When “Supernatural” returns this Friday, Dean and Samâ€™s biggest threat is not coming from a ghost. Instead, they will deal with encrypted code that contains sensitive information about them and all of it is stored on Frankâ€™s computer.
If you couldn’t tell from the title, “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” is a reference to the bestselling Steig Larsson crime novel â€œThe Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ€, and features geek genre fan-fave Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury, a Lisbeth Salander-like computer hacker, and a brilliant one at that.
Unfortunately she finds herself on the wrong side of the hostilities when Leviathan leader Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) insists she crack the firewall on Frank’s hard drive in 72 hrs or sheâ€™s fired. Not the best incentive to give an employee.
Unknown to both Charlie and Roman, paranoid Frank set up a prewritten email to be sent if someone tried to hack into his computer. So Charlie sets the boys on her trail. Way to go Frank!
But no matter, eventually she allies herself with the Winchesters who are interested in keeping their secrets buried, and simultaneously digging up info on her boss. Dean has been obsessed all season with Roman, and Charlie could be the key to getting him closer to the corporate giant.
But itâ€™s not a comfortable position for Charlie to be in. “Felicia plays a girl named Charlie who is sort of a lowly tech working in one of Dick Roman’s companiesâ€, says Executive Producer Sera Gamble. â€œShe’s an amateur computer hacker and unwittingly gets wrapped up in Sam and Dean’s problems. It’s a classic story of an everyday girl who does not want to be in a whistleblower position.”
Of the episode Robert Singer said, â€œCharlie gets caught up in something that in her wildest dreams she never thought she would. The boys have to enlist her help and particular expertise and thatâ€™s a leviathan, mythology-heavy episode. That episode has a fun, caper element to it.â€ He also said that while the episode is incredibly pertinent to the seasonâ€™s big arc, it also has a bit of a spin on the norm.
Is it possible that the computer-savvy lady may turn Leviathan slayer? She does seem to know her way around a sword.
Unfortunately, here she is threatening the boys with it, and thatâ€™s never a good idea. It also doesnâ€™t last too long!
Bobby is back this week to help the boys and finds out somehow that the leviathans have built a slaughterhouse with humans as the beef.
It sounds like Bobby has been a fly on the wall in one of Romanâ€™s corporate meetings or doing some ghost-spying in his free time. Having a ghost partner can be beneficial. Best the boys use whatever advantages they have right now.
A number of the photos that were released for the episode are from Rufusâ€™ cabin and in none of them is Dean very happy. In fact he seems pissed off all episode. Maybe the fact that they are finally going after Roman has ramped up his obsession again. And that works for me. The sooner Romanâ€™s head is on a platter, the better.
We also see two very worried brothers driving in a car (Not the impala again!) and I have to think the scope of what is happening is beginning to weigh on them.
Iâ€™m sure the current situation of their ghost friend is also a concern of theirs. Bobbyâ€™s rage towards Roman starts to affect him in this episode. And, if Bobby wants to go all vengeful on Romanâ€¦I say have at it! Donâ€™t know how effective a ghost would be against a creature that is older than the angels however. Iâ€™m guessing his best bet is to keep his cool and bide his time.He supposedly has a plan to keep his anger under control so hereâ€™s hoping it works, at least until Roman and his pack are dead or until Dean finds a way to restore him. At any rate thatâ€™s the option I hope Dean takes, but he will do what is necessary to help Bobby no matter how hard it is. (And hereâ€™s guessing that Bobbyâ€™s resolution will be part of the cliffhanger for next season.)
While the CW promos are not too informative as far as the leviathans are concerned, we do get to see some of the levity the episode has to offer.
In the sneak peeks, Charlie has to get past a security guard for access to a restricted area. However batting her eyelashes at men isn’t Charlie’s area of expertise, so Dean steps in to offer Charlie tips on how to flirt.
That in itself is hilarious, but even with Deanâ€™s help, things go anything but smoothly. Of course, it would have gone better if Sam would have stopped laughingâ€¦â€¦
Charlie does succeed and gets into the restricted area. We see her at a computer terminal downloading info and hope she hasnâ€™t tripped any silent alarms. Aldo hope that is Romanâ€™s computer she is at! Anyway, she talks about her missed opportunity at Goggle, finishes her download, turns to leave and walks right into Dick Roman. So, not good.
Can Dean talk her out of this? If not, at least he and Sam know whatâ€™s happening.
Things canâ€™t go good for Charlie after this and we do see her later in a garage scene with bodies, blood, Dick (talking about the world is his dinner plate), and a very frightened Charlie. The final scene on the CHCH promo shows us a very self-confident Roman sitting under a sign reading Dick Roman Enterprises. (Debonair isnâ€™t he? That black gooey, greasy, oily, slime ball! He would look much better without a head.) Hereâ€™s hoping the boys wipe that smug look off his face and this episode would be a good time to start!
We also see a large unknown object crashing into the windows on Romanâ€™s buildingâ€¦with other bodies lying around. Really hope none of those are Charlie.
However she is hurt at some point in the episode. Thank heavens the boys get to her before sheâ€™s dead.
Leaving a very pissed off Dean and Bobby, so Iâ€™m guessing Roman wins this time around.
Finally we begin to see what the leviathans have been up to and itâ€™s about time! We only have 4 episodes to go and Roman and the leviathans are supposed to be wrapped up this season. Almost doesnâ€™t seem like there is enough time now.
Of course, what the levies have been up to is not good, certainly not a way to cure cancer, unless eating all the cancer patients is what Roman had in mind. Seem the little devils found a way to harvest humans as a food probably in a way that wonâ€™t raise a warning with us until itâ€™s too late. Dean was rightâ€¦the boys should have been more on the tail of the levies before this. Unfortunately Frank just didnâ€™t have too many leads to give them, but if his computer helps them get closer, maybe his death wonâ€™t have been in vain.
Question I have is why Roman doesnâ€™t already have the code. Once a person is eaten, all the information they contain is transferred to the levies. And itâ€™s hard to believe the levies would have killed Frank without eating him if they didnâ€™t have the code. Maybe he is still alive, or worse, he took his own live to protect the boys. That would be sad.
I also donâ€™t understand what information Frank could have had about the brothers that Cass wouldnâ€™t have already known. Hope this is not a red herring and Roman has laid a trap for the boys. Poor Charlie, she would be hung out to dry.
I havenâ€™t seen the episode yet, but I already like Charlie and hope she doesnâ€™t end up dead. I suspect Charlie will have quite a charming personality, especially with Day playing her. She already comes across with lots of spirit and determination in the promos. Sheâ€™d make the boys a good ally in the futureâ€¦.like maybe s8. And she does have a definite advantage over Dr Badass. Sheâ€™s not only brilliant, but beautiful as wellâ€¦.and a Star Wars fan to boot! How much better can you get!
Official Synopsis: Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) acquires Frankâ€™s hard drive that contains sensitive information about the Winchesters and gives it to an unsuspecting brilliant hacker named Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) telling her she has 48 hours to crack the firewall or she is fired. Sam and Dean are tipped off that Dick has the hard drive and race to get to Charlie before she breaks the code. Meanwhile, Bobby (Jim Beaver) tries to help the brothers, but his rage towards Dick for killing him starts to get in the way. Written by CW Publicity
John MacCarthy directed the episode and while he has been an assistant director on the series for 14 episodes, this is his directorial debut. He has assisted with such episodes as â€œExile on Main Street,â€ â€œTime Is on My Side,â€ and â€œMystery Spot.â€
Robbie Thompson penned the episode, his third for the series. His other episodes included the excellent â€œTime after Time,â€ and the funny â€œSlash Fiction.â€ Though new to â€œSupernatural,â€ he is not new to TV scripts. He has written episodes for the â€œCapeâ€, â€œArk,â€ â€œHuman Target,â€ and the award winning â€œJericho.â€
Cast (IMDb) includes Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Jim Beaver, Jim Beaver, James Patrick Stuart (Richard Roman), Felicia Day (Charlie), Darcy Laurie (Victor), David Stuart (Pete)
Christine Kilpatrick’s Hollywood North On Location posted BTS photos of Jensen and Jared shooting scenes for the episode at Cook County Terminal aka Olympic Oval in Richmond March 6th. They had the Olympic Oval in Richmond set up like a bus depot. Some of the photos are below. To see all of them, click here.
Think Clif is daring that photographer to come any closer? LOL He does seem to have any ongoing battle with them.
And no matter how busy they are, they always take time to talk to fans.
Photo stills for the episode can be found here.
Happy episode everyone!
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