Olympus 1-2: Daedalus

The hero and the Oracle meet up with the titular character.  Meanwhile, Medea learns of the hero’s existence and wants him found.

Last time on Olympus: The hero brought the Oracle back to the Temple of Gaia; meanwhile, Medea stopped a scheme against her husband.

 

Escaping the Temple

The hero is being bled by the head priest, whose name is later revealed to be Cyrus, in an effort to learn more about the Lexicon.  The blood actually changes shapes in a neat bit of filming.  I wonder if it’s CGI or an actual effect; one bit is clearly being played backwards.  Anyway, the priest’s methods aren’t working to discover the location of the Ring of the Magi.  The Oracle interrupts, stating her method would be more effective.  I think it’s strongly implied the priest wants his semen/essence for the next bit of scrying.  I guess the priests have a limited definition for virginity?

So the priest releases her, warning her that failure means death.  She removes her outer blue garment and downs her hair from its bun.  While acting all seductive over him, the Oracle uses the sharp pin that was holding up her bun to start cutting his bonds and whispering her escape plan.

Unfortunately, the blood Cyrus is staring at turns into a skull, alerting him to the plan.  A battle ensues with the hero regaining his feet as the Oracle proves herself relatively competent.  Cyrus flees and the Oracle insists upon slicing the throat of the other priest who had done the same to her brother.  Tossing aside the blade, she looks understandably exhausted.

Leading the Army

Lykos wants to play an active role in leading the army, given how he’s now commander-in-chief.  Medea points out he doesn’t have the respect of his generals but his time will come when they solve the Lexicon.  She stresses his role is to watch, listen, and report back to her.

However, during the meeting Lykos instead comes up with a battle strategy to defeat a section of the Minoan army.  Meanwhile, Aegeus wants to resume leading the army and ruling the city, but he’s still too weak from his injury.  And Medea keeps giving him tonics that possibly leave him drowsy and compliant so she can continue being the true source of power in the city.

The Titular Character & Medea’s Wrath

The hero and the Oracle are arguing over whether to go to Athens or to return to the forests of Troezen.  Somehow they had the time to get back into their ‘normal’ attire before fleeing the Temple of Gaia.  She also has to explain about the current war, since the hero grew up that sheltered.  I have to wonder just how long the war has been going on, then.  Their argument is interrupted when they see a flying device crash into the forest on the other side of the canyon.

Back in Athens, a terrified Cyrus has reported to a furious Medea about the hero containing the actual Lexicon.  The warrior priests- Paladin- are called in, as well as somebody called Kouros also called the “cloven hooves of the east wind”.  Cyrus, Kouros, and a third guy are to find Aegeus’ true firstborn son.

Going to her husband’s bedroom, she splashes him with water when he asks for some and then slaps him twice.  Aegeus ‘explains’ he didn’t know her then and believed the Lexicon was a curse.  When she demands the other woman’s name, he claims it was a chance encounter.  Disgusted with him, she gives him another tonic to put him to sleep.

By this time the Hero and the Oracle have found Daedalus, who’s an elderly man grieving for the recent death of his son.  Holding a feather, the Oracle has a vision of Icarus’ final moments before crashing.  Beginning a prayer to Apollo, Daedalus tries to fall off the cliff but the other two keep him from doing so.  I can understand why he’d feel so devastated by his son dying due to the failure of one of his inventions, but dying himself wouldn’t change anything.

The hero spots something shiny on the far side of the canyon, Daedalus is afraid it’s Minos’ men.  But in actuality it’s the trio of priests.  Irritably Kouros yanks off the big shiny necklace Cyrus was wearing, which was what gave away their presence.

When they next meet, Lykos and Medea lie to each other; him about staying quiet in the meeting, and she omits exactly what the something else she’s working on is.  That night, Lykos’ plan worked so well that Pallas claims General Proteus took the credits.  Given who’s talking, Pallas might be lying- or he might have been the one to convince Proteus to take the credit.

The trio stops in a clearing, as Daedalus is still emotionally exhausted.  The Oracle goes a bit away to pray to Gaia.  Her prayer is interrupted by a vision- maybe I’m missing something, but it looks like she wants to ensure that the hero doesn’t kill his father?  Or that’s another vision and not her main goal?  I am confused.

Daedalus is remembering Icarus’ flight and generally despairing.  The Oracle comes over in an attempt to comfort him, but the inventor doesn’t believe gods care for mortals nor does she know anything about grief.  Instead of bringing up her brother, possibly out of understanding that it’s different to lose a child than a sibling, the Oracle comments that his son wouldn’t want his father to be miserable.

Plots and Schemes

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The Oracle then checks on the hero, who is drawing the symbol for the Ring of the Magi again.  Daedalus comes over, interested.  King Aegeus stole the ring but no one knows what it does.  The hero is baffled why anyone would want it then.  Exasperated, Daedalus explains that he’d like to find out since all that’s known is that the ring is very powerful.  The hero admits that the ring is back in the forests of Troezen.

Now she can piece together his plan- go get the ring so that King Aegeus will believe his claim that he’s his son.  During the following conversation, Daedalus gets caught up on that he’s the son of King Aegeus and she’s an Oracle.  Despite wanting to go alone, the other two insist upon coming along.

The three priests are trying to pick up on the hero’s trail.  Kouros decides to send a black dove to Medea to admit they’ve lost the trail.  Cyrus promptly doesn’t like this idea, and Medea’s face when she sees said dove does not look happy.

She sacrifices a sheep and sets up a spell to summon a demon nymph.  Near as I can tell, it’s remote controlled magic?  There’s a demon nymph Medea is controlling at the altar, and another luring away Hero.  But that’s for later.

Pulling Lykos’ Strings

Pallas gifts his nephew with a blade and attempts to nudge him into trying out the throne.  But they’re interrupted by the arrival of guards with a prisoner to be sacrificed.  Said prisoner is stripped naked, and Lykos flees instead of slaying the man.

General Proteus is concerned Lykos is too unmanly to kill, but Pallas instead theorizes that Lykos’ hormones got the better of him.  The general immediately worries about the fate of the royal line.  Pallas finds Lykos in the open air temple and gifts him with a personal scribe- a taller blond teen named Kimon.  Considering what happened with Dion and his actually-loyal-to-Pallas bodyguard last episode, I am concerned about this set-up.

Jumping ahead a bit, Lykos is confident enough about leading the generals to brush off his mother during the next meeting.  Medea is apparently too distracted by learning about Aegeus’ true firstborn son to realize Kimon’s presence- though him leaving when an upset Medea approaches Lykos is likely just common sense.

Medea tries to explain to Lykos that him successfully leading the army might lead the court to the realization they can survive, even thrive, without a monarchy.  But once she’s gone and Kimon returns, Lykos is under the impression he has gained his mother’s respect.

Demon Nymphs, Playing Don’t Touch the Lava, and More!

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Backing up a bit to the previous night, Daedalus is talking about the time he threaded a conch shell when the hero suddenly disappears.  Medea is controlling the blue demon nymph, which enchants the hero into following her deeper and deeper into the woods.  Finding him, the other two tackle him and eventually knock him out to break the spell to Medea’s frustration.

Next up, they reach a place where they have to jump from rock pillar to rock pillar to avoid falling into the lava below.  As he leads the way, the hero experiences a time freeze where the beast he briefly saw when the priest was bleeding him returns.  The beast, which looks vaguely satyr-like, warns the hero from finding him or else.  Once all three are on the other side, the hero briefly explains what he saw.

At the end of the episode, they’ve reached an outcropping that from above looks like a hand.  But a white dove also shows up where Medea is, so presumably the priest trio has regained the trail.

Conclusion

It would seem that Queen Medea is shaping up to be the antagonist.  She certainly wants the Lexicon for herself, whereas the hero is understandably wary of anybody having it, including himself.  Yet the word “accompanied” is used in relation to the connection the hero has with Medea, the Oracle, and Daedalus.  Then again, although mentioned on both the back and the front, none of the images on the DVD case actually show Daedalus.  The point is, I think Medea is a red herring for the actual villain- probably King Minos.  But maybe I just think she’s awesome and I’m so happy she actually did magic this episode.

Daedalus is shaping up to be pretty awesome too; he’s as clever and stubborn as Medea and the Oracle are.  I am a little concerned the show will use the myth about his nephew, though.  And I’m definitely concerned about the storyline about Lykos’ sexuality will play out given his uncle’s scheming.

Next time on Olympus: The hero finds the Ring of the Magi.

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