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GUESS WHO CAN NOW SEE THE COLOR RED ON THEIR FREAKING LAPTOP BECAUSE THEY GOT A NEW ONE??
THAT’S RIGHT, ME!
Okay, peeps. Here we go.
Let me start this saying I actually didn’t mind this episode, even though Buckner and Leming are still very much not my favorites, by a very long shot. But I thought this episode, while not perfect, was much, much better than “I’m No Angel” or “Taxi Driver”.
I also think it was a fairly good Destiel episode, and that Kevin’s death, while absolutely terrible, and tragic (and omg tell me they’re bringing him back please because don’t you dare kill KEVIN off for good ç_ç) actually served a good narrative purpose.
More about all of that under the cut!
Okay, I know there is a lot of anger around about Castiel’s characterisation in season 9, the fact that he was human for four episodes and now that seems to be over, and the view of some people that our beloved extraordinary multidimensional wavelength of celestial intent has been made into a straight white dudebro. Well, I don’t feel that way. I love Castiel (let me begin by clearly stating my bias) and I don’t feel that way at all. This is my take on Castiel in season 9.
In Holy Terror I’m pretty sure Dean said of Castiel, “he’s been all over the map”, and I think this is a good point from which to begin. Castiel has been inconsistent. Dean knows it, we know it.
I understand the complaints about Castiel seeming OOC. In 9x01 he was basically the same Castiel as always, just minus his powers. Then in 9x03 he seemed almost like a different person at times - his mannerisms had changed, even his way of speaking was different when he was with April. Then 9x06 he was a bit more like the old Cas, except he was terrified and confused and vulnerable. He was still different from the Cas of old; he smiled more easily, his mannerisms were less stiff. Then in 9x09 Cas was back in town and he was investigating a case with confidence, scheming his way out of captivity with cunning, and also got drunk and talked about sex and thinking April was hot. It’s enough to give you whiplash.
But I think I get why it’s been that way, and I think it has been entirely deliberate.
Castiel’s template for humanity is the Winchesters, and in particular he tries to emulate Dean. Like, a lot. It’s not the first time he’s done it, by any means. It’s a thing he does.