Supernatural Episode Review: “There’s No Place Like Home”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 10 television episode that first aired January 27, 2015.

Synopsis: While researching the Mark of Cain, Sam (Jared Padalecki) comes across news footage of Charlie (Felicia Day) attacking a district attorney and, believing she has returned from Oz and has started hunting again, he and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate. Only, when they find her, they discover her good and bad personalities have been magically changed into two separate people with the bad personality hunting down the drunk driver that killed her parents.

What I Liked About This Episode

Ever since she was first introduced on the series, Charlie has been one of my favorite characters. She’s fun, has a quirky personality and, because she is a lesbian, there’s no risk of some sort of romantic entanglement with Sam or Dean that will mess things up. So, needless to say, I was happy to see her back.

I think the thing I liked best about this episode, however, had to be the fact Sam and Dean were actually hunting down a monster. OK, technically, it was still Charlie, just her evil half. And, they couldn’t exactly kill that half without harming her too. But, compared to many of the episodes lately, which mostly just consist of Dean wallowing in self pity while they try to figure out how to remove the Mark of Cain, it was a nice change of pace.

And, to be fair, even though Charlie’s evil half was doing some pretty bad things, I also couldn’t help but cheer for her too. After all, Charlie’s parents were killed when she was a kid and, not only did the drunk driver get away with it, he was never even prosecuted. Justice, in my opinion, was served.

Another thing I found I liked about this episode was the way it brought an end to that bizarre Wizard of Oz thing. I’m willing to keep an open mind about a lot of things when it comes to this series, mostly because it is entertaining. But, that storyline was a little too much for me. Hopefully, we won’t hear any more about it going forward.

What I Didn't Like About This Episode

As I said, I like Charlie and wish we could see more of her. As a result of this, I was very disappointed when she once again left to go out on her own at the end of this episode. I know we’ll see her again. But, can we at least have her stick around for a couple episodes at a time?

Also, this Mark of Cain thing really is starting to get a bit old. It’s an interesting enough concept but it’s the same thing over and over again. Dean has it and, at some point, has to resist the urges it gives him. In this case, he nearly killed Charlie. This probably wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s a plot point that has been hammered to death in pretty much every episode this season. It’s time to move on, find a way to remove it and get Sam and Dean working to do just that rather than hiding out in their bunker reading books.

Final Opinion

I did like this episode a bit more than some of the previous ones because, at very least, they did something besides sitting around doing research. I just wish this ongoing story about the Mark of Cain would finally start moving forward a little more.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 01/28/2015, StevenHelmer
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