Supernatural “The Born-Again Identity” Review

Supernatural The Born-Again Identity Season 7 Episode 17

Well folks, it happened, it finally happened. After months of waiting, wishing and hoping, Supernatural brought back our beloved Castiel in tonight’s episode, called “The Born-Again Identity.”

Now I can finally stop holding my breath and let out everything I’ve been thinking about this episode ever since I was lucky enough to catch a screening of it at the CW yesterday. I didn’t want to leak spoilers but at the same time, I’m so happy I can finally share with everyone just exactly how this episode made me feel. And what can I say? This one blew me away. Every actor brought their A-game to the table and there wasn’t an idle performance in the bunch. From Sam’s pain, Dean’s determination, Castiel’s initial confusion to eventual guilt, and even Lucifer’s hilarity – I enjoyed the heck out of everything that every single character did.

Sam gets himself admitted to a mental hospital after Lucifer takes him for a ride that leads to Sam getting hit by a car. Then Dean does the same thing Sam did in ‘Faith’ – he starts calling anyone and everyone to find Sam help, and what he finds is a healer named Emmanuel. Turns out Emmanuel is none other than Castiel, still with his angel powers but devoid of all his memories.

I felt bad for every character in this one. Sam of course with his torture (although it was really hard not to sometimes laugh at Luci’s antics) was hard to watch, as was Dean when he found Cas but had to hide the truth from him in order to try and save his brother.

And then there was Cas. Now we all know that Cas hurt Sam and as much as I love my angel, I didn’t take that lightly. But I don’t think there is anything he could have done to make it better; that would have been more fitting than pulling Sam’s nightmares into himself. With one touch he healed Sam and also brought on a punishment for all of his crimes. It made me proud even as it broke my heart. I know that Cas will have to be fixed someday, but right now I have no clue how Sam and Dean are going to do it.

But thanks to Cas, Sam and Dean can work together and hopefully now we’ll start to see them working their way out of the hole that has been getting deeper and deeper this season. Maybe now that Sam is whole again they can figure out how to beat the leviathans and maybe, just maybe, make Cas whole again, too.

My favorite bits..

Poor Sammy. I HATE that ridiculous Good Morning song, too. Mean Luci.

Luci pointing out to Sam the good news that if Sam was normal, he’d be dead in a week. Leave it to Lucifer to find the bright side.

“Keep that sense of humor, Sam. It’ll get you through this.”

My heart breaking a little when Dean said “Screw Cas!”

So torn between heartbreak for Sam and hysterics over Lucifer. It’s not fair how funny he is.

Luci reading the medical book and commenting that he *could* have narcissistic personality disorder. Haha! Ya think?

The journal “magically” ending up on the floor. Oh Bobby, please let that be you.

Luci comparing Sam’s locked room to the cage. Ouch.

Ugh! And another scene with food I’ll never be able to watch on this again.

Lucifer breaking out the bullhorn. That is beyond cruel. Every time Sam flinched, I did too…and yes, I did laugh a little. Dang that Luci.

Is it wrong to admit that I totally recognized that ass immediately? Just sayin’.

“Emmanuel” immediately asking Dean what was wrong. Oh, that reminds me of Cas so much.

A boom box and firecrackers? Poor Sammy.

“So who named you Emmanuel.”
“BouncingBabyNames.com”

“Yeah but what if you were some kind of, I don’t know, bad guy?”
“I don’t feel like a bad person.” – That part killed me.

Emmanuel pointing out that Dean wasn’t a machine, he was human. I’m hearing so many echoes of Cas in what he’s saying.

Emmanuel telling Dean that “Cas” was an odd name. LOL.

Kind of getting a kick out the fact that Emmanuel doesn’t get humor any better than Cas did either.

“His soul is broken, doc. Can you give him a pill?”

Luci’s little “Darn” when the doc said they weren’t going to give Sam a lobotomy.

“You’re an angel.”
“I’m sorry. Is that a flirtation?”

That moment when Cas asked “Am I Cas?”

Meg saying that she believed in “the little tree topper”

Cas flashing back as he smote every demon in front of the hospital. The song they used was perfect. Not gonna lie, I shed a few tears during that whole bit.

Dean calling Cas by his actual name right before Cas turned around to announce that he remembered everything.

Dean actually defending Cas and pointing out that he did the best he could at the time. That surprised the hell out of me and also made me incredibly happy.

“I can’t possibly fix it. So why did I even walk out of that river?”
“Maybe TO fix it.”

The. Overcoat. *more tears*

Cas realizing that he couldn’t fix Sam. I don’t know who I felt worse for then, Cas or Sam.

Luci reading The Three Little Pigs.

Cas apologizing to Sam before taking Lucifer into himself.

Dean reassuring Sam that it was safer to leave Cas where he was, with Meg there to watch over him.

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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