After last week's uncomfortable stab at a romantic plotline, this week's episode of Atlantis - Rules Of Engagement - turns the spotlight on the charmless romance between two-dimensional Jason and Ariadne.
To mark Ariadne's betrothal to Heptarian, a brutal tournament is organised which heart-broken Jason enters because he thinks he will be able to win Ariadne's hand - despite the fact that Heptarian is the undefeated champion.
There's some machinations behind the scenes involving Queen Pasiphae, who we get the impression is poisoning her husband so that her pawn - Heptarian - can take the throne as Ariadne's husband, but the bulk of the episode is the seemingly endless rounds of the tournament as a succession of muscular, shirtless men wrestle in the dirt (I'm beginning to suspect I am not the target demographic for this show).
Unsurprisingly - in a show not known for its surprises - the competition boils down to Jason and Heptarian, but the cleverest part of the episode is how Ariadne uses the event to interpret the will of gods for her father and the queen.
Barring a couple of decent scenes at the end, Rules Of Engagement was another drawn-out episode where very little of any interest happened... and it took forever for even that to occur.
Last week I discovered, belatedly, the mind-blowing news that this dreadful, tedious show has already been renewed for a second season by the BBC.
I'm not saying this is the worst show the BBC has ever produced (and anything is better than 99 per cent of so-called 'reality' television), it's just simply lacklustre and uninspired.
Surely the talent that has gone into creating this could have come up with something better? Or kept Merlin alive for a couple more seasons, as all its fans wanted, rather than suddenly jumping to the end of the Arthurian saga?