Supernatural Episode 816
“Remember the Titans”
Written By: Daniel Loflin
Directed By: Steve Boyum
Original Airdate: 27 February 2013
In This Episode...
Sam and Dean are still waiting to hear from Kevin. It has been three weeks and Dean is getting restless. Sam finds them a case: a guy gets killed in a hit-and-run. When the sheriff finds the body in the morning, he is as dead as can be. The officer radios for backup, turns around, and discovers that his victim had healed and walked away. Sam and Dean go investigate. While there, a coroner’s report comes in. The same John Doe turned up a couple states over, this time having been mauled by a bear. The boys go check it out. Yup, it’s the same guy and yup, he’s very dead. The boys discuss the situation, and the guy heals himself, sits up, and walks out. Dean catches him and holds him at gunpoint. The guy spills.
His name is Shane; at least that is what he goes by. He has no memories more than a few years back. He dies every day, and then suddenly comes back to life. He was discovered during an avalanche in Europe - his first memory. When he realized what was happening to him, he took solace in a mountain cabin, where he was self-sufficient until a couple of pot farmers grew paranoid that he would rat them out. They shot Shane and he decided it was time to move on. The boys believe that maybe he isn’t a monster; maybe he is a victim. (Both will prove to be true.)
As Shane sleeps, a woman breaks in and tries to kill him. Dean, then Sam, rush to his aid, but she is strong and magical and throws them back. She is hurt that Shane doesn’t remember her. When Shane gets the upper hand in the fight, she disappears into a cloud of smoke. Morning comes. Dean and Sam debate what could be going on when a lovely woman knocks on the door, a child in tow. She is here looking for Shane - and she is harmless. The woman, Hayley, fills in the rest of the story. She was climbing that mountain when the avalanche struck. Shane was unearthed during, and the two “survived” together. (Every time he died she just thought he was slipping out of consciousness.) When they were rescued, they spent some time together, but then Shane left and Hayley discovered she was pregnant with Oliver. She raised him alone until a few months ago. Just after Oliver’s 7th birthday, he stopped talking and started suffering the same fate as his father.
Sam, smarty pants that he is, figures out that Shane is Prometheus from Greek mythology. A titan (kind of an undergod) he stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to humans so they didn’t starve or freeze. Zeus was furious and cursed him to die every day, and be revived every evening. They decide to summon Zeus and try to talk him into removing the curse. Failing that, they will kill him (with wood struck by lightning).
Zeus is summoned into a demon catcher. He’s a bastard and won’t deal. Dean is content to let him sweat it out in his little circle, but he appeals to Hayley’s maternal instinct. She smudges the circle, freeing Zeus, and begs him to fix Oliver. Zeus is having none of it. His daughter, Artemis (the goddess of hunting and the same woman who attacked Shane) comes to assist her father, and takes Sam and Dean out in the hallway. Sam plays the psychological card and tells her that he knows she is in love with Prometheus. She had been tasked with hunting him down after he fell off the map, but she didn’t want to kill him. Unfortunately, when Shane started making the papers, it was impossible to ignore and she had to hunt him down before Zeus found out. Artemis chooses to stand up to her father and shoots him with one of her magic arrows. Zeus uses Shane as a shield and laughs. Shane sacrifices himself, jams the arrow through his chest and into Zeus. Zeus dies, the curse dies with him, meaning that Shane/Prometheus is dead, too. But Oliver is safe.
Dig It or Bury It?
This gets the now-infamous “meh” rating from me. It was a perfectly average, perfectly acceptable middle episode. A little uneventful and the ending felt kind of anticlimactic - though I did love the Zeus kill. It was a beginners guide to the basics of Greek mythology, which is fine... but not if there isn’t much by way of action.
Dean knows that the trials are taking a physical toll on him; Sam admits that he can’t will it away, but insists on continuing. As the episode draws to a close, Dean sits in his room, alone, and “prays” to Castiel: “I’m not one for praying, it’s like begging, but I need you to hear me. We are going into this blind. I don’t know what is ahead or what will happen to Sam. He is covering, but I know he is hurting. This one was supposed to be on me. Please, I’m asking, keep an eye on my little brother.” A frustrated sigh, then, “Where the hell are you, man?”
Castiel must have heard Dean’s prayer, because he returns - along with Meg and Lucifer. The Unholy Trinity. I don’t actually know if they all come together, but it makes for a better mental image.