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Supernatural Review: The Gods Must Be Crazy

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You'd think someone would have said "Release the Kraken" on Supernatural this week, right?

Sam and Dean were back on the hunt for the strange and weird, leading them to a potential zombie case that turned out to be a little more divine than dead. Rather, "Remember the Titans" spun a classic Greek myth with a Supernatural twist.

The Zombie Investigation

As legend had it, Prometheus was the Titan who stole fire for humans, allowing them to advance and become civilized. Zeus got pissed and punished him to eternal torment, causing him to die over and over again... except Zeus lost him and Sam and Dean found him.

And yet, over time Prometheus gained Jason Bourne fighting skills complete with amnesia, along with a seven-year old son suffering the same death curse. Not exactly the best traits to pass on.

What better way to reverse the curse than summon Zeus himself?

While Liam Neeson didn't grace the screen, Supernatural's Zeus still had a certain level of screen presence that was both menacing and powerful. It was fun seeing the blue lighting bolts zap everyone around.

And while the demons and angels have always played at the forefront of being more on the top tier of otherworldly beings, it did make me think about the power of Zeus. Would it really be that easy to take him out? Most incarnations of the Greek god have been pretty all powerful, so I wasn't entirely sure Sam and Dean could finish the job.

In a way, they merely facilitated the victory through the actions of Prometheus and Artemis.

I loved Sam trash talking Artemis and calling out her love tryst with Prometheus. It was a bold move that got the brothers thrown around a bit (kind of fun to watch), while getting Artemis to quit following her father's orders.

Dean's facial expressions were spot on hilarious. Each time Sam said something to Artemis, Dean would switch from frown to smirk to wide eyes, all while being restrained against the wall.

However, despite the boy's mother causing Prometheus to get hurt even more because she freed Zeus (c'mon, did she really think Zeus was a nice guy?), the curse was ended when Prometheus gave his own life for a final time.

It really brings up Prometheus' point about saving the world only meaning something when he could save his son. It was certainly something reflecting of Sam and Dean's predicaments in saving the world themselves.

I'm assuming Zeus wasn't defeated because of his disappearing act, but it makes me wonder what the repercussions of fighting him might be, if any at all.

Not exactly my favorite bad guy the brothers have fought, but it worked out and was something different from what we usually witness. Will we perhaps see even more Greek gods in the future?

But on top of the case of the week, I enjoyed Sam and Dean's final comments about their own mission to save the world; a la closing the Gates of Hell.

Sam acknowledging that he was having doubts about surviving the God trials (he's spitting up a lot more blood), while Dean was there to tell him to quit being emo and be positive. At least they weren't worried about trust.

Yet, it was Dean's prayer to Castiel (seriously, where is that angel?) that was a great monologue about looking out for his little brother. It was nice seeing him get emotional, hoping his friend might appear to help, and then really shaking his head as to what might be going on.

We haven't heard a peep out of Crowley, Naomi or Castiel in quite some time.

This was a much more interesting episode than last week's "Man's Best Friend with Benefits," and although not mind blowing in concept, it was still an good take on Greek mythology, keeping the brothers together and driving forward on their quest to save the world.

After all, Sam and Dean are legacies. No big deal.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    @Fifty. Couldn't agree more! Well said.

    Fifty

    Crowley and Castiel needs to be series regulars to get Supernatural to be exciting... Currently Dean carries the show all by himself. Seriously Jared step up.

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    Sadly, all of S8 is boring. The Golem episode and the MoL episodes are the only decent ones this season. The Hell Hounds were good to see, but that episode in which they appeared was OK (but the family were boring). WHY can't Kevin the pest read those damn tablets (he did in S7 with the Leviathan). This awful, awful, boring character NEEDS TO GO. Luckily Amelia (with her awful script and boring flashbacks) has gone. Garth NEEDS TO GO! Charlie NEEDS TO GO! I heard that the teenage brat from S7 is coming back. What is wrong with these writers!!! S8 is APPALLING! Looking forward to some real action with Crowley, Cas and Meg. Bring back Lucifer! (And please, can someone cut Sam's hair!)

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    I was bored to tears. What a dreadful episode along with the previous one.

    Neejan

    Boring episode.. I really expected something better!

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    S8 is sadly unwatchable. Hope S9 is grand, with new writers (these current ones need to go). The good news is that next episode has Cas, Crowley and Meg (so THAT could be worth watching!) This Titans episode was really boring, and the witch episode really, really terrible. Come on writers! Stop changing canon (since when is Dean allergic to cats? and since when did he hate dogs?). Stop putting irrelevant characters before Sam and Dean. In the Charlie episode, Dean was her side-kick (appalling writing!). Garth is just awful (thankfully, there was no mention of him last episode). Kevin needs to go (why was he given such a large amount of TV time? His story is dragging. Glad mom's gone!). Lets hope S9 is much better than 8! Bring back Sam and Dean to canon. Bring back Lucifer, Michael, Death, Balthazar and Gabriel!

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    The saving grace for S9 is that Castiel will be a regular. Agree, S8 was unfortunately very slow, often pointless and quite uninteresting. Hopefully there will be some new writers for S9 (there certainly needs to be!). Like TexasGreatGrams, I will keep watching, but I must admit - I have been disappointed. IMO, people like Jeremy Carver and Jim Michaels have been with the show for for a long time, so they should know what the fans want (I'm surprised that they would not know that a long, boring story like Amelia would be so unwelcomed by the fans). However, I'm glad Cas will be in S9. IMO the only romance which would work on SPN would be Cas and Meg.

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    Hoping for S10 too, but it HAS to be GOOD. I'm extremely sad that the show has deteriorated so, so badly. This gods episode was appalling. Please writers, give us intelligent, scarey, supernatural stories, with good dialogue. The interesting characters are still there - Dean, Sam (when he's awake), Cas and Crowley. Unfortunately S8 has been filled with plot-holes, silly "humour" (ie Garth & Charlie nonsense), and irrelevant characters that are not needed (Mrs. Tran, Amelia). We still haven't seen what has happened to Castiel, as the writers keep putting irrelevant episode after episode - the witch episode, and now gods. What are the writers are thinking this Season? S7 had many flaws, but unfortunately S8 has been truly, truly bad. The writers still haven't explained Sam's apathy, or his disinterest in Dean's disappearance. Where are the archangels? They also need to finish Kevin's story. Unfortunately S7 introduced the most boring prophet they could find, and S8 didn't know what to do with him.

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    I love Supernatural and watch every episode, because of Jensen and Jared and because of the different scenarios the writers come up with. Some are much better than others, but all give me pleasure when I watch and I find something to like. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that, but as for me, I keep watching as long as possible. So glad we have season 9-and hopefully season 10.

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    A very unsatisfactory episode. Prometheus was very bland, and the story was incredibly boring. The woman and child should never have been in this episode! Sam and Dean should never be "side characters" in their own show. This has been a major fault of S8 - for some reason the writers think that Mrs. Tran, Kevin, Garth and Charlie are leading characters. Sam and Dean are the leads, with Cas being the next major character. Bobby is sadly missing - killing him off was a huge blunder. Deans' prayer at the end was not emotional or moving - he was praying for Sam. It is ablout time he actually started to wonder where Cas is! Can we see what Naomi did, and get on with the story? Can we end Kevin's painful story arc? S8 is failing. Can Crowley come back and do something interesting? Please writers, please make S9 better. Unfortunately S8 is beyond hope.