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SPN 9.09: Holy Terror review

angels are dicks

Yep, and the War in Heaven is now the war on Earth. Different factions of angels fighting for control of a place they’ve been booted out of. Metatron, the booter, is now lonely and wants to rebuild heaven with a chosen few – non-stupid and amusing angels. Um, yeah. Remember that.

Blood stained church ladies emerge from biker bar

I have to be honest, I’ve had little interest in the war in Heaven since Crowley and Cas broke up, and that’s been years ago. The whole thing has been mostly off camera and the players keep changing. So, while this first scene at the biker bar was supposed to be intended to introduce this new dynamic between Bartholomew and Malachi’s factions, I didn’t much care even if the church ladies did kill every single big mean biker. Really? Not even one casualty on the church lady side? Every time there was an interaction between these secondary angel douches, I was like move along people, nothing to see here. Blahblahblah.

Why Ezekiel?

So let’s look at the big issues. It turns out that Ezekiel wasn’t a bad guy because The Creepy Angel wasn’t Ezekiel at all. He’s Gadreel whom according to Metatron spent thousands of years in Heaven’s dungeon for failing to guard the Garden of Eden and allowing the serpent in. First of all, if Heaven had a dungeon why did God cast Lucifer and the others out instead of locking them up? Whatevs, Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, of course, aka the We Do What We Want Twins, wrote this one. Poor Gadreel had his rep ruined. Wahwah.

Gadreel denies culpability

Are we expected to believe Gadreel about not being at fault? I mean he rivals Dean as the lying liar who lies. Not only that, but despite Metatron saying he didn’t want stupid angels in Heaven, Gadreel is looking pretty damned gullible or, you know, evil. It doesn’t take much to convince him to slay someone in order to prove his fidelity to Metatron, after all, and Metatron no doubt will betray this idiot at the drop of a hat if it proves expedient to his plan.

Castiel gets his mojo back

Cas got his mojo back – well, not his exactly, but someone’s. Who knew that was possible? Well, WDWWW knew, of course. It’s not like they’re making it up as the go along. Pfft. After stabbing another stupid angel, Castiel just swallowed his grace before dumb dude burnt out. Nifty and convenient. So, Cas is back in the game, but he’s staying away from Dean. And good thing took because Dean is a disaster magnet.

Dean learns that Ezekiel is dead

Yeah, so then that happened. Dean ordered Kevin to find a spell that would shut down an angel, which poor exhausted Kevin did. Kevin confronted Dean about what was going on, but Dean wouldn’t tell him. “Trust me, Dean said. It was pretty clear when Kevin said he always got screwed and Dean said “not always” that Kevin was going to get screwed. I suspected from the 9.09 preview that Kevin would be the one that the Creepy Angle would thump, and sure enough, he was. Kevin was the innocent, the sacrifice to pay for Dean’s sins.

There is no more Sam

Okay, so we’re left with Dean weeping over Kevin’s dead burnt out body, but Gadreel’s statement that Sam was no more is far more disturbing to me. Kevin is dead and that’s sad, but where is Sam? What has Gadreel done to him? During the discussion in the Imapala, the Creepy Angel said that he had better things to do than eavesdrop on Sam and Dean’s conversations, but that is exactly what we saw him doing with Dean and Kevin – again, a lying liar who lies.

Gadreel gloats about imitating Sam

The question is just how long or how many times has the Creepy Angel posed as Sam? Was it just that one time in the store room or has Sam been missing for awhile? So, is Sam just hidden inside Gadreel now, has Gadreel dispatched Sam’s soul or incorporated it into himself somehow? “Sam is no more” is a pretty chilling statement.

Dean's man pain

I thought I capped Dean’s opt, but I can’t find it, so have a cap of Dean’s man pain over Sam being no more. My thought as Dean lay there weeping and whispering “Kevin?” was, “Kev, can’t help you now, dude.” I guess I should feel bad for Dean, but man did he short sheet his own bed this time. Cas has gone off who knows where, so that leaves … Crowley! Yeah, I was thinking it as that tear rolled down Dean’s cheek. He has no one but Crowley to turn to and … damned if the 9.10 preview doesn’t have him turning to the King of Hell, and all Crowley wants for ejecting Gadreel from Sam’s body is to be released. That should be an easy decision for Dean, but will Sam be there if Crowley is successful? And if so, what condition will he be in?

 

 

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4 responses

  1. Pingback: Top 10 Moments from Supernatural’s Holy Terror | mynerdobsessions

  2. I’m just going to link all your reviews from now one. Since (with the exception of Rock and a Hard Place) I agree with everything you’ve said. Esp the WDWWW twins.

    And Angel War. I am SO tired of angels fighting in heaven. It was Crowly that carried me though season 6. I hope things pick up in the second half of the season, but I’m not holding my breat.

    December 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

    • Well, we can’t agree on everything. What fun would that be?

      I hope things become more focused and interesting in the second half of the season too, but like you, I’m not holding my breathe.

      December 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

  3. Pingback: Dean Winchester, Responsibility, and Consequences | they chose family

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