In Review: Atlantis – The Madness Of Hercules

Jason has been sentenced to death for killing the oracle and faced with the impressible might of the high priest, it seems there is little anyone can do to save him.

Synopsis: Jason has been sentenced to death for killing the oracle and faced with the impressible might of the high priest, it seems there is little anyone can do to save him.

Review: This episode is strong one all round, but it is particularly strong for Mark Addy as Hercules, who is still conflicted over his love for Medusa and his loyalty to his mate Jason.

It seems though that Hercules is not beyond trying to have his cake and eat it as well because he makes an attempt to save his friend in a daring if not ill fated prison break, which pretty much puts him in the same predicament as Jason.

All seems lost, but it seems that the politics of the court of Atlantis and Ariadne’s love for Jason are not mutually exclusive because the Queen, who is being carefully spied upon by Pasiphae launches a rescue mission of her own, but in such a way that it would be not traced back to her.

Pasiphae, though knows better and Ariadne’s Achilles heel. Her love for Jason ultimately leads to her arrest. Thus allowing Pasiphae to reclaim the throne.  Which gives us the cliff hanger to end all cliffhangers.

This story was a combination of action and political chess match.

The acting performances were fantastic. Even Robert Emms provided a damn good performance when it looked like he was going to lose both Jason and Hercules to the machinations of Pasiphae’s scheme to usurp the throne.

All of this was underpinned by some fabulous incidental music from Stuart Hancock.

The question on every viewers lips though by close of this episode is who will have to die in order to make things right. Sure Jason and Hercules are now in the wind as it were and Medusa is still free. But one can’t help but feel that a major player is due to pass into the never, never by the close of the season.

9.8
The Madness Of Hercules
  • Great acting performances From Mark Addy
  • It's a shame we could not have had this much plot advancement earlier in the season
  • Story
    9.5
  • Acting
    10
  • Incidental Music
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net

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