At first glance, BBC's new series Atlantis doesn't look like it bears any similarities to the UK comedy Misfits, but there are a few: Firstly, it was created by Misfits creator Howard Overman, and secondly, it stars Jack Donnelly, who portrayed the White Rabbit in Season 4. Toss in King Robert Baratheon from Game of Thrones (Mark Addy) and the Insect Man from Kick-Ass 2 (Robert Emms) — plus some mythology about Hercules — and you've basically got Atlantis.
Personally, I can't say this show looks like it'll be anything special — it doesn't seem like it really does much to set itself apart from other fantasy shows, but it'll probably do well anyway because fantasy shows generally are successful on BBC (like Merlin, for instance, which Overman also worked on).
It's not going to be anything like Game of Thrones, which is dominating the genre at the moment, but it could be a cute light-hearted series to watch if you're into fantasy-adventure shows. Mark Addy is an enjoyable actor to watch, and that creepy White Rabbit costume Jack Donnelly wore in Misfits is nowhere to be seen ... yet.
Also — and perhaps most importantly — though Misfits crashed and burned around the end, it started off as a well-written, strong show, and that was all due to Overman's work. If history repeats itself as the saying goes, then Atlantis will definitely be a show to at least give a chance when it premieres this fall.
You can check out the trailer below.