Sam: "What do we know that has Jason Bourne fighting skills, dies a lot, and has a history with violent women?"
Dean: "I don't know. You?"
I didn't know what to make of this one, other than the obvious:
supernatural hero saves the world, sacrifices himself, suffers and dies. Yes, Prometheus equals Sam.
We've had gods before, and even Greek gods (plus there was the faux labors of Heracles recently), but the previous god outings were a bit lighter and trended evil. It was nice to have a good guy god for a change, but it felt like we got all this interesting stuff about proto-gods and heroic titans just to kill him off in the end because the writers were telling us that Sam will be sacrificing himself for humanity. Come on. Hasn't Sam suffered and died enough yet?
I did like the casting of Prometheus. The curls, the beard, the bod, very Greek god. Great casting of Zeus, too, because he looked and acted, well, Zeus-like. And how about that God-trap, like a devil's trap but with alterations? Have we seen one of those before? I love stuff like this.
And I liked that the Winchesters were completely not intimidated by the task of taking on Zeus. When you've defeated Lucifer, eaten fast food with Death, and taken out angels, a Greek god is no big deal, right? Zeus disappeared, so I assume Artemis's arrow killed him. Did she just zap the body away? The death of gods that don't die made me feel sad, like they're telling us that anyone and anything can die. (Yes, I know, Sam.) And it was sad that it ended with the Winchesters burning the body of the titan who gave humanity fire.
What else did I like? Definitely Dean being proud of his status as a Men of Letters legacy. He loves that bunker. It's so sweet. I also loved Dean's face as Sam was making classical references and good guesses to talk down Artemis. But I was sort of ticked about the final scene where Dean was praying for Sam, though. I'm always the first to say that even after eight seasons, I'm still into Supernatural -- but I just wasn't with this sacrificial thingy this time.
Bits and pieces:
-- I was into Greek mythology when I was a geeky teen, so I knew it was Prometheus as soon as they showed a crow eating his liver in the teaser. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus
-- Liked the cop who was sure Prometheus was a zombie. "Boys? Aim for the head."
-- I do wish we'd gotten more of Artemis, goddess of hunters. She felt like a plot device when she should have been cooler.
-- Was that Weekly World News? Or World Weekly News?
-- Great Falls and Livingston, Montana. The motel had wagon wheels and antlers as well as western-themed murals and really ugly plaid. Dean was agent Bonham and Sam, agent Jones.
-- It's hiatus time. The next Supernatural episode airs March 20. And I get a brief writing break.
-- For more about Prometheus and the classical aspects of this episode, check out this post by Doux Reviews contributor Juliette Harrisson.
Dean: "I got to say, I'm a little disappointed."
Sam: "Yeah, 'cause you wanted to shoot zombies."
Dean: "Damn straight I wanted to shoot some zombies."
Dean: "You mean like a real life Kenny?"
Sam: "Maybe we should just get another room til we figure this one out."
Dean: "All right. But you're the one going full cavity for the hex bag."
Sam: "Do we call 911?"
Dean: "And tell them what? That the dead guy we stole from the morgue is alive and having a coronary?"
I thought the heart attack thing was clever. If there are no opportunities to die another way, then the ticker gets him.
Dean: "I feel like I'm sitting shiva."
Sam: "Well, that's not... never mind."
Sam: "What you got?"
Dean: "Dragon penis."
Hayley: "So we're hanging our lives on the writings of a dead man who is named after genitalia?"
Dean: "It's a loose translation."
Good episode, but I don't think I like the direction we're going. How many out of four dragon penises?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.