Atlantis Recap: “The Marriage Of Two Minds”
If there were any doubts remaining that Telemon is a lying, conniving, back-stabbing bad seed, they were put to rest in the opening minutes of this week’s Atlantis, when the king-to-be visits Pasiphae in her private chambers. Apparently the marriage to Ariadne is all a ploy for Telemon to secure himself a high standing in Pasiphae’s court—maybe even as her King. You know, once he’s killed Ariadne.
But the gang is onto Telemon’s schemes. After learning that Telemon left the city the night before, Jason wants to warn Ariadne—even though Pythagoras and Hercules both say it will make him look jealous. Jason ignores them, and heads to the palace for a private chat with his forbidden lover.
Who promptly puts him in his place. “Look,” she says (I’m paraphrasing), “stop being a baby. Telemon’s hot and I’m going to marry him, plus it’s what’s right for Atlantis and it’s why my dad would have wanted.” Jason’s like, “Ugh, fine.” But he insists, since Ariadne will be making a dangerous journey to Aegina for the wedding, that he comes along as backup.
The first night of the trip goes fine. Ariadne and Telemon have a romantic heart-to-heart by the fire, then Hercules stays awake until dawn keeping watch. Nothing suspicious happens. But in the morning, as they’re packing up camp, Telemon drops a peg in the dirt. Which indicates the route they will be taking.
It was already a dangerous path—through the desert, near Pasiphae’s territory. But here’s something that made it even more dangerous: a band of Colchian warriors, ambushing their caravan from the hilltops. Pasiphae’s men launch a swarm of arrows, immediately taking down several members of Ariadne’s troupe. Among the victims is Ariadne’s maid, who is shot in the neck. As the queen tends to her friend, Telemon approaches—with a knife. Looking into her fiancé’s face, Ariadne immediately realizes she’s been had.
“This is what you wanted all along,” she says. But apparently Telemon didn’t actually know what he wanted. “Forgive me,” he says, and bolts on horseback. Meanwhile, Jason gets Ariadne to a safe area behind a rock. They hug.
Pasiphae is pissed that Telemon didn’t complete his task. She stabs him, but doesn’t actually kill him—the gods wouldn’t like that. So instead, she leaves him in the wilderness to rot. “I will not forget!” Telemon screams after her. But while Pasiphae is evil, it’s hard to feel sympathy for this dude.
The fighting’s not over. As Jason and his friends creep through the desert under cover of darkness, they hear Pasiphae’s men approaching. Ariadne asks for a weapon. Jason gives her a bow and arrow, and offers some cute advice about holding it at eye level. But Ariadne doesn’t need novice tips. When the ambush descends, she takes down several men with perfect shots. Apparently, when Ariadne was a kid, her father gave her secret lessons in target practice.
They ditch their supplies (meaning Ariadne strips down to her slip) and continue their trek. As they creep through the darkness, Dion gets his by an arrow. The wound is bad, but they have to carry on.
Pasiphae and Medea are pissed to discover the body of Ariadne’s servant. Ariadne should be the dead one! And she might be, soon. With Pasiphae on the hunt, things are not looking good for Ariadne and her gang: they’re lost, they have no food or water, Dion is mortally wounded, and they’re stuck in the middle of the desert with no hope of help.
Except then some travellers pass by. There’s an old blind man named Orpheus, a woman, and a tough-seeming younger man. Jason says they are merchants—pot-sellers—and were attacked by bandits. So the travellers let them come along.
As the gang reaches a riverbank, Orpheus makes his reveal: he knows Ariadne is the queen. Despite his blindness, he is a seer. And he offers her a prophecy of sorts: “The mantle that you’ve inherited weighs heavily on your soul, but it will not always be so,” he tells Ariadne. “Though he may not have known it, Minas prepared you well for the task ahead.”
Another night, another camp. Now it’s Jason who gets a prophecy. “I sense that your momentous journey has only just begun,” Orpheus says, “and that it will live long in the hearts of men.” Jason wants to know if it ends well—but Orpheus doesn’t know.
Then, of course, they get attacked. It’s a vicious skirmish—even Pythagoras gets in on the fighting. After the initial onslaught, the group is split up: Hercules and Pythagoras help Dion, while Jason and Ariadne run through the woods. Ariadne hides behind a rock, and readies and arrow. Which she then uses to take down one of Pasiphae’s men—right before he attacks Jason from behind.
They take shelter in a cave—which is actually a giant tomb called the Necropolis. The bad news: it’s creepy. The good news: Pasiphae’s men refuse to go inside. They believe that no man who enters the Necropolis ever returns.
So Pasiphae and Medea go in alone. As Ariadne tends to a dying Dion, Jason encounters his two female foes on a narrow pathway next to a cliff. There’s a brief standoff—then Ariadne swoops in, pulling back an arrow and shooting Pasiphae point blank. Which would have been great—except this causes the walkway to collapse, taking Jason and Medea down with it.
At this point, it looks like Jason, Pasiphae, Medea and Telemon are all dead. But we’re guessing none of them actually are. Until next week!
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