Nitpick: The episode's three Titans know who Ares is, which is a departure from the myths, which had Ares being born after the Titans were overthrown.
Hercules, Iolaus and Hera are the only characters to appear in both this episode and the series premiere. Beyond the series, these three characters, along with Zeus also appear in the TV movie that started it all.
Although this is the last episode of his own series, Hercules appears one final time in the fifth season Xena: Warrior Princess episode "God Fearing Child". Zeus (played by Charles Keating) and Hera (played by Meg Foster) also make their final appearances in that Xena episode.
Charles Keating is the fourth and last actor to play Zeus on the series. It's also his only appearance on Hercules, though he would go on to perform the same role on Xena's fifth season episode "God Fearing Child".
Nitpick: This episode states that Evander is 5 years old, but he was only born two seasons ago!
Iolaus: But seriously, Herc, let me ask you something. Do you think you'll ever give all this up? You know, settle down, hang up your gauntlets?
Hercules: You know, Iolaus, I've spent so much time walking down that road and wondering if eventually it would take me somewhere I'd wanna stop. But you know what? This is my life. It's what I do best.
Hercules: You know, maybe someday, I'll be ready to slow down, but you know, for now I'd rather just keep on walking. Care to join me?
Iolaus: Frankly, Hercules, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Hercules: (after Ares wanders off crying) I think we hurt his feelings.
Iolaus: Huh. Does it matter?
Hercules: Good point.
Iolaus: (as they fight the Titans) We've got to start thinking about retiring.
Hercules: Don't worry. After this one, I'm done.
Iolaus: Hey, Herc, you know? Before, did you mean it... when you were talking about retiring?
Hercules: Did I say that?
Iolaus: Yeah. Yeah. I was there. You said it. You said, uh, 'Don't worry; after this one, I'm done.'
Hercules: Oh, right. Well, then I guess... we're retired.
Iolaus: Great. Hmm.
Hercules: Here we go. OK, ready to come out of retirement?
Iolaus: You bet.
Hera: I vowed to reclaim my dignity, Hercules, the day you were born. And unlike some people, I keep my promises.
Hercules: All right you Goddess of Grump, give me your best shot.
Hercules: After everything we've been through together Iolaus, there's only one thing I can say for sure.
Hercules: Anything's possible.
Ares: Mark my words...
Hercules: (Imitating Ares) You'll PAY for this Hercules!
Iolaus: (Imitating Ares) We'll meet again, little brother!
Hercules (Imitating Ares) You're on my list, Hercules! (to Iolaus) Did we forget anything?
(Ares wanders off, sniffling)
Ares: (Screaming to the sky) Are there no more heroes?!
Hercules: Hey, you've got us. (Ares vomits)
Although this was the last episode broadcast, it was not the last to be filmed. "Hercules, Tramps & Thieves" was actually the last episode in production.
Disclaimer: No Ancient Greek Myths were seriously harmed during the production of this series, although some stories were slightly altered for the entertainment and enjoyment of our audience.
As with the original myth, Hercules's story ends with him and Hera forgiving each other. In the myth, however, this does not occur until he dies, after which Hera accepts Athena's application for him to join the Olympians, even allowing him to marry her eldest daughter Hebe, the Goddess of Youth.
When showing Atlas the entrance to the mountain, he says, "Open, says me!" This is a reference to the famous line "Open sesame" from the story of Ali Baba.
Iolaus begins to tell Plato's Allegory of the Cave. This is a metaphor used in Plato's work The Republic to illustrate the place of philosophers in society. The story is of a group of prisoners in a cave, watching shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of the cave entrance. These people ascribe forms to these shadows, which are as close as they can get to seeing reality. Plato says that the philosopher is like a prisoner who comes to understand true reality after being freed from the false reality of the cave.
Oceanus was the personification of the sea, while Helios was the personification of the sun. Oceanus was often depicted as having the upper body of a muscular man with a long beard and crab-claw-like-horns, and the lower body of a serpent or fish. Helios was imagined as a handsome God who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to return to Oceanus, which he passed through during the night to return to the east. Oceanus was not punished after the fight between the Titans and Olympians (the Titanomachy) because he refused to take sides in the fight. There is little mention of Helios in myths of the Titanomachy, as he was increasingly identified with Apollo, the God of Light, over time.
Atlas was the Titan who held up the world, which was his punishment after the war between the Titans and the Olympians (most other Titans were condemned to Tartarus). There are also several other myths of Atlas. One of Hercules' labors included getting the Apples of the Hesperides. Atlas agreed to get the Apples for him if Hercules would hold up the world for him. Hercules agreed, but when Atlas said that he would deliver them to King Eurystheus for him, Hercules outsmarted him. Hercules said Atlas could do it, but he asked Atlas to take back the world so that Hercules could fold up his lion skin as a pad for his shoulder. Needless to say, once the world was back with Atlas, Hercules left. Some years later the hero Perseus used Medusa's head to turn Atlas to stone, so that he wouldn't spend eternity in torment.
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