Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 3 Episode 22

Atlantis

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Aired Monday 5:00 PM May 12, 1997 on USA
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After his transport ship went down at sea, Hercules found himself on the shores of Atlantis. There he met Cassandra, a beautiful woman whose premonitions told her Atlantis was doomed. But King Panthius, scorning Cassandra's warnings, arrested the young woman and her new friend Hercules. Soon they learned Panthius' crystal-powered cannon had caused Hercules' shipwreck, and enslaved sailors worked the kings crystal mines. Escaping the torture chamber, Hercules freed the sailors and came back for Cassandra. They soared away to safety in a glider as the foundation of Atlantis crumbled, destroying the island city.moreless

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  • In the last episode of the season, Hercules is washed up on the strange island of Atlantis, a technologically advanced place where an outcast psychic is predicting the island's impending doom, but no-one will listen to her. A good episode...moreless

    9.0
    The season rounds off the same way as it opened in 'Mercenary', with Hercules being shipwrecked and washed up on a mysterious island.

    And as with 'Mercenary', Hercules is not accompanied by a regular companion (Iolaus or Salmoneus). Although I really like both of those characters, I quite like to see Herc travel on his own one in a while too.



    As prophet Cassandra leads him into the centre of Atlantis, Hercules, to try and blend in, wears (a rather unflattering) toga – the only time in the series you'll get to see that, as from the off, the producers decided to move away from the traditional toga look as much as possible.



    Atlantis is technologically advanced, with light aircraft and even microwave powered by the island's mystical crystals. Although I'm not sure I would have liked it much in other episodes, I found such fare bearable here. I also liked the way it way treated in contrast to Cassandra's secluded, technology-less life – maybe parallels to the green concerns of today?



    As with many myths featured on the series (and on 'Xena: Warrior Princess' too), the familiar tale is given a unique spin. Sometimes these reworkings work; sometimes they don't. In my opinion, this one worked quite well.



    There is a good moment as Hercules throws a rock to take out several guards at once before it bounces back to him – a nod to Xena's chakram?



    It is also quite refreshing that Hercules and Cassandra don't fall in love. (They do seem very close at the end, but I think it was just friendship).



    Overall the story is a good one, and I really enjoyed it. The climax is exciting and gets the blood pumping. A good end to the season.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Apparently the Gods are more powerful than technology. Hercules' gauntlets, forged by Hephaestus, were able to block and deflect the rays from Atlantis' crystal technology.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Cassandra: No, you don't understand! You're an outsider, and any citizen caught with an outsider is punished.
      Hercules: Punished? How?
      Cassandra: (surprised that she never thought about it) I don't know. Nobody's ever broken the rule before.

    • Hercules: (waking Cassandra) Cassandra, it's okay, you were having a nightmare.
      Cassandra: No! I 'saw' fire!
      Mob Leader: (throwing a torch into Cassandra's house) Burn, you crazy freak!
      Hercules: (seeing Cassandra was right) Good timing.

    • King Panthias: In Atlantis, order and progress are supreme. You might say they're our religion.
      Hercules: Well, maybe it's time to think about converting.

    • Hercules: (to a skeleton in a wrecked ship which he has ducked into) I take it this isn't a good place to hide?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Disclaimer:: Crystal waves were used during the production of this motion picture. Pregnant women should leave the room immediately.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Hercules starts the familiar quote "If man was meant to fly..." The full quote is "If man was meant to fly, he would have been born with wings." This quote is often attributed to Milton Wright, the father of the Wright brothers.

    • Hercules: (upon seeing the towering capital city of Atlantis) Looks like I'm not in Corinth anymore.
      This is a tribute to the famous line from The Wizard of Oz, "Looks like I'm not in Kansas anymore."

    • The character of King Panthius hearkens back to King Pentheus of mythology. Pentheus refused to believe in the divinity of Bacchus, so Bacchus drove his wife and mother mad. In their frenzy, they tore him to pieces, thinking he was an animal to be sacrificed.

    • The character Cassandra comes from the story of the Trojan War. Cassandra was one of the daughters of King Priam of Troy, and she was a Priestess of Athene. The God Apollo tried to seduce her, and when she refused him he cursed her- she would have the gift of true prophecy, but no one would ever believe her. Knowing the future without being able to change it drove her mad.

    • The myth of Atlantis was started in Critias, one of Plato's dialogues. Plato describes a ring-shaped island paradise that was destoyed by a natural disaster. Archeologists now think that the basis for the myth was the volcanic eruption that destroyed the island of Thira (now known as Santerini). Not only was a major city on Thira called Acrotiri destroyed, but the tidal wave from the blast destroyed the Minoan civilization on the neighboring island of Crete.

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