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502 - Hercules
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Air Date July 17, 1993
Movie Director Pietro Francisci
Year 1957
Cast Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni
Preceded by 501 - Warrior of the Lost World
Followed by 503 - Swamp Diamonds

The Movie

Synopsis

Reeves, a former Mr. Universe from Montana, plays the strong man from mythology in this mélange of characters and events from a variety of distinct ancient Greek myths. Hercules arrives in the kingdom of Iolcus and promptly falls in love with the king’s daughter Iole. Herc must solve the mystery of who killed Iole’s uncle, while trying to teach Iole’s brother Iphitus how to act like a man. The demigod endures a couple of ordeals, defeats the Cretan Bull, fights the famed Nemean lion, etc. Iphitus gets killed by the lion, but it's OK, because he was a jerk. Later Herc helps Iole’s cousin Jason (of “and the Argonauts” fame) in his quest for the Golden Fleece. It turns out Iole’s father was involved in the conspiracy to kill her uncle. And the proof is written in blood on the Golden Fleece. Jason claims his place as rightful king of Iolcus.

Information

  • Thanks mainly to American distributor Joseph E. Levine, Hercules began an avalanche of Italian costume spectaculars with scantily clothed women and armies of musclemen. With Hercules, Levine created saturation booking--distributing the film in as many theaters in the country as possible, with huge TV, radio, and newspaper ad campaigns. Levine's strategy found a gold mine at the box office and caused an influx of muscleman films and costume dramas from foreign countries. [1]
  • Highlights from the 'real' "When Hercules met Iole" myth: Herc wins Iole’s hand in an archery contest, but her dad refuses to let her go away with the demigod. So he kills Iole's father. Later (in a fit of Hera-induced madness - Zeus' wife was always doing stuff like that), Herc throws Iole’s brother Iphitus from the city walls, killing him. Still later, the oracle at Delphi tells Hercules that he has to be sold into slavery so he can rid himself of his periodic madness. So Herc is sold to Queen Omphale (seen in Hercules Unchained) and serves her for 1 - 3 years. Then he returns to Iole’s hometown and takes her as his wife.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: It's Casual Day on the SOL, so the crew wings the opening. It's a rather subdued affair.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads interrupt the awkward silence of Casual Day. Dr. F has created the cellular desk to live his job. He gives Frank a performance review that doesn't look too good. Joel and the Bots come up with Instant Karma; pour contents into a bowl, add water, and enjoy your reward or punishment.

Segment Two: Crow wonders about the ancient Greeks and their constellations. Servo creates new constellations updated to modern tastes such as the Ham Sandwich, the New Christy Minstrels, and Guernica. Crow creates another one in response: a pencil.

Segment Three: As Joel enjoyes Cap'n Ron cereal, the Bots attempt to clear up how many members the pop group Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds had.

Segment Four: Crow does his own one-robot show tribute to Gene Rayburn and the Match Game, "Give 'Em Hell, Blank!"

Segment Five: Crow and Servo discuss the advantages of having Amazon women on the ship. Joel tries to clear up the Bots misconceptions until some visit by minivan on the Hexfield Viewscreen. Frank takes control of the cellular desk and mocks Dr. F.

Stinger: "He’s like something out of a bad dream!"

Other Notes

Guest Stars

Obscure References

  • "Give 'Em Hell, Blank!"

Aside from the obvious The Match Game spoof/tribute, the title is a reference to the one man play Give 'em Hell, Harry!.

  • "I love my dead Greek son!"

A spoof of the line "I love my dead gay son!" from the movie Heathers.

  • "Now, don’t you kids get drunk and go swimming under the dock . . . Help! I’m drunk and I’m swimming under the dock!"

A riff on a common storyline from the TV show Baywatch, in which the David Hasselhoff character's son Hobie was always getting into one scrape after another.

  • "She's an Ellen Jamesian!"

In The World According to Garp, a girl names Ellen James is attacked and has her tongue cut out to prevent her from speaking her attacker's name.  A group of women (calling themselves the Ellen Jamesians) cut out their own tongues in a show of solidarity with her.

  • "It's the Andrea Dworkin Memorial Cemetary."

Andrew Dworkin was a radical feminist, most famous for arguing that in a patriarchal society, it is virtually impossible for a women to willingly consent to sex.

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