Supernatural: Dark Dynasty
May 9, 2015 2:30 PM - Season 10, Episode 21 - Subscribe

When Rowena seems to be getting nowhere on decoding the Book of the Damned, Sam brings in Charlie and Castiel to help. The Styne family continues their search for the Book of the Damned. While Dean researches the Stynes, he comes upon a case for him and Sam.
posted by cfoxhi (11 comments total)
 
Wow! This one was a shocker. Despite how many major characters get killed off, I still never get used to it.

I like that that brought in the Frankenstein mythology as it provides a different kind of human monster. I think making the Styne family responsible for all kinds of political evil was unnecessary, but perhaps we wouldn't have considered them quite so evil otherwise. I also like that they are family and not just one individual monster for the Winchesters to deal with.
posted by cfoxhi at 2:36 PM on May 9, 2015


I should've known this show couldn't not kill off a female character. Not even Charlie! If there was anybody I thought might've had a shot at survival, it was Charlie. She deserved better than getting ganked offscreen and bleeding out in a bathtub just so that Sam and Dean can have more angst. Like there was really a shortage of Winchester angst.

I liked the Stein => Frankenstein reveal, but I am already confused about their history. Like I'm pretty sure at one point Sam mentions how there's no record of the family at all before ~1800. Which makes sense since around then is (presumably) when Dr. Victor Frankenstein kicked things off by creating the first one. But then later in the episode, they mention the Steins having made a killing cleaning up after the Black Plague, and the Hundred Years War, both of which would require them to have been around for an extra 500 years or so. If the writers can't keep their Stein-family-mythology straight, all in the same episode, in basically the first episode that has any Stein-family-mythology....well let's just say I'm concerned that this bodes poorly on the things-making-sense front for episodes to come.
posted by mstokes650 at 3:56 PM on May 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


Nooo! Not Charlie! Those bastards. I am really hoping there is a chance for her yet. If not, then I am going to be pissed.

Re: the earlier history, I figured they dug that up after they found out the Frankenstein link, and those earlier events were linked to the original family name.
posted by insert.witticism.here at 4:36 PM on May 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


I think this season has worked pretty well as individual episodes. But when they said the other night that there were only two more episodes, it caught me off guard. It doesn't feel like an "arc" has been building. I've liked the Rowena and Crowley stuff, the stuff with Dean's mark has been fun, but it hasn't been escalating. The Steins seem like they could be a good "big bad," but they're JUST SHOWING UP and the season's almost over.

It really surprised me they killed off Charlie. She's always felt a little contrived to me, but the fans seem to love her and I got the feeling the writers couldn't get enough of her. Also, they must have heard all the complaints about all the female deaths on the show, and they had to know killing her would just play into that and give the fans more to crab about. Taking her out also leaves the show really short on recurring human characters! (We've got Cas' daughter and the two lady sheriffs... am I forgetting anybody?)

Sigh. Looks like another season without the Ghost Facers. Or Death. I miss Death.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:36 AM on May 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Well, at least one consistent theme throughout the show's run has been that hanging with the brothers is bad for your health, mortal or not. And Charlie was warned.
posted by insert.witticism.here at 5:43 AM on May 10, 2015


So annoyed with the Supernatural writers. Bad enough that they have once again killed off a recurring female character, but that was insultingly badly written. Sam & Dean chaining Eldon up by one hand only? They already have photographic evidence of his super-strength, there is no reason other than the writers' need for a breakout for such a pathetic restraint. And then having Charlie suddenly become the dumbest person on earth -- the idea that she would be bothered enough by anything Rowena said to actually sneak away from a secure bunker to a hotel with no escape route, considering that she's the one that stole the book from the Steins in the first place and knew what they were capable of. And what about Castiel? She could have called him for help, by phone or by prayer. Or Sam & Dean could have called him and sent him ahead to go rescue her.

But no. Just a bunch of character assassination to accomplish yet another gratuitous death for Dean & Sam to angst & argue over. So fucking tiresome.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:26 AM on May 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Re: the earlier history, I figured they dug that up after they found out the Frankenstein link, and those earlier events were linked to the original family name.

So...that would mean Dr. Victor Frankenstein dates from what, somewhere around the 13th century? Or else it would mean that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (the book so accurate it drove the whole family into hiding!) was wildly inaccurate.
posted by mstokes650 at 7:50 AM on May 10, 2015


I can agree with a lot of your complaints, oh yeah!, but I didn't feel like running off was out of character for Charlie. She always struck me as kind of impulsive, emotional and... stubborn? That's not quite the word I'm looking for, but when she felt very strongly about something she would do it, even if it wasn't always the best choice.

I suspect the writers' decision to kill her was motivated by a certain amount of panic. They knew they were heading into a season finale without sufficiently high stakes, so they had to up the ante. By killing Charlie, they hoped it would make the Steins scarier, fast.

(I wouldn't be surprised if Charlie comes back in some form, as a ghost or in heaven or whatever. Given how many times Bobby's come back, I figure Charlie has at worst been demoted from recurring to Special Guest Star.)

In terms of calling on Castiel, that gets back to the problem of him being superpowered and how they deal with that in the show. Realistically, the Winchesters could be calling on him every week to solve their problems in 45 seconds. That's why his powers keep getting stripped away, and why he is so often busy or otherwise not answering their calls. A full-powered, fully-engaged Castiel would be the death of the show!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 5:06 PM on May 10, 2015


Seems to me, Dr. Frankenstein's ancestors date back to the 13th century and earlier. They would have been involved in all sorts of dubious activities involving magic, power and whatever they can use to advance their family's stature. By the late 19th century, Victor was busy with the reanimation experiments that Mary Shelley uncovered and wrote about.
posted by insert.witticism.here at 8:06 PM on May 10, 2015


(I wouldn't be surprised if Charlie comes back in some form, as a ghost or in heaven or whatever. Given how many times Bobby's come back, I figure Charlie has at worst been demoted from recurring to Special Guest Star.)

Yeah, death isn't that big a setback on this show.
posted by homunculus at 8:50 PM on May 10, 2015


Clearly a set up for a female Frankenstein storyline. What, I can hope can't I?
posted by Feantari at 7:09 PM on May 15, 2015


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