Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 3 Episode 5

Not Fade Away

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 28, 1996 on USA
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Not Fade Away

When word of a female killing machine on the loose reached Iolaus, he expected to find the Enforcer. Instead he encountered the Enforcer II, a new and improved version of Hera's assassin. She mortally wounded Iolaus, whose last act was to warn Hercules. Hades sent the original Enforcer with Hercules to help defeat the new assassin, but the Enforcer II complicated matters by abducting Hercules' mother. The original Enforcer fought an epic battle with her successor and lost, but Hercules managed to incinerate the new Enforcer with one of her own fireballs. Her destruction returned Iolaus to life.


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  • Hera unleashes the Enforcer mk. II, made of fire. When this fiery foe kills Iolaus, Hercules strikes a deal with Hades - until sunset to defeat the new Enforcer in exchange for Iolaus' life, and has an unlikely companion - the original Enforcer. Exciting!moreless

    If the second season's 'The Enforcer' was 'Hercules'' take on 'The Terminator', then this episode is most definitely it's 'Terminator 2'.

    After being used a great deal in the early episodes, this is the first time we have seen Hera for a while (well, seen her eyes anyway!).

    After encountering the new Enforcer (and getting his worst beating of the series), Iolaus is killed for the second time in the series (the first time was in the first TV movie, 'Hercules and the Amazon Women'). As with many 'Hercules' and 'Xena' episodes concerning people dying, the rules seem very flexible (and bent to suit the particular story-line). Here Hercules strikes a deal with the overworked Hades to have until sundown to defeat the new Enforcer in return for Iolaus being sent back to the land of the living.

    As with T2, this story sees the original Enforcer (Terminator) this time being on the side of good. As with many monsters that Hercules has encountered, it is explained away that they were only bad under Hera's evil influence. Here we get to see the obligatory 'learning about humans' scenes, as the Enforcer discovers about the world for the first time.

    A subplot has Iolaus, waiting in the Underworld, meeting his father, one of the few times we really see or hear of Iolaus' family (another occasion was a couple of episodes previously, in 'Love Takes A Holiday').

    This is a good sequel to the original 'The Enforcer', although I did find the plot a bit plain a bit later on. But it didn't matter too much, and the battle scenes are excellently shot – particularly between the two Enforcers.moreless
Karen Sheperd

Karen Sheperd


Guest Star

Cynthia Rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock

Enforcer 2

Guest Star

Bruce Allpress

Bruce Allpress


Guest Star

Liddy Holloway

Liddy Holloway


Recurring Role

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hades: If you want Iolaus back, you're gonna have to defeat Hera's latest homicidal freak. But there are conditions.
      Hercules: What conditions?
      Hades: Firstly, you have to do it by sunset.
      Hercules: Why sunset?
      Hades: Well, those are just the rules. And second... walk with me. I'll explain. Just Hercules.
      Hercules: Who makes these rules?!

    • Hercules: (at the graves of his family) I wish I had been here to take better care of you. From the day we met, that's all I ever wanted. It's hard to be reminded that I can't do it anymore. I guess that's why it's taken me so long to come back. Ah, I'm afraid to admit this, but sometimes I feel like without you, I don't know why I keep on fighting. Oh, I know what you'd say. You'd say I did a-a great thing today helping to save all those people. But tomorrow, Hera's just gonna destroy something else and the day after that. Things just seemed to make more sense when I had you and the children to hold. I miss you, Deianeira. Yeah.

    • Hercules: Iolaus isn't staying here, Hades. Do I make myself clear?
      Hades: Well, considering the condition he was in when he left Earth, which if I must remind you was dead, I don't see he has any other choice.

    • Enforcer 2: This is just the start now that Hercules is dead. There'll be no more backsliding in worship and no one to stand in our way. Soon, the entire province will be ours and then all of Greece. For Hera!

    • Fire Fighter: (Referring to Hercules) What's he doing?
      Iolaus: (As Hercules tips over the water tower) Improvising in the face of disaster.

    • Enforcer 2: (After trapping Hercules in a cave) Signed, sealed, and delivered! For you, Hera!

    • Hades: (Referring to Iolaus) I can't believe this guy, moping around like his pet parakeet flew away.
      Persephone: Hades, sometimes you are such a jerk!
      Hades: What? What did I say?
      Persephone: Everything but what you should have!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Kevin Sorbo has said that he wasn't very keen on these stories that rescued people from the dead, as it took away the real threat of death in other episodes.

    • Disclaimer: No bootie-kicking, chop socking she-monsters from Tartarus were harmed during the production of this motion picture. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the temple!