Atlantis is getting bleak this week. Remember back at the start of the season, when the Oracle predicted dire things lay ahead for Jason if he found out his true parentage? He might find out at the end of “The Gorgon’s Gaze”, but he starts turning to the dark side a bit before that. Medusa still can't escape her guilt over killing the Oracle to escape her curse, and so to make amends, she makes a life-changing decision.
Suicide by god-touched friend is a bit dark for a Saturday evening family drama, but that’s what “The Gorgon’s Gaze” was aiming for. As well as seeing Jason walk out of a cave holding Medusa’s severed head and a sword covered in her blood, we also got to see the suspended feet of hanging victims in the street, Delmos covered in blood after torture, and his stabbing by Pasiphae (although the sword used does somehow vanish, so maybe he absorbed it and will come back to life as a superhero! Maybe not – it’s not really that type of show, is it?).
But it wasn’t just the physical that got a look in this week – mental torture was also pretty well represented, with Medea tormenting Ariadne via a trippy magic scene, and Pythagoras having to break it to Hercules that the love of his life drugged him and went out to die. It was a very careful choice of words (she didn’t exactly “take her own life”, really), but possibly telling Hercules about Jason’s involvement would have caused more trouble than it was worth. More to deal with next week!
Is anyone else excited about John Hannah returning next week? Still a leper, still in the leper uniform (seriously, how come they all wear exactly the same clothing? Do the lepers of Atlantis all go to the same market stall? These are more questions that aren’t going to be answered by the end of the season, aren’t they?)