Atlantis: Review: Series 2 Episode 8: The Madness of Hercules

Atlantis 2.8Sometimes the gods need a hand getting things right…

A terrific score from Stuart Hancock (adding to Rob Lane’s original pieces) underpins a strong episode with a great performance from Mark Addy at its heart. Hercules is caught between two people he loves – Medusa and Jason – and as far as he can see, one of them will have to die. Of course, the obvious solution suggests itself, and he engineers a breakout… Which, equally obviously, doesn’t go quite according to plan, and after various other twists leaves Ariadne in the cell in Jason’s place, with Emmett Scanlan’s loyal Delmos beside her, and Pasiphae back in charge.

The political machinations at the court are balanced by the action scenes during the various escape attempts, as well as the emotional drama between Hercules and Medusa, as well as Ariadne’s own conflicts between her role as queen and lover of Jason. Even Pasiphae is impressed by Ariadne’s apparent willingness to let Jason be killed rather than go against the will of the gods, but that’s not going to prevent her from trying to depose her!

Verdict: Another good episode emphasising the progress the show has made in making us care for the characters. 8/10

Paul Simpson

 

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