In Olympus’ 6th episode, Hero gets to know what it’s like to have an awkward father/son talk and subsequently gets grounded. The Oracle can’t catch a break either; she gets duped. Wait a minute, wasn’t she an Oracle? A case of misinterpreting flying crows, I suppose.
First, it’s flashback time. The camera placed on a merry-go-round, we see King Aegeus explain what he’d just done to the woman who’d give birth to Hero, his first-born son. He’s basically a human pregnancy test, because she had no idea she was with child already. I guess kings can sense these kind of things, that’s why they’re kings.
Father to Son
Flashing forward to the present (well, Ancient Greece, or at least a version of it), having a father/son heart to heart isn’t quite the king’s strong suit. Hero’s a savage and a traitor, as far as he’s concerned, but then there’s always Medea. She’s actually turning into one of the good guys, holding the kingdom together, acting as a voice of reason. For as long as it suits her endgame, I’m sure, but still. She convinces Aegeus to try a little TLC on Hero. It makes her son Lykos mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore, but so what; he doesn’t have the lexicon. The king’s first order of TLC business: give his son a proper name. Hero, it officially is now.
Being grounded, Hero’s dreaming some pretty vivid dreams. CGI palaces can do that to a man. At least we know he’s into watching Ariadne and The Oracle getting it on, and snakes. Or could the snake be a symbol of something else? Or am I reading way too much into this scene?
Hero’s made his mind up. He wants the lexicon out. It’s a curse. ‘Don’t you want to live like a god?’ Medea asks. ‘No’, he answers. Fair enough. He just wants to play in the woods like he used to, or something. It never gets quite clear what he wants or where he sees himself in a week from now, or even a day from now.
In Minos’ camp, sneaky Ariadne duped The Oracle. She had her believe that they’d caught Hero and were going to kill him. The Oracle told them he was the son of King Aegeus, held the lexicon, etcetera, and should be kept alive. Minos knew she’d lied to him, but after a funny distraction from Daedalus, The Oracle escaped into a wonderful new green screen environment. It’s cheesy, the computer graphics, but they grow on you. The backdrops aren’t exactly believable, and some are better than others, but it’s actually nice Syfy’s giving this amount of freedom to the CGI team. It looks like they’ve told them: ‘Create whatever you want, do it quickly, but please have fun doing it.’ And it shows.
So what’s this lexicon and how do you get rid of it? We’ll know next week. Apparently the beast we’ve been seeing these past weeks serves as its guard. He stands between Hero and the ‘riddle’, whatever that means. He kind of shows up randomly, though. Can’t Hero have one nice kiss for once?
Obviously, The Oracle knows a few tricks to solve riddles – as we’ve seen this week as well, with an encrypted message to Minos – but first it’s Medea who’s going to try to extract the lexicon. With The Oracle on her way to the palace, I’m sure Medea’s going to fail and The Oracle has to step in. She has to hurry, because psycho blondie, AKA Queen of Gratuite Violence, is coming after her.