Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 10

Let There Be Light

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Jan 11, 1999 on USA
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Let There Be Light

Hercules and his friends followed the demon Dahak to Corinth, where Dahak -- in Iolaus' body -- had set himself up as the people's savior. He wanted to return the world to a time when the Titans ruled. Hercules and Zarathustra, a man who resisted Dahak's teachings, found the Stone of Creation and joined Nebula, Morrigan and Jason at the Dark One's fortress. Hercules used the Stone to harness the light of dawn. The light became metallic and bound Dahak to his own altar. Hercules then prepared to perform an exorcism that would allow Iolaus to rest in peace.


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  • hercules follows deihak to greece to stop his work of destruction

    great episode.This was scary and hardly watched by the kids,watching those episodes at nights makes you scare.Deihak stories are my favorites at both shows,i like when the representative of good fights pure evil.And watching my idol hercules doing this is enough to make a great story.Deihak is potrated as the satan.When you watch hercules fighting with his stands(do what you want),stands that were becamed very popular after the 60's,with the drug movements,the sexual freedom etc shows you how would be hercules reaction and not get tricked with those new morals and humanity's delusion even when all the people believes that this are the way to happiness.The people really looked as ships like we were when we accepted the new way morals.I thought this even if the episode probably has not the intention to make you think about it so much.Deihak looks very strong to be defeated so you await with agony the next episode.moreless
  • Hercules, with Morrigan and Nebula, returns to Greece in pursuit of Dahak who, in Iolaus' body, has convinced the locals that he is their savoir and that Hercules is out to destroy them. Herc must find a way to separate Dahak from Iolaus. Another good ep.moreless

    After a break with 'For Those of You Just Joining Us', we resume the story with Dahak in the deceased Iolaus' body.

    As with the previous episode of the storyline, 'Darkness Rising', Michael Hurst gives a strong and really creepy performance as Dahak / Iolaus.

    I wasn't too convinced that Jason would have turned against Hercules, not after all they've been through together. Thank goodness Hercules soon resolves the matter.

    And then there are the spiders that come out of the dead man's mouth. Not sure where it fits into the story, but either way, it is a creepy effect!

    The CGI effect of the Titan that Hercules visits is good. I'm not sure how this affects continuity with 'Xena: Warrior Princess'' first season episode 'The Titans' – presumably these are the other Titans that were banished beneath the Earth.

    [spoiler] Morrigan and Nebula are at each others throats for most of the episode, but even so, I predicted that Nebula's changing sides was all part of the plan. I seem to have got really good at predicting these twists! [End of spoiler]

    All-in-all, another good episode that continues this exciting storyline.

    Next episode: the exorcism.moreless
George Henare, OBE, CNZM

George Henare, OBE, CNZM


Guest Star

Robyn Duncan

Robyn Duncan


Guest Star

Joseph Greer

Joseph Greer


Guest Star

Tamara Gorski

Tamara Gorski


Recurring Role

Gina Torres

Gina Torres


Recurring Role

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This episode offers an interesting aspect to the war between the Olympians and the Titans. According to Mnemosyne, the Titans were forced to battle Dahak for Earth and defeated him. The experience, however, left them weakened enough for the Olympians to overthrow them.

    • Nitpick: Mnemosyne (Titaness/personification of memory) in this episode does not mesh with what was portrayed in the season 3 Xena episode "Forget Me Not". In this episode, Zeus imprisoned her in some sort of lava pit when he overthrew the Titans. In the Xena episode, she was referred to as a Goddess, still being worshipped in temples and answering prayers to wipe people's memories.

    • Hercules wears his standard yellow shirt for the first time since "Resurrection".

    • Goof: When Hercules is jumping across the abyss on the poles, he loses his balance on his left leg. But the shot cuts to him regaining his balance standing on his right leg.

    • Nitpick: The teacher says that the writings he was saving from being burnt included those of Socrates, Homer and Ovid. But Socrates didn't write anything, though his pupils Plato and Xenophon both wrote a series of "Socratic Dialogues", with Socrates teaching philosophy to his pupils. Homer probably never left writings either (he likely existed before the Greek alphabet was invented), but rather his stories were passed down orally until someone wrote them down later. Ovid is the one person mentioned who did actually leave writings, but he lived several generations post-Caesar, and thus should not exist yet.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Iolaus/Dahak: If you don't kill me now, I'll take the whole world soul by soul.
      Hercules: Oh, lighten up.

    • Hercules: No, it's too simple. You want me to kill you.
      Iolaus/Dahak: Maybe I just wanna give you a fighting chance.
      Hercules: Maybe I wasn't born yesterday. This is the second time you've tried to get me to kill you and whatever you've got in mind, it won't work.
      Iolaus/Dahak: You wanna know the great thing about the future? You never know how it's gonna turn out.

    • Warrior: True knowledge comes only from the God of Light!
      Nebula: Aw, now see, that's where you're wrong, 'cause we're here to teach you boys a lesson!
      Morrigan: Lesson number one, what goes up, must come down. (she throws her man through the air)
      Nebula: Lesson two, when you hear the bell ring, school's out! (she throws her man into a bell) Class dismissed.

    • Iolaus/Dahak: (after the bars of Morrigan's prison transforms into iron snakes) I'm sorry, Morrigan, my mind must be playing tricks on you.

    • Morrigan: Whatever you've got to say, save your breath. I wouldn't spit in your mouth if your tongue was on fire!

    • Iolaus/Dahak: You betrayed me!
      Nebula: Now we're even!

    • Morrigan: You know, for a moment there you had me going. Nice performance.
      Nebula: Thanks, I got a method.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Iolaus/Dahak: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
      This is a direct quote of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the founder of the religion/philosophy of Thelema, which was based on this ideal.

    • Hercules: That's one giant leap for mankind.

      Hercules is paraphrasing the famous quote of astronaut Neil Armstrong on his moon walk.

    • Dahak is also an alternate name for the evil demon Azhi Dahaka from Zoroastrian religion. Zarathustra is an alternate name of the prophet Zoroaster, who brought a monotheistic religion to the Persian Empire. Zoroastrianism is still the religion of about 200,000 people worldwide, mainly in Iran and India.