“The Girl With The Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo” Review
By Bekah James
Supernatural 7.20: The Girl With The Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo
Written by: Robbie Thompson
Directed by: Johnny McCarthy
Music: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
To say I was looking forward to this episode would be a gross understatement of fact. I am a complete Felicia Day fangirl. I cannot count the number of times I’ve told my bestie that the only thing Supernatural lacks is Felicia Day. Et voila… someone in the ‘verse was listening (and made a bang-up-good decision).
For those of you living under a rock, Felicia Day is epic. She is the creator, writer, and star of the phenomenal webseries “The Guild”. She was Penny in Joss Whedon’s unforgettable “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. She has appeared on “Lie to Me”, “Eureka”, “House, MD”, “Dollhouse”, “Dragon Age: Redemption”, and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. She was nominated by The Nerdist for The Nerdist of the Year (2011)… and inexplicably lost to Weird Al Yankovic. Felicia is the girl we all wish we knew in high school. She is a queen geek amongst geeks. I bow down.
Okay, so now that my squeeing is out of the way…
I make no bones about being Not A Fan of the Leviathans. I think as far as Big Bads go in the ‘verse, they are lacking that certain je ne sais quois that YED, Lucifer, or even Crowley all had. To be honest with you, apart from their uber creepy visage, they just don’t freak me out. I do not feel any sense of true urgency in the situation as it has been presented. I hate to say it, but I think the failing here is coming from the writers’ room. Maybe if there had been more episodes dedicated to that particular struggle (ugh, please no), or maybe if we hadn’t been forced to deal with the alleged death of Castiel and Bobby’s death and subsequent reconstitution as a ghost, I would feel a little more umph from the Leviathans.
Don’t get me wrong. There have been moments (as JC Chasez is so fond of saying on ABDC… god, I’m a geek) for the Leviathan, but they have been few and far between. I liked their advent immediately following Castiel’s goo-ing out in the lake. I liked Dick dissing Crowley’s muffins—and proposition to create a quasi Axis of Evil. I loved the first time we saw their true faces. And I adored (and still do) the concept of “bibbing”. Talk about truly gross and ick-inducing! I think that takes the cake. Ugh. Maybe I shouldn’t use an eating reference to talk about bibbing.
Anyway, about this episode specifically…
If I have to endure talk of Leviathans, thank goodness for Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury, geek and hacker extraordinaire. Her entrance to the 80s classic “Walking On Sunshine” made me hoot in laughter. It was perfect for her character—and for her in general. She took hold of the character and charged headlong into the mire of our ‘verse. She brought her usual understated and somewhat awkward brand of brilliance to the table for Supernatural fans. As for the character of Charlie, I would welcome her return as The New Ash/ The New Frank. I think that would be a great way to incorporate a woman character that doesn’t die (at least not right away).
Jensen cracked me up with his suave portrayal of Dean ghost flirting with the security guard. As always, his snark and anger were perfectly time and delivered with enough panache to make us fear him and love him.
Jared had me rolling on my living room floor with his Harry Potter pep talk. I swear, I think that might have been the best pep talk known to man (followed only distantly by Bill Pullman’s Independence Day rallying monologue… or James Van Der Beek’s empassioned pre-big-game call to arms in Varsity Blues). Did it make my Potterphile heart grow two sizes too big? Absolutely.
Jim Beaver did what he needed to do in this episode. He is always a formidable actor, and he even plays a ghost with panache. I’m still not sold on the idea of Bobby sticking around, but I enjoy watching him disobey the boys by dropping his flask in whatever pocket is heading in the direction of trouble. I’m not sure if I believe Bobby will go dark side by kicking the shit out of Dick Roman. I mean, the boys are trying to do the same thing. Wouldn’t it give Ghost!Bobby a bit of peace to take out the thing that killed him and cursed him into the ghost realm? I’m holding out hope that Bobby ices Dick and then a magical door into Heaven opens up. It is my understanding that Castiel busts out of the nut house in the next couple of episodes, so maybe the nerdy little angel can guide Bobby a little better than the still-grieving and obviously struggling Winchesters.
You know, about the storyline. If the boys do take out Dick Roman, does that take out all of the Leviathans? Or do they have to gank them one by one? Surely that is a little reality prohibitive. There is assumedly thousands (millions?) of Leviathans strategically placed around the globe. The boys have to stumble upon that One Thing that solves all their problems, right? I mean, surely they won’t drag the Leviathans out for another Season… right?
Johnny McCarthy, longtime first assistant director, directed this episode. It was his first time at balls-out directing and I think he did a fine job. I loved him having Felicia Day jamming to Katrina & the Waves and dancing Ellen-style in the elevator. I liked the quirky little reconnaissance van. Nothing stands out as far as problems I had with anything he did. It was just a good, solid job of directing.
All in all, I liked this episode. It was a good story (thanks, Robbie Thompson) and moved us along nicely to this Season’s finale. I am looking forward to seeing how the red clay and curing diseases play out in the end. Color me interested.