|408 - Hercules Unchained|
|Air Date||August 1, 1992|
|AKA|| Hercules and the Queen of Lydia|
Hercules and the Queen of Sheba
|Movie Director||Pietro Francisci|
|Cast||Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Primo Carnera, Sylvia Lopez|
|Preceded by||407 - The Killer Shrews|
|Followed by||409 - The Indestructible Man|
The musclebound Greek hero, Hercules, must summon all his strength to save both the city of Thebes and himself from the lusty queen of Lydia (Lopez), who finds herself very attracted to his male pulchritude. 
Segment One: While Crow is slightly more worse for wear after his go in the wash and wax, down in Deep 13 Frank and Dr. F's invention of decorator cockroaches gets an unintended boost from the star of today's movie Steve Reeves, where as Joel's invention of the Steve-O-meter runs into problems due to the prolific mind of Steve Allen.
Segment Two: Gypsy constructs a set to allow her to show her to be the Hellenistic ideal, but her ability in playing a harp brings this into question.
Segment Three: After partaking of the Water of Forgetfulness, Joel & the Bots try other foodstuffs and drinks which trigger other mental and emotional states: the Carrot Shake of Pretentiousness, the Blizzard of Loneliness, the Fruit-Striped Gum of Stability, and the Green Bean & French Onion Casserole of Happiness.
Segment Four: Tom and Crow try to get Joel to explain what Hercules and Queen Omphale are doing all day when they're cuddling and kissing, but he refuses to divulge.
Closing (Segment Five): The SOL crew attempt to discuss why the Hercules series and other fantasy films became popular and the meaning behind them, but Steve is no help in that department with or without gushing fanboy Frank.
Stinger: When Queen Omphale remembers the good times with Hercules, her eyes get real big.
- Steve Reeves: Michael J Nelson
Quotes & References
- "Unchained Hercules? Oh Hercules, my darling..."
- "This week on 'Genesis II'..."
Genesis II was a sci-fi TV movie created by Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) that aired on CBS in 1973. It was intended as a pilot for a new series, but was not picked up.
- "Have fun stormin' the castle!"
- "Oh-ho the Wells Fargo wagon--- c'mon everybody!"
- "I'm Ralph Richardson!"
Ralph Richardson was a British actor.
- "...I'll send servants and provisions." "And lawyers, guns, and money."
- "This place looks like a Maxfield Parrish painting."
- "Oh, they're taking him to the Tiki Room!"
- "The Mighty Pavog (sic)!"
The Mighty Favog was a character from the Muppet segments on the first season of Saturday Night Live.
- "Hey! It's Ting!"
Ting is a Jamaican soft drink.
- "Oh cool, it's like a Thingmaker!"
The Thingmaker was a 1960s toy that enabled children to create their own monster figures.
- "I'm Big Jim McLain!"
Big Jim McLain was a 1952 movie starring John Wayne.
- "It's twue! It's twue!"
- "He's no fun, he fell right over!"
Reference to a comedy album called How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All by The Firesign Theatre. The line "s/he's no fun, s/he fell right over" occurs on both sides of the record.
- "Peace on earth was all it said..."
- "Bend it! If you can't you'll convince me!" "If you can, you're Uri Geller."
Uri Geller is a performer with reputed psychic powers mostly demonstrated through the ability to bend spoons.
- "It's Madame Trousseau's!"
Crow is mispronouncing the name of Madame Tussaud's , the well-known wax museum located in London.
- "Hobbes, get off me!"
Said while Hercules is wrestling tigers in an arena. A reference to the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, about a boy who imagines his stuffed tiger is alive.
- Jim Mallon's favorite episode.
- Joel Hodgson, in a June 15, 2010 interview found at www.mondo-video.com, states that his two favorite episodes are Hercules Unchained and I Accuse My Parents.
- Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in April 2005 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 7, a 4-DVD set with Hercules Against the Moon Men, Prince of Space, and The Killer Shrews.
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||The Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-24||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-16||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|