Supernatural Season 9 Episode 9: “Holy Terror” Review

“Would I lie?” Dean Winchester

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“Holy Terror” showed us how the angels without guidance, pretty much operate as unsupervised children in their quest to take control and figure out a way to Heaven. In the first scene, a seemingly innocuous group choral group, the Melody Ministry Glee Club, approaches the Round ‘Em Up Bar. Singing “This Little Light of Mine,” women garbed in white dresses go into the biker bar and decimate the all male inhabitants within. The Glee Club follows Malachi, who we learn wants to figure out how to return and take over Heaven. They have murdered Boyle’s Bikers, followers of Reverend Boyle who aligned himself with Bartholomew.


Bad BoysWhile the slaughter is occurring, Sam and Dean are driving. Dean engages a reluctant Ezekiel, whose answers grow more suspicious each time he speaks. He assures an increasingly concerned Dean, “It shouldn’t take much longer now.” When Dean queries him and reminds Ezekiel that he’s said that for weeks now, Ezekiel reminds him of the danger of involving Sam with any of the angel activity. When Dean reminds Ezekiel that’s what they do, Ezekiel tells him to “be discrete.” When Sam returns, he notices a sign that reads, “Fort Collins 50 miles.” He last remembered it when it read “100 miles” and tells Dean chunks of time are missing. Dean knows he cannot much longer keep Sam in the dark about Ezekiel. He says to Sam he is still healing from the trials. But when he says, “Would I lie?” We know that Dean’s lies are torturing him.

When Sam and Dean go to the Round Up Bar, they are informed another FBI agent is already there. It’s Cas, who informs Dean that he will continue to be involved because as a honorable human and former angel, “I’m a part of this- like it or not.” Battling continues in another scene as this time, Bartholomew’s men overcome one of Malachi’s followers who attempts for angels to seek vessels in an adolescent church group.

Sam, Dean and Cas bond over a beer. In an ironic scene, Cas drinks his first beer and nearly becomes drunk. Sam, who of course, doesn’t know why Cas left the bunker after the episode “I’m No Angel,” questions him about how he is doing alone. Sam offers to get them another round of beer, but Cas insists. Ezekiel takes over and tells Dean his concerns about Cas being a beacon. Dean questions him about his fear. When Ezekiel admits it was because he chose sides, Dean says so did Cas and that put him in bad standing with all angels. When Cas returns, Sam says, “I am going to get something out of the car.”

The intonation is no longer Sam’s. He leaves the bar so quickly, I wonder whether Dean notices it isn’t how Sam speaks and that he spoke that way in front of Cas.

“I know who you are,” Metatron, who is waiting outside the bar, says. Ezekiel died in the fall from heaven. The angel who inhabits Sam is Gadreel, whom God imprisoned when he allowed the serpent into the Garden of Eden. Metatron, as God’s scribe has learned more pop psychology than any other angel, invites Gadreel to join him up in an empty Heaven where together they will reclaim it and make it the Heaven of Metatron’s dreams.

Cas, on his own, prays for guidance and eventually meets a young angel, Muriel, who is trying to stay alive by not aligning herself with any faction. They are captured by Malachi loyalists and more angel casualties occur. Cas is able to steal another angel’s grace, thus becoming an angel again.

While “Sam” and Dean try to figure out what to do with the angels, Sam, as Kevin notes, leaves a lot. He does so to meet Metatron who wants to make sure he can trust Gadreel. Gadreel informs us that Sam is a mess inside as is Dean. While Gadreel seems a little unsure of Metatron’s motives, he is easily convinced to prove his loyalty. Metatron hands him the name of someone he must “neutralize.”

Cas calls Dean and informs him that Ezekiel died during the fall. He doesn’t know who is possessing Sam. Dean compels Kevin to create a spell where Dean can talk to someone possessed by an angel. Dean’s plan goes wrong. “Sam” listens as Dean confesses what he had done to keep Sam alive. Ezekiel/Gadreel shows Sam’s appropriate response and knocks out Dean, and kills Kevin.

Bad Boys“Holy Terror” was one of the best, if not the best, Supernatural episodes this season. While we know, as Dean says, “Angels were dicks,” we are shown repeatedly that they will try to outsmart one another. When Cas says he is in it, he needs to be so. What we see of angels is that they lack compassion, empathy or understanding. Not only for humans, but for one another. Metatron is lonely and so he is trying to rebuild Heaven filling up with angels he likes. Even as he tells Gadreel he doesn’t want stupid angels, he is speaking like an adolescent. Is Heaven supposed to be a popularity contest? Bartholomew and Malachi make us aware again that Heaven is full of warring factions, vying for power. Gadreel has been freed on Earth, but the first thing he does is take an alias and becomes a very capable learner. From the moment Gadreel took over Sam in the bar, I believe he controlled Sam. In the storeroom, he taunts Dean when he says, “I played him convincingly, I thought.” Of Kevin’s death, he says it was ultimately for the best. “I did what I had to.”

In the meantime, Dean is suffering under the burden of his lies. He doesn’t know whether Sam is any better, but he does know that Ezekiel exhibits an autonomy and self-assurance he did not possess when he first made Sam his vessel. Kevin looks up to Dean and yet when Dean says, “Trust me,” and Kevin replies. “I always trust you. And I always get screwed,” we see what Gadreel has learned after living with the Winchesters: Dean will do anything to save and protect Sam.

By episode’s end, Gadreel has walked out in Sam’s body, Kevin’s eyes are steaming, and Dean is left alone, again, weighed under by the burden of his inability to control the situations that happened when he tried to protect Sam. How long until “Road Trip?”