Post your thoughts on tonight’s exciting season 9 premiere. I’ll be back when the episode ends for my quick analysis and more. Read my full recap HERE or keep reading for my analysis.
Wow, the show didn’t waste any time setting up two huge story arcs for season 9. The Sam and Dean story is a nice twist on the way these two are always at odds over the core philosophy of sticking with the fight or giving up and taking a break.
I love Ezekiel, though I’m a little disappointed Jared Padalecki now gets to play him instead of Tahmoh Penikett. Still, it’s a fantastic way to give Sam something big and juicy as he’s now secretly possessed by Ezekiel (an “angel pacemaker,” as Dean calls it). It’s a clever variation of things we’ve seen before, from the wall inside Sam’s head to Cas being Naomi’s sleeper agent, unaware of his actions.
The journey in Sam’s head was great as it represented everything the character has been about for eight seasons. He’s constantly torn between the part of him who wants to stay and fight with his brother (represented by Dean) and the part who wants to quit and live a normal life (or die and have a normal life, in this case) as represented by Bobby.
It was so well done I didn’t even mind when Dean killed Bobby. I also loved Death coming back and having mad respect for Sam. Only Supernatural could make Death, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, into a sympathetic character we actually like.
And Dean’s dilemma is fantastic now, having to lie to Sam in order to save his life. It actually reminds me a lot of what Bones did for the past few weeks, with Pelant forcing Booth to call off his wedding without telling Brennan why. I still support Dean, but it the show is forcing him to make darker and darker choices. I mean, he tricked Sam into saying “Yes,” so it’s kind of like Sam is being soul raped.
As much as I love all of that drama, there was also a lot for Cas to do as he dealt with being human. I’m completely invested in the storyline of the angels trying to get vengeance on Cas (and that piercing angel wing opening credits is bad-ass). I love that Cas is already accepting his humanity, getting used to feeling pain. Tahmoh Penikett did a great job because Ezekiel reminded me of where Cas started out, lacking any real emotion, and it shows us how far the character has come.
His final scene was perfect, and not just because seeing Cas in his boxers is probably on a lot of fans’ wish lists. He had to choose between food and clothes, and he chose food. As a result, his trenchcoat is gone. It hurts to say goodbye to the only article of clothing we’ve ever really seen him in, but that’s beautifully symbolic of Cas becoming human. The trenchcoat was his angelic side, and now he’s had to shed that skin.
How do you feel about all of this? Are you on Dean’s side, or do you think he crossed a line in saving Sam? And which Sm is your favorite: Regular, Lucifer, Soulless or Angel?