Legend of Prince Valiant

Season 1 Episode 10

The Secret of Perilous Garde

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1991 on Black Family Channel
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Episode Summary

Proud bachelor Sir Gawain is about to marry Queen Ilene of Perilous Garde, and Our Heroes are Camelot’s emissaries to his nuptials. The perfection of this extraordinary mountain city is sharply contrasted with the devastation of the drought-ridden village in the valley. Valiant, Arn, and Rowanne are sorely tempted to take up Queen Ilene’s offer to stay in this small paradise after experiencing its comforts and beauty. But their perceptions of Perilous Garde change once Arn learns about the secret behind its prosperity.moreless

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    Michael Horton

    Michael Horton

    Voice of Arn

    Tim Curry

    Tim Curry

    Voice of Sir Gawain

    Robby Benson

    Robby Benson

    Voice of Prince Valiant

    Noelle North

    Noelle North

    Voice of Rowanne

    Alan Oppenheimer

    Alan Oppenheimer

    Voice of Merlin (credited as Allan Oppenheimer)

    Samantha Eggar

    Samantha Eggar

    Voice of Queen Guinevere

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Gawain's shield looks like Mordred's when it is shown at the start of the episode. The medallion that he wears around his neck shows his true crest.

      • During the flash flood, the shadow underneath Rowanne's cloak keeps disappearing and reappearing.

      • The red in Rowanne's gown turns black at one point while she's on the queen's dais. When she walks off the dais, her entire gown switches to the green one she usually wears at Camelot.

      • Arn's hair is black when he's snooping outside the entrance to the underground reservoir. His clothes also keep changing back and forth between his white traveling tunic and nicer red and green clothes.

      • The appearance of the man who greets Marcus and Arn in the reservoir keeps changing.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Guinevere: It's difficult to imagine a woman agile enough to wrestle a wedding ring onto Gawain's finger.
        Merlin: Indeed, Queen Ilene must be an extraordinary woman!
        Valiant & Arn: Gawain? MARRIED?!
        Guinevere: Well this is one event I would pay dearly to witness.

      • Arn: Rowanne, there is nothing in those baskets that is more important than your safety.
        Rowanne: Arn, that has to be the loveliest thing anyone standing knee-deep in muck has ever said to me.

      • Gawain (to the Trio): What in the world are you troublemakers doing here? I expected Arthur to send a batch of stuffy noblemen and the dried prunes they call their wives!

      • Juliana: At Perilous Garde, a woman's only duty is to be lovely, to act as an inspiration to the men.
        Rowanne: Well, if it's inspiration they want, far be it from me to disappoint them!
        (Rowanne takes a bow from an archer and fires an arrow directly in the target's center)
        Juliana: That was a beautiful shot, milady!
        Rowanne: As Queen Guinevere says, "beauty is as beauty does."

      • Ilene: What am I going to do now? Without all that water, Perilous Garde won't be perfect anymore!
        Gawain: It never was perfect, Ilene. It was nothing but a beautiful illusion covering an ugly reality.
        Ilene: Gawain, how can you say such awful things?
        Gawain: I can say them because they are true.

      • Valiant: And what about you, Sir Gawain? What shall you do now?
        Gawain: On the morrow I shall return with you to Camelot, where I will send a thousand ladies swooning by merely gracing them with my presence. In short, my friends, I shall be Gawain the Magnificent once again!

    • NOTES (7)

      • Title card drawing: a bound book with Prince Valiant as the title on the cover.

      • Gawain's crest is a golden hawk beneath Camelot's Rising Sun. He wears a medallion with this crest on a chain beneath his tunic.

      • The throne room scene makes it clear that Guinevere has absolutely no trouble establishing her authority as ruler in her husband's absence.

      • For the first time, Our Heroes are seen wearing generic white tunics with the Rising Sun crest.

      • The falcon flies over Marcus's village and lands on the roof of his hut while the Trio is eating there.

      • Ongoing character traits: Valiant's love of jousting and keen instincts; Arn's love of animals and admiration for peasants who have risen above their station; Rowanne's determination to challenge gender stereotypes; the Trio's admiration for Gawain and desire to help strangers in need; Guinevere's high regard for the Trio and ability to assert her authority in Arthur's absence; Gawain's reputation as a ladies' man, affection for the Trio, gallantry, boundless energy, healthy ego, and steadfast devotion to Camelot's ideals.

      • The lessons of the episode: Beware of perfect exteriors that only mask inner treachery; there is no justification for creating luxury for some by causing others to suffer.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The character of Sir Gawain in Hal Foster's comic strip is just as much of a ladies' man and perennial bachelor as our beloved knight.