Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 6 Episode 4

Darkness Visible

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 18, 1999 on USA
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Episode Summary

Darkness Visible
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

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  • 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...moreless

    This review contains moderate spoilers.

    This is a Halloween episode, and a fairly good one. It is certainly better than season three's rather silly Halloween episode 'Mummy Dearest'.

    It takes its time to really get going, but once it does, it is quite a good story, although it could have used some polishing here and there.

    Once the story DOES get going, it has some exciting moments; and when Hercules is captured for Vlad to drink his blood, you really wonder how – or if – he is going to escape.

    Iolaus starting to turn into a vampire has some good moments too.

    It is definitely the best episode this season thus far (well, anything's better than the terrible 'Love, Amazon Style', and 'Rebel With a Clue' wasn't much to write home about either!).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Galen stated that if you kill a vampire anyone they turned will change back into a human, but Vlad was still a vampire after killing his dad, who is the one that changed him. If what Galen said was true then Vlad should have been human.

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)


    • 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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