|Lucy Cohu as Circe|
Circe pops up to call in Jason's debt to her (from back in Song Of The Sirens) - she gives him three days to slay the queen, her sister, or she will kill Jason and his friends.
Our heroic trio cobble together a scheme to break into the palace - which seems remarkably easy to do - but then at the last moment Jason bottles out of killing Pasiphae.
While Hercules and Pythagoras slip out through a rubbish chute (it's so large and obvious from outside the palace, why didn't they - or countless other would-be assassins, kidnappers, burglars - think of getting in that way?), Jason ends up hiding in Princess Ariadne's room.
Before this though he gets shot in the leg - at almost point-blank range - by an archer and then cleverly evades the guard - who was looking right at him - by stepping round a corner!!!!
Eventually the next morning Jason - having spent a chaste night in Ariadne's bed - escapes the palace and, having checked in with Hercules and Pythagoras, decides to head off to confront Circe who, admittedly, pulls out some pretty decent magical powers before being killed off way too quickly. She even manages a post-death Hail Mary trick with the old dragon's teeth and raises a trio of animated skeletons to fight Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras.
Once again I have to ask why all the CGI monsters need to shrouded in darkness? Can't Jason and his sidekicks fight monsters in daylight?
Just when they think everything is coming up roses, our heroes learn that Pasiphae has charged Ariadne with treason - for harbouring an assassin - and snetenced her to death.
One of the major problems with Atlantis is a conflict has been engineered between Jason and Pasiphae, but we have no reason to care. Poor Sarah Parish has been given such a one-dimensional, cackling, pantomime villain to play that Pasiphae doesn't even feel like a real person.
But then again, I suppose Jason is equally one-dimensional. And a total drip, to boot.
Bumping off Circe was also a bad move. Not only was she actually an interesting villain, but it was made to look so easy that, as with the other challenges our heroes face in this episode, you have to wonder why Jason hadn't just done this before and saved everyone a lot of aggravation.
Admittedly he does - albeit briefly - appear to call on his "god-given powers" (a bit of CGI wire-fu), but it still doesn't explain why he hadn't killed her sometime after their first encounter?
Remember way back in the first episode that Jason's whole reason for ending up in Atlantis was his quest to find his lost father? That motivation he has NEVER once mentioned or acted upon since. Well, it appears - according to the trailer for the season finale - that his dad, played by John Hannah no less, pops up just in the nick of time. That's nice, isn't it?
It still beggars belief that this drivel comes from the minds that created Merlin and Misfits. Now I know I was rude about the first season of Merlin, but it was never as bad as this. To be honest, I can't think of anything I've stuck with that has been as bad as this.
Only one more episode though and it will be out of my misery. I can't see myself returning for the second season. I can't believe the BBC even commissioned a second series of this. Our licence fee being put to good use!