I must confess that I am a sucker for Greek mythology, and I was a fangirl of those campy, and now classic ‘90s television series, “Hercules: The Legendary Journey” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” so I was delighted when the brothers Winchester decided to tackle Mt. Olympus.
Grab your trusty Chakram, and let’s dive in, shall we?
The cold open finds a treasure of society drunkenly guzzling beer as he speeds down a windy, dark road, heedless of the man walking on the shoulder. It's a direct hit and run. If the man didn't die on impact, he definitely expired during frigid winter night. A state trooper finds him frozen solid the next morning with an eagle feasting on his innards. When he returns from calling for an ambulance, the victim is gone, his tracks leading into bear country.
It’s refreshing to see Sam and Dean cling to their FBI covers as the state trooper confidently tells them that the formerly dead man was a zombie. He must have mistook "The Walking Dead" as a documentary. “People don’t walk away from that; zombies do," he says. "Aim for the head,” he advises the boys before they head out to another medical examiner's office where the victim was brought in with a toe tag, thanks to a vicious grizzly. "Woodchipper beats everything, so does grizzly bear,” Dean states as he's ready to get back to their home in Kansas, and his comfy bathrobe.
As Sam and Dean discuss the case, Shane awakens and slides off the table, trying to escape. Dean intercepts him, smashes him into a few things and makes with the threats. It's kind of intimidating (and totally hot), but I'm not sure why it would be to someone who can't stop dying. Shane figuratively spills his guts: he was discovered on a mountain in Europe after getting caught in an avalanche of which he has no memory of. He dies every day, only to be resurrected after a few hours. He had sought refuge in the Unabomber's old digs, until someone shot him, and he had to run to keep them from discovering his secret. Shane, played with earnest exasperation by John Reardon, is immediately believable, and Sam and Dean want to help. That night, he is attacked by a leather-clad woman. It's not Xena, or even Katniss, but she is definitely supernatural as she has a magical blade and vanishes into the ether when cornered. Shane knows kung-fu, and bests her after she easily kicks Sam and Dean’s asses. Of course, then the excitement of combat induces a heart attack, and Shane dies. Again.
Sam and Dean are baffled as they "sit Shiva" at Shane's bedside. “What do we know of that has Jason Bourne fighting skills, dies a lot and has a history with violent women?” Sam wonders. “I don’t know, you.” Dean deadpans.
But it's about to get a lot more complicated, because a woman with a little boy arrives, clutching the article that mentions the John Doe found in the morgue. Her name is Hayley, and she had been in the avalanche with Shane, and even attributed his daily demises as "exposure or shock." When she saw him die and awaken for the first time, she bolted. But she was already pregnant. Seven years later, Hayley needs to find him again, because her son has inherited the affliction.