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Supernatural Episode: "Remember the Titans"

Season 8, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Sam and Dean investigate a possible zombie case, but are stumped when the man in question is attacked by the goddess Artemis.
Original Air Date: Feb 27, 2013
Guest Cast John Reardon: Prometheus
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Season 8, Episode 16
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 2/27/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Remember the Titans" Season 8, Episode 16

Sam and Dean are charged with a monstrous task: they have to kill Zeus. Yup, that's what I typed. The brothers have to come up with a way to off Zeus. No biggie. In the end, it all becomes another lesson in what someone will do in order to save a person they love.

Gods don't have much luck on Supernatural, do they? Come to think of it, no one has much luck on this show including (or should I say especially) the Winchesters. Remember those side effects Sam exhibited at the end of the last episode? They're getting worse. He's spitting up lots of blood. And, yes, he's not telling Dean about what's happening to him.

Not sure what good he thinks that's going to do Dean. I wish Sam would just come clean. I get that he doesn't want to worry his brother. But, problem is, Dean's worrying anyway. Sam has asked Dean to trust him. I think he needs to put his trust in Dean, too. Trust is something that's supposed to be a two-way street.

More about the brotherly stuff a little later. Let's discuss the case of the week because I really enjoyed it. Sam and Dean deal with a guy whose curse it is to die over and over again times infinity. A sheriff hilariously insists Shane is a zombie. Sam and Dean rule out vampire, witch, shape-shifter, demon etc. Sam eventually settles on their new friend being a Titan (hence, the perfectly named episode "Remember the Titans").

Titans were the gods before the gods. They ruled over Greece until Zeus and the rest of his Olympian buds overthrew them. And Shane? Poor Shane. The unlucky bastard is actually Prometheus. He stole fire in order to give it to the world. He did good. However, Zeus made Prometheus relive his death ad nauseum as punishment. It's no shock that at one point when the boys first catch up to Shane, he wants them to put an end to his eternal torment.

Good thing they don't because Shane finds out something big after a woman named Hayley tracks him down. They share a child together. A 7-year-old son named Oliver. The boy is quite adorable, but he's super shy and refuses to talk. Unfortunately, he's also cursed with the same affliction his dad has.

So then the goal becomes saving Oliver. They have to find out a way to trap Zeus and get him to take away the curse. Oh and they also have to deal with Zeus' daughter, Artemis, who knows where Shane is but is clearly upset that he doesn't remember her.

After tapping the Men of Letters resources to find a way to trap Zeus, we meet the powerful god. The actor who plays him (John Novak) is deliciously evil. He's not beyond killing the kid. He wants Prometheus to hurt as much as it can possibly hurt. He relishes in the anguish he's causing the newfound dad. As for Artemis (the goddess of hunters), Sam geekily figures out she and Prometheus had been in love. He uses this information to keep her from killing the Winchesters and to get her to stop her dad. She unleashes an arrow that can kill immortals.

Zeus uses Shane/Prometheus as a shield. But in order to save his son, he grabs hold of the arrow and pushes it further in so that it will kill Zeus as well. Shane's days of dying over and over again are done. He saves his son. And he gets a hunter's funeral.

As for Sam, I loved his brief scene where he asks Oliver if he wants to go get some ice cream. And it's great that Oliver actually responds to him. And then later, in the Impala, Sam decides to get realistic. He doesn't come out and tell his brother what the impetus is for saying what he does, but he expresses doubts about being able to get out of these trials in tact. Dean doesn't want to hear it. He says Sam's not going to die like Prometheus did. He's going to live.

Dean: "Yeah, well, you promised, OK? You promised to live a long, Clark Griswold life, full of prostate exams and colonoscopies. All right? You're not welching on that deal. Not on my watch. If you die, it's gonna be because of something normal." Sam: "Like a heart attack?" Dean: "Exactly. Yeah, eat your burger."

My favorite scene has to be the very end when Dean prays to Cas. He's had to contend with the fact that Kevin is taking forever to decipher the tablet, his brother is acting cagey and Cas is nowhere to be found. Alone in a hotel room, he turns to his friend. He knows Cas will hear him.

Dean: "Cas, you got your ears on? Listen, you know I am not one for praying. 'Cause in my book...it's the same as banging. But this is about Sam so I need you to hear me. We are going into this deal blind. And I don't know what's ahead. Or what it's going to bring for Sam. Now, he's covering pretty good but I know that he is hurting. And this one was supposed to be on me. So, for all that we've been through. I'm asking you...you keep a lookout for my little brother, OK? Where the hell are you, man?"

Dean's prayed for his little brother's safety before. And every time he does it, Jensen breaks my heart all over again. This was no different. Prometheus just did what he had to do to ensure his son have a normal life. Is Dean going to end up, once again, doing something to save Sam? I keep thinking about this. This is what they (the Winchesters) do. They save each other. Just putting that thought out there to the Supernatural universe.

Let the mini-hellatus begin. New episodes return Wednesday, March 20. Loved that UnHoly Trinity promo, didn't you?

Random Thoughts

I have to say that in this day of AMC's smash hit series The Walking Dead it's hilarious to see a sheriff that is so gung ho on his theory that a zombie is walking the earth.

I wonder if Dean was thinking about Ben and Lisa when he watched Hayley and Shane push Oliver on the swings.

Love how Sam knows zombies will excite Dean. Love Dean in that robe of his.

I love how they continue to use the Winchester bunker as a set and a safe place to bring people they're helping. Love how proud Dean was of being a legacy.

Poor Sam. He never gets a break. I wonder how bad these side effects will get.

Brooke Langton played Hayley. Over the years, the actress has starred in a number of projects but I know her best from two roles: she was Sam on the original Melrose Place. I believe Langton's character actually married Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue) at one point. She was also Jackie Miller on the late great TV series, Friday Night Lights. Jackie was the single mom that was involved with Tim Riggins. Lucky lady.

I really loved the actor that played Shane. I knew I had seen him somewhere but couldn't quite place him. Well, it turns out that John Reardon is on Continuum, a Canadian series currently airing on Syfy. He plays Rachel Nichols' 2077 husband/baby daddy. He looks so different as Shane, doesn't he?

Sam carried the heavy lifting when it came to the episode's exposition regarding the Titans, Greek god lore and all that jazz. Jared did a great job handling all of that. However, on my Twitter feed, there were a few who felt Sam's geeked out knowledge of the topic of the week and his ability to save the day using said knowledge came at the expense of Dean. They felt he was a bit dumbed down in "Remember the Titans." Do you agree or disagree?

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Sam and Dean are charged with a monstrous task: they have to kill Zeus. Yup, that's what I typed. The brothers have to come up with a way to off Zeus. No biggie. In the end, it all becomes another lesson in what someone will do in order to save a person they love.

Gods don't have much luck on Supernatural, do they? Come to think of it, no one has much luck on this show including (or should I say especially) the Winchesters. Remember those side effects Sam exhibited at the end of the last episode? They're getting worse. He's spitting up lots of blood. And, yes, he's not telling Dean about what's happening to him.

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