Howard Overman's writing, to say the least, has been a bit topsy-turvy. There's no doubt that he's a skilled writer with ample masterpieces in his name, but sometimes he doesn't push himself hard enough or work hard enough to make an episode absolutely perfect. Fortunately, this episode like a previous episode, The Death Song of Uther Pendragon was a eerily brilliant episode with visual success and straightforward acting to back it up.
Let's look at the negatives first, where there is barely anything. But with every episode, there's always a flaw somewhere, even with the Rains of Castamere!
The crow business is a little flimsy and perhaps only exists in order for Pythagoras to fall flat on his face, lose the bodies and find himself racing across the city. I feel, in some ways, it was made to stretch the episode, but despite that it fitted in nicely. The beginning, for me, was slightly unnecessary and odd, all we needed was Hercules knocked out. Although, this was wonderfully scripted. Also, Campe was a little too nice, forgetting about her appearance for the moment. And as all monsters in Atlantis, they all lose to Jason pretty quickly.
For the positives, I could go on forever, but I'll have to summarise it in a few points. First of all, Kyros was a good villain - one that could often be found in Merlin. Anton Lesser played a very selfish gang leader one threatened his enemies with a sword.
I am happy to say that Jack Donnelly was on form in this episode, with some slick acting and some clear facial expressions. His scene with the Oracle was quite tense and it clearly shows that the character would do anything for his friends. He was even on par with Mark Addy who was also portraying Hercules with obvious determination. The contrast between light and dark was effective and allowed for the viewer to be tense and excited at the same time.
The final episode was a beauty. We've gone from being in a bad place to good place and now that becomes bad. If only Hercules hadn't sent Medusa to his home, everything would have been fine, but Pandora's Box as Overman so cleverly reminds us, is the most powerful thing in the world and it holds temptation. A tense ending and a brilliant one. Despite the audience knowing what Medusa's fate really is, seeing her transform from a kind woman to this monster is quite heart-breaking and powerful. Hercules' reaction is all we need to start tearing up.
My favourite scene, undeniably, was Jason and Hercules' arrival in the Underworld. Not a word is uttered between them as this hazy shadow of a boat and gondolier appear in the mist. They pay an old man with frightening eyes, enter the boat and begin their journey to the other side. There is no need for words, because the visual effect of them disappearing into the fog is enough to catch every eye watching!
Overall, a stunning episode with numerous moments of pure drama. I want to give Atlantis a high score for this, but it still doesn't reach the standard of Doctor Who or Game of Thrones - far from it. Instead, I'm going to have to hold back on the high numbers and stick with an 8.5/10, although I whole-heartedly believe it deserves more! Hopefully Overman can keep this standard with the next episode.