|Hercules and Medusa. From the BBC|
Atlantis is very, very fond of Historical name-dropping, which is a bit like having historical guest stars except that they never actually have to live up to their famous appearance. What exactly is the point of having Medusa in this episode? Seriously, this episode could have been done with any other random girl in her place. With the name Medusa being the only thing that actually makes this episode sound interesting, you'd expect to see a Gorgon or two around, but no such luck. It's probably a good thing, really, considering that in the mainstream myth, Medusa becomes a Gorgon when she's cursed by Athena for being sexually assaulted in her temple.
This episode put some more focus on Hercules, whose role as plucky comic relief for the vast majority, almost frustratingly so. As off-putting as Merlin's formulaic nature was (and you're gonna keep hearing me comparing this show to Merlin), it at least managed to establish its core characterisations very quickly. The characters in Atlantis are hollow archetypes with no backstories or identifiable traits which are realistic in context. Give me a Hercules who's bitter about not being remembered as the valiant hero he was, a Pythagoras who's slightly mentally unhinged. Give me a Jason who's actually close to either his mythological namesake or the "fish out of water" guy we've been told to expect instead of a boring all-powerful never-has-any-problems standard bland protagonist.
|I'm probably wrong to expect something more feminist from|
the writer who made Alisha deep-throat a drinks bottle.
From the BBC
The series is just flashing warning signs at me constantly, and I don't know whether to take them on board and give up on it or to ignore them and see just where it goes. As it stands, I have very little investment in its bland archetypical characters, nor any of the gradiose mysteries which require vast re-writes of understood mythology in order to incorporate our out-of-place characters. Prophecies and grand plans tend to work best when they actually promise something, or suggest something that the present would contradict. As it stands, it's just grand posturing and the show really needs to start showing me actual characters and dilemmas instead of the vapid run-arounds that it's shown thus far.
NEXT WEEK: Doctor Bashir gets all arsey and decides to throw our protagonist to the Bulls. He and I agree that The Boy Must Die.