Ulysses 31

Season 1 Episode 25

The Lotus Eaters

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Aired Unknown Feb 27, 1982 on
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The Lotus Eaters
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Moving past the last planet of a solar system, Sherka detects that the planet shows signs of intelligent life and large deposits of beryl, a naturally occurring silicate comprised of aluminium and beryllium, giving the planet an emerald hue. Entering an area dense with meteors, the Odyssey comes under attack by meteors that have been rearranged into Tridents. The main iris of the Odyssey is damaged when one of the Tridents collides with it. For protection and a place to fix the Odyssey, Ulysses orders the ship to the emerald planet. To repair the iris, Ulysses decides to use the emeralds on the planet to fashion a new lens. He encounters a winged race who tell him that crystals in their cave close to a volcano will be much more suitable for the repairs. As he mines, there is a minor tremor, and flowers sprout forth from the ground. The winged people immediately take seeds from the flowers and eat them. As the quakes increase in intensity, Ulysses seems not to care, and even disregards Nono's warnings. With Ulysses still not having returned from the geologically unstable planet, Telemachus and Yumi go down to bring him back. They are told by a winged boy named Lota not to eat the lotus seeds as they will make them "dreamy", and lose their memory. The plants only grow in the volcanic lava, and so most of the people stay close to the plants, blissfully unaware that they are in constant danger. Lota tells them that he doesn't eat the seeds anymore as he has discovered the secret of the volcano and that once someone eats too many seeds, they disappear. They find Ulysses inside the cave, and Lota goes to rescue his people before it erupts. As the volcano erupts, Ulysses uses the Odyssey's new lens to stop the lava from flowing. As Lota and Telemachus rescue more people, Lot show Telemachus the mechanical digger which plants the seeds, behind which is an image of Zeus. Ulysses seals the volcano, and Lota's people are free from the hold of the lotus flowers.moreless

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