It only took one episode, but Hercules, Pythagoras and company will be returning for a second season for BBC America in ‘Atlantis.’
The Nov. 23 premiere set a record for the network, catching over 800,000 viewers, with still twelve more episodes to come in its inaugural run.
The news, however, shouldn’t come as too much a surprise, as just weeks earlier it was tapped for a second season by the BBC to run in the U.K (however there they called for another "series," while in North America it’s another "season.") The show was first broadcast on the BBC on Sept. 28.
The premiere was certainly boosted by a massive draw for ‘Doctor Who,’ a beloved show celebrating a milestone that led-in to ‘Atlantis.’ It will no longer have that luxury, though it may not need it, as going forward it will be bookended by ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ reruns.
The hour-long sci-fi fantasy series follows the adventures Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), Pythagoras (of the Pythagorean Theorem) and Hercules (of, well, legend and lore), played by Jack Donnelly, Robert Emms, and Mark Addy, respectively. The story follows along these and other Greek mythological characters of note, including Medusa, Ariadne, and the famed Oracle.
Everyone is on board for Season 2 (hopefully that doesn’t spoil the drama, but then again, most of these characters are immortal anyways), and clearly the storylines are endless. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check out the trailer below.
I actually just finished watching Atlantis and I really enjoyed it. Were there scenes that could be considered cheesy? Yes. Was the show filled with Oscar worthy acting? Not so much but, for me that's what added to it's charm. I think it's a well written show with decent acting and I look forward to Season 2.
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Message Posted On Dec 1st, 2013, 12:20 pm
I personally like this a lot and I wasn't expecting to.
Message Posted On Nov 28th, 2013, 11:39 pm
Sarah Parrish does a wonderful job using what she has to work with. Mark Addy isn't too bad either.Siddig is totally wasted as a card board cut out character. Same with Rooper.
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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 9:52 pm
I watched a few episodes but it didn't do it for me, btw I thought that was funny when you made a list of the characters you name it "Pythagoras (of the Pythagorean Theorem)" it name actually was Pythagoras of Samos :)
Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 5:55 pm
Have to agree, this show is well below average. I stopped watching after 3 episodes. Bad acting, bad casting, bad script, shit effects.
Merlin it is not!!
Poor America, you think you are the world but there is life beyond your shores. It is time you opened your eyes.
Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 5:09 pm
Goodness, Folks... Atlantis is not as poor a show as these reviews would indicate. Not at all. It might need a bit more time to smooth off some rough edges but the show has value and promise. There is a market for light fantasy and it has been successfully displayed in shows like Merlin, Legend of the Seeker, Xena Warrior Princess and the like. You generally don't look for deep meaning in shows like this, you look for the fun, the camaraderie, the characters, and so forth. I like Mark Addy's playing against type as Hercules. Pythagoras needs a bit of development but I put that down to the writing mostly. Jason is a Hero with a capital H and is therefore expected to behave heroically and looks VERY good without his shirt. (smile) What the show does, it does well.
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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 2:31 pm
I tried to watch Atlantis. But this was no good at all. The season's absolute worst series. I did watch 2 episodes but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. And yes. It is a BBC show.
Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 8:58 am
it got nothing to do with doctor who or the 800,000 viewers u mentioned, the show is almost over in uk, and it got renewed by bbc uk...nevertheless i wish it was cancelled its poor and bad.
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Message Posted On Nov 27th, 2013, 6:42 am
Please stop writing "BBC America renews..." in the articles when that's not the case at all. It was renewed by the UK BBC and had nothing to do with it's recent premiere on the US offshoot. The show itself is nothing to write home about either, it's one of the poorer fantasy shows the BBC have made in recent years.