Supernatural Sundays – Angel “Rules”
In Season 2, Episode 13, Supernatural first introduced the idea of angels to their story line. It turned out what they were chasing was merely the spirit of a recently murdered priest, Father Gregory, but they used the show to establish Sam’s willingness to believe in angels, and Dean’s disbelief.
Of course, by the end of that show, Dean questions whether he has seen the hand of God, so now his ‘un-faith’ is shaken. And this, in my opinion, is where they opened the door for the angel mythology.
What I really love is that they made up the rules for their angels and they follow them. If a mortal looks directly at an angel, their eyes will burn out. Mortals can’t hear the angels speak – it sounds like a high-pitched squeal. This is a myth I have heard before perhaps in a book, or perhaps in lore somewhere. So the angels in Supernatural had to possess humans in order to be seen and heard.
They differentiated the possession of angels from the possession of demons by making the vessel of the angel have to agree to the possession. This complicated things for Satan when he needed Sam as his vessel, since he is also an angel. It also made for great tension surrounding Michael using Dean as his vessel, and ultimately having to use… well… I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t gotten there yet!
The other rules they’ve conjured up for angels is that you can trap them inside a ring of holy fire. This comes in handy on a couple of occasions. Angels carry swords that can kill other angels and demons, too. And when angels die, they leave behind scorched wing marks, which is a totally awesome effect that gives me shivers every time they show it.
What are the other angel “rules” that you have noticed? While you’re contemplating that, here is a slideshow of Supernatural’s angels for you.