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Before I get into today's entrance - just an announcement that this will probably be my last in this series for a little bit. I may pick it up again later, but I'm going to be a bit busy until the show returns on Oct 11, and then once that happens, I'll be back into Quick Reactions and Rewatches (once I get the DVDs which will also happen sometime in October.)

Also, don't forget that Cain's re-entrance in S10 which I talked about in my One Scene Each Season series also counts as an entry in this series! 

And now...

Charlie (and Sam&Dean) - LARP and the Real Girl (8x11)

So, this might be stretching the idea of an "entrance" but I think it still counts. It's not the first time we meet Charlie, and it's not even the first time that we see her in the episode (we see a recording of her at the police station) - but it IS when she re-enters the narrative as an active participant... so, to me, that's an entrance. And it's definitely filmed as one. If this were a play, this would be the first time that Charlie was on stage, so, entrance.

And it's a great entrance - it's short and to the point. First, we get the reveal that she's not just supervising the knight tryouts, but she's testing the knights herself. We get the "I am no man" helmet removal reveal, ala Eowyn, and then the Han Solo reference that's a signature of Charlie's character as well... both things tell us, or remind us, firmly, who Charlie is. She's a nerd, sure - but she's also skilled and charismatic.

That charisma is immediately thrown into contrast with her faltering when she sees Sam and Dean - and this is why this is one of my absolute favourite entrances (possibly my actual top one favourite) because this isn't just an re-entrance for Charlie, this is a re-entrance of Sam and Dean into Charlie's life, and we actually GET TO SEE IT FROM CHARLIE'S POV. Sam and Dean are just standing in the crowd, sure, and Dean gives that little chagrined smile, but they're also clearly visible as having KNOWN MEANING. We don't just see Sam and Dean in out-of-place FBI suits, we see Sam and Dean as people like Charlie see them - foreboding portents. If Charlie's missing players were symptoms, then Sam and Dean arrive in the crowd like a diagnoses.

I love this entrance because it does double-duty. It's a great example of a short-but-effective character re-introduction, but it's also possible the only time we get to see a Sam and Dean entrance from the point of view of a civilian who knows about both the Supernatural and the Winchesters.

This entry was originally posted at https://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/564013.html.

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borgmama1of5
Sep. 24th, 2018 03:28 am (UTC)
I still miss Charlie :(

And I don't think they should try to replace her with AU Charlie unless they make her a very different person...
hells_half_acre
Sep. 24th, 2018 03:43 am (UTC)
Yeah... that's how I feel about AU Bobby too.
madebyme_x
Sep. 24th, 2018 11:34 am (UTC)
This definitely counts as an introduction in my book; plus this this is your list, so can include who you like!!! And I loved this, but it really makes me miss the joy that Charlie brought too.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 24th, 2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And yeah, Charlie was a really fun presence on the show.
tabaqui
Sep. 24th, 2018 08:25 pm (UTC)
It's an awesome entrance. A) we get to see Charlie again, and we get to see her in her happy place. We get to see her being a total nerdy dork. And yes, B), we get to see Sam & Dean and how even totally out of place, not in costume they are...the still seem ominous and a bit scary.

Even Dean's little 'gotcha' grin could seem almost a threat.

I love that we see Charlie as a kick-ass warrior and in charge leader, not a simpering damsel (as if).

And i love the follow up, where Dean gets to be a nerdy dork with Charlie over wargames.

So - yes. Awesome. Damn, i need to rewatch. :D
hells_half_acre
Sep. 24th, 2018 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly - because we know the Winchesters so well, we rarely get to see them as a threat, but they're able to accomplish that here just with a camera pan.

That's the other thing I forgot to mention - but I also like how they also introduce how Dean's going to get into everything, when he picks up the sword before leaving the scene.

This was such a fun episode - and Charlie was a great character to have in their back pocket for doing things like this.. especially because she was established as being an intelligent and capable person in her own right.
tabaqui
Sep. 24th, 2018 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes! All that. :D
I hate that they killed her. What a waste.
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