What I liked about this episode was Castiel. I know I’m jumping on that wagon with the fandom losing its collective mind over what happened, but ship it, or don’t, we’ve finally reached Critical Castiel Character Development Mass here. When we first met him, he wasn’t just an soldier. He was an emotionless Tool Of God (and not even God, as we see in much later seasons). He goes from that, to ally, to wishing he could be an angel again, to not being anything, to being human, to being a pariah, to accepting he’s neither angel nor human, to discovering that he’s actually part Winchester, to dying with actual tears in his eyes and being able to say and feel “I love you.”
For the character the writers expected to leave easily after a handful of episodes back in the day, it’s pretty incredible what Castiel has accomplished.
And the fact that Castiel has to be dying to actually say it the first time, is so typical of his family, who are pretty much all (yes, even Sam until times of Truth or Die) allergic to feelings talks. It fits, and it’s fitting.
Crowley was also a bright spot here. The King of Hell has valuable, and invaluable weapons hidden in caches all over the world. He’s brought them out on a few occasions. Michael’s lance would have been one of his biggest finds, maybe only second to the Horn of Joshua when it was souped up as a Hand of God. What’s so impressive about him having, and destroying this weapon, is that he made a firm move to do it just to save Castiel. Which, in past seasons, hasn’t exactly been beneficial to him. His deals never seem to work out exactly as he wants with him, or the Winchesters in general. Yes, he’s loaned out some of his prized weapons when necessary. The Hand of God will get rid of Lucifer, who is a direct threat, and the Colt he gave up because the riff raff ate his tailor, but there was no “saving his own ass” in destroying this weapon, or giving it up. He’s never done something like this before, and for a collector, it’s a Big Fucking Deal to almost-casually destroy something like the lance just to save an angel who you claim to not give two shits about. That was an amazing moment, and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.
I also liked the attempt at Tarantino, but with no high pressure hose shooting blood out of someone, it just wasn’t quite there. :D
I like Sam in the burnt orange coat. He should keep it. It does amazing things to bring out the highlights in his luxurious hair.
There are also a lot of things that I didn’t like about this episode, mainly involving what’s happening with Mary, but all of these weekly “what I liked posts” are just that: not dislike, so I’ll hold the phone on that.