Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 14

Just Passing Through

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Aired Monday 5:00 PM Feb 08, 1999 on USA
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Just Passing Through
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Hercules missed the original Iolaus. He remembered when a sacred ruby had been stolen from the head of the stone panther, and he and Iolaus went to retrieve it. Autolycus committed the crime, and he swallowed the ruby. At dusk the stone panther sprang to life, and a fierce battle ensued. When Iolaus grabbed Autolycus around the rib cage to pull him out of harm's way, the ruby sprang free. Hearing this story, Iolaus 2 hoped Hercules didn't expect him to be as brave as the other Iolaus. Hercules responded that no one could be.moreless

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  • Hercules, missing the original Iolaus, tells Iolaus II of an adventure where himself and Iolaus had to retrieve a stolen ruby from Autolycus, who has a curse looming over him until he returns it. A likeable if slightly awkward feeling episode...moreless

    9.3
    This is a very enjoyable episode, very much in the vein of 'Xena: Warrior Princess'' second season fan favourite 'A Day In The Life', where the story drifts along at a leisurely pace, and leaving lots of time for light-hearted antics.



    As fun as the bulk of the story is, it does feel a bit awkward with the Iolaus 2 wraparound. I mean, Iolaus II has only been introduced as a regular on the series in the previous episode, and viewers are wondering how it will work. So to immediately have an episode flashing back to Iolaus mark I makes one feel nostalgic for the original and his partnership with Hercules.

    What scenes we do get with Iolaus II are good, and serves to show some of the contrasts between the two versions of the character. The character has been toned down from his original goofy clown, into someone who was forced into being a jester, but is actually a budding inventor.



    But beyond that, I really like the story of this episode. Bruce Campbell as Autolycus is always good value for money; in fact, I would most probably rate this as one of his best appearances in the series.



    With the leisurely, relaxed pace of the episode, we get a lot of good scenes, such as Iolaus being forced to take a bath in a river; Autolycus seeing the world in a new light after thinking he will die; and even Herc becoming a would-be pop star on Iolaus' new lute. I wasn't too sure about the pop video-esque sequence as Hercules is chased by screaming female fans, but its all part of the not-too-serious story.



    So other than the slight awkwardness regarding Iolaus II and the flashbacks to Iolaus I, I found this an extremely enjoyable episode.moreless
Jodie Dorday

Jodie Dorday

Lucretiana

Guest Star

Russell Dixon

Russell Dixon

Astrovo

Guest Star

Nicholas Baker

Nicholas Baker

Dardo

Guest Star

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Iolaus 2

Recurring Role

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Autolycus

Recurring Role

Paul Norell

Paul Norell

Falafel

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