Note from Alice: Sorry for the slower posting on these, but this last week has involved an intense and painful “upgrade” of yours truly’s laptop to Windows 7. Okay, it’s better than Vista, but it’s still Microsoft! Anyway, I think the kinks are getting worked out (not to mention the time we took to do the cool graphic for the countdown clock), so the rest of the list will happen this week uninterrupted. Enjoy!
#6 – Dark Angels
Okay, Uriel’s not your typical white fluffy cloud angel. Of course NONE of them are. Uriel rubs us the wrong way from the beginning, but that’s the point. He’s the badass angel, the eradicator not afraid to wipe out a civilization or two. After all, that’s his job as “specialist” and he loves his work. His bitter contempt for humans (aka mud monkeys) make his job way easier, plus that hatred means he doesn’t have to worry about hurting feelings of disillusioned humans like Sam who previously believed angels were merciful. He gets a sick delight in showing otherwise.
Despite his lack of personal skills, he’s an angel right? One of God’s warriors and considering God prefers humans over angels, he has an obligation to protect them, right? Hell no. What happened to Uriel has been told constantly in biblical canon and other apocrypha. Angels have turned bad on their own and their disobedience is considered to be an unforgiveable sin. Another unforgivable sin, killing other angels, which he shares that only an angel can do. That instantly revokes his membership in the holy rollers club. It also gets him killed by another disobedient angel whose morals are a little more human friendly. She did bang a Winchester after all!
Uriel, despite his shortcomings, had a soft spot for Castiel though. They were together in the trenches for over 2,000 years and Uriel in the end pleaded him to join him in welcoming their brother Lucifer back to the world. Uriel was pretty stupid in judging character though, for if he really knew Castiel, he would have known that Cas wouldn’t buy into that freeing Lucifer crap and chosen to stick with God. Which he did.
Robert Wisdom is a perfect choice for the dark angel, and he brought so much depth to a character that all in all didn’t get a lot of screen time. When he was on screen though, you knew it.
On the other side is Zachariah, played by equally compelling Kurt Fuller. Zachariah has the potential to be the new season five big bad, but in season four, his presence was just menacing enough to earn a mention alongside the other angel with the ominous agenda. Zachariah’s displeasure at the human race is just as bad as Uriel’s, but his behavior mirrors a sly new car salesman rather than a sheer brute. Despite the harsh contrast with Uriel, their goals were the same. Free Lucifer at all costs, no matter if human, angel or otherwise get hurt in the process. After all, God has left the building.