Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 4

Web of Desire

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 20, 1997 on USA
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Episode Summary

Web of Desire
The pirate captain Nebula tried to bury her stolen trunk of jewels in a seaside cave. But the horrifying Arachne, half spider and half woman attacked her. When Hercules and Iolaus showed up, they joined forces with Nebula to try and destroy Arachne before she could destroy them. Arachne swooped down from the ceiling of the cave and snatched Iolaus. Finding his friend wrapped in a cocoon, Hercules took on the spider-woman. During the fight he held up a reflective shield, and when Arachne saw her own image, she backed away in horror, right into a flaming cocoon.moreless

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  • While at sea, Hercules and Iolaus and their crew take shelter from a storm in caves on an island, only to discover that a group of pirates have been stalked by an evil woman-spider, which is now after them. A fun and exciting adventure...moreless

    This is an exciting if rather simple adventure, that very much puts me in mind of the first season, where fighting terrible monsters was much more the order of the day.

    Gina Torres makes the first of a number of appearances in the series as Nebula, the tough but fair female pirate. She is an interesting character and Torres plays the part well.

    This ranks amongst the most gruesome episodes of the series, with moments such as Hercules turning the dead pirate over to reveal half of his face melted away, and the baby spider hatching out of the captured sailor's mouth.

    The giant woman-spider is really creepy, and brought to life well by some good CGI of her spider section.

    The scenes of Iolaus and the other poor victims cocooned up were also really eerie.

    I'm surprised this episode wasn't broadcast closer to Halloween, as it would have made a great Halloween episode.

    It may not be the most intellectually stimulating episode of the series, but I really enjoyed this one.moreless
  • Ugh!

    Another bad case of Gina Torres being shoehorned into an episode unnecessarily. Who is pulling the strings for her, to get her these parts? She's not a good actress. She is as ugly as sin, and her face makes me wince every time I see it. Ugh ugh ugh! I just can't stand that long, ugly face! Maybe she is the long lost sister of Tori Spelling?

    UGH! This episode seems to be set up as only a vehicle for her to slide into the show. Her presence was as much of an interruption in the series as it was in Firefly. She just did NOT belong there and I found it difficult to take the show seriously around this time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Nebula: Quite a firm handshake between you two.
      Iolaus: Yeah, so?!
      Nebula: So, I think it's great.
      Iolaus: Well, I'm glad you approve.
      Nebula: Yeah... So how long have you two been together?
      Iolaus: We've been partners since we were young.
      Nebula: Oh, partners.
      Iolaus: Did you ever think anything that you didn't say?
      Nebula: Oh, life's just too, um, short to mince words, Goldilocks.

    • Arachne: You'll pay for your father's crime.
      Hercules: What else is new?

    • Iolaus: You know, Herc, we should be pirates, the two of us. Swashbuckling! Yeah, I'd be good at buckling swashes!

    • Nebula: Don't worry. If we die, we die rich!

    • Hercules: (after he defeats Nebula) Who are you?
      Nebula: Who are you? No, let me guess. (Looks him over) A sloping forehead and dragging knuckles, I'm thinking orangutan, maybe a gorilla. (Looks at Iolaus) Ah, that must be your little chimp.

    • Iolaus: When the Gods curse people why can't they turn them into a gerbil or hamster?!
      Nebula: Yeah, something we can dropkick.

    • Nebula: If I wanted to get a rise out of you... (she grabs Iolaus' crotch) ...you'd know about it.
      Iolaus: I remember you. You're the woman my mother warned me about.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Disclaimer: The original website was severely harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, through the miracle of modern technology it was ressurected several centuries later.

    • The original title of this episode was supposed to be called "Kiss Me Deadly."


    • Hercules: Well Iolaus, this is another fine mess you've gotten us into.

      This is a tribute to the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver "Ollie" Hardy. Hardy always blamed everything on Laurel using those same words.

    • Iolaus: (saying he wants to be a pirate) In fact, you can call me Goldenbeard from now on.

      Several famous pirates throughout history have gotten nicknames according to the color of their beard, such as Englishman Blackbeard and the Turk Redbeard.

    • Arachne:
      In mythology Arachne was a mortal woman who claimed to be a greater weaver than the Goddess Athena, who was the patron of that art. When she challenged Athena to a contest Athena agreed. Athena wove a tapestry showing all of the finest moments of the Olympian Gods, but when she looked at Arachne's weaving she saw that the foolish woman was creating a piece that showed all of their worst moments and it was done better by the mortal. Enraged at the insolence as well as her superiority, Athena changed her into a spider so that she could spend eternity weaving.