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Myths are malleable, and BBC America's "Atlantis" twists ancient ones into new shapes.The lush 13-episode series launches Saturday, Nov. 23. Set on the lost island of Atlantis, it has a filmic look and tremendous fun with Greek myths.
In this, Hercules is an overweight blowhard played by Mark Addy ("Game of Thrones"). Medusa (Jemima Rooper, "Hex"), the hideous Gorgon who had snakes for hair, is now a sweet young woman. And Jason (Jack Donnelly, "Dancing on the Edge") is a hot traveler from the present.
"What struck me most is why hasn't anyone used this material before," Rooper tells Zap2it. "They are reinventing the stories as they want."
Fittingly, the series opens at sea, with Jason on a quest to find his long-lost father, whose submarine disappeared. Jason's small sub spins out of control and crashes, and he washes up, naked, on a foreign shore.
"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." - C.G.Jung
Edit: BBC America just announced that it has renewed Atlantis for a second season. BBC UK renewed Atlantis last month, so technically I suppose this means BBC America has decided to continue to co-produce the series.
I recorded the episode and got to where Jason would be facing the minotaur. At that point I bailed out thinking it wasn't DVR worthy. Then later, after reading this thread, I thought I might have been too hasty, so I re-recorded it. Now after watching the entire episode I'm up for more fun tomorrow night.
One poster said it's aimed at teenagers, but my wife and I are both in our 50's and we love it. It's a show that has fun with the myths while also providing good action. IMO, it is to Greek mythology what Eureka was to science fiction.