I enjoyed almost every last second of “Remember the Titans”, written by Dan Loflin and directed by Steve Boyum. From the gory, liver eating black eagle to those final, sweet moments where Dean prays to Castiel, the episode rocked! Dan Loflin normally pairs with Andrew Dabb but wrote solo this ep. I confess to loving the glorious words so thanks Mr. Loflin. My review of “Remember the Titans”…
Knowing this was a Titan episode, it felt like it took awhile to arrive. The writers must know how dear the fandom holds each minute! A continuity issue for me: Dean throws Sam the Impala keys, Sam leaves for the graveyard. We then see Dean driving a car to go after Zeus. So is this Hayley’s car and why isn’t she driving? Small thing but I respect Supernatural tremendously for keeping everything in order, intact, and flowing!
Initially at the bunker, Sam spits up bright, red blood signaling something stinks in the Samdom. “Bathed in hell-hound’s blood” from the first trial signals a clue: Sam took a bloodbath and he now bleeds. Obviously something is physically effecting Sam. Dean waltzes in wearing a robe, boxers(!), and drinking coffee and knows that all isn’t well but says nothing to Sam, giving him room and respect. Ansty Dean is ready to work but with no Cass and no Kevin, Sam finds a seemingly zombie case which of course interests Dean.
After picking up the zombie guy and giving him the Winchester monster once over, Shane(John Reardon) shares his living and dying story. The guys leave Shane to sleep his death off but a fight wakes them up. Shane demonstrates major fighting moves and when he gets the best of his female attacker, she disappears into thin air. After stating that he’s never fought before, Shane flatlines with a heart attack. “Should we call 911?” asks Sam. Dean, “on a dead guy that we stole from the morgue who is having a coronary?” Right.
From the beginning of season eight, the storyline has reflected the Winchesters’ lives. When trying to figure out who Shane actually is, Sam asks, “What do we know of that has Jason Bourne fighting skills, dies a lot and has a history with violent women?” Dean: “I don’t know, you?” So this monster/victim of the week resembles Sam.
These guys are normally incognito but an attractive lady with a child, looking for a corpse, finds them. Dean opens the door too wide(a uncharacteristic mistake) which allows the woman to see Shane. Hayley(Brooke Langton) explains how she initially found Shane and nine months later, has Oliver. Side note here: with Artemus and her arrows, ‘Arrow’ filming in Vancouver and Oliver being the name of the star, coincidence that we have an Oliver in the story? I think not! After Ollie starts dying, Hayley looks for Shane. Sam figures Shane to be the god Prometheus who Zeus(John Novak) cursed because he stole fire for humanity. A sacrificial lamb much like the Winchesters’ legacy.
In their MOL library, Dean discovers the Zeus/Prometheus story and the spell to summon Zeus. Dean explaining the Men of Letters as a secret society, the bunker and he and Sam being Legacies, squeezed my heart! Sam and Prometheus pair up while Dean and Hayley go find a new age shop. While Sam and Prometheus dig for bones, he quizzes Sam about their motive for helping them. Sam’s reply, “why did you steal fire from Zeus?” Prometheus took one for humanity and now wants to save his son. For both he and Sam, it comes down to sacrificing for humanity and ultimately for family.
Dean advises Hayley to “stay calm” while speaking with Zeus. The spell works and Zeus appears but isn’t dealing. The men walk away leaving Hayley and Oliver which doesn’t make sense. Protect is what the Winchesters do. Hayley thinks only about Oliver’s welfare so unbinds Zeus who unleashes lightning strikes left and right. Artemus shows up for familial backup but googly eyes Prometheus enough that Sam figures out something’s happened between the two.
Zeus nods to Artemus to kill the Winchesters where one of the funniest scenes ever occurs! Sam goads Artemus into a power showdown while Dean makes faces and comments about Sam trash talking a goddess, the HUNTERS’ goddess. The ploy works. Artemus returns to rescue Prometheus and fires an arrow at her daddy. Zeus yanks Prometheus in front of him so Prometheus takes the arrow. Prometheus, changing destiny, forces the arrow thru his body into Zeus, killing the god. Prometheus’ death impacts Sam emotionally, making him doubt that he’ll survive the last two trials.
Prometheus deserved and got a hunter’s burial. Sam wants to soften this for Ollie but Oliver chooses to sit through the pyre as a righteous man would. A choice that both Sam and Dean make over and over again, ‘right’ over easy.
Driving home from another day at the office, Dean hears what Sam really says: “I don’t think I’m gonna survive this.” Dean, as he should, kids Sam about normal living and dying and just eat your burger. But back at the bunker, in his room, sitting on his bed, Dean calls to Castiel for support.
“Cas, you got your ears on? Listen, you know I’m not one for praying ’cause in my book it’s the sa– it’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 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 hurtin’. And this one was supposed to be on me. So for what we’ve been through…. I’m asking you, you keep a lookout for my little brother, okay? Where the hell are you, man?
Younger bro Sam, expressing doubts. Epic Dean Winchester. Til the 20th…. stay supernatural!