the Wiinchesters no matter what the cost. Until he got dragged back to heaven for a little re-education, that is. Still, once that gong has been rung, you can't unring it.
And how about the huge reveal that Dean broke the first seal? That was so unexpected!
Favorite Quote: I've got two. The first:
Alastair: Something's caught in my throat. I think it's my throat. (HA HA HA HA)
Dean: You guys don't walk enough. You're gonna get flabby. You know, I'm starting to think Junkless has a better sense of humor than you do.
Castiel: Uriel's the funniest angel in the garrison. Ask anyone.
Favorite Scene: It has to be the one at the end between Dean and Castiel in the hospital. They're both so open with each other, especially Dean. He's extremely vulnerable in this scene, but Castiel is so careful with him. It shows just how far the two of them had come as friends that Dean is willing to open up like that and admit that he couldn't handle the strain of the angels' expectations. Meep. Poor Dean.
(Alice's #4 is on page 2)