This review is going to be a little shorter than usual, because frankly, this episode was not my cup of tea. I have no doubt there are shouts of glee throughout the internet at all the geek references writer Robbie Thompson manages to pack in. There is also quite a bit of movement on the Leviathan front, and not just with plot. Thompson also presents us with a philosophical treatise on what humans have that no other species has, including Leviathans. With all that going for it, why didn’t “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo grab me?
I got off to a bad start with the episode when it opened with some of the clunkiest exposition I have ever seen on the show. The “Before” preamble gives us a very detailed synopsis of both the Frank Devereaux and Ghost Bobby stories, touching on almost every scene. That leads right into an even clunkier exposition scene among Sam, Dean and Bobby.
Neither Thompson nor director Johnnie Mac even try to make the scene work as drama. Bobby just recites plot details we already know while flashback sequences play. I have no idea why the show decided its audience is suffering from collective amnesia, but if the writers decide to go with this much exposition done this badly, they could at least take a leaf out of Games of Thrones playbook and wrap it up as sexposition.
It comes as a relief when the scene breaks to guest star Felicia Day, who is fine in her role as geek hacker extraordinaire Charlie. But I don’t watch Supernatural to be glad to switch to the guest star because nothing much is happening with Sam, Dean and Bobby. I don’t expect a guest star to carry an episode in the final stretch to the finale. Every episode counts at this point, as story threads set up all season come to fruition.