Olympus, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Follows Hero on his journey as he transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man to a ruthless leader of man and match for the gods themselves.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Temple of Gaia||Hero risks his life to rescue the Oracle of Gaia from the Cyclops... she's the only person who can answer questions about his mysterious past. What she reveals is shocking, and changes Hero's life forever. In Athens, the siegetorn city is mired in political turmoil and someone inside the royal court is planning a coup, starting with killing King Aegeus.||43:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDaedalus||Hero, Oracle and the genius inventor Daedalus form an unlikely alliance to find Hero's birthright - the Ring of the Magi. Meanwhile, Queen Medea finds out that Hero is the King's illegitimate firstborn son and she dispatches ruthless warrior priests to track him down and bring him to Athens.||42:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRing of the Magi||Hero, Oracle and Daedalus narrowly escape capture and dismemberment by the warrior priests as they make their way to the forest of Troezen in search of the ring. In Athens, Medea agrees to take part in a tribute to Apollo, unaware that she's walking into a trap that could cost the Queen her life.||42:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMinos||Hero, Oracle and Daedalus are captured by the Minoan troops and brought before King Minos and his daughter, Ariadne who subject them to sadistic torture. As life in Athens grows more dire, Medea arranges for a Dorian mercenary to go on a mission: sneak into the Minoan camp and against all odds, kidnap Hero.||42:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBlood Brothers||Hero slips way into Athens to confront his father the King, only to be arrested and turned over to Prince Lykos. Once Lykos discovers Hero's identity, he realizes that his place in the court, and in his father's heart, is threatened. Back at the Minoan camp, Daedalus unveils his plans for the ultimate war machine that will bring Athens to its knees.||42:04||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Lexicon||Medea and Aegeus try to convince Hero of the importance of solving the riddle of the Lexicon with the hope that he'll use his power to save Athens. Hero is not easily persuaded and must decide whether the Lexicon is a gift or a curse that he should rid himself of forever.||42:31||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLove and Time||Hero and Medea travel to the Temple of Aphrodite where Hero must complete a critical task: to kill love. However, when he arrives he is stunned by what he finds there. Outside the temple, Medea is confronted by her sister, Chalciope: a Magi warrior and cold blooded killer who has come to reclaim her sacred ring and will do anything to get it back.||42:31||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDanger and Desire||The Minoans take over Athens, and King Minos is about to put Aegeus and the rest of the royal family to death when Hero comes to their rescue, striking a bargain with Minos - the Lexicon in return for sparing their lives. Minos agrees, unaware that Hero has plan which will either set him on the road to Olympus, or lead to the death of everyone he holds dear.||42:31||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPandora's Tomb||En route to the door of Olympus, Hero and Princess Ariadne unexpectedly fall in love. They hurry through the country side, eager to reach Olympus, not realizing that their destination may not turn out to be what they expect. In Athens, Lykos and Aegeus are being held in the dank prison caves where they must hide their identities, or suffer the terrifying rage of the other prisoners.||42:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHeritage||Medea risks her life to find Hero before he can accidently open Pandora's tomb, but when she gets to him she realizes she's too late - Ariadne's dead. A thick fog rolls out of the tomb, quickly spreading its freezing breath throughout the land. Hero and Medea barely get back to the safety of the palace, where Hero faces his second task - taking on his father in a fight to the death.||41:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Speed of Time||Hero and Medea are trapped in the frozen palace where Hero has a vision of Gaia who tells him if he tries to enter Olympus, he will die. Hero realizes that if he is to survive, he'll need Medea's faith in the Gods, Daedalus' scientific genius and Oracle's visionary gifts. However, Oracle is with Minos on Mount Ida, snowbound and slowly freezing to death with King Minos.||42:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDoor to Olympus||Medea trades her body and soul to the demon goddess Circe in exchange for leading her, Hero, Daedalus and Oracle to the door of Olympus. Medea has only 24 hours before Circe claims her prize and Medea's life is forfeit. On their dangerous trek, they are attacked by the deadly Fates, as well as the trickster God Hermes. When they arrive at the door to Olympus, they are stunned by what they find.||42:01||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTruth||Hero, Oracle, Daedalus and Medea have made it inside the doors to Olympus - and now their real journey begins. Along the way, they are tested, judged, enlightened and bitterly disappointed. Nothing in the world of the gods turns out quite as they expected or hoped for. In the end, Hero and Oracle are faced with the most incredible and daunting task ever asked of Mortal Man.||42:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Not for everyone
First off, this show is lower budget and makes extensive use of green screen sets. For the most part I think they worked well but some people won't like them at all. One of my first impressions was that some of the visuals were too much, but they are eventually explained in the course of the season.
Olympus reminds me of the TV shows Spartacus and Atlantis, with a bit of the feel of the movie Immortals. It sucked me in a bit more quickly than Spartacus, and the gods are more of an actual thing than in Atlantis, and it isn't quite as creepy as Immortals. Like Atlantis and Immortals it doesn't follow any particular myth but utilizes some bits and pieces here and there to give it the feel of something that could have inspired some of those myths. I was surprised when they did choose to reference something that had happened in a particular myth and used it as the motivation of one of the characters.
Most of the acting is very good. There are a couple of cringe worthy characters. One of which may actually be how the character is written more so than how the character is performed.
Story wise, I was sucked in to the point where I marathoned a big portion of it to see how it ends. I liked the ending but marathoning might have cost the show a rating star from me because it seemed to drag along in trying to get to the end of the story while also moving too fast (in one incidence) for me to readily believe in some character developments. For the most part I really liked the main characters and thought they all had a good amount of depth. Even the one character that I think everyone is meant to dislike, ocassionally shows that he has some depth.
The iTunes version appears to be entirely TV-14 rated. I saw a TV-MA version of the first episode but the rest I saw were all TV-14. Besides the use of green screen sets this is where the show reminds me of Spartacus a bit. There's a fair amount of violence, sometimes in the 300/Spartacus super slow-mo blood spattering camera panning style. Although, I think that was mostly in the first episode. Not that later episodes don't have any violence I just think it isn't as graphic. Also, in the Spartacus vein there is sex and nudity, although mostly of the TV-14 variety (maybe see a bare backside), but what reminds me of Immortals and to some extent Spartacus the most is the scenes that sneak up on you and you find yourself doing a double take because what happened or what is happening is a bit messed up. None of them are as graphic as something in a TV-MA or R rated show/movie but I found them a bit amusing for being rather messed up in a "I can't believe they did/said that", keeping me watching. There are quite a few incidences of characters being tied up and interogated, as well as multiple Greek mythology style incidents of people chosing to do things with people that are kind of wrong, and/or finding out after the fact that something they did was really wrong.
I think the overall story is good and entertaining. It might have benefitted from a bigger budget and more, or maybe fewer episodes. I like how it mixes the gods of Greek mythology with hints of modern science, and a smidge of Judeo-Christian theology/mythology.
I liked it. It was slow paced, and not what I thought it would be. These types of Greek mythology stories tend to follow the myths exactly. I liked that this one put a human face on the story and took an entirely differnt approach and understanding to the deities. I found it fresh, albeit slow paced. I would watch it again.