Synopsis: Pasiphae has seized Atlantis and Ariadne’s life hangs in the balance, but our heroes are impotent to help. As wanted men, then have been forced to seek refuge in the mountains high above the city.
Review: At the start of this story things look hopeless. Jason is moping about having pretty much given up and Hercules attempts to motivate him back into action are utterly useless.
Meanwhile back in ‘Atlantis’ Pasiphae gets some unpleasant news from the new Oracle, who makes it clear that the Gods are not happy because the rightful Queen has been deposed. Which means Pasiphae has to launch a campaign in order to get Ariadne to renounce her claim and she is not to fussed about what means she uses.
Back in the mountains Pythagoras and Medusa are hatching a plan, which means that Medusa will have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to both redeem herself of herself of having murdered the oracle and give Jason and his friends the best chance of rescuing Ariadne from the clutches of Pasiphae.
Again ‘Atlantis’ gives us yet another game changing episode, which sees Jason finally learning the truth about his incredible fighting skills and his parentage.
Once more Sarah Parish knocks it out of the park with her performance as Pasiphae, who is even more venomous and hungry for power than ever. I loved how her adviser justified her torture of Ariadne by saying that the Gods did not say who should be rightfully on the throne.
Also putting in a great performance was Mark Addy as Hercules whose love for Medusa has literally conflicted his loyalties for his friends and his love for her.
It was also fun to see Pythagoras have a bigger role to play in advancing the story. He becomes the unlikely hero of this episode by literally paving the way for Jason to enact the plan.
I also have to mention that the incidental music in this episode was nothing short of outstanding. I loved how the composer punctuated some of this episodes more emotional moments with appropriate music, but did not over milk it by completely drowning out the more emotion scenes. The balance was fantastic between the music and drama.
This is the sort of storytelling that ‘Atlantis’ really could have done with in the early part of the second season.
- Great story development and fantastic soundtrack
- This is one of those episodes you don't want to end
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