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'Atlantis: Season 2 Part One'
(Aissha Hart, Sarah Parish, Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / BBC America)

Overview: A year has passed and much has changed. With Minos dead, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) is Queen and finds herself at war with her old adversary Pasiphae (Sarah Parish). The kingdom stands on the brink of collapse and the struggle for power is both bloody and brutal.

DVD Verdict: Well, in truth, and anybody that's seen just one episode of this TV series will be able to back me, mythology is unashamedly violated here in 'Atlantis'! Heavyweight Greek characters come out of the woodwork and are wasted with stupid, stereotypical idiosyncrasies which dumb down these hero's actual contributions to history or culture. We've even had a gambling, drunk Hercules and a triangle obsessed Pythagoras!

That aside, I have still managed to find 'Atlantis' to be a very enjoyable piece of Saturday night entertainment. Now it is here on DVD, albeit (weirdly) just Part One of the Second Season, I have had much more time to sit and enjoy these episodes - and enjoy them I did. Sure, the fact that some so-called "fictional characters" come with bits and bobs of history and mythology attached all of their own, but if you can't look at 'Atlantis' with a sideways, knowing smirk this show is obviously not for you.

In this second season, part one, with the future looking bleak, Ariadne turns to her most trusted friends for support and so Jason (Jack Donnelly), Hercules (Mark Addy), and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) are thrust into the very heart of politics and power in the city. Additions tot he cast this season saw Vincent Regan come in as Dion, and Amy Manson feature as Medea, with special guest appearances made by Robert Pugh ('Game of Thrones') and Peter de Jersey ('Broadchurch') in episode one.

In closing, I think the continuing storyline is good enough to carry the weight of the premise, the mix of myth and man-made suppositions entertaining. I really like the sets and costumes, although yes, the accents can grate at times, and the CGI is beyond hopeless; for the most part.

It reminds me a lot of both 'Merlin' and even 'Legend of the Seeker,' which also incorporated history, romance and adventure. But, wow, the best thing about 'Atlantis' has to be Aiysha Hart as Ariadne! A beautiful lady playing such a role is never a pain to watch. So, for those who like fantasy stories, are interested (or in some cases, uninterested!) in history and just want to have an entertaining night in, I would definitely recommend watching this series. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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