Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 20

Fade Out

Aired Monday 5:00 PM May 03, 1999 on USA
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Fade Out
The Rock of Arges was cursed by Zeus. Villagers who handled it began to fade out of existence, so Hercules saved them by crushing it. Unfortunately, this caused the curse to transfer to Hercules -- which was exactly what Ares, Deimos and Discord had planned. But Hercules slowed his disappearance through sheer force of will, so Ares sent Deimos to finish the job. Feeling jealous, Discord decided to help Iolaus 2 and Hercules find the remaining two stones. When Deimos and Ares inadvertently broke the stones, the spell was broken. Hercules returned to normal while Ares was sucked into oblivion.moreless

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  • A scheme by Ares, Discord and Ares' new lackey Deimos has cursed a whole village into starting to fade out of existence. When Hercules breaks the stone that has caused the curse, it is him that starts to fade away. A reasonable episode...moreless

    This episode starts out with a lot of intrigue and potential. The villagers that have faint faces – what has happened to them to end up like this? The first stages of the episode really pull you in.

    When Hercules breaks the Rock of Arges, freeing the village from the curse and instead putting the curse on him, the episode becomes more of a predictable fare, with lots of sight gags of us (and Iolaus II) being able to hear him but not see him.

    In fact, the episode very much has a fourth season kind of feel to it, with Hercules not being seen for much of it.

    Ares' new lackey Deimos is played by Joel Tobeck, who had previously played the somewhat similar God Strife, who was killed off in the fourth season's 'Armageddon Now'. Deimos sums up one of the things I wasn't so keen on about the (later) series, Gods being played too much for comedy.

    Like 'Once Upon A Future King' before it, the bulk of this episode is perfectly watchable and some good moments, but hardly stands as one of the season (or series)'s best offerings.moreless
Lionel Wickliffe

Lionel Wickliffe


Guest Star

Joel Tobeck

Joel Tobeck


Guest Star

Andrew Robertt

Andrew Robertt


Guest Star

Kevin Smith (II)

Kevin Smith (II)


Recurring Role

Meighan Desmond

Meighan Desmond


Recurring Role

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Iolaus 2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Joel Tobeck (who formerly played Strife) returns to the series to play Deimos, and would appear a few more times in that role on both Hercules and Xena.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hercules: (to the disguised Deimos) Nice try, Deimos.
      Deimos: (reverting to his own form) How'd ya know?
      Hercules: Your annoying laugh. (Deimos laughs maniacally) That wasn't a compliment!

    • Hercules: (to Iolaus 2) Before we met, you saw yourself as a jester, so that's what you were. I saw you as a hero who didn't know it yet. Once you saw yourself that way, too; well, that's what you became. We are who we perceive ourselves to be.

    • Ares: (explaining women to Deimos) The secret to understanding women is to realize that they don't actually need men. Now, if they ever figure this out, it will be a very sad day, indeed. So, we must never let them use tools, or take out the garbage, or open their own doors.

    • Iolaus 2: (as he climbs a steep ridge with Discord watching) You know, I could use a hand, here.
      Discord: What do I look like, a social worker? Move your ass!

    • Ares: (referring to Hercules) He's not alone, remember! He's got that annoying clown clone helping him.
      Deimos: Yeah, why didn't you say so, bro? Ah, I'll rip out his eyeballs and suck out his brains, and then Herc will be all alone! (laughs hysterically)
      Ares: (thinking about it) Oh, all right. Just so long as you promise to suck his brain out!

    • Deimos: Heroes don't always die in battle or in bed, Hercules.
      Discord: Sometime they just... fade away!

  • NOTES (2)

    • On the DVD commentary by Kevin Sorbo, Kevin talks about how Hercules never kills Henchmen like Xena does, he explains that Hercules only ever knocks them out cold, but later in this episode, Hercules rolls a giant rock over two men killing them both, it may be also noted that Hercules asks the men if they want the rock pushed on them, in which both men, in fear for their lives say no, but Hercules kills them anyway.

    • Disclaimer: No gods or other deities were killed during the production of this motion picture. They just faded away.


    • In Greek mythology, Deimos was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. It is said that he was loved by his father and would often fight by his father's side in battles.