I have to admit I was not a big fan of â€œHammer of the Gods," "Supernaturalâ€™s" last episode featuring Greek gods. So I wasnâ€™t terribly excited when I saw the previews for â€œRemember the Titans." But as sweetondean put it last week, a less-than-stellar episode of "Supernatural" is better than a good episode of most other shows out there. And while I didnâ€™t love â€œRemember the Titansâ€ I thought it was a perfectly entertaining standalone hour of television.
I wish â€œRemember the Titansâ€ had done a little more to advance the story arc of Sam facing Godâ€™s trials. The episode certainly tried to. There was a definite parallel between Sam and Shane that the writers made painfully obvious at points. Dean draws the parallel for us at the beginning of the episode, and at the end of the episode Sam points it out one more time for those in the back of the room. Donâ€™t get me wrong, itâ€™s a perfectly fine parallel. I just think it could have been a bit more subtle. Shane and Sam are both destined to live a cursed life fighting to save the world. They have to make sacrifices and give up the people they love in the process. And yeah, they both die a lot. I do hope that Shaneâ€™s final death is not a foreshadowing of what we can expect for Sam. The parallel definitely works but for me it wasnâ€™t new information. We already knew all these things about Sam. Heâ€™s been cursed from the get-go. He has made a lot of sacrifices and lost a lot of loved one in the fight to save the world. And heâ€™s been dying on and off since the second season. Maybe Iâ€™m missing an important piece of the puzzle, Iâ€™ve certainly done it before. Was the whole story meant to remind Sam that he could die at the end of these trials? Dean has been telling him that since the beginning. I wonder why it took Shaneâ€™s story to convince him?
Speaking of Sam and the trials, what is up with all the blood? A little blood out the nose is nothing new for this show, but when it starts coming out the mouth I get worried. I donâ€™t even know where to begin speculating what might be happening to Samâ€™s body. Is it a way to weaken him for the trials? I donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m interested in the fact that the first trial had to do with bathing in blood and now Sam himself is bleeding. Will all the trials have something to do with blood or is this just a coincidence?
Another thing that troubles me is that he hasnâ€™t told Dean. Dean isnâ€™t dumb, he knows something is up with Sam. And Sam can see that Dean is suspicious so whatâ€™s the point in keeping the secret? Iâ€™m sure Sam thinks heâ€™s protecting Dean by keeping this from him. But as we saw at the end of the episode, Dean is more worried than ever. When Dean starts to pray you know itâ€™s bad. Weâ€™ve only seen him praying when heâ€™s completely out of options and terrified for his brotherâ€™s safety. The whole scene was very moving and as usual Jensen Ackles really brought his A-game.
Dean: â€œYou know Iâ€™m not one for praying because in my book itâ€™s the same as begging. But this is about Sam so I need you to hear me. We are going into this deal blind and I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s ahead or what itâ€™s gonna bring for Sam. Heâ€™s covering it up pretty good but I know heâ€™s hurting and this one was supposed to be on me. So for all that weâ€™ve been through, Iâ€™m asking you to keep a lookout for my little brother, okay?â€
Dean is worried about Sam, Sam is trying to keep Dean from worrying about him. I think these boys would benefit from a nice talk. Sam did open up a bit after realizing that he may not make it out of these trials in one piece. He may be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel but wishful thinking doesnâ€™t always save you. His fear is perfectly logical. They have no idea what to expect from these trials and there is no getting around them. Whatever has to be done will have to be done. I just hope that Sam doesnâ€™t lose his hope for a Clark Griswold-style-life. He and Dean are both counting on it for strength and Iâ€™d love to see them both get their happily ever after.
So letâ€™s talk about the Greek gods. I liked Shane. He was selfless and trusting. I was surprised at how quickly he just accepted the fact that he was Prometheus but I can let that slide for timeâ€™s sake. His life was terrible. He was cursed by Zeus for saving the world and even though he couldnâ€™t remember doing it he took full responsibility. He even died to protect a son he barely knew, not to mention Sam and Dean, so heâ€™s good in my book. I was intrigued by the backstory between Artemis and Shane. But I did wonder why she was so ready to kill him just because he forgot who she was. It seemed a little rash to me. Maybe thereâ€™s more of a story there? Any mythology buffs out there? Sam picked up on Artemisâ€™ non-verbal love cues pretty quickly and I loved how confused Dean was throughout the entire process. It made me smile watching him try to keep up.
So there you have it. Not a bad episode by any means, I just would have liked to see a bit more plot advancement. I like a good standalone every now and then but Iâ€™m ready to jump back into the meat of the story arc. Looks like thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll get on March 20th when the show returns. (That mini-hiatus snuck up on me!) Iâ€™ll be happy to see Crowley again and hopeful that weâ€™ll get a good dose of Cass. I miss our feathered friend. So what did you guys think of the episode? Were you intrigued by the story? What did you think of Zeus? I was a little underwhelmed by him.
As usual there were some quotes and moments worth mentioning.
I thought it was funny that the trooper was trying to convince Sam and Dean that they were dealing with a zombie.
I loved the fight scene between Shane and Artemis. I thought it was well coreographed.
Deanâ€™s â€œAwkwardâ€ after he finds out about Shaneâ€™s post-sex heart attack made me laugh.
Dean: â€œHere we goâ€
Sam: â€œWhat do you got?â€
Dean: â€œDragon penis.â€
Dean: â€œWeâ€™re legacies...no big deal.â€
Dean: â€œBalls.â€ And Bobby lives on.
Dean: â€œYou promised to live a long, Clark Griswold life.â€
And lastly, did anyone else laugh about how Sam found a list of practicing Greek pagans and their burial information online so quickly? I just have to smile about those kinds of things.