I don’t like the treatment he mostly gets in fanfics. I don’t understand why Castiel is always portrayed as a timid, fragile, nerdy guy in fanfics. In reality he is a badass angel of the lord, who can wipe the floor with almost anyone when he has his mojo.
Another thing that baffles me is: Does Castiel have a sexuality? Sure, he chose a male vessel, but that doesn’t equal a sexuality. I mean he is a celestial being and I don’t believe they have a sexuality. They choose a vessel based on bloodlines and that’s it. Therefore, it rings hollow when people (read: fangirls) think that he’s gay, asexual or something similar. The only reason why he gets a sexuality foisted upon him is so fans can write romantic stories. It’s no secret that Castiel and Dean is the most popular ship on Supernatural. It’s only rivaled by Wincest (sexual relations between the brothers). I find that eww…incest is not my thing. Whatever floats others boats are their business.
In the above Sam and Dean established that unicorns don’t exist. Then this happen in Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie (7×14)
One man is killed when impaled by a unicorn. An employee of the chain (which the episode is named after) used magic to kill the children’s parents with a manifestation of their children’s fear. This technically means that unicorns don’t exist in the world of Supernatural, but I couldn’t help chuckling when I saw this and made the connection to Houses of the Holy.
Maybe that’s the reason why Dean didn’t see the connection when the police officer tells him that they found hoof prints and a hole in a wall where the man was impaled. It’s only when they see a picture that the man’s son drew later in the episode that Sam and Dean figures out it is indeed a unicorn that killed the poor man.
I just finished watching season ten of Supernatural last night. I usually watch it every week, but this time around, I had to prioritize my schedule. It is apparently hard (for me) getting a master’s degree and watching television at the same time. It is not just Supernatural that have suffered from this – a myriad of others shows I follow have had a similar fate this “year”. However, a few weeks back I watched the first eight episodes of season 10 and over the weekend, I watched the remaining 15 episodes.
I have watched Supernatural almost from the beginning in 2005. I think I might have missed the first two seasons (though I am not really sure – time flies and it is getting harder to remember). What I do remember is that I fell in love with the show instantly. I loved the format of two brothers driving cross America, hunting ghosts/other mysterious things. I knew both actors from other television shows. Jared Padalecki from Gilmore Girls where he played Rory’s first (and slightly boring) boyfriend – ironically – named Dean. Jensen Ackles had a role in Dark Angel featuring a young Jessica Alba and recurring roles in Dawson’s Creek and Smallville. Maybe the latter is a Retroactive Recognition – I do not know.
Anyhow I loved the first three seasons where they predominately picked up hunting urban legends and the show was simpler. Another feature that drew me in was the use of classic rock. I love classic rock and I must admit I have missed the use of this genre in later seasons. Carry On My Wayward Son still gets tears in my eyes when watching the awesome segment “the road so far”. That song just fits perfectly with the theme of the show.
Just because I loved the first three seasons does not mean that I do not love the reminder seven seasons because I do. I guess a lot of it has to do with the introduction of Castiel in season four. I know it is kind of a cliché to cite this reason for why I continued to watch since he was (and still is) an immensely popular character among the fans. Bringing in the angels in season four created a balance since we had already been introduced to the demons (in form of Meg). Crowley is another brilliant character – I have not seen a character with so much snark in a long time. It is a thrill to watch him banter and play off characters like Dean, Sam and Castiel. It was awesome both Misha Collins (Castiel) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley) was promoted to regulars in season ten. It was a long time coming because both of them has appeared in pivotal roles during the show.
Introducing the men of letters was a brilliant move. I love them having a home base though it was charming when they relied on motel rooms. Giving them a home base is moving away from the drifter aspect. It is nice to see them having their own room, which I assume was not really a luxury when living with their dad. Later they shared motel rooms. It is a wonder neither have snapped citing not enough privacy.
I have recently rewatched some episodes from season one and it is funny how light Jensen’s voice compared to season ten where he almost growls out every word Dean says.
Well back to season ten:
I actually liked it though I would have liked it more if Dean had stayed a demon for a little while longer. They wasted an opportunity here. Besides, it must have been nice for Jensen Ackles to play something different from the usual Dean. Season ten is one of the few times he has been the center of the story. It is usually Sam the story revolves around. One thing I did learn from this is that being a demon does not come with better vocal chords. Demon Dean absolutely butchered the songs he sang at karaoke.
I really find it hilarious that the actress who plays Rowena is younger than the actor playing her son. Other than that I chuckled every time another character found out they (Rowena and Crowley) were related. It was met with disbelief and most of the time they has to pick their jaw up from the floor. It is quite refreshing to see a character with mommy issues instead of daddy issues. Both Sam, Dean and multiple guest characters all have daddy issues – in spades.
I liked the parallels between Hannah and Castiel. It is obvious how far he has come since he was introduced in season four. Now he could teach another angel how to behave human.
I was in awe during the final scene of the last episode. It was beautiful and rivaled the fallen angels from the season eight final. I cannot pick which one is more beautiful.
The rendition of Carry On My Wayward Son in the 200th episode was absolutely stunning. I liked it being used “in the road so far” segment before the original kicked in.
The new title card is beautiful and it is one of my favorites out of all ten title cards.
I just wish they had focused more on the mark of Cain instead of Claire Novak. I found the episodes (except the last one) she was in boring and sort of pointless. I get it she has suffered because her dad died when Castiel needed a vessel and her mom vanished. I am not sure it really warranted two episodes to see her struggles. One would have been enough.
The bickering between Charlie and Rowena was hilarious. Poor Castiel who was stuck in the middle babysitting them.
Speaking of Charlie I never really warmed to her character. Though I absolutely adore Felicia Day. I thought it was heartbreaking that she died and I am happy we did not witness it first hand, but just saw the aftermath when Sam and Dean found her. It was great that she was levelheaded enough to send the code to Sam before she died. How convenient was it that she used a tablet instead of a laptop? Tablets are much easier to break than a laptop.
This season was a much better season than the one, which dealt with the leviathans. That one had the worst villain I have seen. It is funny to see how both Castiel and Crowley have been big bads and now they are both helping our heroes.
I’ve just started bing reading reviews of Supernatural on Mark Watches and I really realized how long it’s been since I’ve watched season 1 and 2 – and the rest for that matter.
Reading his reviews of the different episodes makes me want to rewatch the whole TV-Show. I’ve been looking longingly at my DVD’s sitting on my shelf the past three days. To be honest they are just collecting dust since I haven’t watched them – like ever! I’ve streamed the episodes ever since Supernatural started in 2005 and I continue to do so. The country I’m living in is hopelessly behind America – I think they showed season 7 last time I checked which isn’t good enough! Actually I have this problem with all the TV-Shows I’m following. Anyway I wish I had time to sit down and watch every single episode of Supernatural, but sadly I haven’t got the time. So I’ll just keep shooting my DVD’s longing glances and hope someday I’ll have time to rewatch Supernatural. In the meantime I’m going to read Mark’s excellent reviews.
The other one I’m currently following on Mark Watches is Veronica Mars.Veronica Mars is one of my all time favorite TV-Shows right up there with Buffy, Supernatural, Lost and Friends. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming movie since the series left some things hanging in the air. It’s great getting to visit Neptune again and see Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars again.
I remember the first time I came into contact with Mark Reads/Watches. I believe it was through TvTropes where there’s an article about him reading Harry Potter. Later he picked up Twilight. What I like about him is he knows nothing about the books/TV-Shows before he picks them up and start to read/watch them. It’s refreshing to see his reactions which are completely honest and surprising.
I’ve been lurking on the site for about 3 years. I got serious hooked when he started watching Buffy/Angel way back in December 2011, but before that I spent some time reading his reviews of all the Harry Potter books and Twilight books. They were initially the reason why I fell in love with his reviews, Buffy just solidified it. Since then I’ve followed him through readings of the Hunger Games, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Hobbit, His Dark Materials and lastly A Song of Ice and Fire.