Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 22

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Aired Monday 5:00 PM May 17, 1999 on USA
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The Archangel Michael was the Harbinger of the Apocalypse. He released the Horsemen War, Famine and Pestilence upon the land. Meanwhile, the late Iolaus, who defied The Light on the other side to warn his friend of the approaching Armageddon, joined Hercules. Despite Ares help, Hercules and Iolaus could not stop the release of the final Horseman, Death, whose first target was Iolaus. Determined to save his friend this time, Hercules fell with Death into a volcano. Hercules' sacrifice earned the world a reprieve, and Iolaus was sent back to Earth to continue his life at Hercules' side.

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  • Bruce Campbell directs as Iolaus returns from beyond the grave to warn Hercules that the end of the world is at hand. The Archangel Michael is bringing about the apocalypse by releasing the four horsemen onto the land. A satisfying end to the season...moreless

    8.7
    This review contains spoilers.



    This is a good episode to round of what has been an excellent season.



    Iolaus returns from beyond the grave to warn Hercules that the four horsemen are being released onto the land.



    Being absent (well, dead) for nearly all of the season, it is good to see Iolaus back, even if he says it is for a limited time. The dialogue between himself and Hercules is really good, and has really been missed.



    Kevin Smith puts in a good performance as Ares, and is really funny as he unsuccessfully tries to work out for himself what is going on, but just can't get to grips with what is happening.



    The four horsemen of the apocalypse look suitably scary, with some good costume designs.



    At the climax, Hercules sacrifices himself to stop horseman Death. Is it the end of our hero? Why no, because it turns out it was all a test by Michael.



    And as 'punishment' for breaking the rules and returning to the living to warn Hercules, Iolaus is sentenced to stay in the living with Hercules. The season wraps up with our heroes back together once again.



    I had managed to avoid all the spoilers for this episode, so Iolaus being returned to the land of the living really was a pleasant surprise.



    Although not a classic episode, this story wraps up the season well. Enjoy it, there's only a few episodes left now!



    ---Season five overview---

    Without a doubt, this is my favourite season of the series. After a very silly fourth season (not helped by Kevin Sorbo's health problems) it was easy to feel that the series was on its last legs. But with this season, they really shook things up and injected a new lease of life into things. And for the first time, it (arguably) overtook spin-off series 'Xena: Warrior Princess', which fourth season wasn't the greatest in my opinion.



    Iolaus' death was very well played out and set off an excellent story arc, building up to Dahak taking over Iolaus' dead body.



    Hercules adventures in Eire and Norway are some of the best instalments of the series.

    The second half of the season, after the Dahak arc has been wrapped up, does at times feel a bit limp after all that has gone before it, but it doesn't suffer too badly and still offers up some fair episodes.



    Bringing in the parallel world Iolaus to replace the deceased original was an interesting move. Thankfully, they only used him for a few episodes before writing him out as he quickly ran his course.



    All-in-all, I would say that this is THE single best season of the series overall, and one that I shall be re-watching many, MANY times.moreless
Charles Mesure

Charles Mesure

Archangel Michael

Guest Star

Tammy Barker

Tammy Barker

Penelope

Guest Star

Chelsea Howell

Chelsea Howell

Mia

Guest Star

Kevin Smith (II)

Kevin Smith (II)

Ares

Recurring Role

Paul Norell

Paul Norell

Falafel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Iolaus: (to Ares) Where did you get all this hostility?
      Hercules: He was born with it. Sad, really.

    • Hercules: I thought you'd outgrown virgin sacrifices?
      Ares: What can I say? I'm a child at heart.

    • Iolaus: Have you ever been wrong?
      Hercules: I thought so once, but I was wrong.

    • Ares: Well, well, the dynamic duo together again. Wait up... (to Iolaus) Aren't you dead?
      Hercules: He's just visiting. Now why don't you go be annoying someplace else?

    • (Ares destroys a cow)
      Hercules: That was a cow.
      Ares: Udder destruction.

    • Iolaus: Look around, Hercules. People have changed. There hasn't been a night in over a thousand winters when someone hasn't been murdered or robbed or beaten. Believe me, someone is keeping track.
      Hercules: And this same someone has come to the conclusion that it's better to destroy everything?
      Iolaus: Well, that depends on how you look at it. You could say we're starting over.

    • Michael: Understand this. You are an insect caught in the path of a hurricane. You have no power to stop it, and no shelter can protect you, such is the way of things.

    • Hercules: My place is among people and I wouldn't want to be part of anything that didn't understand how important they are.
      Michael: Your faith is misplaced.
      Hercules: I don't think so. But it's a faith I'm willing to die for.
      Michael: And you will.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Hercules: War
      Iolaus: Huh. What's it good for?
      Hercules: Absolutely nothing.

      This is a quote of the 1970 number-one hit song "War" by Edwin Starr. A version of the song was also featured in the fifth season Xena musical episode "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts On Fire".

    • Ares: Well, well, the dynamic duo together again.

      "The Dynamic Duo" refers to Batman and Robin, DC Comic Book heroes who have been seen in many TV shows and movies.

    • Title: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

      The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse comes from the Bible's final Book, The Book of Revelations by the Apostle John. He had an apocalyptic vision in a cave on the Greek island of Patmos and wrote it down, and later it was incorporated into the Bible. It tells of War between Heaven and Hell and the end of the world, brought about by the breaking of seven seals, the first four releasing the Four Horsemen.
      The Four Horsemen are traditionally Conquest (on a white horse and carrying a bow and a crown), War (on a red horse, carrying a sword), Famine (on a black horse, carrying a balance), and Death (on a pale green horse). However, modern interpretations often merge Conquest and War - the original distinction was that Conquest was connected to an external attacker, whereas War meant civil war and internal strife. When Conquest is merged into War, Pestilence is seen as a distinct entity from Famine and becomes the first horseman.

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