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TV Review: Olympus 1.4 “Minos”
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Olympus
Season 1 Episode 4: “Minos”
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 23rd, 2015, 10pm

What happened last week on this colorful and cheesy mythological drama?

On Olympus 1.3 “Ring Of The Magi,” Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) sees that Aegeus (Graham Shiels) will destroy Athens. They get captured AGAIN, but Hero (Tom York) is able to retrieve the ring, needed in conjunction with the Lexicon (which is inside Hero). Lykos (Wayne Burns) continues to impress Pallas (John Emmet Tracy) and Xerxes (Cas Anvar) with his war plans. The latest – poison the food of the Minoans to strike them down. He asks his mother Medea (Sonita Henry) for poison and she panics thinking he knows she’s been poisoning his dad. Plus, the two conspirators plan to kill her in plain sight. She can’t manage to wake up Aegeus. Luckily, he wakes up in the nick of time and acts like a giant jerk to her and Lykos, but at least she’s alive.

Olympus 1.4 “Minos” review: Three deaths in the first minutes, torture by bees, a snake that burrows into your stomach and eats your flesh bit by bit… just another day in Ancient Greece. And don’t forget about the sexuality. It is oozing all over this episode.

Oracle, Hero, and Daedalus (Matt Frewer) are captured by King Minos. Daedalus gets a box put on his head, and bees are shut in to sting his face and blind him (see pics). Oracle, or rather her virginity, is a gift for King Minos (Alan C. Peterson). But first, he wants a few visions and dream interpretations. Hero is going to be tortured by snakes and sex. What will our motley trio do?

King Aegeus is a lunatic. Was he like this before the poisoning? How did he remain a king so long, when he has no war strategy whatsoever? He wants them to just blunder in there – honorable, I guess, but very fatal. Lykos tells Medea of his father’s foolish plan and begs her help. Her price? Get the first-born Hero to Athens. Not that Lykos knows who he is fetching, he just really wants Athens to be ok. His scribe/lover is spying on him and reporting to Pallas. Now he and Xerxes think Medea is going to go in league with Minos. His mother has her husband sleep with a priestess as a “sacrifice” to the gods, in order to forget his foolish plan. What a sacrifice!

Oracle is able to render Minos impotent with her fake visions. Ariadne (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) likes it “Christian Grey” style, so Hero ties her up like “The Gimp” and and tries to get away. But he is captured again. Blind Daedalus and his “eyes,” Thybus, invent something to break Hero free – Thybus is clueless. Daedalus is not. Hero goes to Oracle and is jealous? But he won’t take her to Athens. I hope he doesn’t leave her there though.

What is up with this Magus?

I’m really enjoying this show. It uses a lot of shock and wink throughout. I still admire Tom York (and the sow’s writers) for not making this “hero” be valiant and stoic like most heroes on tv. When Ariadne was teasing with the flesh-eating snake, Hero was shaking like a little girl, and sweating. I really appreciate that realist touch in this unreal show. The sets, though obviously green screen, are extra-sensory – colors galore. I really want them to get to Athens already. Oracle Vs. Medea seems like something I want to see.

Olympus airs Thursday nights at 10pm on Syfy.

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