Supernatural Episode Review 8.16 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Sam and Dean are investigating the strange death of a man who seemed to have got up and walked away after being found dead. Sure enough, as the boys check out the body in the morgue the man gets up moments later. The man, who calls him shelf Shane, has no memory of who he really is before waking up after an avalanche seven years earlier.
The Winchesters soon come to the conclusion that the man may in reality be the Greek Titan Prometheus who is cursed to die every day as punishment from Zeus for giving mankind the gift of fire. But things get even weirder for the boys when a woman named Haley shows up with a young boy to find Shane. Her son is afflicted with the same curse as Prometheus, revealing that the boy is the titan’s son. In order to try and save the boy from the daily torment, the boys have to summon Zeus in order to force him to lift the curse. But Zeus is less than agreeable and has his daughter Artemis to back him up.
Supernatural has featured mythical Gods numerous times over the years and they’ve often been some of the best episodes, such as season fives, “Hammer of the Gods”, but this episode was somewhat flat. This story felt like it was written in the wee hours of the morning on the day of a deadline by a guy who had been out partying all night. The episode crawled along at a snail’s pace with precious little of the signature Supernatural humor. Dean did have a great line about he and Sam being Men of Letters “Legacies” which elicited a chuckle or two.
Considering Zeus was the head of the Greek Pantheon you’d think he might be somewhat more…impressive. The Winchesters have faced ghosts and demons that gave them more trouble than the most powerful Olympian God. Somehow I’m thinking Zeus cannot be killed by an arrow from his own daughter. At least they finally found some use for all those books they found in the stash of the Men of Letters.
An entirely throwaway episode this week but on positive side, the preview for next week’s episode looks great.
Mania Grade: C-
TV Series: Supernatural
Episode: Remember the Titans
Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Osric Chau
Written By: Daniel Loflin
Directed By: Steve Boyum
Network: The CW