I never much cared for the film version of "Remember The Titans," but then again I never much cared for football. Those athletes, while absolutely gifted in one very specific area, are often so celebrated they get away with a lot of crap in other areas. They're treated like Gods because they can willingly throw their bodies into other bodies to slow down opponents, tackle, or catch a ball. I don't get it. But then again, I'm not into organized religion of any kind, and sports are just the outskirts of that. I admit, going into The CW's Supernatural episode also entitled "Remember The Titans" was tough for me because I already knew it would be dealing with Gods-- specifically Prometheus (John Reardon)-- and that rendered the first third of the episode, in which the mysterious zombie-like man with amnesia died, came back to life, couldn't remember who he was, and died again, rinse repeat, a bit unnecessary. I never like to sit around and wait for a show to catch up to where I already am, even if where I already am I only am because of reading episode summaries. And even if the waiting comes with a couple of great lines ("real life Kenny" and "What dies a lot, has Jason Bourne skills, and a history with violent women?" "You").
There are probably some Supernatural viewers who go into the episodes without knowing anything about them-- even reading the summaries-- but I feel like with a fan base this serious, those lone few are the, well, lone few. So it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that the show must know that-- and know how smart the audience is-- and still deliver so much filler at the top of the episodes, which only makes the resolutions at the end feel even more rushed. Yes, tonight we got some nice mentions of Castiel (Misha Collins) and Kevin (Osric Chau) and even reminiscing over Bobby (Jim Beaver) while we waited, and yes, I will be grateful for the shirtless (even if he was in the morgue) Reardon. But the whole bit with meeting Shane's son and baby mama (Brooke Langton) only served to make my mind start wandering about the kid. He's half-God, half-human, so he had to have some kind of special abilities, too, right?
Well, obviously. And in TV-only perfect timing, he just turned seven months before, which was the exact age when the curse would kick in! It all seemed quite convenient and lucky-- too much so. It's natural for his mother to start hunting for his father only now-- now that her kid is "sick" and she may need something from him. But she certainly seemed to know about Prometheus already; she took the news of who he really was in an amazingly well-adjusted way, but still with a smirk like she was trying to hide something we can't believe Dean (Jensen Ackles) didn't call out.
The fact that she actually wasn't in on it-- some kind of God groupie or lackey or whatever, sent to actually hunt Prometheus and bring him back to the mountain from which Zeus never wanted him removed in the first place was a huge shock and disappointment. I was so sure that was where things were headed; her behavior was so suspect. But looking back on the episode, nothing in the story was actually using the character as a red herring; it was all in Langton's performance. And I'm not sure the direction was intentionally leading us down a road of suspicion with her; I think the uneven-ness in her scenes (one minute she's asking a nosy question, the next she knows more than Dean, and there's always her nervous little smirk) just had me looking for something that wasn't there, trying to put an important meaning on what otherwise just didn't work.
But where the episode really got interesting for me was with the idea that Prometheus was a proto-God, a God before the Gods. I immediately imagined him as a prototype that didn't quite work right, hence the curse, but Sam (Jared Padalecki) shut me down instantly, explaining that Zeus actually cursed Prometheus to relive dying every day. And what a curse that is. I don't fear death itself, but I do fear dying. It's so rare you just pass away peacefully in your sleep; for most it is painful and actually a process. For Prometheus, death came differently all the time, so he could never get too comfortable or numb to the feelings. In this episode alone, we saw him get hit by a car, heard he was mauled by a bear, and then he suffered some kind of heart attack. It was a way less funny version of "Mystery Spot."
And I have to admit I enjoyed the way the "Romeo and Juliet" aspect of Prometheus and Artemis (Anna Von Hooft) the episode delivered. Sam proved his knowledge of yet another nerdy thing, but more importantly we got another look at the lengths ones will go to for love and family, and the sense of sacrifice was universal. It didn't matter if you were a Winchester or a God, you put your blood ahead of yourself. If you're the good guy, that is.
Additional Remarks: Dean's pride in talking about the "Men of Letters" was adorable. He was showing off, but he wasn't showing off for some girl, so it was clear being a legacy of something good actually meant something to him. Sam's been eating a lot of burgers lately; what's gotten into him!? Castiel isn't God, but I like that Dean talks to him as if he is. Maybe more prayers would go answered if people talked to individual angels instead of all bombarding God. Dean may have once said he wasn't much for praying because it's like begging (and egos don't want us to beg), but after all these guys have been through, it's nice to see he can push his ego aside and realize he needs all the help he can get to keep his little brother safe. If only Sam were being honest with him about how much help he might actually need at being kept safe! He completed one trial, and he's randomly spitting out blood, so with trials two and three, who knows, hair loss or leprosy could follow.
Supernatural airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.
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