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Hercules The Legendary Journeys - Season 5

Hercules The Legendary Journeys - Season 5

Director: Andrew Merrifield, Bruce Campbell, Charles Siebert, Charlie Haskell

Cast: Andrew Merrifield, Bruce Campbell, Charles Siebert, Charlie Haskell

While there had been a loosely-basted continuity during the previous five seasons of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys -- held together by the never-ending efforts of half-god, half-human Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) and his mortal friend Iolaus (Michael Hurst) to right wrongs and champion noble causes


While there had been a loosely-basted continuity during the previous five seasons of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys -- held together by the never-ending efforts of half-god, half-human Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) and his mortal friend Iolaus (Michael Hurst) to right wrongs and champion noble causes throughout Ancient Greece and the Known World - Season Five was dominated by a single, basic thought line: Hercules' struggle to find purpose and meaning in life after the death of Iolaus, a struggle that would take him to strange, uncharted lands and a veritable legion of new and fascinating characters. Yes, it's true: faithful Iolaus is killed in the first episode of the fifth season.

This, however, did not mean that actor Michael Hurst had departed the series. Instead, Hurst showed up in a variety of different incarnations: The demonic Dahak (a character whom Hurst had introduced on Hercules' companion series Xena: Warrior Princess); the campy "drag" character, Widow Twankey; and Iolaus II, the cowardly, buffoonish "alternate" version of the original Iolaus, who dwells in the parallel world first seen in the fourth-season episode "Stranger in a Strange World." As luck would have it, Iolaus II ends up relocating in the "real" world, where, newly emboldened, he strives to live up to the reputation established by his dearly departed namesake -- at least until another remarkable plot twist at the very end of season five.

Getting back to Hercules, the heartbroken superhero, accompanied by pirate queen-cum-Sumerian princess Nebula (Gina Torres) (a character introduced in one shot during season four) is brought back as Iolaus' grieving sweetheart, trying vainly to bring Iolaus back from the dead. When this fails, he turns his back on Ancient Greece and heads to goodness-knows-where. His first stop is on the island of Eire, where he confronts -- and reforms -- a surly Druidic demigod named Morrigan (Tamara Gorski). He then travels to Asgard, land of the Norse gods, where he manages to prevent the End of the World -- with a little help from the mighty Thor (Ben Reed).

It is then back to Sumeria, thence to Corinth, and finally the aforementioned parallel world, where Iolaus II becomes part of the weekly action. That character takes prominence in the season's penultimate story arc, wherein Iolaus II falls in love with Nautica (Andrea Dotchin), the mermaid daughter of ocean god Triton. Meanwhile, Hercules is unexpectedly reunited with his lost love Serena (played by Sam Sorbo, wife of series star Kevin Sorbo), who obviously wasn't quite as dead as she seemed back during season four.

Though virtually each and every fifth-season episode picks up where the previous episode left off, there are a handful of amusing self-contained stories. In "Genies and Grecians and Greeks, Oh My," larcenous supporting characters Salmoneus (Robert Trebor) and Autolycus (Bruce Campbell) find themselves in possession of a magic lamp inhabited by a beautiful but klutzy genie. And "For Those of You Just Joining Us," like season four's Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules," takes place in the present, focusing on another creative crisis plaguing the production staff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. As before, the series' semi-regular actors are seen in modern costumes as the long-suffering producers, writers, and technicians, who this time are threatened with instant unemployment unless they come up with newer and better story ideas. And as before, star Kevin Sorbo shows up as himself -- in a manner of speaking.

The fifth season of Hercules concludes with the spectre of Doomsday in the form of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. At the time, there were rumors that the series would be canceled, hence the ambiguity of much of the action in the climactic episode (especially regarding the "resuscitation" of poor Iolaus). Ultimately, however, Hercules was renewed for a sixth season -- albeit an astonishingly short one.

Product Details

Release Date:
Starz / Anchor Bay

Special Features

Closed Caption; All 22 season five episodes; Audio commentaries and interviews with Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert, Gene O'Neill, Noreen Tobin, Paul Robert Coyle and more; Featurette: "Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B. EFX Group - Part 2"; Photo gallery; "On Set Interview With Kevin Sorbo and Anthony Quinn"; CD-ROM: Hercules Chronicles; Actor, director & writer bios; Series trivia; Mythology

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Sorbo Hercules,Himself,The Sovereign
Michael Hurst Iolaus,Dahak,Dahak/Iolaus,Iolaus II,Iolaus/Dahak,The Widow Twanky,The Jester (Iolaus II)
Robert Trebor Salmoneus
Ben Reed Thor
Danielle Cormack Ephiny
Hilary McMillan Jinni the Genie
Tamara Gorski Morrigan
Alexandra Tydings Aphrodite
Bruce Campbell Autolycus
Gina Torres Nebula,Empress (Nebula II)
Jeffrey Thomas Jason
Jonno Roberts Kurth
Karl Urban Caesar
Meighan Desmond Discord
Willa O'Neill Althea
Andrea Dotchin Nautica
Angela Marie Dotchin Nautica
Antonio Te Maioho Dumuzi
Charles Mesure Michael
Hudson Leick Liz Friedman
Ian Hughes Loki
Joel Tobeck Deimos
John Givens Sultan
Jonathan Roberts Kurth
Neill Rea King Arthur
Nicko Vella Mabon,Mabon, Druid of Knowledge
Ryan Gosling Zylus
Simone Kessell Havisha
Stuart Devenie Magistrate,Kernunnos
Alison Quigan Oracle
James Gaylyn Nagus
Jay Saussey Ocea
Kevin Smith Ares
Paul Norell Falafel
Renee O'Connor Sunny Day
Ross Duncan Imuru
Rupert Cocks Baldur
Sam Jenkins Serena
Sara Wiseman Mab
Susan Brady Lilith
Wanjiku Kiarie Old Woman
Clint Sharplin Opakus

Technical Credits
Andrew Merrifield Director
Bruce Campbell Director
Charles Siebert Director
Charlie Haskell Director
Chris Long Director
Garth Maxwell Director
John Cameron Director
John Laing Director
Kevin Hurst Director
Mark Beesley Director
Michael Hurst Director
Philip J. Sgriccia Director
Richard Compton Director
Rick Jacobson Director
Robert Radler Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Other Gods [5:18]
2. Princess Nebula [9:04]
3. Gilgamesh [7:42]
4. A Little Breezy [10:31]
5. Worst Enemy [11:47]
1. Hear My Prayer [5:33]
2. If You Go, I Go [7:50]
3. Damned if I Don't [9:45]
4. The Fighting Dead [9:31]
5. Dimuzi [9:36]
1. Chosen One [6:08]
2. Morrigan [10:20]
3. Magic Munchkin [10:41]
4. This Isn't Real [5:54]
5. The Last Laugh [10:47]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Door Number Two [5:20]
2. You'll Share [8:55]
3. Wishes Granted [13:09]
4. Your Souls Are Mine [8:03]
5. New Arrivals [7:48]
1. On His Way [3:44]
2. Wasting Your Time [9:31]
3. No Time for Grief [11:22]
4. Not Above Beggin' [7:19]
5. It's a Trap [10:50]
1. The Vision [3:45]
2. Chasing Dreams [10:35]
3. Odin's Oath [13:12]
4. We Were Tricked [8:19]
5. Thor's Defeat [7:29]
Side #3 -- Disc Three
1. A Gift for Odin [6:14]
2. The Third Tragedy [6:26]
3. The Time Nears [6:25]
4. Ragnarok [10:20]
5. A Plan Falls Apart [13:01]
1. Back to Eire [5:45]
2. A Longin' [10:47]
3. Death of the Druids [7:04]
4. Jumbled [10:48]
5. Who Am I? [8:57]
1. State of Emergency [5:46]
2. Camp Wannachuck [8:29]
3. Sweat Lodge [11:04]
4. Campfire [8:39]
5. Dastardly Plan [9:18]
Side #4 -- Disc Four
1. Passing the Time [7:43]
2. Round One [9:57]
3. Balance of Power [8:55]
4. Worse Than I Thought [7:17]
5. Demon Worship [9:30]
1. We'll Make It Work [5:57]
2. Not Alone [8:47]
3. Protecting Ares [9:01]
4. Corrupting Iolaus [8:25]
5. Dahak [12:08]
1. Going to Blow [4:02]
2. Who's Coming? [9:28]
3. It's Never Hopeless [8:35]
4. Some Help [9:10]
5. Teamwork [12:08]
Side #5 -- Disc Five
1. Something Really Stupid [5:51]
2. We're Not Dead [11:00]
3. You're Back. Love Me. [8:48]
4. Here We Go Again [6:59]
5. Back Where You Belong [10:13]
1. Old Habits [6:50]
2. Differences [9:46]
3. Cursed [11:02]
4. Rock Star [7:10]
5. Nice Kitty [8:31]
1. Fashion Follies [6:21]
2. Plenty of Style [8:53]
3. Arrested for Leather [8:04]
4. Incendiary Season [8:52]
5. The Althea Collection [11:04]
Side #6 -- Disc Six
1. Shattered Soul [8:02]
2. The Last Person [7:29]
3. A Lifetime in a Day [7:31]
4. Interruptions [10:31]
5. Defying Fate [10:47]
1. Quite a Show [5:23]
2. A Lot Has Changed [12:29]
3. New Dad [8:28]
4. Wake Up Call [9:15]
5. Down With the Ship [8:45]
1. Long Time, No See [7:20]
2. New in Town [9:19]
3. I Think I Love You [7:33]
4. Asking for It [7:00]
5. Popping the Balloon [13:09]
Side #7 -- Disc Seven
1. Stepping Into History [6:28]
2. And Justice for All [9:39]
3. No Ordinary Sword [9:40]
4. Backbone [7:55]
5. Tin Man [10:40]
1. Mission for Ares [6:15]
2. The Faders [10:17]
3. Mind Over Matter [6:57]
4. Where's Hercules? [8:37]
5. What If...? [11:45]
1. Thinking About Nautica [5:43]
2. Helping Curly [5:51]
3. Another Life [10:59]
4. It's What I Do [10:15]
5. The Cabiri [11:35]
Side #8 -- Disc Eight
1. Stopping a Sacrifice [4:12]
2. So Proud [5:48]
3. I'm Back [11:09]
4. Famine & Pestilence [8:54]
5. Over My Dead Body [12:24]

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