Not to overuse the word "dark", but this one was several shades in-the-shadier than Charlie episodes usually are.
The evil double is a beloved genre show staple for a reason: it's a wonderfully extreme way to explore a character. The split in Charlie felt a lot like one of the first and best: the original Star Trek's "The Enemy Within". The so-called "evil" Kirk was indeed a badass but he was the one who could captain a starship and make the tough decisions, while the good Kirk was a washed out wimp. Dark Charlie won a war in Oz singlehandedly by doing terrible things, and she took down Dean with scissor legs like Scarlett Johansson. Light Charlie couldn't even hack a computer or pick up a bartender.
The split in Charlie was, of course, a parallel to the internal war going on inside Dean. He was trying so hard to be good that he was eating egg whites and kale. I can almost see the discussion in the writers' room about what they could do to make Dean hit rock bottom, and hitting a woman he and Sam treat like a beloved little sister definitely worked. But you know, Charlie did actually go through with it. She killed the man who destroyed her family. She got in touch with her inner darkness and came out the other side. She can help Dean do the same thing.
It's too bad she's not going back to Oz, though. It's tantalizing. I realize that this is Supernatural and it's about two brothers in the (well, sort of) real world, but doesn't anyone else wish they would do a few episodes in Oz, like Angel in Pylea?
Bits and pieces:
-- Pretty much all the drama was Charlie and Dean this time. Sam was mostly just there, doing his Sam thing.
-- We already knew Charlie's real last name is Middleton, but I'm pretty sure we didn't know that her first name is Celeste.
-- Clive Dillon, one of the Men of Letters, was living quietly in Kansas while his doppelganger stayed young as the not-so-wonderful Wizard of Oz. Have we seen that picture of Dillon before?
-- Book of the Damned is a real book. Charles Fort is famous for his books about the paranormal and unexplained.
-- Stargate Atlantis's Paul McGillion played the D.A. He also played a completely different character in season 5's "Fallen Idols".
-- This week: Topeka and Junction City, Kansas. Dean and Sam were special agents Gabriel and Collins. I'm assuming Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins? Later, Dean was "Mr. Presley". I don't have to say who that is, do I?
-- Dark Charlie stole the Impala. Now that's evil.
Dean: "As soon as we get rid of this demonic tramp stamp, I am back on the booze, burgers and more booze."
Dean: "What are you saying, Charlie tortured someone? Our Charlie, yea high, wouldn't hurt a hobbit, practically sparkles?"
Dean: "What the hell is kale?"
Sam: "… anti-authority disorder, clinical depression, violent outbursts, Charlie was… ah…"
Dean: "If a shrink interviewed us at that age, do you think the report would be all kittens and rainbows?"
Dark Charlie: "Should have known Rocket and Groot would track me down."
Light Charlie: "Being good is really annoying. Normally in a place like this I'd be pounding Harvey Wallbangers, checking out the bartender's ass. Now, all I want to do is sip club soda and send her to college."
Dark Charlie: "You Winchester boys and your talk. Blah blah blah repressed feelings, blah blah blah passive aggression."
Dark Charlie: "You hit like a girl who never learned how to hit."
Charlie: "I forgive you, Dean."
Dean: "Well, I don't."
So what did you think? How many out of four club sodas?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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