Atlantis Recap: “Telemon”
Jason can’t marry Ariadne, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop pining after Ariadne. And this week, he takes his pining up a notch when a new suitor arrives in town. Not only does the new guy have noble blood—he’s also got six-pack abs.
Although Atlantis is still at war, it’s time for the Coronation Games. This is a gladiator-style sword-fighting tournament meant to celebrate the new queen—and it’s dangerous. As Hercules puts it, “People die in these games—they actually die.” So it’s a little scary that Jason has been chosen to represent Atlantis.
Hercules thinks Jason should drop out. But then he tells Pythagoras what he learned from the oracle—Pasiphae is Jason’s mother, the friends were “chosen by the gods” to protect him, etc. etc.—and they both agree it’s their duty to help Jason prepare for the games.
While on a training mission in the woods, the friends hear strange noises in the distance. They investigate, and find one (really hot) man being attacked by bandits. A quick battle later, Mr. Dreamy is saved. Apparently his name is Telemon, and he’s on his way to Atlantis to compete in the Coronation Games.
The guys let Telemon stay at their house, but Pythagoras is suspicious. Why doesn’t this guy have any clothes or supplies?
The next day at the games’ opening ceremonies, there’s a big surprise: Telemon is introduced as Prince Telemon of Aegina. This dude’s a prince?! The new intel makes Pythagoras even more suspicious—but Jason is sure Telemon has his reasons for hiding his identity.
And of course, he does. During a late-night visit to Ariadne’s quarters, he announces his plan: he’s there to win her hand in marriage. Their cities would make perfect allies—but that’s not the only reason he’s there. “Cities don’t make alliances—people do,” Telemon says, “Which is why I came alone.”
Ariadne seems intrigued.
Let the games begin! As Jason fights in the ring, a woman warrior named Areto confronts Telemon: weren’t they, like, in prison together? Telemon tells her—in a super-fast, obviously-lying voice—that she is mistaken.
And later—after she totally kicks some dude’s ass in the arena—Areta shows Pythagoras a branding on her wrist: the mark of a prisoner. She is sure Telemon was locked up with her. Which is why it’s extra weird that he always wears an archer’s brace on his wrist.
Meanwhile, Telemon continues flirting with Ariadne. He tells her he doesn’t just want to create a strong alliance between their cities—he also wants to make her happy. It seems like she’s falling for him, and Dion digs him too. After Ariadne asks for advice, Dion says she must accept Telemon’s offer. It is the right thing to do for Atlantis.
But it’s hard to get giddy when, later that night, Areta turns up dead. Pythagoras is sure Telemon did it.
After a fight the next day, Pythagoras confronts Telemon. Why does he wear that brace? Is it to cover up a branding from prison?
In front of everyone, Telemon removes his brace. Yes, he does have a branding—his father did it. Apparently dad was the tough-love type: when Telemon ran away as a young man, the king gave him no special treatment.
It sounds kinda believable. But also kinda totally phoney.
And things just get stranger from there. Leonidas, an unbeatable warrior, throws his match with Telemon. Hercules confronts Leonidas, who confesses that Telemon paid him to lose. Now, why would he do that? Here’s a possible explanation: Telemon has caught on to Ariadne’s feelings for Jason. So if he can confront Jason in the final duel, he can kill him with impunity. Then nothing stands between him and the queen.
So it’s a good thing that Jason is an exceptional fighter. When the match finally arrives, he gets the better of Telemon—despite the prince’s dirty tricks. Not only does Telemon throw sand in Jason’s face, he hides an extra knife in his boot. That can’t be regulation.
Telemon’s intentions are still murky. But his parting words to Jason are definitively threatening. “You were lucky,” Telemon says, “It won’t always be that way.”
And while Jason has finally caught on to Telemon’s shady motives, Ariadne has not. Later that night at the palace, she accepts his proposal.
So our question now is: who the hell is Telemon? He might be a minion to Pasiphae. He might be a new enemy, trying to defeat Atlantis for Aegina’s sake. Or maybe he’s not that sinister at all—he’s just kind of a lame fighter and a sore loser. In any case, we’ll likely learn more next week.
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