Ulysses 31

Season 1 Episode 5

The Eternal Punishment

Aired Unknown Nov 21, 1981 on
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The Eternal Punishment
On a desert planet, a man named Sisyphus clears debris for a gods' filtering station. The Odyssey arrives at the planet, and Ulysses investigates. Sisyphus was banished to the deserts for seeking knowledge, and Zeus told him that if he found a replacement, he could leave. Sisyphus knocks out Ulysses when he arrives and steals his shuttle. Sisyphus tries to trick Yumi and Telemachus that Ulysses was sucked into the pit, and Telemachus goes in to look for him. Sisyphus saves Yumi from debris and Telemachus rescues Ulysses. Sisyphus tells Zeus that he refuses to fight anyone who comes by to escape, including Ulysses.moreless

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  • "So these machines keep recycling the same material over and over..."

    After coming upon a desert planet with only one person living there, Sisyphus, a former King who has been punished to an eternity of hard labour, breaking metal boulders into a pit. Ulysees investigates, and Sisyphus seizes the opportunity to escape and leaving Ulysees in his place.

    This is really cool and is very futuristic, once Telemachus and Sisyphus go down the pit to find Ulysses. What Sisyphus didn't know is that machinery inside recycle the same debris, making new boulders all the time, an endless cycle. The strange thing is that the machinery is indestructable, as found out by Sisyphus when he tries to break them with a metal pipe.

    Another excellent installment of Ulysses, in which the ending is rather unexpected...moreless

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    • In Greek Mythology Sisyphus was nown as the craftiest of men and the son of Aeolus. When he died he cheated death by begging Thanatos (Death) if he could go back and arrange a proper funeral for his corpse and then return. Once he was back in the land of the living he stayed where he was for many years.
      When he died again he was condemned for eternity to push a boulder up a hill. Just as he would reach the top the boulder would slip and roll back down the hill and he would start again.

    • Sisyphus' world of Corinth is portrayed as being akin to ancient Greece.

    • Original French Title: Sisyphus