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Atlantis - Series 1 [Blu-ray]
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 January 2014
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 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 (House of Anubis) is the dashing lead character (pictured center of the DVD cover). Whose role features a lot action scenes, which he excels at. Mark Addy (The Full Monty) as the larger than life Hercules (pictured left), makes the show very enjoyable through his character, always bumbling & getting into trouble in one way or another. Along with his many character flaws which the others play off of well as the straight guys. And a capable Robert Emms (War Horse ) as the nerdy Pythagoras (pictured right), who all together make for a great duo/trio of beliveable friends who get into scrapes each week. Sarah Parish (Cutting It) is good as the devilish & cunning villain, Queen Pasiphae. Aiysha Hart as the love interest, Princess Ariadne, shows promise handling forbidden romance & a battle of wills with her step mother. Also Co-stars Jermima Rooper (Kinky Boots) , Juliet Stevenson(Truly Madly Deeply) & Alexander Siddig (Primeval).

In conclusion, Atlantis is an enjoyable fantasy T.V series based on Greek Mythology that needs to be given a little leeway to enjoy. Suitable for all the family, more than enough to make a 2nd series. Contains violence & some scary monsters similar strength to Dr Who. Recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2014
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
on 7 December 2014
I loved this series although it did have quite a few filler episodes which seemed to add little, but the good moments were epic, I loved it!
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on 23 June 2015
A really good series here, bought it to try as we seen the trailer for season 2 and was like oohhh thats looks quite good and i have to say we were very happy with it. There are some really funny parts and has a very good storyline to it.

Only problem is that it got axed after 2 series and as we have yet to watch the 2nd series i couldn't say whether it got left infished or not, boooo to axing good series.
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on 25 April 2015
I purchased the Box set of Merlin which is a fantastic series I have now watched the complete series of Merin six times I will wait another few months and watch Merlin again Atlantis was made to succeed Merlin the magic (excuse the Pun ) was just not there how Atlantis it got a second series is baffling it's awful
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on 27 May 2014
Great Series; the DVD contains other features that are great to watch as well. Very funny in parts and good action as well. Well worth buying
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on 2 May 2014
It was probably too much to expect Atlantis to be as good as Merlin. It isn't. However, I think the only people who should be disappointed will be people who think it should be as good as Merlin. It's very action-packed and Hercules, played by Mark Addy, adds lots of much-needed humour to the show. Recommended for fans of fantasy actioners.
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