Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 7

Prodigal Sister

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Nov 10, 1997 on USA
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Prodigal Sister
Ruun's parents were killed by renegade Amazons, who blinded the boy during their attack. Years later, Hercules freed Ruun from slavery and the two searched for Ruun's sister, Siri. When they found her, they discovered she had grown up to become a confident, battle-savvy Amazon warrior. The Amazon Mayhem had told Siri she was abandoned by her parents, and Hercules forced her to question this story. During a Fire Stakes ceremony in which Mayhem and Siri battled Hercules, Siri discovered the truth: Mayhem had betrayed her. The evil Amazon fell to her death and the siblings were reunited.moreless

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  • Hercules rescues a blind young man from slave traders, and sets out to help him find the boy's long lost sister, after they were separated in an Amazon attack years earlier. A well written and reasonable tale…moreless

    I was expecting this to be an average, filler episode, but to my surprise, I enjoyed it.

    Blind Ruun is played well by Dean O'Gorman, who played young Iolaus a few episodes previously in 'Regrets, I've Had A Few'.

    It is the first time Hercules has encountered Amazons since the first TV movie, 'Hercules and the Amazon Woman'. It also confirms that there are breakaway bands of Amazon, explaining the difference in conduct and belief between the Amazons in 'Hercules and the Amazon Women' and those occasionally seen in 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.

    It also marks the first appearance of Ephiny in the series who, with her centaur son Xenan, appear occasionally in 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.

    [spoiler] Maybe it was me, but I thought there was a bit of a red herring in the story, as I expected the blonde Amazon who gets killed in the raid to turn out to be Ruun's sister, when it instead turns out to be the brunette one. [End of spoiler]

    It does seem a bit convenient that Hercules and Ruun arrive just in time for a big Amazon raid, but it was forgivable, and the story unfolded to be an enjoyable one, with an exciting duel at the climax.moreless

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