Pagan gods trap Sam and Dean and use them as bargaining chips in their quest to defeat Lucifer and circumvent the apocalypse. According to these gods, if anyone's going to end life on Earth, it's going to be them. A couple brothers not named Sam and Dean have a long awaited confrontation and it doesn't end well for a much beloved character in the Supernatural universe. And just before "Hammer of the Gods" calls it a night, a new Horseman is introduced.
"Hammer of the Gods" is decidedly less angsty than the past several episodes even though it does deal with the apocalypse. Anytime you've got Richard Speight Jr. back and in action, it's going to be a pretty funny hour of TV. "HOTG" also takes a different look at the apocalypse. I really enjoyed seeing these pagan deities and they're stance on the "Judeo-Christian apocalypse" that's currently plaguing the earth. Supernatural constantly keeps me on my toes because I admittedly know very little about some of the various mythological and religious aspects covered on the show. This time around we're introduced to more gods who used to have all the fame and are very bitter about not having it anymore. They include:
- Kali the Destroyer: a Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy (hence her going all Human Torch on Lucifer, I guess)
- Baldur: a Norse god associated with light, beauty, love and happiness
- Mercury: a Roman god who's known as a messenger. I find it interesting he was also known for supervising all trade and commerce since in this episode, he's the one checking everybody into the hotel and handling the transactions
- Odin: Norse god of war, battle and death
- Ganesh: Hindu god of success; the elephant-headed deity
- Baron Samedi: Samedi is the French word for "Saturday." But he's also a loa (spirit) of the Haitian voodoo religion.
- Zao Shen: the Chinese god of the kitchen. He must have been the one carving up all those humans for dinner. Is he also the one cooking up the bloody eyeball soup?
These gods lure Sam and Dean to a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It's nicer than Sam and Dean's usual haunts. Much nicer, that should have been their first clue that something wasn't right. The hotel is retro but kind of trendy and thankfully for Dean has a restaurant with a buffet that features a killer selection of pies and desserts of which he partakes of course. And of course Sam doesn't partake since he's all about the job. Dean warns the guy of apocalypse burn-out, but Sam isn't really listening. If it had been up to him he would have kept on driving instead of making the stop in the torrential storm. Sam feels the storm is downright biblical which is their second clue something is going on.
Everything's really creepy and Sam and Dean quickly get suspicious. I mean, some woman even rejects Dean's flirtation. That at the very least is another clue all is not right at the hotel. Something else that's eerie is the brothers have also both been nicked in the chin as if they've cut themselves shaving. It seems Winchester blood is needed. Everything about this situation screams creepy and weird including the severed arm in the kitchen. The Winchesters decide to split up leaving Sam to tail check-in guy (Mercury) and Dean to case the rest of the hotel. For a second Dean thinks he passes by an elephant but when he checks it out it's really a big black guy toweling up. Awkward, but funny. It all adds up to nothing good leaving Sam and Dean to deduce they've been brought to the hotel on purpose. The investigation takes them to the kitchen where they do take a gander at the bloody eyeball soup but they also realize the humans staying at the hotel have all been locked up in the freezer. Ruh roh.
After being captured, Sam and Dean are brought to one of the hotel's banquet halls where the gods are revealed and the brothers find out they are bargaining chips. They are after all Lucifer and Michael's vessels and thanks to a blood spell they're not going anywhere any time soon. Kali says the only thing the angels understand is violence: "It's them or us."
The archangel Gabriel aka The Trickster crashes the party. His pagan pals call him Loki (the Norse god). It's great to see the Gabester, we haven't seen him since "Changing Channels." He's there to basically act as bodyguard to Sam and Dean and make sure his friends the gods don't get dead because if Lucifer has his way (and we know that he will) those religious and mythological deities are no match for the evil one. I really love how dumbfounded Sam and Dean are by the events that are unfolding. They've got no clue what to do and what to think. They are in the presence of gods and archangels and they're just humans involved in something crazy.
Gabriel's friends are very important to him, especially Kali, since the two share a "romantic" past. But Kali's pretty fierce, she figures out something's up with "Loki" and she kills him. But a good Trickster doesn't stay down for long. He let her find a fake angel-killing knife. Dean, meanwhile, suggests to the gods that they join forces to kill Lucifer. Dean's always been good at adapting to situations so he says he and Sam will help them find Lucifer but first they've got to let the humans in the freezer go. Once the main courses are set free, Dean finds a very alive Gabriel in the Impala. I like the conversation in there about the Gabester needing to step up and face his brother. Gabriel has always avoided taking sides. He'd rather be in "witness protection" than take a stand against his brother.
I'm so happy to see Mark Pellegrino back as Lucifer. Hopefully we'll be seeing him in every episode for the rest of the season. Lucifer's meat suit isn't holding up well at all and it just adds to Luci's scary factor. The guy is seriously creeping me out. Mercury's the one that sold the gods out and brought Lucifer to the hotel. What does he get as a reward? He gets a death sentence. Just like Gabriel warned his powerful pals, Lucifer makes mincemeat of just about every single one of them. The archangel shows up to face his brother and tells Sam and Dean to get Kali out of there. He also gives Dean something that he says he needs to protect with his life. Then we get a Lucifer/Gabriel brotherly showdown. This show has a lot of those, right? We again see some of the parallels between the angel brothers and Sam and Dean. Gabester tells Lucifer "Dad loved him best." Makes me think of the YED in "Devil's Trap" telling Dean Sam was dad's favorite. Gabriel finally picks a side. And it's not Michael's. And it's not Lucifer's. He says he picks the side of the people. Lucifer can't understand why he would stand up for those broken, flawed cockroaches. And unfortunately this forces Lucifer to do something he really doesn't want to do. He stops his brother. Of course it's not the projection standing in front of him. The real Gabester is behind him with the angel-killing knife. Lucifer turns that knife against him and offs his bro. Boo. Last week it's Zachariah and I was fine with that but why did we have to lose Gabriel/The Trickster too? Richard Speight Jr. has been awesome in the role and he will be missed. And I'm glad he got to be a bit of a hero at the very end.
After the break, a porno called Casa Erotica 13 (the movie Dean referred to earlier in the episode) is playing. And joining the bimbo in a scene is actually Gabriel! He's got a message for the boys. There's a way to defeat Lucifer and that's to put him back in the cage he was rotting in when Sam freed him last season. It's going to be tough however. They've got to trick Lucifer back into the cage and then they need the key that'll lock him in the cage. They need to acquire the rings of the Four Horsemen. The Winchesters are already half way there. They've got War's ring. And now we finally get confirmation that they snagged Famine's ring. I mean, I assumed they did but it wasn't clear enough in "My Bloody Valentine." Now they need the rings from Death and Pestilence and by the looks of it, it's not going to be easy. Because we are introduced to Pestilence at the end of the episode and he's downright disgusting. There's a lot of blood and gore in this episode, but the Pestilence portion of the program is beyond gross. It's very difficult to watch. I hope I'll be able to handle it when Sam and Dean go up against him. It's good to see Matt Frewer however. I know he was Max Headroom back in the day, but I'll also remember him as being one of the bad guys in Stephen King's miniseries The Stand. Frewer's a great guest star and he should fit perfectly into this Supernatural universe.
I really like the development of a way to rid the world of Lucifer. It seems like there's probably no way to actually kill him, the guy is just way too powerful. He also seems way too smart but you can never count out the Winchesters. I'm really excited for the final three episodes of the season coming up.
—Dean is adamant about not giving up. It feels a bit odd that after all he's been through but he's hopeful and he's determined and I like it. He also has a way of rallying people and gods and angels. He helped Gabester step up to the plate. Of course stepping up to the plate got him killed.
—It's good to see another one of those hotel rooms the set designers seem to have a lot of fun creating. It's been a while. This one reminded me a little bit of that one from Season 1's "Provenance." It has that same retro feel but is definitely trendier.
—And when was the last time we saw an EMF meter? I get nostalgic every time one of the boys whips one out. It's so Season 1.
—This show really does force me to look up a lot of the references because so many things mean something else. The hotel where the gods trapped Sam and Dean was called The Elysian Fields Hotel. Well apparently, in Greek mythology, The Elysian Fields was a section of the Underworld. It was the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. Well The Elysian Fields Hotel happened to be the final resting place for many of these gods. Don't know how virtuous they were however...
—It's nice to see Rekha Sharma guest star as Kali the Hindu goddess. I wasn't too into her cylon run on Battlestar Galactica, but I think she did a good job in this episode. Plus she's on ABC's V, which is cool. Adam Croasdell plays Baldur. I thought I had seen him before, but I don't think I have. I looked up his long list of credits and he seems to have recently had a role on the British soap EastEnders.
—Did you guys catch the Ghostfacers commercial for the new web series? It's up at cwtv.com. I never realized until now that Math from CW's Life Unexpected is also a Ghostfacer. Love those guys so I'm definitely going to check it out. Good to hear the Ben Edlund-penned theme song again.
—The license plate of the car Pestilence was driving read: SIKN TRD. It took me a while to get that it meant "sick and tired." Funny.
—I don't always like when an angel dies but I do like the shot of the wings we get when one does. So well done...
—Jared's expressions during Dean's monologue to the gods where he calls them "screw heads" and tells them they should join forces were priceless and hilarious.
—How does Lucifer not know the rings of the Four Horsemen are the key to his imprisonment? Is this a failsafe to keep him in check if he starts acting out of line?
—Poor Sam and Dean. As Lucifer and Michael's vessels everyone under the sun including the angels, the demons, hunters and gods want them. They can't catch a break.
"Trust me, pal. Better."
"Sam, un-pucker, man. Eat something!"
"Like an elephant."
"Like full-on Babar." (2nd Babar reference of the season. It first happened in "Sam, Interrupted.")
"Something tells me this isn't a Shriner's convention."
"Ladies and gentlemen, the guest of honors have arrived."
"We are so, so screwed."
"Can't we all just get along?"
"Why are you here?"
"To talk about the elephant in the room. No, not you."
"OK, holy crap!"
"Yeah, tell me about it. By the way, the next time I say let's keep driving, let's keep driving."
"OK, yeah, next time."
"I'm the Costner to your Houston. I'm here to save your ass."
"Those guys are either going to dust you or use you as bait. Either way you're uber-boned."
"How about you do what we say or we tell the Legion of Doom about your secret identity."
"OK, OK. So I got wings. Like Kotex."
"All right you primitive screw heads, listen up."
"So even though I'd love to do nothing better than slit your throats and d—ks, I'm going to help you. I'm going to help you ice the devil and then we can all get back to ganking each other like worms."
"Then what do they have in there?" "A fake. Made it out of a can of diet orange Slice."
"So uh...snag our blood, will you?"
"Luci, I'm home!"
"So this is me standing up. And this is me laying down."