The trailer for this episode of Atlantis promised us a Jason with his heart “blackened” by the knowledge that his mother was Pasiphae, series antagonist, murderer and best bitch-face in town. There were shades of Star Wars all over “The Dying of the Light”, what with Jason turning to the dark side, parental figures fighting for Jason’s allegiances and Pasiphae going all Darth Vader on her general. Appropriate for airing on the weekend before Star Wars Day.
With Icarus betraying the group to save Daedalus from execution, it doesn’t look like Pythagoras is going to get a happy ending either. With Hercules and Jason trapped and sniping at each other, it was down to Pythagoras to take on the action hero role. Kind of. This episode could easily have been called “Pythagoras’ Pedometer” as he racked up the miles, heading into Atlantis to have sexual tension with Icarus (no one hugs that much platonically), get told by Melas that the Oracle lied about everything and then trekking out to some silver mine to find Jason’s leprous dad.
Then again, with Aeson and Pasiphae fighting for Jason next week, maybe we’ll get to hear more about that past properly. Just three episodes left before we leave the world of myths and legends behind.