Top critical review
Fine for small children and those who consider reality to be unclean.
on 2 November 2017
To me the Greek myths are tales of tragedy, doom and heroism. They have a visceral quality that explores life through scenarios born of extreme actions and with equally extreme consequences.
Atlantis is a lazy way of making television. It discards the adult themes of sex, violence and selfishness which make the myths so potent and lasting. Instead we have a children's version which begins with all the men wearing trousers! I am sure that some men wore them back then but their ubiquity in Atlantis appears anachronistic and sets the asexual (almost Victorian!) tone for the series: everything is covered up and nothing offensive or unwholesome is allowed!
The insipid nature of the production is also revealed by the lack of real characters. Cardboard cutouts abound and the myths are pulped into a thin porridge.
The acting is fine and if I am harsh it is because the idea is actually quite a good one: use the myth of Atlantis as a platform to tell the other Greek myths.
The one good thing it has (apart from some decent actors) is a sense of fun.