Supernatural remembers that the end of the world is near and that both Amara and Lucifer are free. Even if its pacing is a bit messy, ‘Hell’s Angel’ does an excellent job at bringing back the excitement and intensity that had been lost in previous episodes.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers
Season 11 had brought us a new mythological object in the Hand of God. Just as we were trying to understand how exactly it worked, ‘Hell’s Angel’ introduces yet another element: the Horn of Joshua, which… wasn’t explained that well either. This makes me wish that Supernatural would take itself more seriously and invest some more time developing the main storyline. In a season that is supposed to feel as epic as Seasons 4 or 5 were, the writers are certainly dedicating a lot of episodes to monster of the week cases. Supposedly, the Horn of Joshua can end the Darkness when wielded by “God’s chosen”. Crowley makes a deal with the Winchesters to give them the Horn of Joshua in exchange for their help in expelling Lucifer from Castiel’s body and putting him back in the Cage. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone, but it’s obviously more complicated than that. For starters, they don’t have the Book of the Damned anymore and Rowena, the only one who could work such spell, is dead. Or so they thought.
Rowena has always worked as a free agent in the story. Before her demise, she decided to follow Lucifer because she was attracted to his malice, and now she decides to follow Amara for the exact same reasons. Dean put it pretty well: Rowena is probably just testing the waters and trying different evil to support to see what works out. Her character being back is awesome, not only because it’s plot-convenient, but also because the show is in lack of female characters and Rowena is always fun to watch. Besides, it might just be a Tumblr joke, but it seems like a new ship might have been born in Rowena/Amara!
Meanwhile, Cassifer is doing some PR work in Heaven by trying to convince his siblings that God is truly gone and that he could be their new leader, even after he’s defeated Amara. I think we can all agree that one of the highlights of this episode was Misha Collins’ performance. Misha wasn’t acting as an evil, possessed Castiel, he was just acting as Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer. Acting and impersonating are two different things, and Collins was able to combine both to create an excellent portrayal of Lucifer that was able to compete with Pellegrino’s magnetizing’s version. Everything from the way he carried himself to the shift in tones during the scene in which he was going back and forth between Castiel and Lucifer took the episode to a whole new level.
In fact, the most entertaining thing to come out of this episode was probably the scene when Crowley goes inside Castiel’s mind. It’s heartwarming that Castiel considers the bunker to be his safest place, but at the same time, it was devastating that he was apathetically watching TV while Dean and Sam were fighting for him on the outside. And it was also hilarious to see the Devil and the King of Hell fight it off while Castiel complained about them breaking stuff. Overall, a very captivating scene. Sadly, it was all for nothing as Sam and Dean fail in their mission and Rowena and Crowley split as soon as Amara (who finally seemed threatening) appeared. We found out that Lucifer is not fit to use the Horn on her, so God’s chosen should be someone else, and I’m willing to bet that will be Castiel. In fact, when Amara said that she would use Cassifer to lure God, it’s possible that she was thinking more of Castiel than Lucifer. As it was mentioned in this episode, Cassifer is not only interesting for the Lucifer/Castiel mix, but also for what it represents: Heaven’s most wanted (and most loved by God?) and Heaven’s most hated.
Another interesting thing to come out of this ‘Hell’s Angel’ was the conflicting conversation that took place between Sam and Dean. One of the problems with both the show and the story itself is the fact that the Winchesters keep choosing the selfish option when given a choice. They would rather save each other than go with the most reasonable option that would save the world. Thankfully, they are finally starting to realize this, especially Sam. In this episode, Sam actually suggests doing the smart choice over the hard choice for once. He does have a point, but the problem here is that Castiel shouldn’t be sacrificed. Castiel being ignored and overlooked is actually the reason he gave in to Lucifer. It was certainly s a tough call. At the end of the episode, they actually agree on a policy: if one does not agree with the choice the other made, they have the right to walk away. Meaning: the brothers will face this policy in the finale.
Supernatural has an odd way of carrying its storylines. They can present an epic villain with a very urgent storyline in the season opener, then they stop everything to go back to monster-of-the-week cases for three episodes, and then they drag you back in to remind you that the end of the world still needs to be stopped. Supernatural has always been an episodic, case-of-the-week type of series, but I only wish they would improve the way they integrate the main storyline into these cases (*wink* iZombie *wink*).