Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

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Season 6, Ep 4, Aired 10/18/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Hercules and Iolaus answered Vlad's call for help to defend his kingdom against vampires. Arriving in Dacia, they were joined by Galen, whose sister Nadia had gone to Vlad's castle and never returned. Soon they discovered the horrifying truth: Vlad was a vampire, and Nadia had long since joined the undead. Nadia managed to turn both Galen and Iolaus into vampires. In a clever move to save his friends, Hercules ate hemlock and gave his tainted blood to the vampires. Thus weakened, Vlad was no match for Hercules. Upon Vlad's death, the others returned to normal.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Sorbo

    Hercules

  • Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

    Iolaus

  • Phyllis Strong

  • Philip Sgriccia

  • Jeffrey Meek

    Vlad

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Hercules and Iolaus are summoned by their old friend, Vlad, to help defend his kingdom from vampires. But it soon transpires that Vlad is trying to lead them into a trap. The best episode this season thus far...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Mar 05, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Iolaus: (as he turns into a vampire) Herc, don't give Vlad your blood. Give it to me. (Hercules gives him a dirty look) Sorry, I can't help it.

    • Hercules: (as the newly transformed Darius tries to bite Galen) You hungry? Try this stake!

    • Galen: Think you're fast enough to outrun an arrow, stranger? Hercules: You think you're fast enough to outrun me when I do?

    Notes (1)

    • Disclaimer: No Blood Sucking Homicidal Vampires were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    Trivia (3)

    • This episode establishes that despite their similarities, Bacchae are indeed distinct from vampires.

    • After being bitten, Iolaus asks, "Am I dead again?" This jokingly references the times that he died in "Hercules and the Amazon Women", "The Wrong Path", "Not Fade Away" and "Faith".

    • Nitpick: When Hercules and his companions arrive at Vlad's castle, Vlad tells him that he has prepared a feast to welcome them. But how did he know when they would arrive? The trip from Greece to Dacia would have taken days, and there was no way to know when they would make it there.

    Allusions (3)

    • This episode has a character named Galen. The name (if not the character) is a reference to a famous ancient physician. He was one of the first to use cadavers to explore the human internal systems and wrote a manual that was used throughout the ages by physicians. In Greek, 'galen' meant quiet or peaceable.

    • In Romanian folklore, Strigoi is the word for vampires, as well as any other evil dead spirit, such as ghosts and zombies.

    • Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, a.k.a. Vlad Dracula, was a military commander in Wallachia (present day Romania). He is known for the exceedingly cruel punishments (especially impaling people on stakes) that he imposed during his reign in the 15th century. The title "Dracula" means "Son of Dracul" (his father held the title Vlad Dracul, meaning Vlad the Dragon). Bram Stoker was inspired by this character and used his name for 1897 novel Dracula, which is the source of this episode's storyline.

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