Atlantis 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
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Washed up on the shores of the lost city of Atlantis, Jason soon finds his life in danger.

Starring:
Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy
Runtime:
45 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Starring Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy
Supporting actors Robert Emms, Juliet Stevenson, Sarah Parish
Season year 2013
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Grey on 28 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I have loved every moment of this series. The characters have really grown on me since the first episode and I am going to miss it so much on a Saturday night. I can't wait to buy the box set when it becomes available and hope like mad a second series will be made. I love the Greek myth elements of the stories and the mystery that surrounds Jason. It has made me laugh, cry and gasp with excitement. I thought it was fantastic.

Although there were some areas that could be improved upon, I think this is a really solid start to a cracking series. You have to give programmes a chance to settle down and hit their stride. I am sure it will go from strength to strength, given the chance. Why people have to comment on their TV license fees being wasted, I don't know. There are a great many programmes that are made that I wouldn't want to sit and watch, but that's how it goes. The BBC make a variety of programmes that will suit all kinds of different tastes. I, for one, am glad that my money went on this offering. May many more series follow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
A young man, Jason (Donnelly), is exploring the sea bed in a one man underwater mini-sub, in search of his missing father, when he get's into difficulty & sucked into some kind of bright light. The next moment, he awakes awash on a sandy beach in a place called, Atlantis. Where he soon makes friends & enemies, as he tries to find out more about his own past, while continuing the search for his father.

This fantasy BBC T.V show is obviously a gap filler until the cornerstone of it's Saturday night programming, Merlin, returns. None the less, it's quite consistently watchable , despite a few so, so episodes in the middle of the series, it's mixture of humor, Greek mythology, star crossed lovers & scheming power hungry royalty, makes it an entertaining show, albeit at times forgivably implausible for the sake of entertainment sake. Visually the Greek/Mediterranean setting which traverses from City to countryside, gives you that feeling of Atlantis being a large, beliveable, living & breathing place. The props, sets & costumes are all good quality, as are the special effects when called upon (okay it's not movie quality, but what do you expect). Along with the canny reuse of locations & some creaky sets, they achieve a lot.

Each week the show follows the exploits of three friends, who are always strapped for money & they're money making schemes usually backfire with entertaining results, they stick they're noses into things they shouldn't or trouble simply lands at they're door. Jack Donnelly (
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 8 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I got rather hooked on this fantasy programme.

The important thing is not to get too hung up on historical accuracy and enjoy the interplay between the Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras and their adventures over the 14 episodes.

Those involving Jason's growing romance with Ariadne are very good and my personal favourite is Rules of Engagement.

Overall a good first series and really looking forward to season 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
In the present Jason determines to discover what happened to his father, missing when exploring the ocean's depths. Suddenly his own bathyscaphe is in trouble. He regains consciousness to find himself whisked back in time to Atlantis, there to make friends with Hercules and Pythagoras.

He is there for a reason, a destiny to fulfil....

In a bonus, creators cheerfully admit they have played fast and loose with myths and history. The series is best enjoyed by those prepared to accept that.

Even so the show is uneven. Visually it stuns, the sets excellent. Sadly the scripts often need more attention. Too many storylines are rather poorly contrived. A major weakness concerns the portrayal of Hercules, the character played for cheap laughs. He seems to have strayed in from a programme intended for very young children (who deserve better). Much time is devoted to sorting out problems caused by his drinking, gambling and laziness. This sets everything off balance, doing the show no favours at all - the reason why I quit watching when the series was first shown.

I hoped acquiring the box set would help me better to appreciate the strengths. It does.

Many assets include an enigmatic oracle, a wicked queen, a handsome (if rather one dimensional) hero, a likeable Pythagoras, great stunts and exciting arena sequences.

13 episodes. An interesting thirty minute bonus.

At their best when more serious, the ingredients exist here for a family show with real impact. Hopefully this will be more evident in Season 2.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nadia on 31 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I've always loved Greek Mythology so this series appealed even before I watched it. I wish people would stop comparing it to Merlin. Yes, it has the same writers and I guess the humour is similar and yes it occupies the same slot on a Saturday, but really, if a drama about an axe murderer occupied the same Saturday slot, would that be compared to Merlin too? Atlantis has a slightly darker feel to it, and I really think the writers have skillfully taken several elements of Greek Myths to combine into an original story with all the classic feeling of a Greek myth: quests, heroes, tragedy, love etc. If I wasn't such a Greek Mythology nerd, I wouldn't have known which stories they'd pinched from, and if it gets kids reading the Greek myths, then hats off to it. I suppose if the Merlin comparisons have one thing right, it's that the cast doesn't quite jump out at the viewer the way the Merlin actors did. They really were an amazing set of actors, but the Atlantis cast are just finding their feet. Mark Addy stood out in particular and I really like the writers' take on the Herculese character. Jason is the true hero, of course and I for one enjoyed every second of his screen time. As with any series, be it book or TV show, the first series is always the foundation. Writers use it to experiment with and establish their formula and look back over it at the end to fine tune any mistakes. Atlantis is still finding its feet and some epesodes were better than others but it has plenty of strengths and some twists I never saw coming. In summary, it takes a bit of getting into but I believe it is a promising start and we can expect good things from the second series. I've never yet seen any TV series I loved from the first epesode, not even Merlin.
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