Most of my favorite TV shows are older ones…shows that I watched as a kid, or shows that have been around for ages but I didn’t discover them until more recently. Even the newer shows that I love are ones that I didn’t start watching until they were two or three seasons in and had loads of rave reviews. One such show was Supernatural, which my husband and I didn’t check out for the first time until somewhere around the end of the second season. We’d heard about it from people who actually watch television on a regular basis and decided to give it a go, and we wound up watching every available episode within a couple of weeks.
To say that I fell in love with Sam and Dean Winchester is an understatement, but this entry is not about the monster-hunting brothers. This entry is about the honest-to-goodness angel who first appeared in season four and quickly became one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. Castiel was introduced in order to save Dean from being doomed to an eternity of torture in hell, but he soon became a regular character of the show as the war between heaven and hell began. Now, I’ve got to go with my husband on this one…the whole heaven and hell thing was a bit much and took the show in a direction that I was not particularly happy with. I enjoyed Supernatural more when it was just about two (occasionally angsty) brothers fighting all manner of monsters and demons. However, without that shift we may have never gotten Castiel, so I’m willing to overlook my annoyance in this case.
One of the main things that makes Castiel so great is the actor who portrays him: Misha Collins. Misha does an amazing job of portraying a creature who is kind and just, who also has a mean streak under certain situations, and who is also the angel version of an adorably dumb puppy. Castiel is a powerful being, there’s no doubt about that, but there’s also a million and one things about humanity that he doesn’t understand, and the visualization of that makes him an adorably lovable character. Whether he’s innocently inquiring as to the plot line of a porno movie or drinking an entire liquor store, his antics, his love for the Winchesters, and his constant misunderstanding of all that is happening around him put him squarely at the top of a list of fictional characters whom I just want to hug and snuggle to death.
Even in the more recent episodes, in which Castiel is faced with learning how to be human or perishing, the character has an ingrained innocence and wonder about him that makes him an excellent addition to the team of streetwise Sam and Dean. Plus, more adorable angst-ridden characters is never a bad thing.
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I got behind in watching Supernatural so I am going to have to catch up on Netflix or Amazon sometime.
You really should join our Supernatural A to Z (not the show, more generalized). We are all in the A to Z and posting about monsters, movies and all sorts of things with a supernatural theme.
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The show goes a bit sideways after a while because they focus too much on angels and all this craziness going on in heaven, but there are still many, many moments that give me the fangirly happiness. lol
My theme involves a lot of non-supernatural stuff, but I’ll still check out the group. Thanks! ❤
Thank you for sharing this because I wasn’t sure if Supernatural was for me. I caught a few episodes, but you know how it is jumping in the middle of things. 🙂
It’s so true how a good actor can make a role come alive!
Oh, and Misha Collins definitely does that! I honestly don’t know if any other actor would have done half as well with the Castiel character. He definitely makes the character his own. ❤
Hi TracyLynn. Nice to meet you through A to Z. This is my first year and so far it’s been fun! I began watching Supernatural when it premiered, but with the shift I sort of lost interest. Now I catch a few shows on cable and enjoy them. I missed Castiel though. I’ll have to look closer! 🙂
I’ve had my moments with Supernatural in recent years…it just seems like they’re stretching at this point. But I have to admit that I’ll watch forever as long as Cas is still on the show! lol
I still haven’t started Supernatural… I get scared to start TV shows until they’re finished because 1) I’m a binge watcher, and hate to have to wait, and 2) if the ending is disappointing, it ruins the whole thing for me. I -still- have grumbles about the end of LOST, and up until the last season, I really enjoyed it a lot.
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I’m definitely with you on that one. A lot of the shows my husband and I watch are long finished before we ever start them for this exact reason, but we did catch on to a few that are in the works (Game of Thrones comes to mind) and it is SO HARD not going insane while waiting for new episodes. lol
Ah, a Supernatural fan. I loved the first two seasons, but lost interest after that, so I missed Cass joining, but I have plenty of friends who are still Supernatural fans and you can’t really miss Supernatural on Tumblr ;P Cass does come across as earnestly innocent 🙂
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You must catch up! As I’ve mentioned, the story lines can get a little out of hand as you go on, but there are some truly awesome episodes in the third and fourth seasons, and that’s even before Cas shows up. And when he does…*LOVE* 😀
I really must watch some eps of Supernatural with Cas in them. I see gifs all over Tumblr, but have yet to actually watch Misha on screen. Thanks for the compelling intro.
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Oh Misha really is quite wonderful in the role. 🙂 Even if the story-lines got a little out of hand with all the angels and demons and whatnot, it’s all worth it for Cas. XD
I have loved this show since I first watched it! I gotta admit, it’s one of the reasons I kept my cable when I really couldn’t afford it. LOL! That’s so bad to say. I know, but it’s also so true. Originally, I fell in love with Sam and Dean and the Cas showed up? Oh my word! The apocalypse episode where he’s a hippy? LMAO! LOVED that! Holy wow. I love to see Misha’s DEPTH as an actor. He’s really amazing.
“The angel version of an adorably dumb puppy.” This needs to be the official character synopsis of Castiel.
lol Liked that, did you?
I heard an awesome description of the show in general too…I’m paraphrasing a bit, but it was basically, “Supernatural is a show that started out about two brothers hunting monsters and became a show about how adorable Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are together.”
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