Olympus

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy mythological drama can't overcome budget effects.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Many characters' ulterior motives cause them to betray their allies, even within marriages and among close family members. In particular, Medea tortures her own son for information, and there are mutinies brought against the king. People are motivated by power and greed rather than by love, but Hero just seeks truth. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hero doesn't set out to be a hero, but in learning about himself and his destiny, he becomes one. Many strong, cunning female roles, although their actions aren't always likable. 

Violence

Graphic battle scenes show people stabbed, impaled, and killed by arrows. Dismemberment, strangling, beatings, and blood rituals, all with victims in varying stages of agony. Closeup views of people murdered, including one in which a man's throat is slit and he bleeds out slowly. Many frightening monsters. 

Sex

Steamy bedroom scenes show couples kissing and undressing, but sensitive areas usually are obscured. Mention of rape. Infidelity is common and often a means to manipulate a rival.

Language

"Shut up" and "stupid." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Olympus is a mostly forgettable addition to the mythological drama genre, thanks to a tepid plot and low-budget special effects. The characters are intriguing enough -- particularly the altruistic hero (appropriately named Hero) who's trying to uncover the mystery of his past and in the process unlocks a legend about the Greek gods themselves -- but that's not enough of a hook to give this campy series any traction. Graphic violence dominates battle scenes and other tense encounters, so you'll see stabbings, dismemberment, and some closeup shots of victims dying by inches. Greed is a powerful motivator that leads many to lie, sleep around, plot mutinies, and even inflict harm on close family members, yielding few likable role models. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySarah G. September 21, 2016

Not for children!

Ten minutes in there was a loud sex scene not appropriate for kids at all!
Adult Written byMarius K. March 12, 2018

ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN A VERY LONG TIME.

This TV series has one of the best story lines, action packed and story revolves around Mythology during a time that human kind was at the bring of evolution.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 18, 2017

Stupid, violent fantasy show isn't worth it...

My mom made me watch this with her to try it and when I reluctantly agreed, it sucked. My mom didn't even like it. We only made it through half an episode.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ancient Greece, a young man named Hero (Tom York) turns to a powerful Oracle (Sonya Cassidy) to help him unravel the mysteries of his past and the truth to his destiny. Initially reluctant to help him, the Oracle eventually reveals that Hero holds the key to opening the doors to the mythical Olympus. OLYMPUS follows the story of how a handful of mere mortals led by Hero banished the gods to the underworld. 

Is it any good?

When it's done well, mythology makes for compelling TV drama. Sadly that's not the case with the abundantly cheesy Olympus, whose industrious cast can't overcome some pretty awful special effects and a chronically confusing story line. There are some moments that do entertain, particularly in the banter between Hero and the never-demure Oracle, but even those encounters are obscured by the campy green-screen scenery.

Olympus tries to keep the action rolling with ample battle scenes and the slowly evolving story of Hero's destiny, and those with a real passion for mythology may enjoy the show's take on familiar characters such as Medea (Sonita Henry) and Daedalus (Matt Frewer). But for the average viewer looking for something inspiring, this tale of gods and mortals is way off the mark. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the quality of a show's graphics affects its overall appeal. Can a good plot overcome poor special effects? How has CGI changed our expectations of a "good" production? 

  • Is the violence in Olympus excessive or appropriate, given the subject matter and the intended audience? Do TV ratings do enough to educate viewers about this kind of content? 

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