OK, so last week’s Atlantis wasn’t exactly the most exciting or unpredictable, but it did help to move the story along. Ariadne chose her city over her heart (girl’s gonna make a great queen) and agreed to Telemon’s proposal, believing that he was a prince who’d make a great ally. But charming men with beards who want to marry princesses always turn out to be treacherous murderers, don’t they?
Last season of Atlantis pretty much exclusively stuck to the “monster of the week” formula. On the basis of these first four episodes, season two sees a change of direction with stories running together to form a coherent whole. And that definitely works in this episode’s favour. Taken by itself, it’s a bit of a mishmash, jumping around from a conspiracy to murder Ariadne to a long trek through the desert. Putting it in the context of a larger storyline makes perfect sense. That's also helped by Jason meeting another one of his Argonauts in the form of Orpheus. Here he's dispensing wise advice rather than playing music to win the heart of Hades, but his appearance hints towards that vision of the Argo Jason saw back in episode one.