For an episode that delved into Castiel's newfound humanity, I expected a lot of zingers, confusion and the bizarre, cerebral humor that the former angel's portrayer Misha Collins has perfected. I was not prepared for "I'm No Angel" to cut out my heart out with one of those merciless angel blades and turn it into tartare.
Ward yourself against those organizing angels and let's dive in, shall we?
"Supernatural" kicks off with Dean grumbling through the bunker with searching for coffee and his little brother. Apparently, Sam, when he's not sans soul, trying to rid the world of demonkind or burdened by starting the apocalypse, is one of those irritatingly productive morning people. He already went for a ran, took in the sunrise, and got his brother greasy bacon and eggs to go with his coffee.
Unbeknownst to Sam, he's only being kept alive by an "angelic pacemaker" and probably shouldn't be making like Forrest Gump every morning. He shrugs off Dean's palpable concern with a Winchester scoff. It’s mighty helpful that Sammy is tuned into angel radio and there's breaking news. Zeke emerges from Sam with nothing more than a flash of blue eyes and a clever sweep of the camera. "There is a faction that is rapidly organizing and finding human vessels to contain them. This faction's leadership wants Castiel found. You see, Dean, I can be useful."
Dean wants him to lay low until the situation is dire. Zeke snaps back and Sam continues the conversation where he left off mid-sentnece. This touches on the angelic manipulation we saw last season with Castiel and Naomi. It’s disturbing what Zeke can do without Sam knowing, and it only makes me wonder how far they will take it.
Dean gropes for a way to put finding Castiel back on the table so Sam will think it’s plausible, and eventually the brothers start researching. In a great show of continuity, the brothers track Castiel from his last known location of Longmont, Colorado through Iowa and Indiana, thanks to police reports detailing Hael's murder in the season premiere and the gruesome murder of two priests who were "impaled on posts" and tortured in the cold open. The boys follow Castiel's bloody breadcrumbs.
Cas or Clarence lives an entire life in the span of one episode. In Season 6, Dean called Castiel an infant. He's stumbled through his adolescence and is now learning the brutal truths that come adulthood: the real definition of faith; that "people with the least to give are the most generous"; and bitches be crazy.
He was once a warrior, and he manages to escape the angels that killed and angel-boarded those poor priests and the angel that ambushed him in the abandoned bus. He also takes a page from the Winchesters' playbook and gets an anti-angel tattoo. A sweet young woman finds him digging through the dumpster and offers him food, shelter and some good old fashioned lovin' much to the horror of some fans, I'm sure. However, this is "Supernatural" is so Castiel's magical night with the woman who gave him shelter from the rain, food to fill his belly and bandages for his wound quickly becomes a torture-fest when he wakes to find her slicing blood oranges with his angel blade.
April was once a kind, churchgoer but she's now possessed by a devious "reaper-for-rent," who was told that Castiel was "dangerous and powerful. You came armed, so I had to gain your trust," she shared.
"And that required intercourse?" Castiel wonders. Oh, honey. You have so much to learn.