Ah, thatâ€™s better. No, â€œRemember The Titansâ€ wasnâ€™t a perfect hour of television, but after last weekâ€™s outrage it was a damned breath of fresh air. Iâ€™m not sure about you, but Iâ€™m loving the strategic move of breaking up the writing team of Dabb and Loflin. Dan Loflin produced a clean, consistent script. There wasnâ€™t a dog collar in sight.
The episode didnâ€™t move things that far along either, keeping events in a holding pattern until stuff really kicks up in episode 17. That usually happens at this point in the season though, so weâ€™re left to judge how entertaining is this filler compared with most? To me, it wasnâ€™t the best, but it was far from the worst. The dialogue was a vast improvement over last week and overall entertaining. There were funny bits, emotional bits, and some great action. The script moved easily from scene to scene, even if it got a little slow at times. For instance, who knew Zeus was a crappy monologuer?
Iâ€™ll be honest up front, my knowledge of Greek mythology is a bit rusty. Itâ€™s been quite a long time since I read â€œThe Odyssey.â€ I know who Zeus, Artemis, and Prometheus are though and theyâ€™re quite legendary. I was a little stunned to find they were used in this basic throwaway monster of the week story. Couldnâ€™t they have found lesser known Greek Gods? I donâ€™t know, like perhaps Zeusâ€™ half wit lesser known baby brother Zit? I was at least hoping for Zeus and Apollo, just so I could do a â€œMagnum PIâ€ shoutout.
Iâ€™m sorry, but did Zeus actually die? Really? The most powerful of all Gods? Sure, heâ€™s been weakened over the years since people donâ€™t exactly worship him anymore, but the mere fact that he still existed said something. Iâ€™m thinking Artemis took him back to the Gods hangout for some resurrecting and fence mending. But hey, itâ€™s mythology, right? I can play along with fanwanking as much as anyone else.
I liked the monster of the week story, but Iâ€™m not going to dig or nitpick too much into it, even though I know Artemis would have never had a fling with Prometheus because sheâ€™s a man hater. Weâ€™ll just let the story go and suspend believability. Fanwanking, remember? This week was a decent parallel between the plight of Sam and the plight of Prometheus. And thatâ€™s the stuff we love to dwell on.
Sam isnâ€™t doing so well. That determination of doing the God trials and living is getting deflated by the fact that heâ€™s coughing up blood and feeling a bit of pain. Heâ€™s trying to hide it from Dean, but luckily Dean isnâ€™t stupid. He isnâ€™t mad either that Sam is hiding things, which I think is so damned wonderful. Not a bit of brotherly tension in sight. Heâ€™s just worried, and he should be.
Thereâ€™s one conversation that Iâ€™d like to pick apart. Thatâ€™s Sam and Prometheus in the graveyard. Prometheus must know, why is Sam helping them? Why is he risking his life for them? Sam doesnâ€™t really answer the question, but throws it back at Prometheus instead. Why did he steal the fire? The problem is, he doesnâ€™t remember. Sure thatâ€™s a true statement, but thereâ€™s also that double meaning he isnâ€™t sure why he does this anymore. When Sam assures him heâ€™s done good since he saved the world, Prometheus says none of that matters if he couldnâ€™t save his son.
As they say in Bolt, letâ€™s put a pin in that. Itâ€™ll be important later. In the meantime, what do you think Sam will take away from that conversation? What could make Sam realize that none of this matters if he canâ€™t save someone important to him? That was something Henry probably realized when going along with Deanâ€™s plan in â€œAs Time Goes By.â€ He had legacies to protect and the risk was worth it. He just figured out it was his grandsons and not his son.
With all this talk of legacy thatâ€™s been coloring the season eight landscape, I canâ€™t help but wonder how that applies to Sam. Will he realize during the trials that closing the gates of Hell doesnâ€™t matter if he canâ€™t protect the ones he loves? Or the one. Is that Dean? Thereâ€™s always the possibility itâ€™s another tease that Sam will end up with a kid out there. Itâ€™s been speculated a few times on this site that Amelia will end up pregnant. Iâ€™m not saying I want that to happen or it will, but do you think the writers would actually go there? Iâ€™m not sold on it yet, but itâ€™s food for thought since there have been plenty teases like that this season.
No doubt, Prometheusâ€™ death deflated both Sam and Dean. It was a sobering reminder of what Dean already observed, when they are forced into these situations, one of them ends up dead. I know that some people took Samâ€™s talk with Dean in the Impala at the end about being naÃ¯ve on this whole trials thing as giving up hope. No, I donâ€™t think Sam was giving up. Thatâ€™s the practical side of Sam we always know. He was reminded that they often donâ€™t have control of their fates, no matter how much they want to be. He is getting worn down physically too and itâ€™s scaring him.
But taking the glass half full approach, Prometheus did save his kid before going down, thus fulfilling his wish. Dean also declared that Sam wasnâ€™t dying on his watch, but poor Sam has been through enough where he know Deanâ€™s reassurances are sincere but not practical. No wonder Dean reached out to Castiel. He has no where else to go.
We can take the whole thing to go one of two ways, Prometheusâ€™ death can be the warning sign the brothers need to do things differently, or it can be horrible foreshadowing to the fact that Sam is going down. Given Deanâ€™s heartfelt, and totally crushing plea to Castiel, he realizes that theyâ€™re into something deeper than they can fathom and need help. That prayer right there gives us the hope that the outcome ends up being favorable, and dammit we need that hope. Well, that and if Sam died that would make things difficult for season nine.
Speaking of Dean, Iâ€™m so happy heâ€™s embracing this Men of Letters thing. His boasting that he and Sam were legacies was pretty cute. Iâ€™m not sure why everyone looked at him like he was nuts, because thatâ€™s one of the most sane things heâ€™s ever said. Speaking of the Men of Letters cave (Iâ€™m still not sure what to call it), one of my major complaints from last week was instantly eradicated. They actually researched the case there! My happiness soars. Turns out that old information had exactly what they needed for summoning an ancient Greek God. Good to know, huh?
Other than what Iâ€™ve touched upon, this episode didnâ€™t leave a lot of deep thinkies for me. I didnâ€™t have hissy fits with the TV Brick either, so itâ€™s all good. Hereâ€™s a few other stray thoughts that mean absolutely nothing as we go into this three week break:
- When do we get to see Samâ€™s bedroom? I donâ€™t expect it to be much, but I want a scene where Sam is too sick to get out of bed and Dean comes in to take care of him. Yep, everybody fanwank!
- I am so excited to see Steve Boyum back as director. Heâ€™s been doing a lot of work with â€œHawaii Five-0â€ (director and producer) and â€œRevolutionâ€ (director) these days and hasnâ€™t been around since season five. This is the guy that directed such epic â€œSupernaturalâ€ classics as â€œSwan Song,â€ â€œThe End,â€ â€œIn The Beginningâ€ and â€œCrossroad Bluesâ€ among other great episodes. I love his eye, and he knows how to work a scene to deliver the most emotional impact. His technique of pulling each shot in closer as the conversation or scene progresses, often ending with character close up is a fantastic way to show a genuine emotional reaction to the situation. Some of the best scenes using this technique are Sam and Deanâ€™s talk at the picnic bench with Hayley, Sam and Deanâ€™s altercation with Artemis in the hallway (which is effective considering Sam and Deanâ€™s backs were turned to her) and Deanâ€™s plea to Castiel at the end.
- This episode delivered THE best line of the season:
Sam: What do we know that has Jason Bourne fighting skills, dies a lot, and has a history with violent women?
Dean: I donâ€™t know, you?
- Wasnâ€™t that the coolest sheriff? Heâ€™s a believer! He honestly thought he had a zombie on his hands and even told Sam and Dean how to kill them. Isnâ€™t it fun that shows like â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ help law enforcement types with giant leaps in logic? Dean did it too, calling Prometheus a real life Kenny, and thatâ€™s from a cartoon!
- Sam with Oliver was adorable. He really didnâ€™t know how to help but tried. When Oliver chose to stay itâ€™s almost like that kidâ€™s fate was sealed, he like his father will be saving the world someday. Legacies. Iâ€™ll tell ya, it all has to mean something! It could mean this kid will be another ally for the Men of Letters someday.