Syfy has released a 2 1/2-minute trailer and tons of photos for its new series Olympus, set to premiere on April 2nd at 10pm. Just the pics alone have me giddy with anticipation. Be sure to click through to see their sick Cyclops.
The world of Olympus (as you may have easily guessed) is based on the world of the gods. In this world, the hero named Hero (Tom York) has a quest (as heroes usually do) to figure out his past and perhaps gain immortality. The cast of characters below does not include Zeus and Poseidon, but we do get some mythic faves like witchy Medea, doomed-to-lose-his-son Daedalus, and King Minos. It has a lot of places to go and a large pool of characters to pick from.
You can read much more about the show and see the trailer and images below.
Olympus tells the story of how a few brave men and women banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious – a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series follows the protagonist as he seeks the truth about his past, which may be intertwined with the Gods themselves.
Hero (Tom York – Tyrant), the bastard son of King Aegeus, is the holder of the Lexicon (the secret code that allows man to enter Olympus). In a sense, Hero is the Godsâ€™ “canary in the coal mineâ€: If he – or any other human for that matter – knocks at Olympus’ door, Zeus knows that Man has exceeded his status and is on the verge of becoming a threat. But Hero doesnâ€™t care about the Lexicon (heâ€™s not even aware of it at first). Heâ€™s an honest, simple man who just wants to understand his past. What he doesnâ€™t know is that journey will reveal his destiny.
Oracle (Sonya Cassidy – Vera, The Tudors): On the outside, Oracle is unaffected, straight-forward and trustworthy (she’s got the best poker face in the Peloponnese). After all, she’s a Seer – the mouthpiece of the Gods – so how could she be anything but? Fact is, Oracle (her position, not her real name – that’s a mystery) is tough and shrewd. Her visions, with their terrifying truths and destined events over which she is helpless, haven taken their toll over the years. Enter Hero – a man whose destiny is prophesized – and someone Oracle can, at last, help.
Daedalus (Matt Frewer – Falling Skies, The Librarians) is a crabby, patronizing, mad genius. He’s also heartbroken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his son Icarus. Yes, that Icarus – the one that got too close to the sun. You see, Daedalus built the wings that Icarus used, wings of wax that melted in the sun. So forgive him his curmudgeonly nature – his allies try to, for his intellect and prowess for invention is unparalleled.
Medea (Sonita Henry – The Fifth Element, Star Trek) – yes, THAT Medea – is a powerful sorceress who has one true love: Power. She seeks the Lexicon, the hidden code that allows for entry into Olympus. She even married Aegeus to get it. She’s charismatic, she’s ruthless, she’s sexy and she’s magical (literally). In short, Medea is irresistible and terrifying.
King Aegeus (Graham Shiels): Arrogant, aggressive, prone to fits of rage. King Aegeus of Athens is, quite frankly, a real jerk.Groomed to rule, Aegeus always believed he held the key to the Lexicon, a secret code that allows humans to enter the gates of Olympus. Upon having a son, the Lexicon left Aegeus for his first born, causing him to lose some of his luster – and officially tipped his ratio of speaking to screaming in favor of the latter. Thankfully, his wife Medea tolerates him.
Lykos (Wayne Burns – Blackbird): This son of King Aegeus and Madea is not a fighter and not much of a leader, but Lykos has a big heart and a strong sense of strategy. He also thinks he has the key to the Lexicon. Question is: Is that enough to survive?
King Minos (Alan C. Peterson – Sucker Punch): It’s perhaps no surprise that the richest and most powerful King in ancient Greece is a ruthless bully. If Harvey Weinstein and Imelda Marcos had a love child, he might turn out like Minos – belligerent, greedy, scheming – determined to conquer the whole civilized world. His name alone strikes terror into the heart of men, but ironically, he has almost the opposite effect on his family.
Ariadne (Sophie Lauchlin Hurt – Klondike): Cool, beautiful, calculating and manipulative, Princess Ariadne is the daughter of Aegeus and Hero’s enemy, King Minos. Ariadne is a sensation-seeker; Pleasure is often mixed with pain for this entitled princess. Yep, ladies and gentleman, Ariadne is an S&M loving royal.
We will bring you reviews of Olympus as soon as it airs. This show had better be good!
A young manâ€™s mythical quest to solve the riddle of the Gods, unlock the doors to Olympus and become an immortal. Heroâ€™s epic journey leads him through the darkest realms of Ancient Greece accompanied by the beautiful, but twisted Oracle of Gaia, the powerful sorceress Medea and genius inventor Daedalus. Hero battles trickster gods, vicious monsters, seductive nymphs, kings and despots, as he transforms from fresh-faced naive into a ruthless, coldhearted killer, and match for the gods themselves.