Do you remember the early days of Supernatural when the boys would battle a ghost or a demon and it would be a big deal? Well, this week Sam and Dean casually decide to kill Zeus, the famous Greek god. Because apparently we’ve reached the point where that isn’t a big deal. Though after defeating Lucifer and preventing the End of Days, I suppose Zeus is small potatoes.
Not a Zombie
A guy in Montana gets hit by a drunk driver. The next morning a bird is eating out his liver and a cop finds the dead body. But then the guy vanishes. In a nice twist, the local cop actually thinks this guy is a zombie, and he seems quite excited about getting to be on the front lines of the zombie apocalypse.
Sam and Dean show up to find the dead guy is now dead again, attacked by a grizzly bear. But once in the morgue, he wakes up again. The man who calls himself Shane doesn’t know what he is, but he dies every day and comes back every time. He was also found after falling off a mountain in Europe. If you remember even basic Greek mythology from college, you can probably piece it together.
Son of Prometheus
Shane gets attacked by a mysterious woman who wields a bad-ass dagger and can disappear at will. Then Shane has a heart attack and dies again, because that’s what he does best.
A woman named Hayley shows up wanting to see Shane and introduces Sam and Dean to their son, Oliver. Sam does a little research and figures out Shane is actually Prometheus, one of the Titans (original Greek gods). He stole fire from Mount Olympus to give to humans and was punished by Zeus who made him die every day. The mystery woman is Artemis, Zeus’ daughter who can kill gods with her dagger.
The real problem is that Prometheus’ curse has passed down to his son, so cute little Oliver also dies and comes back to life every day.
The boys go through the Men of Letters library to find out how to summon and kill Zeus. It’s amazing how nonchalant they are while talking about going up against a Greek god. Hayley has the common decency to be a little taken aback by this whole thing.
The plan works and Zeus shows up in a lightning bolt. He’s kind of a dick. Zeus promises to save the boy if they let him go, but Dean refuses. Hayley, however, agrees to save her son. The problem is that Zeus isn’t just kind of a dick, he’s a major dick. He takes great joy in knowing that Prometheus’ son will die over and over again.
Zeus toys with Prometheus while his daughter Artemis takes Sam and Dean away. Sam uses mind games to convince Artemis that Prometheus loves her, something he has no way of actually knowing, and it works.
Artemis returns to ask her dad to stop. He won’t so, she takes out one of her god-killing arrows (I bet Oliver Queen doesn’t have those in his quiver) and shoots it at Zues. However, Zeus uses Prometheus as a human shield and it hits him. But Prometheus really, really wants to save his son, so he shoves the arrow through his own body and into Zeus. Just like that, Zeus and Prometheus are dead and the curse is lifted.
Sam is still coughing up blood, only now it’s a lot more than a drop or two. The whole ordeal with Prometheus also has Sam thinking that maybe he really is doomed to die in order to close the Gates of Hell because Prometheus had to pay the price for giving fire to humanity.
The most interesting part is how Sam seemed to know about Artemis and Prometheus’ secret love affair even though, as he said, it’s never been written in any book and no one knew about it. If Sam is becoming a little omniscient, maybe completing the three trials will turn Sam into God. Is that an insane theory, because it seems kind of plausible to me.
The episode ends with Dean praying to Cas, begging him to look out for his little brother. But Cas is nowhere to be found.
Next time on Supernatural: The show is off until March 20, but it’s coming back with a revenge as the unholy trinity of Cas, Crowley and Meg are back.
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