Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 3 Episode 4

Mummy Dearest

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 21, 1996 on USA
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Mummy Dearest
Awakened by robbers, the mummy Ishtar walked again. Hercules set out to find the mummy with Ishtar's descendant, Princess Anuket. But the evil Sokar was also after the mummy. Sokar acquired the mummy's powerful golden pendant known as the ankh from Salmoneus and prepared to take over the Egyptian throne with the unwilling Anuket at his side. But Sokar was killed by the mummy, who absorbed his life force and grew to enormous size. Hercules defeated the mummy by giving the wrappings a mighty yank, unraveling the corpse. The skeleton spun helplessly into a pool of hot wax.moreless

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  • Princess Anuket insists that Hercules find a cursed mummy that has been stolen from its tomb in Egypt. The mummy just happens to have wound up in Salmoneus' new 'House of Horrors', in this silly episode thin on real plot...moreless

    This review contains very mild spoilers.

    This is the 'Halloween episode' of the series.

    It is fun looking for all the busts and props from various other Hercules and Xena episodes in Salmoneus' 'House of Horrors' (a good freeze frame is needed to spot them all).

    The Mummy itself is a good bit of costume and make-up, and the best thing about the episode; it looks really scary – to the point of probably being one of the scariest monsters to appear in the series. But sadly, beyond that, this episode doesn't amount to all that much.

    Things seem set to liven up mid-episode as Hercules and Princess Anuket encounter Cecrops' ghost, only for it to turn out to be an illusion (and was it me, or was it never fully explained?).

    The mid-episode battle with the mummy, and the final unraveling concluding battle are fair, but without a decent plot behind them, sadly don't add up to much.

    The conclusion of the story, with Princess Anuket suddenly changing her mind and vowing to stop slavery, seemed very abrupt, like they were struggling to think of a positive note to end with.

    I wanted to like this episode, I really did, but I just found that it was very silly, and far too thin on any real plot. There just seemed to be a lot of running around and the odd mild scare for 45 minutes, almost like an extended episode of 'Scooby-Doo'. I found 'Xena: Warrior Princess's Halloween episode, 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun', much more enjoyable.moreless

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