FINALLY we’re back to the Leviathans. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve mostly enjoyed the last few episodes of SPN (though last week was not my favorite), but I unapologetically love the leviathan story, and especially Big Dick Roman, so I am more than happy to spend an episode with Dick at his offices. This week’s foray back into full Leviathan mode was mostly setup and exposition (tying together what we know so far about the Leviathan Game Plan), but still really fun. The tone was pretty different for an episode of SPN too – for the second week in a row, the brothers took a back seat while most of the focus was on a guest star, but this time with much better results.
Where last week felt like some kind of Victorian-era haunted house soap opera (Downton Abbey Horror Story, anyone?), full of characters that I didn’t know talking about things that I didn’t care about, this week was totally different. It was fun, engaging, on-point story-wise and featured a new character that I instantly liked and wished we could see more of. Felicia Day is someone who most people probably don’t know by name, but in the world of geek she is Queen. I know her from Dr. Horrible (which is AWESOME), but she’s even more well-known for a bunch of super sci-fi things and various web series and being a massive tech nerd who could probably actually do most of the things IRL that her character did in this episode.
Day played Charlie, a professional hacker employed by Dick Roman’s empire (she really should have taken that job at Google). She’s quirky and fun, and she has a bit of a rebellious streak that makes her do things like hack into the official GOP website in order to donate ten grand to an animal charity. So she’s a rule-breaker and a thief, but in a very Robin Hood-esque way. Shenanigans like that get her noticed by Dick Himself, who asks her to crack the firewalls around Frank Devereaux’s hard drive and find out what kind of intel, if any, he had on Dick’s company. This led to SPN doing one of my favorite things: the tension-building close-up shot of a progress bar showing the percentage of downloaded content while the bad guy rapidly approaches. These scenes are always the same, and it’s a weirdly specific thing to be a fan of, but I can’t help it.
Speaking of Dick’s company, one of the subsidiaries, Sucrocorp, has a new commercial. Let’s take a look:
You know, this was fine and all if you like your fake corporate ads on the relatively boring side, but I was very spoiled as one of the three regular viewers of Better Off Ted, and I know what a funny and vaguely terrifying corporate ad should look like:
Much better. Veridian Dynamics would have been a GREAT evil Leviathan corporation and would have provided opportunity for a hilarious crossover were BOT still on the air (RIP show!). Could you imagine Leviathan Phil and Lem? OMG, I almost want to go write a fanfic about that right now. Okay, since 98.7% of you have no idea what I’m talking about right now, I’ll move on.
I’m very addicted to my computer and I’m online constantly, but I’m not what would qualify as a geek. In case you need proof, the last video game system I played was a Super Nintendo (not counting group Rock Bank competitions), and here is a brief list of things I have never seen, despite being a tv and movie addict:
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Matrix
- Lord of the Rings
- Any of the most recent 3 Star Wars movies
- Any Star Trek movie or tv episode
But despite my official status as a non-sci-fi nerd, I loved Charlie’s character and totally identified with her because let’s face it – we are all nerds for something. So even though I wouldn’t know what to do with a 20-sided die, I laughed at the fact that Charlie had drunkenly gotten a tattoo of Princess Leia in her gold bikini straddling one. I liked her interactions with the brothers a lot too; especially how she really brought out Sam’s inner nerd (Harry Potter-themed pep talks!) and made Dean the odd man out. It was a fun dynamic and I’d really like to see it again, although I’m not holding my breath (Charlie is a girl, so SPN rules dictate she must either die or go away for at least a very long time).
Bobby was still around this week, mostly unseen but definitely making his presence known. Under the guise of ‘helping’, he sneaked the flask into Charlie’s bag so that she could get him close enough to Big Dick to exact some revenge for his death. He actually proved really helpful to the cause, shattering some glass doors and throwing Dick around like a rag doll, but Sam and Dean are capital C Concerned. I guess mostly because Charlie’s arm got broken in the fracas, but really? All of the shit that they’ve done and they suddenly think that a bit of minor collateral damage is the worst thing in the world?
Something else that seems hypocritical is the brothers’ constant discussion of how it’s not natural for Bobby to still be kicking around and how he was supposed to die when he died. I mean, if anyone is going to make Bobby feel guilty for not accepting his own death and moving on, the Winchester brothers are not the right choice for the job. Because HELLOOOOO.
So to sum up the most recent Leviathan intel: in the big climactic scene the brothers intercepted a package from Saudi Arabia that had been destined for Dick and it was a big hunk of red clay. Dick’s company is simultaneously curing disease and creating food that makes people fat and docile in order to ensure a long-lasting never-ending Leviathan food supply. The big mystery dig in Kansas has been halted. What it all means and how will the boys will put a stop to it remains to be seen, but I’m very excited to find out.
What did you think? How do you feel about Bobby? Do you agree that Dean and Sam are being total hypocrites, even though you don’t want Bobby to come back to life because it would be stupid? (Can you tell what my opinion is?) Did you like Charlie? Do you think that they made her character a lesbian just to appease the batshit crazy fangirls who can’t stand to see Sam or Dean have a conversation with someone who is alive and also has a vagina? Hit the comments and talk to me! The promo for next week is below, and WARNING – it big-time spoils who we will be seeing, and kind of spoils what’s going on. So, watch at your own risk.