Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 1 Episode 13

The March to Freedom

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Aired Monday 5:00 PM Mar 06, 1995 on USA
8.1
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When Hercules returned to his childhood home to visit his mother, he encountered Oi-Lan on the trading block. The young woman had been taken prisoner by Belus, a notorious slave trader. Disgusted by the spectacle, Hercules bought Oi-Lan and set her free. Then Hercules and Oi-Lan joined forces to free her fiancé, Cyrus, who was being taken to Libya to be pitted in the arena against the lions. Belus was beaten in a pitched battle, and Oi-Lan and Cyrus were married at Hercules' mother's home. Hercules then invited them to settle on the land he once shared with his family.

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  • hercules frees a couple from slavery

    4.0
    this episode was very very bad.The reasons many.First chinese people was imbosible to reach europe at ancient times,the greeks didnt even know the country,slaves from china,ughhh,the slaves was from greek area,but is not only this,we see those chinese slaves know karate and a woman that beats so easily trained soldiers,sorry but this is too much,even if she knows karate.Doesnt matters if is lucy liu,the fact that is famous doesnt means that she is better actor from the others,the show had many great actors.I didnt expect an episode like this at hercules,especially at the first season,that was by far the worst episode of the season and one of the worst of the series.It reminds me some xena bad stuff,maybe i would accepted it better if it was at later seasons,but it's too soon to accept it.The episode had the potentials to be good cause hercules had some good time with iolaus,some beautiful daily works and touching moments remembering his family,also nice dialoges with iolaus and others.I dont mind that the series didnt follow the original mythogy,but i want at least some resposibility at some facts and believeable characters.The rating could be worst if they werent the positive details that i referedmoreless
  • This story is about... who cares?! Lucy Lui is in it.

    8.0
    I have to say it's hard for me not to like this episode when I have a Lucy Lui obsession. In my opinion, everything with Lucy Lui is better for having Lucy Lui in it. Including those stupid "Charlie's Angels" films. But anyway, in my "viewing" order I tend to flip this and "Pride comes before a Brawl". Mostly because despite Herc and his best buds being traveling companions an episode before, Iolaus and Hercules meet up in this episode like guys who haven't encountered each other in awhile... let alone just had a mini adventure to Thrace.



    Anyway... the story is another anti-slavery storyline that has a pair of Asian lovers captured by Greek slavers along with other (apparently non-Asian) travelers seeking refuge. The two are separately bought on the slave block (Lui's character by Hercules who frees her) and her lover by slavers headed to Lybia. The core of this episode is Hercules and Lui's character (Oi-Lan) traveling to free her lover from his slavers. She finds it hard to believe, at first, that Hercules doesn't want anything from her beyond friendship. However, she soon comes to trust the demi-God and comes to care for him as a friends. Something her lover (who escapes on his own) mis-interprets at first. The chemistry between Lui and Sorbo was spot on and never really felt wrong or forced. I really enjoyed watching the pair together. This episode has some really good martial arts fight scenes. It has Lucy Lui, Nathaniel Lees (who played the Blue Priest in "Lost Kingdom" and will later play Cheiron the Centaur in Young Herc). It has a touching scene where Hercules visits his family's graves and later gives his family's land to the young lovers. It has a grand romance. It has Iolaus. There's nothing not to like. Amazingly, not one god (that we know of) interferes in the lives of mortals in the episode.moreless
  • In this fair but average episode, Hercules buys a feisty slave girl to save her from ruthless slave traders, and then must rescue her beloved. The fact that the man thinks that Hercules also deals in slaves and plans to kill him does not help matters any.moreless

    7.9
    This episode is a fair but rather average installment.



    At the start of the story, before they are captured as slaves, the refugees are heading to Calydon – the same 'charmed' place that the travelers were heading for in 'The Road to Calydon'.



    Oi-Lan is played by Lucy Liu, who would go on to star in the movie version of 'Charlie's Angels' and many other things.



    Although shown a way into the season, this was actually the second episode produced. One of the biggest pointers of this is Iolaus, who is effectively re-introduced after Hercules and he parted ways at the end of the first episode, 'The Wrong Path' – despite the fact that he had already reappeared in the previous broadcast episode, 'Pride Comes Before A Brawl' (which was actually the episode filmed after this one).



    Also pointing to the fact that this is a slightly earlier produced episode is that Iolaus wears his similar but different blue top, as opposed to his purple one that he would regularly wear, and his hair seems a bit shorter too. And Hercules effectively says goodbye to Deianeira and his children, rounding off events from 'The Wrong Path' more.



    Iolaus only appears early on in the episode, but has some really good dialogue with Hercules; It's not surprising that the writers very soon started utilising this much more.



    This episode features some really impressive martial arts action, something that would go on to be utilized a number of times in the series.



    This isn't a bad episode at all, but I find it is one that once you have watched it and know the plot, it doesn't have as much re-watchable value as some other episodes from the season.moreless
  • When Hercules returned to his childhood home to visit his mother, he encountered Oi-Lan on the trading block. The young woman had been taken prisoner by Belus, a notorious slave trader. Disgusted by the spectacle, .moreless

    8.9
    When Hercules returned to his childhood home to visit his mother, he encountered Oi-Lan on the trading block. The young woman had been taken prisoner by Belus, a notorious slave trader. Disgusted by the spectacle, Hercules bought Oi-Lan and set her free. Then Hercules and Oi-Lan joined forces to free her finace, Cyrus, who was being taken to Libya to be sacrificed to the lions. Belus was beaten in a pitched battle, and Oi-Lan and Cyrus were married at Hercules' mother's home. Hercules then invited them to settle on the land he once shared with his family.When Hercules returned to his childhood home to visit his mother, he encountered Oi-Lan on the trading block. The young woman had been taken prisoner by Belus, a notorious slave trader. Disgusted by the spectacle, Hercules bought Oi-Lan and set her free. Then Hercules and Oi-Lan joined forces to free her finace, Cyrus, who was being taken to Libya to be sacrificed to the lions. Belus was beaten in a pitched battle, and Oi-Lan and Cyrus were married at Hercules' mother's home. Hercules then invited them to settle on the land he once shared with his family.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hercules: (looking at Iolaus' pig) Oh, someone new in your life?
      Iolaus: Oh, very funny. I'm just about to sell Penelope to the b-u-t-c-h-e-r.
      Hercules: Oh, the butcher. (pig squeals) You know, you've got to stop naming your animals.

    • Nasty Mother: Hey Hercules, I've got a deal for a big, strong man like you. If you'll spend a little time with me, I'll give you everything you want for your grain. Whaddaya say, Pretty Boy? It wouldn't kill ya!

    • Nasty Mother: (leering at Hercules) That other two hundred dinars will be waiting for you if you change your mind...
      Hercules: (muttering) Pigs will fly first.

    • Hercules: Those three lunkheads who tried to grab you- where'd you learn to throw people like that?
      Oi-Lan: One gift my father gave me was an education in the martial arts.
      Hercules: Didn't look like you missed any s.

    • Hercules: (rescuing Cyrus after he tried to kill him) Cyrus! I think you owe me an apology!
      Cyrus: I thought you were dead!
      Hercules: We'll talk about that later.

    • Oi-Lan: We come from far different places, Hercules. And yet we come from the same place.

    • Hercules: What were you doing swinging through the trees?

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode features Lucy Liu in one of her earliest on-screen performances.

    • Even though this episode aired 8th (not including the 5 movies), it was actually the second episode of the series to be filmed. Iolaus' outfit is similar in appearance to "The Wrong Path" his top is blue, whereas in the previous episode it was purple.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Alcmene: It would make me the happiest woman since Venus and Adonis.

      Adonis was a young man so fabled for his beauty that Aphrodite (Venus) and Persephone quarreled over him. Eventually Zeus settled their quarrel by figuratively dividing him up- he was to spend 4 months with Aphrodite, 4 months with Persephone, and 4 months to himself. Aphrodite later seduced him into spending his free months with her, but when he died he was all Persephone's since he resided from then on in the Underworld.

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