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Supernatural – The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo

Supernatural and good story aren’t two things that have been synonymous as of late. With a series of mounting questions but no real sense of mystery surrounding them, we’ve seen a string of loosely connected episodes that have done little to impress. Most of them have strayed away from the humor that usually makes the the story-light procedural hours entertaining, and have instead slowly trickled out information regarding the overarching plot of the season against a backdrop of mostly bland and uninteresting writing. That is until now. Yes, twenty episodes into the season we finally get the answers to the questions that we can barely remember or even care about in “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo.”

We pick up fairly soon after last week’s events with the Winchester brothers finally back on Dick’s case. Fortunately, despite Frank’s disappearance, Bobby is back and—wouldn’t you know it—he managed to work out the Leviathan’s entire plan in the few minutes that he was in Roman’s office before he got shot. Cue a much needed piece of exposition. In short, what we’re told is that the Leviathan have a scheme for world domination, and a fairly good one at that. The empty field that Bobby led the brothers to shortly before he passed will be the location of a high-tech human harvest site. To avoid any kind of resistance, Richard Roman Enterprises has spent its post-takeover time buying up restaurants and replacing their meat (I would assume that there’s probably a vegetarian option, too) with the docile burgers that we saw a while back. The final step of the plan sees the company developing cures for all human ailments, with the intention of creating the perfect product for consumption. 


With that out of the way within the first five minutes, a plot for this episode was still required and, as such, we got to see just how well the writers of the show could convincingly fit Felicia Day into the story. It turns out they’re not too bad at it at all. Felicia joined the story as Charlie, a nerdy computer hacking genius that conveniently works for the big-bad at Richard Roman Enterprises, who is given the shady task of hacking into one of Frank’s hard drives under the threat of being fired. When she commences the job, Charlie triggers an email to be sent to Sam, both warning the brothers that the drive is being hacked, putting their new identities at risk and confirming his death. Ever the paranoid man, Frank had, of course, gone to the trouble of installing a tracker in the drive, and so worlds collide. 

Successful in hacking the drive, Charlie discovers exactly what her boss is made of and got a front row seat to a Leviathan meal to confirm the crazy within. After Sam and Dean get a hold of her and fill in the blanks, the trio sets about discovering the only missing piece to the monster puzzle: exactly what it was that the archeological digs that Dick had commissioned were looking for. Unable to access the required information externally, it was time for an Ocean’s 11-style heist. Discovering that whatever was being looked for had been found and was on its way to the office as they spoke, Sam and Dean went to intercept the package as Charlie’s escape was halted by Dick’s showing up to receive it. Some back-and-forth-in-time narrative made for an interesting few minutes, the end result of which was the brothers getting the item and Dick receiving an anti-leviathan bomb. 


Now aware that Charlie had betrayed him, Dick attempts to kill her, but Bobby steps in with a full-on vengeful mode attack just in time. The living then proceed to run, dragging angry Bobby along with them, something that was more than likely not a part of his plan. After sending the hacker on her way, the episode then closes out with the brothers discussing ghost-Bobby’s actions, a mounting concern for both them and myself. I spoke last week about Bobby’s return being a bit of a cop-out (confirmed by him outright telling us what had been going on this season instead of having the brothers find out themselves), and now I’m slightly worried that “bad” Bobby is going to become the crux of the finale instead of the Leviathan. 

While we’ve spent a long time getting to know Bobby and his death was one of the bigger events in the show’s history, the past two seasons have essentially been a setup for what we’re getting now, in terms of the Leviathan takeover. Given how light the plot has been throughout the earlier parts of the season, a strong Leviathan-oriented finish could provide the justification needed for those filler episodes and may even be capable of salvaging the entire season to a worthwhile rating. If that ends up being pushed to the side in favor of a “we must get rid of Bobby” emotional climax, however, even if it is good, it’ll further diminish the season and make a season eight pickup less than desirable. 

Rating
8.0

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