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Supernatural Review: The Charlie Identity

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Portraying the perky and quirky computer whiz with a knack for role playing, comic conventions and sisterly love for the Winchester brothers, Felicia Day's Charlie has certainly made her mark on Supernatural.

So it was really no surprise that Day nailed it again with "Pac-Man Fever."

Charlie and Sam

Charlie always has such a charming and upbeat personality in pretty much any situation. Whether it was creating her own dress shopping montage (I enjoyed Dean's "No's") or trying to play an FBI agent (notice the Aliens reference?), she's continued to prove herself as a positive addition rather than a bland minor character.

Certainly Day brings Charlie to life, but writer Robbie Thompson, who has written all of Charlie's episodes, has continued to expand upon the character.

We finally learned why Charlie has been on the run so long, in addition to the fact that she's been trying to care for her mother in the hospital.

It was nice to see something she was fighting for, even if the whole point was that it was time to let her mother go. A really touching scene with Charlie reading "The Hobbit" one last time was a good way to close the episode out.

Truly, combing over this episode, there was so much done right.

It was good to see that even though this was primarily a filler episode, Sam was struggling with the after effects of completing the second trial. Not only did he have some major bed head, but his shooting skills were off (kind of reminded me of James Bond trying to get back in the game in Skyfall).

Additionally, Charlie perfectly hitting the target was a funny contrast.

It also felt fitting that Dean was able to help Charlie let go at the same time she was able to give the brothers some advice on their success as hunters. Sam will get through it all and Dean will be there to help him.

I even loved the mentioning of Chuck and wonder if we'll ever see him again. It was a great callback to the novels that he had been writing about the brothers.

That said, I feel like if anything he'd probably get the same type of mentioning that Garth continually gets despite the fact it feels like forever since we've actually seen him. And yet, even through it all, I still felt somewhat underwhelmed.

Allowing the brothers to get involved with a new type of djinn was fun, but the dream sequence that was a video game felt only okay.

Sure, Dean and Charlie looked like bad asses taking out the killer vampires (loved some of the camera work during it), but it felt rather short.

I was even prepared for some Inception-like rules (you die in the dream, you wake up) and assumed that was how Charlie would escape her loop. Yet, she just decided to stop killing the bad guys and they disappeared? She mentally decided to quit the video game in her mind and let her mom go?

Wasn't that too easy? And where was Pac-Man?

I guess I was expecting a little more from the whole video game aspect.

I'm glad Dean was able to give his brother a hug at the end (he hands those out a lot now, doesn't he?), telling Sam to stay home got a little tiresome. I know Dean won't quit on protecting his brother, but I thought they had gotten on the same page about it all.

This was a decent episode and Charlie is always a welcome character, but I wasn't blown away or overly hyped up by what took place. I think with it so close to the end, I'm really ready to buckle up and drive the Impala towards the final trial. I'm definitely hoping it all comes to a classic and exciting Supernatural finale.

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Fifty

Solid episode. Not gonna do a re-watch though. Felicia Day was a good addition. Need Crowley to be great though :)

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This story could have been done without Charlie. I didn't care for her or her background story. She also mumbles a lot and talks too fast. Sam and Dean should have located the Djinn themselves with their MOL equipment. The Djinn was good, and the actress was great. Looking forward to the end of this season with Cas. If Richard is correct and Abaddon and Metatron are in the finale, then yes, that should be spectacular. Overall, S8 was sadly disappointing. Hope great things happen for S9. (Please, no more Charlie!). I agree that the Ghostfacers could make a reappearance though.

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Can anyone tell me who played the coroner? She looks a lot like the same actress that plays Naomi. I don't think they would be that sloppy but I can't find any information on who the actress was which is strange. Either way the writers this season are certainly loving the red head chicks. Anyone else notice that?

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Should be a roller coaster finish to season GR8. Crowley is in all 3 final episodes. So is Castiel. The Archangel Metatron finally puts in an appearance in the final 2 episodes. Castiel describes Metatron as the Scribe of Heaven in previous seasons. Metatron wrote down the Word of God. And in the final episode Abaddon returns. She's the demon we saw in the episode where Sam and Dean first learned about the Men of Letters, and she is the reason why the Men of Letters were disbanded and destroyed. She is one of the Knight's of Hell handpicked by Lucifer. As a Knight of Hell, Abaddon is more powerful than both Crowley and Castiel.

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It did seem kind of odd that Chuck was brought up again. Maybe we will see him again before the season is over? And I loved the Ghostfacers, too. Looks like we won't be seeing the head vampire from last seasons finale. Remember when he told Sam and Dean "see you next season?"

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I am probably one of the few who feel this way but I'm not a huge fan of Charlie. I enjoyed her in the first episode but the others seem too pushed. I feel like the writers make her try too hard. I enjoyed the ghostfacers much more. They seemed more genuine and naturally funny. They really were hysterical and didn't make Supernatural seem silly. I also enjoyed Chuck as a recurring character. He was also naturally funny. I do believe I remember Castiel saying something to the effect that if Kevin became a prophet, that meant that Chuck was dead but it is supernatural after all and and they could certainly find a way for him to come back.

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@Iboogie Don't you love it when people watch the show religiously and then come in here to tell everyone how much they hate it? lol

Ilkvomit

Train ride ? Fuck !!!! Belgium status

Suzannejensen

I loved this episodes.. I didnt love the other Charlie ones, but something about this episode and her back-story really got to me

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This was a really another best episode. I liked how Felicia Day came on this and straightened the boys to get their mood together in a positive tone on the end of this episode.