Olympus

Olympus

Season One

DVD - 2015
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Centers on how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious: a place they called the Underworld, or the Kingdom of Hades. The series follows Hero on his journey as he transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of man and a match for the gods themselves.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] :, Shout! Factory,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: OLYM
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
3 videodiscs (540 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Spoiler Alert:
Daedalus: If we were to move fast enough, we, too, would disappear, like a hummingbird's wing that beats so fast, it shimmers into a blur. Perhaps the gods aren't that different from us. They just live in a different speed of time. ... Imagine that a second to us is like a day to them, or a week. We would appear like helpless statues to them while they would be invisible to us. All we would see is the trail they leave behind... wind, storm, earthquake.
Oracle: No. The gods live in a spiritual world we will never understand, ruled by mystery and magic, not science.
Daedalus: Not science, nature. They are ruled by nature, just like us.
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Hero: Oracle... can I kiss you?
Oracle: No.
Hero: No?
Oracle: If the kiss doesn't mean what it should, then it won't work.
Hero: Why? What should it mean?
Oracle: More than you could ever know, Mercenary.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Daedalus: ... if you'd worked hard, you could... you could have had everything I've had.
Son spirit: Like what? A life of imprisonment? A life without life? Where has that brilliant mind led you? To a locked room atop a king's tower? What do you have to show for all that genius? Have you created anything that you would not trade for one afternoon lying idle and free in the summer sun?
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Minos: Can't you see that you've sacrificed your earthly love to gods who couldn't care less about you.
Oracle: Their love is eternal. Ours just withers and dies.
Minos: If you had felt true love, you wouldn't trust them.
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Daedalus: In that case, the question is, why has Zeus planted the Lexicon in Man? What motive does he have to turn mortals into immortal gods?
Oracle: It is a devil's curse.
Daedalus: But which devil?
Oracle: I don't know.
Daedalus: And why hasn't Zeus stopped this devil?
Oracle: It's not for us to judge the will of a god.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Medea: So your point?
Daedalus: Where there is a wheel... there is a hub. At the point where the temples connect...
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Medea (one of her spell:)Close your eyes. Feel the warm shores of Tartarus brush against your skin. Breathe the stone fumes of Elysium. Listen to the ancient beats of a distant drum... So far afield it echoes in another world. It is the beat of your heart. Look down at the mark it leaves on the sacred water. Breathe... and...
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Lust is not born of love! It's born of the night.
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Ariadne: A golden apple... It is cold as ice. What will you do?
Hero: Walk through the door. Pandora's tomb. The golden apple warns of the chaos inside.
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Oracle: You don't want to go near Pandora's tomb. Certainly not open it.
Minos: Why not?
Oracle: We do not know. It's the most secret of secret sanctuaries. I suspect it will let loose all the demons of Tartarus.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Oracle: Maybe... I'm the love you're looking for. But then why would you want to kill me?
Hero: No. I don't want to kill you. I wanted to kill Aphrodite.
Oracle: You can't kill Aphrodite! She's not a person, you idiot. None of the gods are. We carry them inside, like feelings. So if someone tells you to kill Aphrodite, what they really mean is that you should kill the feeling you have for a person...
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-Ask forgiveness for your sins, and your mortal soul will be judged less harshly.
-A god who would forgive me my sins is not fit to judge me.
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Ariadne: In my eyes, Father, you already are a god.
King Minos: Yes, a very old and tired god whose feet hurt.
Ariadne: You will feel rejuvenated once you're sitting on the Athenian throne.
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Medea: And now, thanks to your compassion, you need me more than ever.
Hero: I couldn't kill her, not because I love her, but because I owe her too much.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Medea: Let me get this straight. Aegeus' firstborn discovers he carries the sacred Lexicon in his heart, recruits the Oracle of Gaia to help solve its riddle, and then, together, they meet clandestinely with King Minos' greatest scientific mind, and you think that's a chance encounter?
Cyrus: Yes.
Medea: Even though they're on their way to find the ring?
Cyrus: I'm not absolutely sure they ever actually found the ring.
Medea: You really are the most extraordinarily stupid creature I've ever worked with, Cyrus.
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King Minos: The gods only exist in your imagination, Oracle. All I have was won by the strength of kings, not the promises of gods.
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- What does a woman do when she's cornered? Run to her husband? ... Oh, no. ... If a woman finds she's made enemies of her close friends, she'll try to make friends of her true enemies.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Hero: My mother used to say, if it ever bore fruit, its olives would be the tastiest in the forest.
- Why? It looks horrible. She was being ironic.
Hero: No, I think she meant it. Often, the ugliest things are the sweetest.
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Hero: You don't strike me as the sort of man to steal for money, so it stands to reason that you took it because you know how to harness its power.
Daedalus: Perhaps I took it to protect you. Hmm?
Hero: So you do have it.
Daedalus: Not necessarily. I'm just following your logic. There are many reasons why a man might steal a ring, and not all of them are bad.
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The Gods don't worship gods. That's a folly reserved for man.

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jimg2000
Dec 23, 2015

Hero: You leave my mother out of this.
Oracle: And now you're out in the open, you will be hunted down, tortured, bled, starved, and generally kept on the very edge of death until you give up the Lexicon.
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King Aegeus: The Lexicon is not just a riddle, it is a curse, an angry, dangerous beast.
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The art of interrogation requires a more complete understanding of the interrogee. Look into his heart, know his hopes and dreams, then choose a line of questioning
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I'd be on your guard, if I were you. He knows these woods better than I know the roof of my mouth.
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Medea: You've created quite a stir, Lykos. I'm impressed. I always knew you were an exceptional child. After all, you are my son, but I admit you've exceeded my expectations.
Lykos: I'm not a child anymore.
Medea: No. You're a leader of men. But, clever as you are, you may have missed something.

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2015

The mythology:
Hero: I'm looking for the Oracle of Gaia.
Oracle: I'm the oracle.
Hero: My mother died before she could explain the riddle of my life.
Oracle: Your father is the King of Athens! You carry the sacred Lexicon inside of you.
The Lexicon is a riddle, indeed, but you will eventually unravel its mysteries, and when you do, our enemies will be swept away.
Hero: What does it do?
Oracle: It leads to the doors of Olympus.
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- I'll get a bodyguard.
- A bodyguard in your own home? What will your wife say?
- She hoards gold, and plots her escape every day.
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Lykos: I'll lose the respect of my generals.
Medea: You can't lose something you don't have

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jimg2000
Dec 22, 2015

A quality Greek Mythology genre drama though with low budget production. My only complaint was Tom York who played Hero was seething too frequently and become irritating or distracting to watch. Reviews are generally good: IMDB: Rating: 7/10 - ‎6,438 votes; TV.com: Rating: 5/10 - ‎58 votes; Rotten Tomatoes: Rating: 89% - ‎141 votes; Roger-Ebert: Rating: 3/4 - ‎Review by Bill Zwecker.

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