Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

War Wounds

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 4/20/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Hercules' brother, King Iphicles of Corinth, was not with his wife when she died -- he was out controlling rioting soldiers. For this he blamed the veteran warriors led by Ajax and demanded they leave Corinth without dedicating a statue. Hercules and Iolaus, friends of Ajax, tried to intervene. But deadly battles broke out when Iphicles killed Phidias, the statue's designer. Ajax tried to kill Iphicles as retribution, but he ended up devoured by giant sand sharks. Tired of the madness, Iphicles relented by officiating at the dedication of Phidias' statue and extending land to the veterans.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Sorbo

    Hercules

  • Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

    Iolaus

  • Paul Robert Coyle

  • John Mahaffie

  • Kevin Smith (II)

    King Iphicles

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Iolaus and Hercules become involved in a feud between war veterans and Hercules' half-brother, King Iphicles. But they are all in danger when the action moves to a prison surrounded by deadly sand-sharks. One of the best episodes this end of the season...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Feb 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Iolaus: (on Nebula's ship) Listen, if this thing works out, we're going to have to evacute a lot of men off that island. Would you..? Nebula: Sure. Sure. But you'll owe me one. Iolaus: What are you gonna do? Place me in servitude? Hold me in bondage for how long?! Nebula: We'll negotiate. But don't sweat it. Bondage gets a bad rap!

    • Nebula: (finding the tunnel ending in a stone wall) I don't understand. It wasn't like this before. Hercules: (breaking through the wall with one punch) Like this? Nebula: (looking at the new hole in the wall) No. Bigger. Hercules: They always want bigger.

    Notes (1)

    • Disclaimer: Any resemblance between King Iphicles, Hercules' half-brother, and Ares, God of War, Hercules' other half-brother, is totally unavoidable.

    Trivia (5)

    • The soldiers are said to be returning from the Trojan War, the end of which was shown in the first seasonĀ Xena episode "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts".

    • Nitpick: The monsters in this episode are called "sand sharks", though they are the same creatures that appeared in the third season episode "Mercenary" where they were known as "sand rays".

    • This is Kevin Smith's final appearance as Iphicles.

    • Nitpick: Although Rena gets a mention this time (unlike "Surprise"), no mention is made, again, of the child she and Iphicles were expecting in "Love Takes a Holiday".

    • Although he was crowned two seasons earlier (and appeared in "Surprise"), this is the only time Iphicles is seen acting as king on the series.

    Allusions (2)

    • Ajax Ajax was a Greek hero, one of the most valuable warriors in Agamemnon's army in the Trojan War. He was known for his great bravery and strength, but was also hot tempered, arrogant and less intellectually gifted than his fellow Greek leaders.

    • Phidias was a renowned sculptor in ancient Greece, responsible for the statue of Athena in the Parthenon and the statue of Zeus at Olympia, among others.

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