Lies, betrayal and conspiracy are what this episode of Atlantis brings us. When Therus, Ariadne’s brother’s shows up it can only spell danger to the crown. Until this week, there has been no previous mention of Ariadne’s brother, but the lingering unhappiness and sense betrayal still hangs in the air throughout the episode, and you almost forget that this is the first time we’ve ever heard of him.
Throughout the episode, we find out more and more about Queen Pasiphae’s lust for the crown and how far she’s willing to go for it. We find out through Therus that his betrayal was a conspiracy, something that the Queen organised to get rid of him as heir to the throne. He warns Ariadne that the Queen is probably organising the same for her, as she is almost of age to become heir to the throne. We also see the more gentle side of King Minos. Throughout the series so far, we’ve seen him being played as a sort of tyrant, but this episode shows us that he does really care for his family and is still deeply hurt by his son’s betrayal. Something that he claims to think about every day, showing just how much Queen Pasiphae truly rules the castle, so to speak.
Though most of the episode is spent in the dark, with Jason and Ariadne running from guards and royals alike, we see the romance between Jason and Ariadne become clearer. Though it does come across as more of a teen romance, Jack Donnelly and Aiysha Hart both play it well, and make us believe that it is something more than what we’re seeing, and something more believable than the limited screen time the two have previously held. Throughout this episode, we finally see Ariadne stand up for herself more, something that she has been lacking previously. We saw an inkling that she could be the rebellious teenager not willing to do what her mother wanted, but this episode she really went for what she wanted. Though at the time that she was doing it, it seemed like there would be a massive consequence. The consequence never came and she was let off without even a warning.
There were budding potential story lines in this episode coming from King Minos. In one instance he claimed he had to win the throne. How did this come about? Why would he need to do this? Perhaps this is something that will be explained as the series goes further on, and the conspiracies, and who’s betraying who becomes more apparent.
The side comic relief story with Hercules and the beetle could have been left out as it seemed to add little to the story and wasn’t really very funny. After a good episode last week with Hercules, we felt like Hercules had moved forward a few steps in characterisation but this week, it felt like he’d moved back a few steps. And what of Pythagoras? Pythagoras, as a character, has hardly moved at all especially in this episode where he just didn’t really seem to do anything.
All in all, it was a decent enough episode. It set up a few things regarding the Queen Pasiphae and what she’s willing to do to become ruler of Atlantis but how far does her court ruling’s truly go? The episode did start of with a interesting beginning which did fizzle out towards the end. There was very little consequences for the actions taken, maybe if something dramatic had happened, like Therus being caught and being taken back to Atlantis and was put back together with Pasiphae, we could have had a better ending. Sadly, this does not happen and the episode ends without any real conclusion. The BBC have commissioned for a second series, so we know that Atlantis will continue, even if it currently doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.