We're getting wacky with the Bacchae this week on Atlantis, which continues to be a zippy little mythic adventure show. And once again, the best bits involve Hercules, who's Sir John Falstaff with a little bit of Vila from Blake's 7 mixed in. Observe in this handy clip.

Basically, when you leave Hercules watching your priceless store of Frankincense, it's not long for this world. Love the almost-goat-kissing, and the denial thereof. Hercules' only real talent is for talking his way out of the massive scrapes his laziness and uselessness get him into, and it's pretty awesome. Later in the episode, Herc is once again left on watch by the fire, and immediately gets led off into a trap where he's nearly killed by Maenads, the followers of Dionysos. Love Hercules explaining that he can tell the difference between a monkey and a girl, most of the time.


The rest of the episode is pretty fun too — but sees a huge power-up for Jason, who was kind of lovably useless in the first episode. The gang are going to rescue an old man's daughter from the Bacchae, and Herc falls for another one of the newly recruited acolytes of Dioysos — Medusa, who has an unfortunate destiny ahead of her. Jason and Medusa are tossed into the pit with Dionysos' satyrs — but they won't attack Jason because he's a demigod or something. And later on, Jason, who couldn't hold a sword last week, manages to Kirk-fight half a dozen Maenads in hand-to-hand combat.

Meanwhile, this show is trying to have it both ways a little bit — Jason knows who Pythagoras is because he's from the 21st century and studied math. And he knows who Medusa is, sort of, because he skimmed Edith Hamilton once. But he doesn't know who Jason is, in the mythology? He probably just skipped a chapter.

All in all, still an exceedingly fun show, made a billion times better by Herc.