We have a sobbing man in a rickety flying machine; even without the title I think it’s a good guess this man is Daedelus after his son Icarus nosedived.
The Hero and the Oracle are imprisoned by the priests of Gaia who drain his blood for visions to find the magical woo-woo book, the Lexicon (which will make you a god and be welcomed in Olympus until you piss off Zeus and suffer an eternal horrible curse). The priest decides the Hero’s babbling means they need the ring of the Magi and the Hero knows where it is. Instead the show decides to stretch it’s already very strained and tiny special effects budget by having him hallucinate a monster.
Clearly this calls for more visions and the Oracle declares that having sex with the hero will definitely get more visions than stabbing him with needles. The priests actually buy this excuse so she crawls on top of him and uses her hair pin to slice his bonds (because her hair pin has bladed edges… apparently?)
The priests do catch on so she combines slapping the Hero to wake him up to fending off the priest until Hero gets his head together. She does pretty well and eventually 1 priest runs off. She stops the hero killing the other priest because she wants to do it – since he killed her brother. The hero looks a little shaken by that.
They leave and the Oracle presents her plan to get them to Athens while the Hero asks why he would want to go there. The Oracle is bemused – the king of Athens is his dad. The Hero wants nothing to do with his dad or his magic book, he wants to go home. He doesn’t want to be a prince god (maybe because he’s heard of the king and the Greek pantheon – with neighbours like these…) so the Oracle relies on sense rather than avarice: when people hear he has the lexicon inside him they will come hunting for him. There was, after all, a reason why his mother brought him up in hiding. She would also like him to stop the war
He points out if there’s one thing that would make him less likely to go Athens, it would be because the city is an actual war zone. Their bickering is interrupted by the crash landing of a very cantankerous Daedelus. He rants and begs Apollo to take him instead of his son – and tries to jump off a cliff. The Oracle and Hero stop him, especially since the Oracle has heard of him.
Over to Athens and little Lykos is totally ready to lead his dad’s armies! Medea quickly crushes this silly teen hopes and tells him to be a good little meat puppet.
Of course the conniving Prince Pallas isn’t willing to let him just stand their silently despite the more sensible generals objecting to strategy from an inexperience boy. But, surprisingly, Lykos pulls out some pretty crafty tactics to help his vastly outnumbered men stand against the Minoans.
King Aegeus insists on getting out of his sick bed, again. He also has his own plans – open the gates and lead his vastly outnumbered, tired men in an open charge against the forces outside the city. This is not a strategy that is likely to go down in the history of military genius. Medea decides to respond to this ludicrous plan by drugging him. Well done Medea.
The priest of Gaia decides he needs to tell Medea about the Hero (including the fact she’s been bleeding the wrong son). She decides to send the priest (who is duly and rightly terrified of Medea), Cyrus after the Hero, making him follow dramatically introduced warrior priests
So she can then focus her energies on discussing the fact he has another son with her dear husband. Oh Aegeus, suddenly your plan for a near suicidal charge looks like a very good idea. She smacks him about while he is still weak from his sick bed (and him saying that he didn’t even know her when he fathered the hero cuts him no slack) because she is so Very Unimpressed and he reveals that the Lexicon is also a curse, a “dangerous beast” in fact. He also says he doesn’t know the name of the hero’s mother, she was a “chance encounter.” She then drugs him again.