TV Review: Olympus 1.5 “Blood Brothers”
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Season 1 Episode 5: “Blood Brothers”
Directed by Amanda Tapping
Written by Nick Willing and Peter Hume
Created by Nick Willing
Starring Tom York, Sonita Henry, Sonya Cassidy, Wayne Burns, Graham Shiels, Matt Frewer, Cas Anvar, John Emmet Tracy
Air Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 10pm

We are on the 5th episode of Syfy’s Olympus and it’s been bloody and funny and crazy. But before we get to that, let’s recap last week’s episode.

The motley crew, Daedalus, Oracle, and Hero (Matt Frewer, Sonya Cassidy, and Tom York) are captured by King Minos (Alan C. Peterson). Daedalus is tortured via bees (bees are inserted into closed box on his head and sting him until he is blind). Hero is tortured via snake and then sexual promises (more like warnings) by Ariadne (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt), and Oracle is in King Minos’s sexual clutches, but she uses her wit and fake visions until he’s saying, “that’s never happened before.” King Aegeus (Graham Shiels) is off his rocker, planning a suicide battle strategy, so Lykos (Wayne Burns) pleads with his mother to do something. She gets him to postpone his idiocy by giving him permission to sacrifice himself and have sex with a priestess. She makes Lykos go fetch Hero in return. This makes Xerxes and Pallas (Cas Anvar and John Emmet Tracy) think she is in league with Minos (found through Lykos’s spy scribe). I have no idea what’s up with this blonde huntress stalking Hero.

Olympus 1.5 “Blood Brothers” review: Hero finally makes it to Athens! Dressed as a Minoan, he is immediately attacked. Actually, he spends most of this episode fighting somebody or fighting out of capture. Isn’t he tired? He’s trying to get to his dad, Aegeus, who is not having it. Lykos wants to kill him, gets a tiny bit soft, but is tricked because Hero just did it to get out of his binds. This is not going to be a good sibling relationship.

I’m so glad Daedalus’s blindness isn’t permanent (at least according to Oracle)! I was very upset about that.

For a virgin, oracle is certainly getting into a lot of sexual situations. Now Ariadne is rubbing her with oils until it sounds like she is having a… vision? It’s the usual “Athens is doomed” one, but she doesn’t let on that it’s actually Hero who has the Lexicon, not Lykos.

I know it’s not really how her character in mythology is, plus she is doing it for selfish, power-hungry reasons, but Medea is becoming one of my favorite characters. She’s just not one thing and it’s marvelous. I especially like her kindness (however false) about hero.

Did I miss something? Where is that ring? And the war plans are getting a bit outlandish, no?

All in all, I’m glad Hero is finally in Athens. I hope they don’t drag out getting to the gods and Olympus too long, although I suspect they will. This episode was better than some of the others because it was finally the confrontation between Hero and Aegeus (and Lykos and Medea).

Olympus airs Thursday nights at 10pm on Syfy.

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