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TV Review: Olympus 1.3 “Ring of the Magi”
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Olympus
Season 1 Episode 3: “Ring of the Magi”
Directed by Martin Wood
Created and written by Nick Willing
Starring Tom York, Sonita Henry, Sonya Cassidy, Wayne Burns, Graham Shiels, Matt Frewer, Cas Anvar, John Emmet Tracy
Syfy
Air Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 10pm

We are up to episode 3 of Syfy’s new Greek mythology series, Olympus, and again, a solid episode. The setting is what gets me. The colors and the large, epic statues, sure look more Sharknado than Gotham, but I think I expect it from this decadence.

Olympus 1.3 “Ring of the Magi” review: This is the quirkiest little myth show! Xerxes (Cas Anvar) and Pallas (John Emmet Tracy) conspire to kill Medea (Sonita Henry), but I’m pretty sure someone was listening. I think she’s regretting the poisoning of her husband. She may need his protection, but he won’t come out of it. Ask the other woman!

Lykos (Wayne Burns) comes up with yet another brilliant strategy to defeat King Minos. He probably should really be the king. I don’t get the secrecy between him and his scribe. Wasn’t homosexuality accepted in this culture? Why all the hush hush?

Hero (Tom York), Oracle (Sonya Cassidy), and Daedalus (Matt Frewer) were captured and slightly tortured by Cyrus, but Hero outwits him by sliding into an ear canal? Yes – a giant stone ear canal.

I don’t know what it is. This show makes me laugh and it has to be on purpose, because if it’s not, the writers are drunk.

Note to self – Matt Frewer is filled with talent, quite possibly the biggest talent on the show.

The tribute begins and it’s quite ceremonial. But Medea is in danger. It’s not strange that no one hears Medea, but it is strange that no one looks at her. She’s practically flailing. King Aegeus (Graham Shiels) showing up put a damper on the murder party, because he was such an ass. Still, Medea should have looked a little happier. Better an ass than dead.

I’m still interested in the show. I like the dynamic between Oracle, Hero, and Daedalus, especially when they went all Frodo on the ring. The palace intrigue is less interesting to me, and I’m really ready for the Lexicon or Hero or whomever to open up the gates of Olympus. I want to see the pretty technicolor versions of Artemis, Hephaestus, and Hades (obviously only pops by). At least give me 100-eyed Argus or a chimera or something.

Olympus airs Thursday nights at 10pm ET on Syfy.

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