This is the story of a time long ago, A time of myth and legend, when the Earth was still young. The ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering and besieged them with terrors. For centuries the people had nowhere to turn, no one to look to for help. Until he arrived. He was a man like no other. Born of a beautiful mortal woman, but fathered by Zeus, king of the gods. Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart....No matter what obstacle, as long as there were people crying for help, there was one man who would never rest --- Hercules.
This marks the first appearance of Lucy Lawless in Hercules Universe.
Rose McIver went on to play Ilea, Hercules' daughter in the later series. David Taylor went on to play Solan, Xena's son, in the spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess.
In this episode it is established that Hercules is not yet married.
This is the first time Iolaus dies and is brought back to life. This shall happen several other times during the series.
This is Renee O'Connor's first role in the Hercules/Xena franchise. Rob Tapert liked her so well in the role of Young Deianeira that when they decided to create the spin-off Xena Warrior Princess, he wanted her for the part of Gabrielle. Sunny Doench was hired to play the part of Gabrielle originally by Universal Studios, but when the actress pulled out for personal reasons, Tapert got his own first pick for the role with O'Connor.
Nathaniel Lees went on to have a number of different roles in the following series including reprising the role of the Blue Priest in "The Wedding of Alcmene". He also appeared in different roles in the two spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules.
Elizabeth Hawthorne, who played "Queen Omphale", later went on to play Hercules' mother in the series. She also had roles in the two spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules, and starred as "Voice" in the Renaissance show Cleopatra 2525.
Nitpick: Cheiron is a centaur in Greek mythology as well as in future episodes of Hercules and Young Hercules, but this Cheiron more closely resembles a Satyr or Faun.