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"Nothing is safe."
"The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" proved this in spades. Both sides of this fight have high stakes and a lot to lose.
We start with the brothers back at the cabin, piecing together what Dick Roman is really up to. Frank's intelligence dug up data about a location in Wisconsin, but not what it was intended for. Bobby provides that final piece---and for humans it is not a good outlook. He tells the boys that the research labs are to cure all the major diseases---not because they're here to help, but to create the perfect livestock. Roman Enterprises has already purchased other food franchises in order to replicate the effects the TDK Slammer had on its victims---this time without the violence. Dick Roman's ultimate plan is to set up slaughter houses where "we're the beef."
Before they can continue the conversation, an email pops up and draws the brothers attention away from Bobby. It is from Frank, and the news is not good. He is to be presumed dead---or someone has started to hack the hard drive he kept that contained his research into Dick Roman---as well as sensitive information about the brothers themselves.
To make matters worse, when Sam traces it, he finds that it is located at Roman Enterprises. All of their information has fallen into the enemies hands, and the corner they've been backed into could become significantly smaller. If Dick Roman can obtain that information---from new aliases, hideouts, and even the location of Baby, he can plot a checkmate on the Winchesters. Rather than focusing on just what Dick Roman is up to, the brothers must make a trek to the "Death Star," and find a way to retrieve the information before that can happen.
Meanwhile, we follow Charlie, an astute, intelligent, and computer savvy woman as she heads to work. She dresses casual and edgy---complete with her bright red hair. Princess Leia is emblazoned on her shirt with the word "Rebel" underneath. Charlie does not seem to fit the profile of a typical corporate employee. She zips through security while listening to her iPod---the song "Walking on Sunshine" blaring, and as she rides the elevator she breaks into dance. Upon arrival she has resumed a more reserved pose and makes her way towards her cubicle.
Her cubicle reflects her. It is peppered with various super heroes and bobble heads. Clearly, Charlie is a sci fi and fantasy enthusiast---evidenced most by her bobble head of Hermoine from Harry Potter. She promptly sits down and starts to make some searches---and an illegal wire transfer as she's managed to hack into various Super PACS. Her co-worker is shocked and warns her that she could be caught. Charlie scoffs---until the supervisor calls her to his office.
Once there, she encounters none other than Dick Roman himself. She has been working for the company for awhile, and he is impressed with her skills. He is also aware of her illegal activity, and he finds it "adorable." To Dick Roman, her ability to hack and break codes is "indispensable." He needs her to break the code Frank has placed on the hard drive containing all the information that he needs to destroy Sam and Dean. He gives her three days to complete the task, and Charlie returns to her cubicle to do just that.
It isn't until she gets in that she realizes that she's perhaps in way over her head. Frank is explicit in his descriptions of the Leviathan. He explains that they are the "super monster," and are ancient creatures. He describes how "blood is black" and "black is blood," and that "decapitation is key." He also fingers Dick Roman as the Leviathan leader. Charlie tells her coworker she's certain she's tripped into the "looney bin" with what she's found. She needs to find her supervisor to inform him that she's managed to break the hard drive open"”-only to witness that what she discovered on that hard drive is real.
Dick Roman, ever the calculated and careful monster, has decided to place one of his own to monitor Charlie's progress. The task is too important and vital. Charlie sees his underling shape shift into her supervisor and eat him. In a panic, she flees home to pack and possibly get out of town as quickly as possible.
So far, Bobby is doing a very good job and the guys need to acknowledge Bobby's struggle.
I don't think Sam and Dean are judging too, too much. I think they're scared and worried for Bobby. He did get pretty violent, and while it's justified on some level, I think they're afraid he'll become very angry and not be able to control it and return to his normal self. I sense fear and apprehension on their parts.
I suppose we'll see where this goes soon, I hope!
And in this war with the Leviathans they don't have too many wins, just the Borax and the decapitation so the more the merrier.
As for the way the boys are treating Bobby, I see it as both worry and fighting their natural instincts. Although they know he's around, they both went on high alert when the lights started flickering at the cabin. They are naturally leery of ghosts. Even on that one with the lady ghost that they helped move into the light (I think season 2), Sam did all of the coaching and talking to her - you could tell that Dean was very uncomfortable in the situation.
I agree with you on their feelings about Bobby. Trained as they are, and having faced tons of ghosts, they know that ghosts don't see things the same way as the living do, no matter how they feel about those they left behind.
Yes, that was in season 2. Sam most certainly was the one that did the most coaxing. It has to be hard for both sides, knowing the nature of things and the training they've had for sure. I just hope they can work something out that is best for them and for Bobby.
I read a comment somewhere (I forget where now) where the person questioned the need for Charlie, specifically, to decode the encrypted drive of Frank's. That why, when earlier in the season the Levi's had Chet doing work like that, would they now need someone like Charlie; a non-Levi. I think the answer is right here in your review. Her spark! Because I also think Frank has that same type of spark and I would bet that even if the Leviathan tried to clone him they still couldn't decode the drive...which is why I fear that Frank really is dead. But my point is that Frank, and Charlie, are one in the same; computer geniuses, but with that added flair. That additional something that makes them unique and one of a kind. And I kind of love this little twist on the Levi/cloning mythos.
I'm nervous for Bobby - and completely understand why Sam and Dean acted how they did. He's a ghost. 99% of their ghost experiences were not good. I think their concerns are very valid. I hope Bobby doesn't turn vengeful - but it's a very, very real possibility.
I agree. Dick even told her that if he cloned her and put every nugget in her head into the clone's it couldn't beat HER. The real deal always wins.
We know that they cloned Sam and Dean, but that wasn't to "beat" them as much as it was to corner them. They lost against the real Winchesters, too.
To me, what will give the boys and humans in general an edge over the Leviathan is there is too much spark in us to just simply take what they're doing and be happy. Charlie and Frank are great examples. They questioned everything and poked at it until they had it figured out. That can't just be cloned and away we go.
Considering how upset Dick got that Sam and Dean possess this clay indicates to me he KNOWS they're much the same as Charlie. They'll figure it out and use it against him.
I understand the boys concerns about Bobby, but I also realize that Bobby acted as a ghost pretty much the way he would have acted while alive. He broke the window so the boys could get in and he held of the Leviathans so they could get Charlie out. Yes, Charlie was hurt in the fight, but I'm certain there has been accidental collateral damage even when hunters have been alive. This doesn't mean that is okay, I just think it isn't proof that he isn't, either.
I think they do pick up on facts, memories, insights, but they never truly gain the whole picture when they clone someone. I think that's partly why Roman is so invested in finding out what that is. He kept asking about it, hinting at it.
And I think you're right on many levels about Bobby. He most certainly acted as he would alive, even if he did give in a bit into his anger at the end when facing head to head against Roman. If he had been alive, I think he would have apologized. He still might, even if it's not to Charlie herself.
I'll be curious to see how they play this out, honestly, on all fronts.
In the end I do hope Frank really faked his death because I really liked him (and I really love the actor so I want to see more of him!).
You make a good point about Bobby...though I guess I would argue that as a ghost his ability to control his emotions is compromised...? lol. I don't know. Guess we'll see. :)
I also think you're right. Frank Vs LeviFrank would end as the Real Winchesters Vs LeviWinchesters did. He'd outsmart his counter.
When Chet turned into Bobby back at the cabin, he seemed oddly unable to pull up the name of Browning. It was there, in Bobby's mind, and yet he had to be TOLD about it. That might be a clue, too.
Makes me wonder, clones are never as good as originals, if perhaps they can gain the knowledge and information, yet not utilize it as effectively.
I wonder if there is stuff they could pull from the boys or Cas as well. Dean's brain is pretty gin soaked as well. Heaven knows that Sam has mental issues. And Cas is an Angel.
I think it's interesting that they would try and work with what Cas knew. We know from Chet that they learned initially the Winchester's patterns and such.
Interesting that you mention the mental issues. I think it might have something to do with things. Too hard to zero in on the info they want most.
I'm not too worried about whether or not the brothers treated GhostBobby badly, because I don't think that Bobby will be cut out of S8. I feel like the tension of 'will they or will they not burn the flask' nothing more than manufactured drama. He'll either stay the GhostBobbySue he is or be brought back to life once again. Either way, I don't care, as the show has pretty much ruined Bobby's character for me. If he's in; fine. If he's out; fine.
I found the episode to be a politically themed little sister fanfic story that one might read off FanFiction.Net; not a real SPN episode. The best line in it, for me, was Dean complaining about the brothers sitting in the van while our heroes send in a 90# girl to do their jobs.
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Lovely thoughtful write-up. I really enjoyed this episode. It had such a good, solid vibe. I think Walkin' On Sunshine" was a perfect song for Charlie. It's bright & fun & bouncy, just like her. And she was, as she stated, having a great week.... until she met the Winchesters.
I loved the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, and I loved all the little homages to it -- the yellow scooter (Lisbeth drove a motorcycle, but the scooter was perfect for Charlie), and Lisbeth was bisexual and Charlie was lesbian. It was just who she was. I really appreciated the matter-of-fact way she said the problem with the guard was that he wasn't a girl. It actually made Charlie so much more believable and authentic.
I also think that Sam & Dean couldn't help but be scared by what Bobby did, because they couldn't actually see him, or hear him. We, the audience, knew what he was thinking and doing because we were privy to that information. We saw him controlling his vengeful impulses, pushing the guy out of the way to try & protect Charlie. They didn't see any of that, only the final product, which looked pretty bad. Yes, they're basing their opinions on circumstantial evidence, but it's really the only option open to them.
I was a tad surprised that Sam had flipped again. This episode he was back to thinking Bobby was a problem. (Last week he was all for looking for a way to work with Bobby.) Although, I did kind of interpret that scene as Sam being really afraid and once again, looking to his big brother for guidance and to say "Everything's fine. Everything's going to be okay". Dean's done that for him most of their lives. He really needs that reassurance now, when it concerns Bobby. And I think Dean gave that reassurance by saying Let's deal with the clay tablet first, and then start worrying about what to do with Bobby. Meaning, let's give ourselves time to think calmly and not act rashly.
Finally, big hint from Charlie "The really evil ones always need a special sword to kill them". Mark my words, there will be writing on that tablet. Perhaps ancient Enochian. It will outline the ancient way to kill Leviathan, and it will probably involve a sword. Remember the dragon killing sword?
Interesting take on the Bobby situation. Put in that context, I think you're absolutely right. Sam is afraid and looking to his big brother the way he always has. I think they saw what they've seen in other ghosts, and you're right, we saw Bobby's thought process up to the attack on Roman. They didn't, so they think it's him going vengeful. I'll be curious to see if they let the brothers in on that at some point.
I loved Charlie, personally. She sucked me right in, and Day sold me on this character. She didn't want to be involved, and yet she stepped up to the plate when necessary. I haven't read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, but reading your response I want to. Charlie was a delight on the show and "Walking on Sunshine" is most certainly going on my SPN play list in the future in honor of her.
I like the idea that her comment about a special sword has more meaning than an off the cuff remark. I don't know if it'll be a sword, but there will be something with that artifact that will be the key to finding some weapon that kills Roman and other Leviathans. It'll be interesting to see just what that is.
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