Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 12, 1998 on USA
out of 10
User Rating
41 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary


Bronagh, leader of the Celts on the island of Eire, told Hercules he was their "Chosen One" -- chosen to lead the Celts to freedom. But the Gods of Eire didn't like the Celts worshipping Druids, so they sent Morrigan, a half-God woman assassin, to destroy the Druids. However, when she killed the Druid Guardian of Justice, she unwittingly took his place. Hercules, who finally stopped blaming himself for Iolaus' death, defeated Morrigan in battle, but the Druids explained that if she died, the spirit of Justice would die with her. The remaining Druids disappeared, leaving Hercules to care for Morrigan.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Hercules lands on the isle of Eire and must discover who he is again.

    This episode is amazing beyond words. From the start of Faith's Song to the ending credits, nothing is boring.

    After the horror of losing his best friend Iolaus, Hercules is caught up in a storm and cries out that he won't fight the gods anymore. He's basically giving up on life. He lands on Eire where he meets the Celts, followers of ancient spirits called Druids. The demi-goddess Morrigan has been torturing the Celts to tell her where the Druids are in order to eliminate them because her godly boss Cernunnos wants to eliminate any competition.

    Now to the review. From the moment we see Hercules lose to Morrigan in battle, we know he isn't the same old Herc. Then again, she was using a form of special power called illumination but that's another story. The druid of wisdom, a child-like being named Mabon, devotes himself to helping Hercules discover his true self once again. The tests that Mabon gives Hercules are strange, surreal and heartwrenching (Herc talking to a vision of Iolaus in a cave).

    Everything in this episode was of profound beauty ranging from the lush, green countrysides to the seductive Morrigan. Top-notch episodes rarely get better than this.moreless
  • Hercules, having lost his confidence as a hero, is washed up on the island of Eire, where Druids claim he is their "Chosen One" brought to them to deal with an evil demigod who is out to destroy them. Another great episode in a great season...moreless

    This season is shaping up to be on of the best in the show's life, and – for the first time in quite a while – is giving spin-off series 'Xena: Warrior Princess' a run for it's money. This episode is another top-notch installment.

    When he faces off with (sexy) demigod Morrigan, Hercules gets what is possibly his worst pounding in the series. The fact it is from a sprightly young woman makes it all the worse. I like the effects as Morrigan moves around at high-speed, with some good special effects – how will Hercules ever defeat her?...

    ...Well, maybe learning to think like a horse to catch a horse, and to slow his heart-rate to breath underwater, as taught by Druid boy Mabon, will help. I love how Hercules is given a new kind of training, extending beyond his 'brains and brawn' methods that he has used in previous seasons.

    Then there is the scene, during his training, where he finds Iolaus in a cave. Well, a dead (but very much alive for the scene) Iolaus, which makes for a very nice if slightly surreal scene.

    Also of note is the excellent in-episode music, really Celtic-feeling and well performed, and it really brings the episode to life.

    Tamara Gorski makes a great (and strangely) likeable villainess in Morrigan, and gets the accent off to a T as well!

    There are a number of twists and turns in the tale, and it all adds up to make this one of the best 'Hercules' episodes.moreless
  • There is one word for this epsiode.. PERFECT!!! in every way. This epsiode has the stuff that legends are made out of, it shows us the truest battles a hero can face and it is the battles within.moreless

    This would have to be the best episode of the entire show, it shows a lone hero who has lost everyone he has ever loved and he has given up on fighting the gods and on life.

    This episode has it all, great acting, a great new music score, special effects that still looks better then the effect on shows today and finally a story that pulls on every string on the human heart. Other superhero shows should learn from this one.

    It shows the fall of a hero into depression and hits on the reality and humanity of how one after years of fighting can just get tired of life and in need to be reminded of how needed and important he is to the people of the world. It touches on the fact a heros true strengh is from the heart. This is a story that cannot be overlooked.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nicko Vello (Mabon) previously played one of Hercules's "sons" in "Prince Hercules". He later played Xena's son Solan in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "God Fearing Child".

    • Nitpick: If Morrigan killing the Druid of Justice made her take his place, why would Hercules killing Morrigan mean the death of Justice- why wouldn't he take her place?

    • Nitpick: It's pretty easy to see that it isn't Kevin Sorbo in the full underwater shots, but instead his double Patrick Kake.

    • Goof: In the very beginning of the episode, they show Hercules' ship as a small, lateen sailed vessel, but later, when the Druids prophesy his arrival in Eire they show a much bigger ship with three masts and many more sails. These were obviously taken from stock footage, and the small ship was shown in good weather, while the larger one was shown to be weathering a storm.

    • Goof: As the Druids step back and away at the beginning of the final confrontation between Hercules and Morrigan, watch Mabon who is on the left hand side of the screen. He trips over the tree root as he's moving backwards.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hercules: If you really care about the Celts, tell them to follow Morrigan, at least they'll have a chance to live their lives.
      Mabon: A life without freedom is no life at all. In your heart you know that.
      Hercules: You don't know what's in my heart. I can't help you.

    • Hercules: I am damned Nebula. And so are all that I love.

    • Mabon: Your heart beats reluctantly, but it beats nonetheless.

    • Hercules: I'm not in the hero business anymore.
      Mabon: You're out of balance, but you must not deny your nature.
      Hercules: I've been fighting the Gods for as long as I can remember. I thought I could make a difference. But when all is said and done, there's no lasting victory. There's only the people you lose along the way.

    • Morrigan: (after beating Hercules into unconsciousness) I want the Druids! (kicks Hercules) You can keep your 'Chosen One'.

    • Mabon: How can someone who champions mankind in all it's flaws be so unforgiving with himself?
      Hercules: Because my mistakes kill people!
      Mabon: But your triumphs save so many more.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Disclaimer: No magic munchkins preaching the virtues of Ancient Celtic Philosophy were harmed during the production of this motion picture.


    • Cernunnos: Cernunnos is an ancient Celtic god. He is usually represented with stag's horns, a torc and a beard and is associated with produce, fertility, wealth and hunting.

    • When Mabon sends Hercules into the cave, it's strongly reminiscent of a scene from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, where Yoda sends Luke into a cave to confront the darkness within him. When Luke asks, "What's in there?", Yoda responds, "Only what you take with you." Hercules asks the same question of Mabon, who answers, "Whatever you carry with you."

    • Celtic Mythology: The Morrigan in Irish mythology is the Goddess of War. She is often accompanied by a pair of lesser deities, Badb and Macha. Carrion crows are associated with her as well.