This felt like an episode with two halves to be absolutely honest. The first concerned Jason and company's distrust for Telemon, before his betrayal was revealed to Ariadne. The second was trying to protect Ariadne from harm from either the Colcheans or Pasiphae. Unfortunately, this provided us with a very disorganised episode that doesn't sit well with me. Telemon's quick departure in particular was a bit disappointing.
Nevertheless, I would like to look at the positive points for this episode, because, believe it or not, there was a lot to enjoy. The acting has taken a step up this week, with Aiysha Hart seemingly showing more of a range for her character emotionally, and the reveal of Ariadne's skill with a bow and arrow was a nice addition, albeit typical. Pasiphae's cruelty has been widely advertised by now, and her cold-heartedness in this installment proved that there won't be any continuity with that. A new addition to the cast, Ronald Pickup, proved that guest actors can sometimes steal the show. His lines were wonderfully played and he interacted charmingly with each character and he is officially one of the most interesting characters that has ever featured on the show. Thankfully he will be a recurring character this series.
One thing that I haven't mentioned as often as I should've in my reviews are the directors. The only thing that has never let the series down are its directors who single-handedly provided a very atmospheric episode each week, with shaky camera angles, emotional close-ups and panning fight scenes. The Colchean ambush was particularly well choreographed with the horrifying massacre of the Atlantean soldiers gut-wrenching to witness. On top of that, this week's music was exceptional, providing some rather eccentric melodies as the characters dawdled through the deserts and forests aimlessly. Despite the time wasting context, it was lovely to listen to.
On the downside this week, Hercules and Pythagoras continue to be back-benchers in these episodes, only providing an extra couple of pair of hands for the hero, Jason. They may be important at times, but most of the scenes just don't do a thing for their character development. I sympathise with Hercules as they once again traipse through another unending cave. The introduction of the necropolis may mean something later, but at the moment it just a means to allow danger. Whilst I have enjoyed the nice links between episodes as they progress, the cliffhanger in this week's episode was far too abrupt.
Overall, I may be a perfectionist, but when comparing to shows such as Game of Thrones or Doctor Who, Atlantis is definitely not in the same league. However, the dialogue provided for Orpheus is more of what I want to see in the near future, because it allowed the show to pause and contemplate for a moment as we catch our breath following the last skirmish. This really picked the episode up for me, but it didn't succeed in satisfying me completely. Nevertheless, I still look forward to next week, as I gather things are starting to become very interesting.