After Wayward Pines (‘The Truth’) and UnReal (just ‘Truth’), Olympus is also ready to reveal the truth, in ‘Truth’, the season (series?) finale. Will Hero receive immortality? Will he give it to anyone else? Is Zeus finally going to make an appearance? Let’s find out.
Did this little Syfy show about Greek gods suddenly become awesome? It doesn’t happen too often, a season finale that raises the bar, but this time I have to give credit where credit’s due. Olympus gave itself an adrenaline shot and made ‘Truth’ the best episode of the series. Sure, the show’s had its fair share of mediocre fight scenes, obvious CGI backdrops and other goofiness, but the finale sure left me wanting more.
Gatekeeper Chronos points Hero, the Oracle, Medea and Daedalus to a passage – at the end they’ll find their ‘heart’s desire’ – but it’s blocked by a mirror. The trick to get through it is as simple as it is brilliant; just walk into the opposite direction. Olympus often comes up with very far fetched solutions for very obscure problems, but this one is actually quite clever.
Suit and Tie
At the end of the passage they have to cross a sort of labyrinth, from above. Following a very narrow path, with an abyss on each side, the Oracle guides them through – eyes closed. At some point they have to jump, and everyone lands somewhere else; it’s where they’ll be judged. Medea meets her three sons, with Hades as a kind of mediator. Lykos carries out her sentence: damnation.
Daedalus finds himself in an extremely surreal environment. He meets a 21st century version of himself, clean shaven, suit and tie, who shows him an airplane in the sky. It’s definitely my most favorite scene of the season. It’s the perfect combination of humor and intrigue, and a sign that anything’s possible on this show.
Hero gets judged by the Oracle (given name: Pandora), with the head on a mountain that is Gaia as their mediatrix. It turns into a wedding ceremony, of sorts, when the Oracle refuses to condemn Hero. They’re both ready now, Gaia says, and Hero is given a new task (yes, another one). Hermes – the computer program gone haywire – tells him the true purpose of the Lexicon. It’s a selection process, to see who has what it takes to kill Zeus.
Little Man Big Man
You’ve read that right: killing Zeus is what the other gods have been conspiring about. Maybe a good title for Bill O’Reilly’s new book? Zeus is locked in a prison, but they need Hero to finish him off. When Hero and the Oracle enter, they’re confronted with a giant man, who looks a lot like Hero, with the body of a rattlesnake.
Hero decides to make a deal with him. Tired of the gods’ trickery and games, he makes Zeus promise to destroy them all. Whatever you say, puny man, Zeus thinks, and Hero sets him free. And there you have it. To all you people who stayed with the show, you certainly have been rewarded. ‘Truth’ is the cherry on top of a very fresh, sympathetic series and the vehicle that’s undoubtedly made Sonya Cassidy a star. Until next year, I hope.