Supernatural Recap: The Angel Is a Tramp


Of all the disgusting concepts Supernatural has presented to us over the years, none has been grosser than THE BASIC HUMAN BODY. Sure, all of this show's myriad beheadings, retractable fangs, festering pustules, noseless ghouls, and bloody stumps haven't been very appetizing, but let's be real, the human body is the ultimate nightmare and, worst of all, IT'S REAL. I'm frankly tired of mine, how about you? On Supernatural, demons call us "meat suits," as if we were lucky enough to be so simple. No, inside each of us is a wet, pink, and red factory of repulsiveness, and "I'm No Angel" really brought the horror home for Castiel this week. It was hard enough for everybody's favorite fallen-angel-cum on-the-spectrum-sexy-hobo to figure out how to keep himself alive, but now he's having to endure the terrifying indignity of all of our bodily functions as well. Truly tragic and disgusting.


Let's get to the point: This episode was terrific. The main reason: Castiel. Supernatural has always alternated between mythology and monster-of-the-week, frequently even merging the two. But "I'm No Angel" was the best kind of Supernatural episode: mythology as character study. We first met Castiel in a church-run men's shelter using the alias Clarence, a name Meg had once called him derisively. Without his grace, Castiel was now fully human, which meant he was squeezing toothpaste directly into his mouth, sleeping on abandoned city buses, urinating way too often, eating pickles directly out of the garbage, and, of course, getting boners. Truly an existential crisis if there ever was one. But it turned out Castiel's problems were even more profound. In a legit wonderful scene, he trudged into a church and attempted to explain to a devout woman that God doesn't hear her prayers anymore or even care about her in the slightest. But just because Castiel spoke from experience didn't make him correct, at least not according to the faithful. And come to think of it, hadn't God directly intervened in the Supernatural mythology tons of times already? Get your facts straight, Castiel. But the issue remained: Castiel no longer had a place in heaven, physically or spiritually, and it had turned him into one sad hobo.

Which brought us to the fallen angels. They had a new leader!  Read More....


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