The third episode of the series - whilst it does start strongly - slowly diminishes by the end. With so many new characters in every episode, it's hard to keep track of everyone. While Overman's series has been quite exciting in the last two episodes, this one is less so.
First off, I must commened the beginning. It is quite unique in style and once again reflects Jason's good will. Whilst his confrontation with King Minos is a little bland, there is definitely an inner strength in the show to surprise the viewers. Lord Heptarian is a typical villain with a rather sterotypical attitude. Perhaps his non-existent relationship with Ariadne is unnecessary to show when the main attraction is bull-leaping. But it soon becomes clear, that their inevitable marriage is linked with Jason in the episode.
Another reference to greek mythology is the bull-leaping is skill entertainers learned for the city-life to enjoy, not to mention the royal family. Perhaps the CGI is a little unfamiliar at times, but the amphitheatre is quite impressive. In their first training sequence, as usual, Hercules manages to grab some laughs from some onlookers as he fails to jump a wooden bull. Mark Addy is easy to watch and definitely has an acting talent to switch from tough and hard Robert Baratheon to this dim-witted fool.
The three newcomers in the Bull Court is where the episode is week. There's not enough backstory to compensate for their actions. Particularly Elpis who appears to like her new friends, but also still works for Pasiphae and Palos. This is a contrast I cannot get my head around and it isn't really answered. By the end she's even congratulated by her fellow bull-leapers.
The three main cast as usual, were ecstatic, but Jack Donnelly continues to annoy me sometimes. In particular - he messes up one line during his trial with the King. Robert Emms as Pythagoras is still strong and his character is extremely important when it comes to announcing their doom. He is very like the Oracle when it comes to that.
My favourite scene was with Pasiphae and Medusa. It is executed well and it reflects Merlin in many ways. The new language is interesting and the development in Pasiphae's character has been a long wait, but the conclusion is clever: she practices witchcraft. Jemima Rooper is wonderful as Medusa and whilst the character's intentions are to be kind and nurturing, the fact that we understand greek mythology and what is to come of her, she is frightening as well.
Overall, this is a strong story, but it lacks in a few important things. Character development in both Ariadne and her father, Minos; Jack Donnelly need to improve his pronunciation; and a more constructive bottom plot line where it blends in with everything else. However, this episode once again promotes Jason's skills in fighting and jumping... something for the finale perhaps?