In the sixteenth episode of the eighth season ofÂ Supernatural, Sam and Dean try to help a man who dies once a day, only to be revived, solve the mystery of his curse. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Supernatural.
Well, that was a neat episode, and it certainly helped that it came afterÂ the thing. But I donâ€™t think itâ€™s the showâ€™s strongest entry in terms of non-mythology episodes. The idea is intriguing, the mystery was fun to try to figure out, but like a few of the stories this season, I got the sensation that the show was, once again, putting the Winchesters through the motions. Even when weâ€™ve got scenes meant for introspection on the Winchester journey, they donâ€™t feel as powerful as they could.
Which is a shame, because these two brothers certainly know a thing or two about futility, death, and rebirth. Itâ€™s their whole story! And while there are moments within â€œRemember the Titansâ€ that are meant to make the audience ponder the parallel between these characters and Prometheus, they are few and far between, not enough to give this episode the kind of emotional impact a lot of the non-mythology episodes usually have.
I suppose itâ€™s also hard to suspend my disbelief in order to fully immerse myself in this concept. The idea that Prometheus is still alive, suffering Zeusâ€™s curse in the modern day, is intriguing. I wonâ€™t deny that! And yet, thereâ€™s not a real sense that the Greek gods present in this episode are part of some epic struggle. Admittedly, thatâ€™s an incredible hard thing to convey within this context. But it doesnâ€™t help that the actors cast for Artemis and Prometheus seem so young and so up-to-date on current fashion. I could buy that for Artemis, but Prometheus? This episode asks us to believe that this manâ€™s memory is in shambles due to his experience; heâ€™s died so many times and suffered such trauma that he can barely remember who he is or where he came from. Theyâ€™re so vague in his mind that heâ€™s adopted an identity â€“ Shane â€“ thatâ€™s only a few years old. Given that heâ€™s thousands upon thousands of years old, thatâ€™s a relatively short time to be Shane. Just seven years, yâ€™all, at the least! And yet, he remembers to shave. He wears clothing thatâ€™s utterly appropriate for 2013, so much so that heâ€™s indistinguishable from the general populace. Whereâ€™s the exhaustion? Why does he look like a J. Crew model?
Like I said, I can buy Artemisâ€™s characterization. (So much so that I really wish I had more of her.) But Zeus doesnâ€™t feel likeâ€¦ well, the king of the Greek gods. He feels like a slimy businessman. Thatâ€™s not to criticize Jim Novakâ€™s performance, as I think he does a splendid job with the lines he was given. But the script doesnâ€™t convey that sense of grandeur that I feltÂ should come along with Zeus. IÂ do think the show does a decent job portraying his cruelty, particularly with his treatment of Oliver. But I donâ€™t know that IÂ cared about any of these characters once the episode ended. Prometheus died in order to kill Zeus, so that was sad and a little bit relieving. But itâ€™s not a terribly exciting resolution, you know?
And I get that Prometheusâ€™s sacrifice caused Sam to rethink his role in the Trials. Given that his body is physically reacting to the first Trial (WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT ABOUT), it makes sense that Sam would be disturbing by Prometheusâ€™s death. What if thisÂ is what heâ€™s setting himself up for? Iâ€™d say my favorite part of this episode is Deanâ€™s prayer to Castiel, who is probably off being Naomiâ€™s agent. Yâ€™all, itâ€™s such an intimate scene, and itâ€™s not lost on me that we get something like this while Dean is in his first bedroomÂ ever. In that moment, Dean seems so desperate that heâ€™s almost childlike in his innocence. I know thatâ€™s a weird thing to say about Dean, since heâ€™s the most cynical person on this show. But itâ€™s through this that show invokes a dynamic I felt like we havenâ€™t seen since early in the show: Dean being Samâ€™s big brother and wanting the best for him. Itâ€™s such a pure scene, and of course, that means ITâ€™S NOT AT ALL FAIR.
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