Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 2 Episode 14

Once A Hero

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Jan 29, 1996 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: This episode has Jason being the King of Argos. All future episodes (as well as the spin-off Young Hercules series), however, had him as King of Corinth instead.

    • Nitpick: The original quest for the Golden Fleece would later be depicted in Young Hercules, but none of the Argonauts who appeared in this episode were shown in that feature. Also, apart from Hercules (who didn't complete the quest) and Jason, not one of the Argonauts shown in either this episode or Young Hercules are present in the original myth- not even Iolaus.

    • Nitpick: After having the full use of both arms for the last few episodes, Iolaus is back to having his broken arm immobilized, strapped to his chest.

  • Quotes

    • Iolaus: (to giant Otus who is fighting a little man) Hey! Pick on someone your own size!
      Otus: Me? (goes nose to nose with Iolaus) There is no one my own size.
      Iolaus: Ah. You have a point.

    • Hercules: (to Otus, who has Artemus in a bear hug) Put him down, Otus.
      Otus: Do I have to?
      Hercules: If you want to get along with me, you do.

    • Castor: (to the Argonauts) You may have lived as warriors, but you're going to die like fools!

    • Hercules: (after Phoebe knocks out a Blood Eye with her sling) Nothing like a woman's touch!

    • Archivus: (composing his record of Iolaus' battles) 'And heedless of his own safety, smote two of the fierce Blood Eyes...'
      Iolaus: (interrupting) Archivus, isn't this getting a little flowery?
      Archivus: No, no, no...
      Iolaus: And you know, there were four Blood Eyes. (meeting everyone's incredulous stares) There were four Blood Eyes!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • In this episode, Hera is antagonistic towards Jason and the Argonauts because of their relationship to Hercules. In mythology, quite the reverse was true: Jason was Hera's mortal champion, and she laid aside her vendetta against Heracles during the duration of the quest for the Golden Fleece.

    • In Euripides' Medea, Jason was blamed by his wife Medea for being willing to leave her to make a political marriage with the daughter of the King of Corinth. In revenge Medea slew her rival and her two sons before the eyes of Jason, and then escaped his wrath in a chariot pulled by a dragon with King Aegeas of Athens.

    • Jason succeeded in bringing the Golden Fleece back to Greece, but only through the help of the Colchian Princess Medea. She used her magic to lull the Fleece's guardian asleep, and when they were chased by her father's fleet she cut her brother into pieces, forcing the King to stop and collect them all so that he could give the boy a proper burial. Once back at Corinth, Medea also took care of Jason's evil Uncle Pelias by tricking his daughters into killing him themselves.

    • The real Hercules was an Argonaut but didn't make it to Colchis and the fleece. While on an island on the way his young boy companion was taken by some water nymphs and drowned. Hercules tore the island apart searching for the lad, and the rest of the Argonauts were forced to leave him behind and continue their quest without him.