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It’s hard to look on the second-half of the show’s Second Season finale with anything but disappointment. Rather than wrap-up series and season-long arcs “The Queen Must Die” undoes the death of Pasiphae (Sarah Parish), dispenses with the greedy politician with little fanfare, and spends most of the episode setting up a Third Season which will never come thanks to the show’s cancellation. Teasing both the coronation of Jason (Jack Donnelly) and Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) as the new rulers of Atlantis and their future adventures searching for the Golden Fleece aboard the Argo, the season ends with the characters stuck in limbo.

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The first-half of Atlantis‘ series finale offers fans the long-awaited wedding between Jason (Jack Donnelly) and Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) and forces Jason’s hand concerning the fate of his mother Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) and his acceptance of his destiny. Even with celebration of the woodland wedding, there’s a melancholy that surrounds part one of “The Queen Must Die” as the show sows the seeds of unhappiness between Ariadne and her love with the return of Medea (Amy Manson) as Ariadne realizes she lacks full control over her new husband’s heart.

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For all the conspiracy and backstabbing that takes place in Atlantis it’s a city where its characters fall into the black-and-white categories of either celebrated heroes or flawed villains. Despite all that they have collectively done for the city “The Madness of Hercules” turns Jason (Jack Donnelly), his friends, and the woman he loves from the former into the later over the space of a single episode. Branded a traitor to the gods by the the pressured Melas (Ken Bones), Jason awaits execution in the palace dungeons which leads Hercules (Mark Addy) to attempt an ill-fated rescue and Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) to plan a more successful one even if it does cost the queen both her throne and her freedom.

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Despite recent events (which is mostly ignored) and turmoil within her own court on her decision, Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) announces her plans to wed Jason (Jack Donnelly). Unwilling to see her son take the throne, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) makes a bold to kidnap and murder The Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) before she can announce the Gods blessing of the union. To do show she will take advantage of Medusa (Jemima Rooper) and use the Gorgon’s ability to turn the Oracle to stone.

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Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, the two-disc set collects the first-half of Atlantis‘ Second Season continuing the heroic misadventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms), and Hercules (Mark Addy) featuring the two-part season premiere of Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) assuming the throne, the introduction of a dangerous new suitor to the Queen in the conniving Prince Telemon (Clive Standen), and the Queen’s party attacked on the road by Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) forces and forced to take shelter in a tomb where the dead rise in the season finale which will turn Medea (Amy Manson) from possible friend of Jason to mortal enemy heading into the season’s remaining seven episodes.

The two disc set includes all six episodes of the season which have aired (the remaining seven may or may not air as the show has not been renewed for a Third Season) but does not include any extra features.

[BBC, Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $19.98]

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Atlantis has zombies! Who knew? Picking up where the “The Marriage of True Minds” left off, the latest episode sees Jason (Jack Donnelly) make an uneasily alliance with Medea (Amy Manson) after their tumble down the pit leaves them surrounded by zombie soldiers raised from the dead by Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) curse. His decision to trust his queen’s enemy, however, may well lead to the biggest regret of the champion’s life.

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Not wasting any time, the latest episode of Atlantis reveals Prince Telemon (Clive Standen) treachery when he delivers Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) and her best troops into a trap laid by Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) and the Colcheans. Overwhelmed by the enemies forces, Jason, Ariadne, Pythagoras (Robert Emms), Hercules (Mark Addy), and a wounded Dion (Vincent Regan as one of the show’s more under-utilized supporting characters in his final appearance) make it to safety.

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Opening the show’s Second Season with a two-part episode, Atlantis returns with King Minos (Alexander Siddig) dead, Pasiphae (Sarah Parish) exiled, and Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) on the throne. With Pasiphae raising an army to retake the city, Ariadne sends Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms), and Hercules (Mark Addy) on an errand to bring back an old advisor to the throne (Robert Pugh) not realizing he is working secretly for the enemy.

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atlantis-season-one-dvdThe BBC version of Atlantis comes to DVD and Blu-ray in this collection of the show’s First Season. Featuring the misadventures of lost wanderer Jason (Jack Donnelly) along with his new-found Atlantian friends Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and Hercules (Mark Addy), most of the show’s initial season sets up the workings of the world and various supporting characters including an Oracle (Juliet Stevenson) who knows far more about Jason’s destiny than she’s willing to share, the standoffish King Minos (Alexander Siddig) and his evil wife Pasiphae (Sarah Parish), and the beautiful Princess Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) who captures the hero’s heart.

Among the uneven First Season’s highlights are the opening episode involving Jason fighting The Minotaur, a goofy episode involving Jason being cursed by the goddess Hectate, Jason entering a hero’s tournament to prove himself to Ariadne, Hercules’ attempt to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves, and the two-part season finale which finally reveals Jason’s true parentage.

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The First Season comes to a close with the first-half of the season finale that finds King Minos (Alexander Siddig) near death, full power within Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) grasp, and Jason‘s (Jack Donnelly) debt to Circe (Lucy Cohu) comes due. Struggling with killing the Queen of Atlantis, despite what he knows about her, Jason sneaks into the palace with the help of Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and Hercules (Mark Addy) but at the last moment is unable to go through with the assassination.

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