Olympus 1-10: Heritage

A fog of the dead envelops the woods and then Athens itself.

Last time on Olympus: Hero and Ariadne journeyed to Pandora’s tomb.

 

Bonus Features!

Okay, I did in fact watch the featurettes on the third and final disc before watching episode ten.  There were a lot of repeated clips, actually.  Matt Frewer compares his character Daedalus to Sherlock Holmes, while Sonita Henry comments on her character Medea that “you might think she’s evil, the villain, but she will change your mind.”

Given how Medea is currently my favorite character, I think she’s right.  It’s confirmed that Ageus (although the show end credits call him Aegeus) is a coward.  Alas, none of the other episode directors show up; just the show creator Nick Willing.  Apparently the show is supposed to be about “the tragedy of love”.

… Huh?  Okay, I know that love can be used in a tragic manner, but that just sounds vague.  Also, it seems as if certain elements were used to shock the audience… which is never a good reason to do something in a story.

Also, it turns out that this show was primarily filmed against a green screen with “over fifty CGI environments” used.  On the one hand, the sets do look fairly realistic.  Yet I have to wonder if on some subconscious level I knew they were fake and that’s part of why I don’t fully ‘buy’ into the show.  Real scenery and sets were used in the Middle-Earth movies and that helps them be, well, realistic.

Onto the episode proper!

The episode opens with Medea hallucinating her three dead sons (including Lykos).  Apparently in a fit of madness after Jason left her she cut their throats.  And as later revealed in the episode, she’s desperately sorry/guilty and her main goal for unlocking the Lexicon is to bring them back to “return the short lives [she] took from [them]”.  She tells them “I’m sorry” throughout the episode.

Apparently the younger one- Tisander- somehow untied one of her arm ties so she can manage to get free.  There’s a scrap of cloth with a red spider on it which Tisander somehow managed to give her.  Her older son, Alcimenes, is understandably angry with her throughout the episode.

The Oracle wants Hero found fast, but Minos is concerned just how accurate her vision is and whether or not the Lexicon is a curse.  But she stands firm that if not stopped Hero will bring about the downfall of the gods and their world.

Medea finds Pandora’s tomb and finds the shawl Ariadne was wearing.  Apparently she recognizes the scent as Ariadne’s and not the Oracle’s.  Entering the chamber, she approaches warily.  The tomb opens up to reveal Hero alone on the grey liquid.

Minos is upset that the scribe has been drugged by Medea’s tea.  The Oracle’s interrogation of him I think turns on Minos.  Eventually the scribe manages to recall that Medea visited Daedalus.  Minos and Oracle show up as Daedalus is planning to leave.

The Oracle, still pressured by the threat of the apocalypse, gets Daedalus to talk about how the axial is possibly “the door to hell”.

Medea uses a potion to wake up Hero.  Apparently Ariadne was pulled in but by wearing the Ring of the Magi Hero couldn’t be.  The grey liquid is “the River Styx”, the boundary between the surface world and the Underworld.  Hero isn’t interested in shutting the tomb but Medea’s efforts are cut off when the liquid starts bubbling and overrunning so the two flee.

10Map

Daedalus wraps up his theory on the weapon that took out the Titans.  Kre-Kre affirms that Pandora’s tomb is not to be opened otherwise something awful will happen- his theory is that Tartarus’ demons will get out.  Oracle goes “too late” and they all stare out the window: a strange fog is spreading outward from that location.

Medea questions Hero as they go through the woods.  Apparently Hero didn’t truly love the Oracle (which I knew) but apparently did love Ariadne enough that the gods accepted her as the first sacrifice of “love”.  The second sacrifice is to be his heritage.  The third and final sacrifice hasn’t been revealed yet.  Medea reveals that gods can bring back mortals from the dead (the first hint at her true motivation after having seen her dead sons).

Alone in the Fog

Athens is deserted when the pair return.  They end up going down to the prison caves where Medea apologizes to Lykos’ body.  A weak Aegeus is taken up to his bed where he tells her that, “[Lykos] died defending me.”

Well, it’s nice to see that he can acknowledge his son’s bravery… even if it’s too little, too late.  Hero gets him to talk about the first king of Athens, the origins of Hero’s heritage.  Apparently his sword is buried under his ashes, which were supposedly scattered to the winds.

Medea’s ritual at her alter in the temple confirms that the sword must be found.  Going back to Aegeus, she tries to get him to reveal its location but he doesn’t know where it is.

10Icarus&Daedalus

Meanwhile, Daedalus is nearing the fog with a pair of soldiers in an effort to see whether or not the fog is dangerous.  When he hears Icarus’ voice, Daedalus heads into the fog while the soldiers flee.  He soon finds his soaking wet son who’s barefoot.  Daedalus offers to give him his sandals, but after briefly kneeling down to start untying him, Icarus disappears.

Having no idea how to melt the block of ice representing Boreas, Medea and Hero go back into the palace and end up separated despite not moving.  I’m not sure what’s going on here, if they ended up in an illusion or the fog is messing with their perspective or what.

Both go back to Aegeus’ room where the bed is empty.  Hero interacts with Ariadne while Medea sees her two sons again.  Even in death, Ariadne tries to seduce Hero.  To be fair, when Alcimenes wants a kiss from her she refuses on the grounds that doing so will trap her in their world.  Medea starts to fall apart at this point.

Kre-Kre reports to Minos and Oracle that the army is imploding due to the fog.  Oracle warns Minos that if he leaves the tent he’ll encounter his father, which evidently is enough to keep him put.

Daedalus finds Icarus again and apologizes for his high expectations.  Apparently a joke by Icarus is what inspired Daedalus’ escape plan.  When given the feather Icarus had given him, the dead youth breaks it and drops it.  Daedalus has faith in his son.  Icarus points out that Daedalus’ intelligence didn’t exactly bring him any happiness.

Daedalus admits he’d trade everything else for more time with Icarus.  Taking his father’s hand, Icarus wants to be the one leading them for once.

Ariadne is starting wear down Hero about the seduction thing, but he suddenly shoves her off him because he doesn’t want to have sex in his father’s bed.  Before he’s even off the bed she’s disappeared again.  Medea, in her version of Aegeus’ room, is annoyed by his absence and claims that Jason is/was the better king.  At the same time Hero and Medea realize the importance of the throne and go to the throne room.

Death to Heritage

Hero manages to use a spear to remove some caulk and to use it as a lever.  Under the throne is a hollow space containing the ancient sword.  Aegeus shows up to tell him to “put it back” and is generally annoyed with Hero.

Picking up the spear Hero tossed aside, Aegeus challenges him to a fight.  Hero acknowledges that Aegeus is his father but denies that he’s his king.  They fight and Hero ends up stabbing Aegeus in the stomach just as Medea ends up in their version of the throne room.

Hero claims he didn’t intend to hurt him.  Medea apologizes to Aegeus, who apparently doesn’t hold a grudge against Hero for fatally wounding him.  I think Medea is lying when she reassures Aegeus as he dies, but that’s likely a kindness given he was dying.

The fog thickens as Aegeus disappears.  It then retreats but ice starts to cover the throne room.  Apparently it’s a manifestation of the North Wind.  Hero apologizes again and tries to insist he didn’t mean to kill his father.  Medea acknowledges that this was how to sacrifice Hero’s heritage so she accepts the situation.

Icarus is leading his father through the woods but just as they reach Pandora’s tomb Icarus vanishes as the fog thickens and then retreats.  Daedalus enters the chamber just in time to see the tomb slam shut.  It’s now snowing outside.  An upset Minos is in his tent as Kre-Kre and Oracle stare outside at the snowfall.

10Trapped

Hero and Medea are trapped in the iced over throne room.

Conclusion

I suspect part of why I liked this episode is because there was plenty of Medea and Daedalus.  The latter has realized too late that he put the emphasis on the wrong things (i.e., not his son… though no mention has been made of Icarus’ mother).  When abandoned by her first husband, in a moment of insanity Medea killed their two sons and has been trying to make up for it ever since by trying to access the Lexicon so she can bring them back to life.  I was nice and didn’t take a screen-cap of the boys given how they still have their slit throats as the dead apparently retain their fatal injuries.

The Oracle has fully turned against Hero, given how he apparently fell for Ariadne after assuring her he wasn’t interested in her and is apparently going to cause the end of the world.  Minos seems to be attracted to her dark side, which isn’t exactly surprising.

I’m not sure if the ‘ghosts’ seen in this episode were the actual spirits of the dead or if there were hallucinations or magical spirits taking on their form.  The show seems to be implying they’re actually the dead spirits.  It’s rather sad that Lykos killed and was killed for his father last episode and now Aegeus is dead as well.  While Aegeus did start the fight, I think in the heat of the moment Hero did want him dead given the force he used in landing the fatal blow.  Not that he’d admit even to himself that he wanted his father dead… even if his father had no qualms in wanting Hero dead.

This was the last episode directed by Amanda Tapping.  Andy Mikita directed the next two episodes while Nick Willing directed the finale just as he did the first two episodes.

 

Next time on Olympus: Hero ends up losing his soul.

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