I had the pleasure of chatting with Treva Etienne, who played the Grigori angel Tamiel in the recent Supernatural episode ‘Angel Heart’. Not only is Treva a really nice guy who’s savvy about the ins and outs of the television and film industry, he’s savvy about my favorite topic of conversation too (that would be Supernatural, in case anyone is reading this blog for the very first time…). He shared some on-set stories of working (and laughing) with the boys, and is looking forward to getting to know the Supernatural fandom better. Treva’s enthusiasm for the show and his enjoyment in working with Jared, Jensen and Misha made this a really fun chat. Oh, and I realize this article is in print, but do yourself a favor and imagine it with all Treva’s responses spoken in his very lovely accent. Every time he said “thank you, darling” I just wanted to hear him say it again.
I knew that streak of “OMG fandom all agrees about the awesomeness of this episode” wouldn’t last forever, so it wasn’t that shocking that this week’s episode split fandom down the middle once again. Half of my social media compatriots loved it and half hated it – or at least one line of it. I admit that particular line caused me to go “Huh?” – actually out loud, while scratching my head – which isn’t the reaction they were probably going for. I had to make a little cognitive detour to figure out what the hell it meant, or at least to come to my own way of making sense of it, which threw me out of the story for a minute, but then I found my way back in. Other than that glitch, and putting it aside for the moment, the rest of the episode was solid and touching, even if it didn’t quite leave me breathless or scrambling for tissues.
This was the first episode in which I found myself really liking the character of Claire. Kathryn Newton has done a credible job playing her throughout, but she was written to be annoying and that’s how she came off. This episode gave us a more mature Claire, some of her defenses partially dismantled as she searches for her mother. No coincidence that it’s her 18th birthday. Sometimes reaching that ‘legal adult’ status just brings up all the losses of childhood and makes us want to be parented all over again. I could understand Claire’s determination to figure out what happened to her mother. To find her, or at least to make sense of her abandonment. To make the chaos of her life somehow have meaning. I think Dean can relate to that need, which plays into what he says to her later.