Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 11

Medea Culpa

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Jan 26, 1998 on USA
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Episode Summary

Medea Culpa

When they were teenagers, Hercules, Iolaus and Jason banded together to kill the Gidra, one of Hera's deadly pets. On their journey they met the beautiful young Medea, who decided to join their quest. Soon a love triangle developed in which Medea fell for Hercules while Jason was smitten with Medea. Their jealousies temporarily drove the friends apart, which was Hera's plan all along. But Medea wanted no part of Hera when the angry Goddess struck down Jason; Medea healed Jason with her own powers and helped the three friends defeat the hideous, two-headed Gidra in its lair.


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  • Hercules, Iolaus and Jason reminisce about themselves as teenagers, when they banded together to kill the fire-breathing Gidra. Along the way they meet a young girl who joins them, but she is harbouring a secret. An enjoyable Young Herc adventure...moreless

    This is the second pilot for 'Young Hercules', with Ian Bohen still in the role of teenage Herc.

    Although I like both episodes, I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the first Young Hercules episode, 'Regrets, I've Had A Few', and feel that this episode would have made a worthy pilot for the actual series.

    Bohen, Dean O'Gorman and Chris Conrad make good teenage versions of Hercules, Iolaus and Jason respectively. Although Conrad is a little harder to judge as we don't see Jason as often in 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys', Bohen and in particular O'Gorman have got many of their older selves traits and mannerisms.

    The pretty Jacinda Barret does well in the role of Medea. From the off, you have a feeling that there's more to her than meets the eye. [spoiler] And Hera is just creepy in the role of a little girl, manipulating Medea into trying to kill Hercules and co. [end of spoiler]

    A very enjoyable episode, and although Ian Bohen did not continue in the role, I would quite like to see some actual 'Young Hercules' episodes if they are as good as this.moreless
Dean O'Gorman

Dean O'Gorman

Young Iolaus

Guest Star

Ian Bohen

Ian Bohen

Young Hercules

Guest Star

Jacinda Barrett

Jacinda Barrett


Guest Star

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, the story of Medea has very little in common with the traditional myth. However, in the season 2 episode "Once a Hero", Jason is heartbroken because when he left Medea for Glauce, she went mad and killed Glauce as well as the children Medea had had with Jason. This does follow the traditional story. It is hard to reconcile the two, unless the Medea that Jason married was a different woman.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Young Iolaus: (as they fight the Ghidra) Maybe we should have made an appointment. You didn't tell me it has two heads.
      Young Hercules: It slipped my mind.
      Young Iolaus: Anything else you forgot to mention?
      Young Hercules: Yeah. The stinger on that tail - it's instant death.
      Young Iolaus: Anything else?
      Young Hercules: Yeah. It breathes fire, too. Duck
      Young Iolaus: Anything else?
      Young Hercules: No, that's about it.

    • Young Iolaus: Okay, okay, I'm gonna tell you something, and you're not gonna like it. Sometimes, it's hard to be your friend.
      Young Hercules: What?
      Young Iolaus: Look, I'm no oracle. There are a lot of things I don't understand, but from the first day I met you, I just knew that you were destined for something the rest of us could only dream about. People like me and Jason - normal people, we'll be lucky if our names are even mentioned in the same breath as yours. And that is not always easy to live with.
      Young Hercules: Why are you defending him? If you're gonna tell me that jealousy makes people do stupid things, you can forget it 'cause that's no excuse.
      Young Iolaus: No, it's not.
      Young Hercules: Well, if I'm just so hard to be around, why don't you just leave?
      Young Iolaus: 'Cause I'm a better person for knowing you. Hey, I used to be a thief. Remember? And yeah, Jason made a mistake - a big one! But if you could just give him half a chance, you might be a better person for it, too.

    • Young Iolaus: Listen to this guy! He's King for a season, he thinks he owns the place!
      Young Hercules: He does.
      Young Jason: I do.
      Young Iolaus: Well, it sounds to me like e could use a good kick to the royal highness!

    • Young Jason: (when Iolaus says a benefit to being a hero is girls) Actually, Iolaus has a point. Might give you a chance to rest your arm.
      Young Hercules: What's that supposed to mean?
      Young Iolaus: Whoa, Jason. I think you're underestimating my best pal, here. Hercules has the strength of twenty men! His arm doesn't get tired!

    • Young Iolaus: You know, Hercules is the son of a God, you're King of Corinth- what about me? What do I got?
      Young Jason: (referring to Medea) You got to have that body pressed up against you!
      Young Iolaus: She had a knife to my throat!
      Young Jason: Love hurts.

    • Jason: (referring to his "stealing" Medea from Hercules) So, when did you really forgive me?
      Hercules: Last week.

    • Young Jason: I thought you said she was naked.
      Young Iolaus: She is naked. Under her clothes.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Gidra
      The Gidra didn't come from Greek mythology. It was a Japanese monster movie creature that fought Godzilla.

    • According to mythology Medea, the Princess of Colchis fell in love with the Argonaut Jason when he arrived there to reclaim the Golden Fleece. She helped him win the Fleece with her magic and ran away from Colchis and her family to be with Jason. On the way back to Greece they were attacked by her brother but Medea killed her brother and dropped his body parts over the ship's side, forcing the Colchians to stop chasing them so they could retrieve his body for a proper funeral. Jason married her as promised, but eventually divorced her to marry the Princess of Corinth. As revenge she killed the children they had had together, then she escaped to Athens.