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The King of Thieves
Hercules battles with a deadly serpent and
other mega-dangers to save Iolaus from being executed for a
robbery committed by Autolycus (Bruce Campbell), King of
Under a Broken Sky
Hercules finds Salmoneus (Robert Trebor)
working in a pleasure palace where he tries to reunite a farmer
with his beautiful wife, who has become the establishment's main
The Lost City
Iolaus rescues members of an underground
cult. The sub-plot features Moria (Fiona Mogridge), an
investigative scribe trying to uncover the truth about
extra-terrestrial beings, who happens to bear an uncanny
resemblance to Mul-der's sister in The X-Files. Spooky!
it to Tartarus!
world could have done without A Star to Guide Them. A
particularly weak spin on the seasonal religious story.
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long time ago in a gal
sorry, gods-fearing land not too far
away, a mountain-full of deities were having a laugh at the expense
of us poor mortals. Fortunately, help was at hand when one brave
soul - Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) - a lad of questionable parentage was
granted legendary strength by his dad Zeus (various actors), the
king of the gods. Accompanied by his less-than-statuesque sidekick
Iolaus (Michael Hurst), the big butch Hercules wanders the earth
fighting the good, the bad and the very ugly to even the score.
A first television movie Hercules and the Amazon Women was
aired in April 1994. This was closely followed by four others which
then led into a really successful series, which surprised the men in
suits because they thought originally that it was going to be a
short run of good, almost-clean fun for the kids.
First Run: The
series proper began in the States on 6th January 1995.
of Episodes: This month will
see the 90th episode notched up on the old Herculean sword.
Too numerous to mention but don't miss Hercules's wicked
step-mother, Hera, Queen of the Gods (played usually by a pair of
eyes) nor Ares (Kevin Smith), Herc's half-brother and god of war.
Not a nice person even if he is given to camping about in black
leathers à la Mr Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham.
best mate and general confidante. He may be small but he's
incredibly powerful. Brill with a sword, spectacular with the high
kicks, he watches the big guy's back - a lot. Xena (Lucy Lawless):
could have been a contender for the love of the man himself. Now
kicks about with pre-Christian journalist, Gabrielle.
And Isnt That... Renee
O'Connor (Xena's Gabrielle) as Princess Deianeira and Lucy Lawless (Xena)
as Lysia, the Queen of the Amazons' second-in-command, Lyla, wife of
Deric the Centaur and
Hercules's trouble with women. As if the
run-ins with his step-mum aren't enough, it seems that most women
that fall into his arms end up falling down dead. First his wife and
children, then his second wife who copped it whilst in his bed. No
wonder Xena's off with Gabrielle.
It seems short skirts, strappy sandals and
bare chests were essential clobber for heroes and super-heroes back
in Ancient Times.
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