Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 02, 1995 on USA

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  • After Lyla is killed in a fire started by bigots, Hercules and Salmoneous must stop her centaur husband Deric from taking his revenge and killing the group and allow the law to take its course, in this fair-average installment...

    This episode is a sequel to the first season's excellent 'As Darkness Falls'. Although there are some nice references to that episode, you don't really have to have seen it to watch this one.

    Lucy Lawless makes brief cameos as Lyla, first in the living and later as a ghost. The first episode produced for the second season, Lawless filmed the appearances just before she took up filming as 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.
    Although she only has brief cameo appearances, it is maybe surprising that Lawless is tucked away with the co-starring cast on the end credits.

    I like Hercules and Salmoneus commenting on how Lyla resembles Xena (but with a different temperament), a nice nod to how the series recycles actors.

    Another moment of note is, after the initial brawl with the local goons, Salmoneus tries to high-five Hercules, who stands in bemusement; a sign of the series starting to put more and more modern day references in.

    The story rolls along at a reasonable pace, with fair performances from those involved. It is one of those episodes that has a rather average, unspecial feel about it, but for what it is, it's a reasonable episode.

    [spoiler] I wasn't keen on the episode's final scene, with Lyla suddenly being returned to the living by (the unseen) Zeus. I found this to be very abrupt and out of nowhere, and not necessary; it just raised more questions than it answered. Kevin Sorbo has also commented that he wasn't keen on this element. [end of spoiler]