Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 14, 1996 on USA
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Episode Summary


Daedalus the inventor was consumed with guilt over the death of his son, Icarus, who died when the wings he was wearing melted when he flew too close to the sun. When Hercules found his longtime friend in Euboea, the unhappy Daedalus was inventing weapons of mass destruction for the cruel King Nikolos. Hercules knew the king was taking advantage of his friend's grief. Nikolos tried to kill Hercules with Daedalus' latest creation, the Megalith, but Hercules outsmarted the king, destroying the machine and Nikolos with it. Daedalus burned his blueprints for weapons and vowed to create only things that would help mankind from now on.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Hercules - accompanied by a plucky female scribe - finds that his old friend Daedalus, grieving over the death of his son Icarus, is making deadly weapons for a ruthless King. A fair but average episode...moreless

    This episode opens with the famous story of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, only for the wax on his makeshift wings to melt, sending him plummeting to his death. In this episode though, it is a flashback nightmare of his fathers, who is in deep grieving over the loss of his son. I personally would liked to have seen a whole episode based around the Icarus myth.

    Katrina, the scribe who accompanies Hercules for this adventure, reminds me of the first season episodes, where Hercules had a number of sidekicks-of-the-week. She's not a bad character; I wouldn't have minded seeing her again in the series.

    The monstrous Megalith contraption, built by the confused Daedalus, is a bit silly looking, but at least proves to be something of a challenge to Hercules.

    This is a fairly reasonable episode in its own right, but it wasn't destined to be much beyond average.moreless
Rebecca Hobbs

Rebecca Hobbs


Guest Star

Derek Payne

Derek Payne


Guest Star

Frank Stevens

Frank Stevens

King Nikolos

Guest Star

Paul Norell

Paul Norell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Katrina: (As she stabs a soldier with her pen) Mightier than the sword. (Knocks another over the head with her notebook) Don't judge a book by it's cover!

    • King Nikolos: (As he watches Hercules against the Megalith) Shouldn't you be taking notes?
      Katrina: Stop it, please!
      King Nikolos: Why? With Daedelus' Megalith I'll get back everything that Hercules forced me to give up. I'll be unstoppable! And you can quote me on that!

    • Hercules: Maybe you should write a book.
      Katrina: A book. What a novel idea!

    • Katrina: (On her report of the defeat of the Megaliths) Of course, I'd have to change the names, cut it down a lot, maybe lose some of the more outrageous stuff.
      Hercules: Why is that?
      Katrina: This would definitely have to be fictionalized. Who would believe it?
      Hercules: (After thinking about it) Yeah. Huh.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although Paul Norell has been seen in other costumes before and credited as other characters, this is the first time he's wearing a different outfit and clearly identified as Falafel.

    • Disclaimer: No Silly Nutty was harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, quite a few filberts and cashews sacrificed their lives in the name of progress.


    • Villager #1: (Seeing a guard flying through the air on fire) Hey, what's that?
      Villager #2: That's Hayley.
      Villager #1: Again?!

      This is a reference to Halley's Comet, often misidentified as Haley's Comet. It can be seen every 75-6 years.

    • Invention:

      Daedelus' silly, nutty invention is Silly Putty.

    • Katrina: You threw that better than Atlas... But then, he's more into lifting weights. Or shrugging.
      The myth of Atlas the Titan says that as punishment for his rebellion against the Gods, he was doomed to hold the world on his shoulders for all eternity. Atlas Shrugged is a famous novel by the libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand.

    • Greek Mythology: Daedelus

      Daedelus was a famous inventor in mythology, inventing the labyrinth of Crete for king Minos as well as a torture device- a brazen bull. Men were put inside the bull and roasted alive, and the shrieks of the dying men came out of the bull sounding like the lowing of cattle. He eventually decided to flee from Crete and created wings for himeslf and his son Icarus, but when the wax melted on his son's wings the feathers fell off an he plummeted into the sea. Daedelus was changed into a seabird by the Gods and spends eternity flying over the sea looking for his lost son.