An episode that started badly and just carried on downhill. This is not how Atlantis should be ending, but it seems to be heading in that direction where historical fantasy clashes with with soap opera cliches. A poor show all round to be honest, with lackluster directing, shamefully bad acting and unrealistic moments, derived most probably from the script itself. Last week's looked promising with a very brutal revelation, but that has quickly diminished to reveal this boneless attempt at fantasy adventure. Even Pythagoras couldn't solve this problem.
Just to be nice, I'll give you my pros first. The supporting cast, as per usual, seem to be outshining the main, with John Hannah's reprisal proving how universal he is in his career. His portrayal of Aeson was flawless, with a surprisingly meaningful attitude to what he says. Equally, a brief appearance from Robert Lindsay was satisfying enough, and a little comical. The rest of the cast were mildly involved, or downright pointless. I quite liked the slight change of character for Icarus who decided that his father was more important than his loyalty to Pythagoras - this really does play with the emotions. Also, Jason's dark side is a great idea, but at the moment I'm not enjoying its execution, particularly in the way Jack Donnelly portrays this darkness and how it's affecting his overall choices.
Elsewhere, Atlantis certainly seems to be crumbling into chaos. Hercules' constant dilemma with coming to terms with Medusa's death is mind-numbing at best. Yes, their relationship was unashamedly stubborn and unbreakable, but Ariadne's attempts at helping him understand his loss doesn't make great drama altogether. Meanwhile, Jason's dream sequences really hit a nerve with me. The writers have clearly borrowed ideas from other shows such as Game of Thrones, with Jason coming across a crow on a tree branch. This scene did nothing to perpetuate any storyline whatsoever (so what was it even doing there?). This was quickly followed by Medea's attempts to protect Jason from harm. This out of character decision does not fit right at all, and the couple's snogging fest to end was just in poor taste. Perhaps it is supposed to symbolise that Jason has passed from the light into darkness, but there is a limit.
I really struggle to understand how Pythagoras is able to get in and out of Atlantis all the time, without being seen - it truly is a miracle. Furthermore, his exchanges with Icarus did little to enhance my interest in his repetitive infiltrations. I found the litter disposal joke just completely out of context and bland. Right now, I would love to type out in hyperbole my continuing teething problems with the show, but there would be no point. It's same old, same old. Not one thing happened in this episode, apart from the fact that Aeson left the lepers to help Jason in his dark times.
Somewhere, someone must love this series, but it definitely isn't me. But I'm struggling to wonder who would like it. The light-hearted side and simplistic plots would interest early teens and kids alike, but the entirely morose hangings and violent scenes completely alienates that part of the viewership, which makes me wonder who's left. Apart from listening to the tuneful and sometimes melancholy soundtrack, there's nothing left for me to share with this series. You can probably notice how generous I'm being with the score too.