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Supernatural 30 Day Challenge 
22nd-Sep-2013 08:37 pm
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Day Ten: Favourite Misha Character



As an angel most definitely like this:

Powerful...
Castiel-wings


Kickass and sexy...
Cas-Laz-Rising


Kickass and good with his hands...;)
Cas-PoNR


As for performances - I really enjoyed future!Cas and The French Mistake Misha.
Comments 
22nd-Sep-2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
I think BAMF Cas is the best Cas. Those first scenes are hard to beat, as is the intensity of his 'show me some respect' line... While I do laugh at Castiel the clueless angel scenes, their inherent silliness is a bit irritating. And yes, Future!Cas was poignant - I thought Misha definitely put across the sense of what Castiel had lost, as well as his deep abiding love and probably misplaced loyalty for a man who had changed so much he was willing to sacrifice everything and everyone for his cause.
22nd-Sep-2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
When Cas first appeared it literally took my breath away. I was all flaily and WOW - what a presence!

Future!Cas was so interesting. And how amazing would it be if this season - 2014, the year The End took place, that we somehow got a glimpse of that future Cas. No idea how they'd do it (and I know it's not something they would actually do) - but I's love some reference to that potential future world (though I'm sure that was purely manipulated so it probably didn't happen anyway...)
22nd-Sep-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
This is my favorite flavor of Cas, especially toward the end when he was starting to ask questions. Who else is enough of a badass to carve a banishing symbol in his own chest. I liked the humor of finding a liquor store and drinking it. His early journey was fun to watch. Future!Cas was awesome. I can just see him drinking absinthe. Where he got it post apocalyps, who knows. Chuck probably found it along with the toilet paper on a supply run.
22nd-Sep-2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
I too liked that he went from this powerful, unquestioning being to a questioning one. And carving the symbol in his chest was awesome! (and the height of Team Free Will I think...).

Future!Cas was interesting and I wonder if TPTB might take him in that direction this season considering it's 2014... Maybe becoming human will mess him about so much he'll turn to drugs to cope (no idea if I really want this..but it would be an amazing call back to The End).

22nd-Sep-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Well I don't think anyone would need to guess my answer... The real Castiel of course so I think I'll just write a little about my favourite time on the show.

My favourite Castiel has to be season 4-5 Castiel as the development he undergoes in those seasons are extremely compelling for me to watch. He enters the show in Lazarus Rising as the perfect brainwashed soldier of heaven. He knows exactly who he is, he is a soldier of God, and this means to begin with Castiel is absolutely confident in himself. Due to the way he has been raised he is the ultimate soldier to begin with emotions such as guilt and doubt are absolutely foreign to him. He is just a soldier the morality of his actions are not for him to determine, but the person giving the orders. He is in his mind completing the orders of God after all. I think to understand things such as why he behaves the way he does after letting Sam out of the panic room in When the Levee Breaks one needs to understand this aspect of his characterisation.

But there is a chink in the armour of this perfect soldier a chink that has always been there (suppressed by Naomi prior to the series) namely his love of humanity. We see throughout the season this love for humanity and later the Winchester's specifically (let's just stick with platonic love to avoid this becoming a shipping debate) leads him to begin to doubt... We first see it when he prays for Dean to save the town in The Great Pumpkin Dean Winchester, he is clearly torn by actions commanded of him such as manipulating the brothers into doing his bidding in Death Takes a Holiday or asking Dean to torture Alastair in On the Head of a Pin. This of course climaxes with Castiel finally turning away from heaven choosing to fight with Dean, with humanity against his own family in Lucifer Rising.

Season five quite deeply explores the consequences of these actions for the angel. At the beginning of the season he is filled with a new found mission, he is fighting with the brothers and needs to find God in order to make things better. However, as the season goes on the character begins to feel the negative affects of his decision to do the right thing more and more he is hunted by his brothers and sisters, no longer able to deal with those he once considered comrades in fear of his life. He finds out that the God he had always cared for, always believed in, had abandoned him to his fate in Dark Side of the Moon and later loses the very powers that in his mind defines who he is (Two Minutes to Midnight.

In some ways Castiel is the character I feel the most sympathy for in season five while all of the characters sink to their lowest he is the one who is truly left alone in his depression. Sam managed to find the strength required to recover himself from despair by revaluating his past actions and using this new self-awareness to do better to regain a sense of mission and help his brother (Dark Side of the Moon), Dean fell into depression but he had the help of Sam and the faith Sam had in him to help him recover from the worst of it (Point of No Return) and Bobby also had Dean to help him through his own depression as highlighted most strongly in Point of No Return. Castiel however never really had anyone to help him deal with the depression and the frustration he felt, Dean was too deeply entrenched in his own depression to care about Cas' (something I don't blame Dean for), Sam was too busy focusing on Dean's issues to care about Cas and the same applied to Bobby. This is most strongly examplified by the fact that when Cas finally does try to reach out and talk to someone about how he feels, he is shot down by Bobby in Two Minutes to Midnight. Castiel only really begins to recover from this depression in Swan Song when he is resurrected by God leaving him to feel he has not truly been abandoned and is required to help restore peace and goodness to his family.

Edited at 2013-09-22 03:39 pm (UTC)
22nd-Sep-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
The seasons don't end with Castiel being a perfect character there are still many deep flaws, which need to be resolved. His tendency to allow himself to defined by a specific mission which allows other to manipulate him (Metatron, Crowley), a hero complex (I'd argue it's a mix of arrogance and after being let down so much in season five a sense of he needs to do things himself) and an inability to truly live up to his actions. It is only in my opinion after the events of late S6/early S7 that Castiel truly owns his guilt for the first time and develops the awareness required to no longer blame others for his actions(such as saying his rebellion was all due to Dean), but finally begins to realise his actions are his and his alone, a very important development for the character.

Wow I did not mean to make this so long! Hope I did not bore anymore with my mini Castiel analysis lol.

Edited at 2013-09-22 11:49 pm (UTC)
23rd-Sep-2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Hey! Wow - you really do know this character. :)) Sounds like a spot on analysis to me. :)) I think Cas can be forgotten in the great scheme of things (dealing with his depression etc) sometimes.

Hee...I don't have anything to add. You covered it! :))
23rd-Sep-2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hehe the worst thing is this was originally supposed to be about three lines worth, but then it seems parts of the Castiel character meta I've had in the back of my mind for a few years now wanted to come out.
22nd-Sep-2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
S4 badass!Castiel was definitely my favorite flavor, too. (And you were quite succinct with this one -- me, I may have gone overboard this time.) XDDD
23rd-Sep-2013 11:33 am (UTC)
ha! I figured after my rather long post on least favourite character I better say these this time! ;)

off to read yours...
24th-Sep-2013 09:41 am (UTC)
I agree very much and yay, gifs! :D
24th-Sep-2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love making the gifs when I have the time! Such fun...
xx
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