Supernatural Season 8 Review “Remember the Titans” – Has Sam Lost Hope?

Supernatural Season 8 Episode 16 Remember the Titans

In this episode of Supernatural, called “Remember the Titans,” Sam and Dean tackle a few Greek gods, while Sam comes to terms with his decision to take on the trials.

For all intents and purposes, this episode was basically a single, one-off story about Greek gods. But that’s one of the reasons that I enjoyed it. Maybe not quite as much as some the recent episodes that have been rich with the new storyline, but still quite a bit. I think it had to do with the fact that the Prometheus was such a likeable character. When we first meet him, he’s just a regular schmo who seems to be suffering from some kind of curse. But then it turns out he’s actually a Greek god suffering from a curse and things get interesting, especially when they find out he has a son. Prometheus was the kind of guy who would’ve fit in well with the Winchesters. Like Dean said, describing him was very much like describing Sam (or Dean too, for that matter). In the end, the guy even sacrificed himself to protect his kid; a Winchester-like trait if I ever saw one.

But it may have been that similarity that struck a little too close to home for Sam. In addition to coughing up blood, he looked…I don’t know, just not right somehow. It was as if the trials had already begun in a way, like his body is already being tested and is not doing very well in the test. It might have just been me but I could’ve sworn he looked sickly in this episode and it has me worried for him. And I’m sure that watching a Greek god die, a man that wasn’t supposed to be able to die at all, for what he believed in, didn’t help Sam mentally at all. A fact that was proven when Sam asked Dean if maybe he was wrong about just willing himself to stay alive. I think the saddest part of that was the fact that you could still see that Sam didn’t *want* to die; he was just questioning whether or not he had the strength to stay alive.

All of this put Dean right back into protective big brother mode. It’s a role that is basically his birthright at this point and one that we all are quite familiar with now. The fact that Sam is scared probably makes it both easier and harder on Dean. Easier because perhaps Sam won’t fight now when Dean tries to protect him, and harder because I’m sure it kills Dean to see Sam frightened. His brother may a big, overgrown man, but I’ll bet there are times where Dean wishes Sam was still the baby that he carried out of a fire; small enough to protect within his arms. It’s that instinct that I love to see in Dean, even when it kills me to see him hurting for his brother. And don’t even get me started on the praying to Cas part, because I could probably talk about that bit all night.

Suffice to say, this episode may have basically been a “Monster of the Week” installment, but in just a few minutes it carried along the story of the Winchesters quite nicely. Which makes it suck even more that we have to wait three weeks for another episode.

My favorite bits..

I’ve seen some gross stuff on this show, but I don’t think I’ll ever get the sight of that bird eating that guy’s guts out of my head.

Okay seriously, what is up with Sam and the bloody mouth thing?

Dean in his robe.

The gas masks over the sink.

“Just a guess, but translating an ancient language with zero help might be more difficult than you think.”

Sam giving Dean zombies. That’s one way to keep him occupied.

The cop telling the boys to aim for the head.

“Damn straight I wanted to shoot some zombies.”

The guy crawling off the table while Sam and Dean were arguing about him.

Wow, this guy is living Dean’s life from “Mystery Spot.”

“What are you, like a real-life Kenny?”

“All right, but you’re the one going full-cavity for the hex bag.”

Whoa! Shane’s got some skillz.

“I feel like I’m sitting Shiva.”

“What do we know that has Jason Bourne fighting skills, dies a lot and has a history of violent women?” “I don’t know. You?” – Actually I was going to say Dean, but Sam works, too.

Shane meeting his son, and then finding out the kid was cursed just like he was.

Hayley calling Sam and Dean “Ghostbusters.” Pretty accurate, actually.

Anyone else thinking that Sam’s starting to look a bit sickly? I’m getting worried….

“What you got?”
“Dragon penis.” – Two words I never really expected to hear on this show.

Dean proudly telling, I mean Prometheus that they were legacies.

Hayley stupidly letting Zeus out of his trap.

Dean’s “Balls!” when Artemis threw them against the wall. Aw, made me think of Bobby.

“Really, Sam? Trash-talking a god? Seriously?”

The way Dean said “Good Sam, you’re doing great!”

Sam getting through to Artemis.

The look on Dean’s face when Sam starting busting out all of his Greek god knowledge.

Prometheus sacrificing himself for his son.

“You think any of them chose death? No, the life chose for them.”

Dean praying to Cas….I can’t…. *dies*

“You know I’m not one for praying, because to me it’s the same as begging. But this is about Sam, so I need you to hear me.”

“You keep a lookout for my little brother, okay?”

“Where are you, man?”

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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