Sunday, February 16, 2014

Atlantis - Touched by the Gods (Part 2)

Despite teasing major changes leading into next season, the second-half of Atlantis' First Season finale returns all of the chess pieces back to their starting position - with only one major change. After rescuing Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) with the help of Ramos (Joe Dixon), who gives his life to save the princess, Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Hercules (Mark Addy), and Ariadne and head to a leper colony hidden in the Silver Mines of Pangeon in the Mountains of Galena where the Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) believes they will be safe. There the audience will learn more about Jason's parentage, although the hero himself maintains blissful ignorance of the identity of the man (John Hannah) who helps him or the fact that his mother is the current Queen of Atlantis.

While the hunt for the princess and her liberators continues, the Oracle and her servant Melas (Ken Bones) begin repairing the damage the Queen's poison has been doing to King Minos (Alexander Siddig) who is quite recovered when Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) and her men return with the King's daughter in chains. It is left unclear whether Minos knows of his wife's treachery (as he doesn't murder his wife on the spot). Pasiphae's knowledge of Jason's true identity is only major change as life it Atlantis get back to normal with relative ease.

As the season draws to a close Jason and Ariadne are once again separated by class, Minos is back on the throne, and Jason and his friends are free to get back to their various misadventures. The only person whose life changes over the course of the episode is Pasiphae as her plans to seize control fall apart, the truth of a son who is her enemy leaves her unsure of her next move, and her greatest ally (Oliver Walker) is killed at Jason's hand. As to how this knowledge will change her scheming or her relationship with Ariadne or her interference with the young lover's relationship, that will have to be seen when the show returns for a second season next Winter.

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