Atlantis this week is all about the parental relationships, appropriately enough for an episode entitled “Kin”. While Icarus keeps on digging himself a betrayal hole trying to keep his father alive, Jason’s getting fought over by Aeson and Pasiphae. It’s Atlantis coming down firmly on the nature side of the nature vs nurture debate; it doesn’t matter what kind of upbringing Jason’s had, what matters is whether he follows his mother into darkness or his father back out into the light.
At a couple of points in “Kin”, it’s easy to worry that the episode is about to fall into Shakespearean farce. Heart slowing potions never tend to end well (have we learnt nothing from Romeo and Juliet?), and there’s also the chance of everyone wandering around in the forest and missing each other, given that most of the trees seem to look the same. But instead it’s a serious, thrilling penultimate episode, just in time for next week’s final, double-length episode.