Young Hercules

Season 1 Episode 20

The Lure of the Lyre

Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Oct 30, 1998 on FOX
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The Lure of the Lyre
A young minstrel, Orpheus and his girlfriend, Eurydice lure Hercules, Iolaus and Lilith into what they claim is a place where the party never ends run by Bacchus, the God of Partying and Good Times.In reality, they soon learn, is that it is the realm of the Bacchae, the vampire-like followers of Bacchus, which they discover only after Lilith has been bitten and is slowly changing into one herself.moreless

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  • The Lure of The Lyre

    The Lure of The Lyre was a superb episode of Young Hercules and I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun and exciting, there was action, intrigue and lessons learned. Bacchus is introduced to Hercules whom he wants to convert to his cult along with Lilith and Iolaus. Orpheus and Eurydice were also in the episode making this an interesting twist on their original mythos. In the end Hercules and his friends barely escape becoming part of the cult and learn of its true nature. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Iolaus (when Hercules invites them to Bacchus' party): We do kind of want a second opinion.
      Hercules: Well, fine then. You know what, there's lots of good food there.
      Iolaus: They got good food here. Well, they have food here.
      Hercules: And there's lots of interesting artwork.
      Lilith: Hey! That's what I always look for in a party. (Lilith rolls her eyes)
      Hercules: There's girls. (Iolaus starts walking out the door) Hey! Where're you going?
      Iolaus: You said girls, right?
      Hercules: Well, yeah.
      Iolaus: I'm there!

    • Iolaus (as Lilith walks off with Bacchus): It never fails! Chicks always dig guys with horns!

    • Cheiron (as Hercules and his friends come running into the school): What happened?
      Iolaus: Uh, we left a party that got a little too strange.
      Lilith: Another one of Hercules' bizarre relatives.
      Iolaus: Yeah, this one had horns.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Kevin Smith's only audition for the role of Bacchus was to put on the mask and see if he could handle wearing it. Many people are too claustrophobic to tolerate prosthetics that cover the entire head.

    • Jason (Chris Conrad) does not appear in this episode, but is said to be "at king school".

    • In the chase scene in the woods, they reuse footage from the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", including the wolves and the forest shots in strange colors. Director TJ Scott wanted the footage to have a drug-like, surreal quality to it.

    • The part of Bacchus in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was played by Anthony Ray Parker, but Kevin Smith played the character in this episode.


    • Orpheus was the son of Apollo & Calliope and husband of Eurydice. A masterful player on the lyre which Apollo, some say Hermes, gave him. Rivers ceased to flow, beasts forgot their wildness, mountains moved from place to place, to listen to him. All nature was charmed when he played. His married happiness with Eurydice was brief. Aristaeus became enamoured of her, and as she fled from him, a serpent bit her foot. She died of the poisonous wound. With lyre in hand, Orpheus went to the underworld where Hades & Persephone agreed to restore Eurydice, provided that he did not look back until he had exited the underworld. He had almost fulfilled the condition when he looked back to be sure she was following and in so doing lost her forever. Upon his death, his lyre was transformed into the constellation Lyra. He was the most famous musician & poet in Greek mythology.

    • Bacchus was actually known as the Roman god of wine and his Greek equivalent was Dionysus. And, Dionysus had a human form but did not have the head of an animal. Bacchus was the son of Zeus & Semele, a daughter of Cadmus. His amours were not numerous. He married Ariadne after she had been forsaken on Naxos by Theseus, and they had many children. Bacchae was a Priestess of Dionysus/Bacchus. Dionysus was the Greek God of wine & revelry. Thyiads/Maenads were female followers & Priestesses of Bacchus/Dionysus. A group of women devoted to orgiastic worship of Dopnysus on Mount Parnassus. These orgiastic revels were instituted by Thyia.