Thursday, July 16, 2015

Atlantis, Season 2, Episode 10: The Dying of the Light

The whole gang is camping with Hercules grieving and praying for Medusa and them still having to flee patrols because Jason decided to let the big bad live last week because he’s a damn fool and totally disrespected Medusa’s sacrifice.

Jason is even more angsty and mopey than Hercules (and for much less cause). He has decided rather than run from Atlantean patrols he will take them all on on his own. Ariadne and Pythagoras want to run to the rescue while, reasonably, Hercules is quite done with Jason and his melodramatic antics putting them at risk and ignoring their sacrifice.

The other two do help Jason slaughter the patrol (Ariadne has her bow) and save his life a couple of times (not that he notices). Except one guard who kneels before Ariadne, his queen. Ariadne welcomes him. Jason stabs him

This is not how you win the loyalty of the crown. Ariadne is doubly pissed that Jason ignored her command – to which he says “who are you to give me orders.” Come on Ariadne the answer to that is “your queen.” Orders are kind of in the queenly job description along with shiny hats, the permanent smell of fresh paint and corgis.

Hercules is not very impressed by Jason’s heroic massacre (I agree! He can massacre a surrendered guard but he can’t kill Pasiphae?) nor of how effective it was – by killing several poor lads (robbing mothers of their sons) and confirming that they’re out there. Hercules continues to (rightly) criticise and scold Jason and Jason responds by hitting him.

Pythagoras eventually separates them

That night Ariadne tries to speak nicely to Jason but he’s too bad tempered and pouty because he’s apparently so very sick of taking orders (like he ever had to take a lot?). She tries to get him to talk through his angst but he refuses, far too angsty for her to understand

Hercules is duly depressed – but for far more reason and with a good deal less pouting. He points out that this, where they all are now, is what Medusa died for. Pythagoras reminds them that the Oracle predicted that Jason’s epic mummy issues would corrupt him. He clings to the idea that the Oracle’s prediction that Jason can save Atlantis – and decides to consult Melas the corrupt-cowardly-fool-traitor priest which means risking his life going back into the city

Hercules does make a point of telling Ariadne she shouldn’t be guilty over Medusa, but she wants them all to be friends again. Which would involve Jason not being a whiny manchild.

In the city Pasiphae is all upset because Jason now knows he’s her son and therefore heir to the throne (whoa there Pasiphae, your own claim to that throne is damn shaky, unlike Ariadne’s) but Medea is sure that being touched by the gods will draw Jason to them especially since he’ll turn dark like she did. Pasiphae isn’t convinced – Jason needs killing. Alas, I think I agree with her.

Per Hercules prediction, the massacred patrol confirms to Pasiphae and co where Jason is.

Pythagoras returns to the city, helped by Icharus as the city is now very heavily repressed by the guards – Icharus helps him get to Melas with much unpleasant sneaking (and a nicely practical view of how a city works – you can enforce a curfew but someone still needs to shovel shit.

There he tells Melas that his city has fallen apart and that Jason has gone dark side now he knows Pasiphae is his mother – and may become worse. Melas agrees to help, consulting with Oracle #2. She is actually way way less cryptic than the previous Oracle – the only way to defeat mummy issues is with Jason’s father who is wonderful and good. Melas tells Pythagoras about Jason’s leper father, Aeson in the silver mines (also the past Oracle claiming he was dead is all explained through cryptic metaphor which, thankfully, Oracle #2 hasn’t learned yet).

Pythagoras sets off – leaving Icarus to visit his father in prison; he’s been locked up after helping Pythagoras last time and he is due to hang. While Icarus lied to Pythagoras about him, he can’t let his dad hang. And he tells Pasiphae’s minions about Pythagoras’s quest – though it doesn’t win Daedalus his freedom since now they can continues to use and exploit Icarus with the threat of his dad’s death. Pasiphae dispatches minions but Medea seems to be playing her own game

Pythagoras meets Aeson and tells him what has happened and how his son has become the most pouty of them all. Aeson isn’t exactly ready to ride to the rescue, thinking his leprosy makes him unable to inspire, protect or help Jason. Pythagoras sings Jason’s praises while harshly criticising Aeson for abandoning them. He shames Aeson into coming with him to help his terribad son. Hopefully with a swift slap upside the head

Of course on the way Aeson is worried Jason will reject him

Alas we must return to the camp to be reminded that Jason is the worst (and continues to have ominous Medea dreams). More importantly we get some nice words on Hercules and Pythagoras’s long running friendship and kore of Ariadne trying to make everyone play nice, especially to make Hercules reach out to Jason

Gahhhhh noooooooo! HERCULES is to reach out?

Alas, it works and Hercules tries to make nice with His Poutiness. Hercules really tires – it doesn’t go well. Hercules plans to leave, finally having had enough. Ariadne begs him to stay but there really are limits.

Pythagoras and Aeson return – just as Pasipaeh’s minions attack, led by Pasiphae herself. There’s a fight and they’re separated, Jason running off alone and leading most of the troops with him – he I almost killed (and is injured) but Medea intervenes with nifty magic to save him as Jason collapses. Hercules, despite his leaving, hides Ariadne.

Pasipae also shows off her magic on a naughty minion – hey this kind of instant power was quite rare. They’re reunited with Aeson and Pythagoras but now they’ve lost Jason.

Medea heals Jason and encourages him to sleep. They talk about the mystical darkness that apparently binds them and they kiss. Of course.

Jason going dark really doesn’t work here – he’s deciding to go all dark and edgy because Pasiphae is his mum? Has he ever cared about his mother before? And he’s deciding to have this epic strop after rescuing Ariadne and being with the woman he loves while at the same time Hercules has just suffered the devastating grief of losing Medusa…. Yet Jason is the one who sets the angst dial to 11? This just seems so utterly whiny and so horrifically self-absorbed. Ariadne has lost her friend, her home, her city, her heritage. Hercules has lost the love of his life. Jason has learns his mummy is nasty and he’s the one stropping like a violent spoiled child – without even a pause to comfort the people he supposedly cares about on their loss?

Honestly it made the whole episode, and Ariadne arguing for him and Pythagoras and Icarus risking so much for him really annoying