A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"Shut up" and "stupid."
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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.
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.
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