Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 2 Episode 10

Cast A Giant Shadow

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Nov 13, 1995 on USA
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Cast A Giant Shadow
When Hercules found Typhon held captive in a boulder, he freed the clumsy but kind giant. Together, they went to Plinth, where Typhon made friends with the villagers and their children. Then Hercules learned Typhon's wife was Echidna, the mother of all monsters, whom Hercules had sealed away in her lair forever. Hera freed Echidna and Typhon went to rejoin her. But Hercules could not allow Echidna to go free. Typhon interrupted Hercules' fierce battle with Echidna, and when the monster mother learned how Hera had kept her husband imprisoned for 100 years, she vowed to change her ways.moreless

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  • Hercules makes friends with the gentel giant Typhon, but later discovers he's the "father of all monsters". Then he has to figure out how to tell him he's imprisoned his wife and killed all his kids.moreless

    What can I say about this sequel to "the mother of all monsters"? I don't know. Echidna got on my last nerves in her initial appearance, but she isn't as annoying here (or maybe she's just seen less as we focus more on the husband). I don't really hate this episode, there's some really nice moments with the well meaning giant and Hercules trying to figure out how to tell his new friend about the situation with his wife and children (a situation Hercules' is responsible for). Iolaus is, as always, clever and funny, not to mention brave under some pretty harsh torture. But I just don't know if they sold me here. I think I found the whole "the Monsters would have been good creatures except for Hera's influence" thing a little hard to buy. I could get sold on the gentle giant being in love with the serpant lady and even that she's mollified slightly in his presence. I just can't buy that she (or any of her children) were actually good or would have been if not for Hera. I mean the Hydra knitting. While it conjures up a funny image the dramatic edge to the story is just lost on me not buying it. Entertaining enough outing, but too disjointed for me.moreless
  • While Hercules befriends Typhon, a bumbling but kind hearted giant, Iolaus is captured by Maceus, brother of Demetrius (from 'The Mother of All Monsters'), vowing revenge on Hercules. And Typhon has a shock revelation, in this so-so story...moreless

    Ever since I first saw this episode – a sequel to 'The Mother of All Monsters' – some years ago now, I could never quite make up my mind about it.

    Typhon the giant is a likeable enough character, and well played by Glen Shadix, but in some ways does make the episode feel a bit childish and silly.

    Iolaus, meanwhile, is captured and tortured by Maceus, brother of Demetrius (again from 'The Mother of All Monsters'), who wants to find and kill Hercules. The scene of Iolaus being tortured is surprisingly stronger than we are used to in the series.

    ...Which is another thing that makes me undecided about this episode - at some points, it plays like an out-and-out comedy, making other points, such as Iolaus' aforementioned torture, seem all the more out of place.

    Iolaus' wounded arm is actually written in to the episode, as a result of Maceus' torture, where as in reality, Michael Hurst had actually broken his arm during filming of the 'Xena: Warrior Princess' cross-over episode 'Prometheus'. The arm cast was written in to this episode, and can be seen several following episodes in the season.

    After a number of Hera-free stories earlier in the season, here we see her influence again, as she is responsible for trapping Typhon in the rock that Hercules finds him in at the start of the episode; and the explanation that Echidna's children (the Hydra, the Stymphalian bird, the She Demon) were all under Hera's evil influence when Hercules killed them.

    [spoiler] I was never too sure about the revelation about Typhon being Echidna's husband, and especially about Echidna changing her evil ways at the end of the episode. While it was well performed, in some ways I would have liked her to have remained evil, like an ultimate enemy of Hercules'. [end of spoiler]

    All-in-all, I'm not sure what to make of this episode. A mish-mash of comedy and straight, with some good bits and some silly bits.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, Hercules uses his fist and strength to break the rock that held Typhon prisoner into several large pieces. Moments later, after Typhon pranced around in joy for being released after 100 years, a wide angle view shows the rock is no longer on the path.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hercules: (seeing Hera's glyph on the rock holding Typhon) The sign of Hera usually brings out the evil in people. But I'd rather bend the old witch out of shape.
      Typhon: You called Hera an old witch?!
      Hercules: Yes, I was being kind.

    • Iolaus: (to the men holding him prisoner) I really love you guys. Great conversation, great social skills, excellent dental hygiene.
      Pylon: Why you!
      Maceus: That's enough, Pylon.
      Iolaus: You know, you should take it easy on poor Pylon. It's not his fault that he's intellectually challenged.
      Pylon: (not getting it) What do you mean?

    • Typhon: I bet you never knew the Hydra would knit, or the Stymphalian Bird was a great dancer and the She Demon, oh, you should have heard her sing!
      Hercules: The She Demon was a singer?!

    • Hercules: (referring to Typhon, Echidna's husband) I've got to tell him what happened at her lair.
      Iolaus: Huh, it would be easier to fight the Hydra again!
      Hercules: Except for one thing.
      Iolaus: What's that?
      Hercules: Well the Hydra was one of their children.

    • Echidna: (after Hercules dodges and she kills Maceus instead) Look what you made me do!
      Hercules: Don't expect an apology.

    • Echidna: I've been such a fool, and I've done such horrible things.
      Typhon: But I still love you, Echidna.
      Echidna: You do? Then come here, Lover Boy!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Greek mythology says Echidna was the daughter of Tartarus and Gaea. She was half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon was her brother, not her husband. Also, Typhon's portrayal is in stark contrast to the original myths. Rather than a benevolent giant, the Typhon of the myths was a horrific monster that even the Olympians feared.