“The Slice Girls” Review
By Bekah James
Supernatural 7.13: The Slice Girls
Written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner
Directed by Jerry Wanek
Music: “Words Collide” by Louden Swain (Rob Benedict’s band) and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
Production Designer Jerry Wanek took his turn at directing Supernatural. It’s fun to guess who the next cast and/or crew member to direct will be. I’ve been very bad with keeping up with spoilers this Season (as in, I haven’t read ANY), so I was pleasantly surprised to see his name flash across the screen.
I expected some really cool moments from a man who’s been there since inception. And Mr. Wanek did not disappoint. The From Above shot in the coroner’s office was immediately followed up by a Point Of View shot—from the POV of the dead guy. It was a little disorienting, and I loved it. The intimate shots in The Colbalt Room of Dean and Lydia flirting and drinking was wonderful. I was pulled in and felt my heart rate increase. Ok, let’s just call a chicken a chicken—it was hot. And then he hit us with a Sex and Violence montage of epic proportions. The pairing of movements was exceptionally well done. Don’t even get me started about the awesomeness of using AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” in any sort of sex scene.
The script, crafted by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner, was well written and well paced. I loved the idea of Dean’s one night stand etiquette changing—we haven’t seen him with anyone since Lisa—what with having Lydia’s number programmed in his phone. And Dean praising the FBI for their fake benefits package made me laugh-snort. I think you’d be hard pressed to find an exchange as hilarious as this one:
Dean: “You’re as screwed up as I am. You’re just… bigger.”
Dean: “I don’t know.”
Funny stuff. The end of episode Impala Talk was a head above the usuals. Perhaps it was the subject matter. Finally– FINALLY— Dean and Sam are square. Dean stabbed Amy; Sam shot Emma. Sam couldn’t kill Amy even though he knew he should; Dean couldn’t kill Emma even though he knew he should. Perfect! Sam’s anger in the Impala was odd… about as odd as us seeing Sam driving the Impala. Perhaps Mr. Wanek made the choice to put Sam in the driver’s seat to mirror the flipped roles this week. This episode was a fantastic vehicle for settling that score.
I laughed to see the Mayor of Sunnydale as Professor Morrison. He was a perfect money-hungry expert/ nutty professor. It is always a pleasure to see Buffy alums on this show. His fascination at the paper Sam brought him was hilarious.
I am concerned about the repeat mention of Bobby’s ghost. I know we are winding up to something with all of these random ghostly things, and I reckon it will be resolved in or around episode 17. I really, sincerely hope Bobby is not a ghost. Have I said that before? Yeah, well, it bears repeating.
It has only happened a few times, but every time it does, I have a flash of irritation followed by a renewed love for this series. That being the monsters disappearing into the night without any clear resolution. Now, the flash of irritation comes from the lack of closure, but the renewed love comes from the realization that they cannot—and do not—win them all. It stands to reason that the brothers would not always get to The Mothership in time. They are, after all, human. Of course… I could just be going easy on the writers. Maybe they just didn’t know how to end it and went “Meh…. The monsters get away and live to fight another fight.” Ha ha.
The end of episode Impala Talk was fantastic. One of the best I’ve seen in ages. It had real meet to it without delving into the Season’s Big Bad. Instead, we got to see the brothers working on both of their issues. There was a little anger from Sam. Some sarcasm from Dean. A little funny, and a little sad. Sam’s request that Dean try not to get killed was so heartbreaking and reminded me a lot of S3 Sam, worried about his big brother. I adored the entire scene, from start to finish.
Oh, hey, you know what I forgot about? The Leviathans. Huh. We have to get back to them eventually, right? Next week’s “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” (WTF?) hardly seems to be the appropriate time to bring them back. “PPMM” seems to be a standard MOTW, although it seems that going with clowns for a second time is a bad idea. I have already heard some pretty powerful opinions about the episode (including some eye rolling), so I hope there is something in the episode that will pack a wallop—either terrify us or shock us! We need something if we are to endure clowns.
Next week, I am pleased to say, Bekah is back to drinking! Yay! I can already feel the burn. I will be drinking to every image of clowns I see, including but not limited to, actual clowns/clown monsters, clown chairs, clown cars, Ronald McDonald, etc. Join me in a night of drunken revelry, won’t you?