I apologize in advance to all of the Supernatural fans I am about to offend. I have been one of you for quite some time now, and what I loved most about the show (after Jensen, of course) was how each week the guys would travel to some other little run of the mill town in Anywhere U.S.A. and research and then fight (with good ole fashioned hand to hand combat and some fancy knife work) a different demon. I enjoyed watching seemingly regular people learn there was something greater than them out there. This season, however, the story has gone the way of Angels Vs Demons, and last night's episode ("On The Head Of A Pin") just crossed the "ridiculous" threshold, if you ask me! Apparently, an angel can "convert" another angel to work for the dark side!?!? WTF??
Okay, look, I'm not a religious person by any means. I spent about a year of my life reading every religious text on which I could get my hands to figure out which one I believed in, and I found that none of them made much sense to me. I do consider myself spiritual, though, and I'm willing to suspend my disbelief to consider the fact that there could be angels walking among us, if not just watching over us. But angels are not human-- that is something every religion, and I as well, can agree on. And because angels are not human, they do not have those "shades of gray," as you were: things are either good or bad to them, moral or immoral. Angels are inherently good-- that is something every religion I researched taught me-- and therefore they cannot be converted. Supernatural has always stayed very true to the lore it explores week after week, so where did they drop the ball this time?
I can only assume they took such "creative license" because they are gearing up to set Misha Collins (Castiel, the Arch Angel) up for a spin-off when the show comes to an end, if the producers get their way, at the end of the fifth season. After all, it's the only way I can explain all of the screen time he has been getting-- screen time without his supposed mentee, so to speak, Dean Winchester-- screen time which no other guest star, recurring or otherwise, has been granted. Not even Papa Winchester. I like Collins, don't get me wrong, but this isn't the show I signed up for.
They have also severely strayed from the classic rock soundtrack they worked so hard to establish through the past three years.
I just can't help but think that if Kim Manners was still alive, none of this would be happening :(