History YMMV / HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys

30th Dec '16 2:13:45 PM overman2099
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* VillainDecay: Ares gets hit with this the hardest of all out of all the villains. None of his very early appearances were played for laughs and whenever he was involved, his stories usually involved serious matters like recruiting child soldiers or human sacrifice. When he made his physical debut in the show in the Golden Hind trilogy, he was an outright KnightOfCerebus whose very presence took the show to a darker and more tragic level when he took away Hercules' strength, had Herc's new wife Serena killed, framed Hercules for her murder, and nearly took away everything from the demi-god. When they fought for the first time, Hercules struggled against him and only won a very narrow victory because he had a Hind's blood soaked dagger on him which he managed to use to his advantage and force Ares to surrender and submit to his demands. From the fourth season onwards, almost every other time they fight, Ares pretty much gets turned into a punching bag for Hercules and almost every fight they have ends with Ares getting beat down. By the end of the series, Ares' dignity is completely gone and when Hercules and Iolaus make fun of him, the god of war's self-esteem is pretty much crushed and he walks off crying. In Xena, Ares appears to subvert his decay when he convinces Zeus to lift his ban on killing Hercules but nothing ever comes of it because he gets knocked out by Hera before he can even fight Hercules. And if the Hercules-in-modern-times episodes are anything to go by, Ares feuded with Hercules for centuries leading up to the late 90s and still had absolutely nothing to show for it.

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* VillainDecay: Ares gets hit with this the hardest of all out of all the villains. None of his very early appearances were played for laughs and whenever he was involved, his stories usually involved serious matters like recruiting child soldiers or human sacrifice. When he made his physical debut in the show in the Golden Hind trilogy, he was an outright KnightOfCerebus whose very presence took the show to a darker and more tragic level when he took away Hercules' strength, had Herc's new wife Serena killed, framed Hercules for her murder, and nearly took away everything from the demi-god. When they fought for the first time, Hercules struggled against him and only won a very narrow victory because he had a Hind's blood soaked dagger on him which he managed to use to his advantage and force Ares to surrender and submit to his demands. From the fourth season onwards, almost every other time they fight, Ares pretty much gets turned into a punching bag for Hercules and almost every fight they have ends with Ares getting beat down. By the end of the series, Ares' dignity is completely gone and when Hercules and Iolaus make fun of him, the god of war's self-esteem is pretty much crushed and he walks off crying. In Xena, Ares appears to subvert his decay when he convinces Zeus to lift his ban on killing Hercules but nothing ever comes of it because he gets knocked out by Hera before he can even fight Hercules. And if the Hercules-in-modern-times episodes are anything to go by, Ares feuded with Hercules for centuries leading up to the late 90s and still had absolutely nothing to show for it.
30th Dec '16 2:09:57 PM overman2099
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* VillainDecay: Ares gets hit with this the hardest of all out of all the villains. None of his very early appearances were played for laughs and whenever he was involved, his stories usually involved serious matters like recruiting child soldiers or human sacrifice. When he made his physical debut in the show in the Golden Hind trilogy, he was an outright KnightOfCerebus whose very presence took the show to a darker and more tragic level when he took away Hercules' strength, had Herc's new wife Serena killed, framed Hercules for her murder, and nearly took away everything from the demi-god. When they fought for the first time, Hercules struggled against him and only won a very narrow victory because he had a Hind's blood soaked dagger on him which he managed to use to his advantage and force Ares to surrender and submit to his demands. From the fourth season onwards, almost every other time they fight, Ares pretty much gets turned into a punching bag for Hercules and almost every fight they have ends with Ares getting beat down. By the end of the series, Ares' dignity is completely gone and when Hercules and Iolaus make fun of him, the god of war's self-esteem is pretty much crushed and he walks off crying. In Xena, Ares appears to subvert his decay when he convinces Zeus to lift his ban on killing Hercules but nothing ever comes of it because he gets knocked out by Hera before he can even fight Hercules. And if the Hercules-in-modern-times episodes are anything to go by, Ares feuded with Hercules for centuries leading up to the late 90s and still had absolutely nothing to show for it.
19th Nov '16 10:30:18 PM Scifimaster92
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that Kevin Sorbo has since become [[TheFundamentalist a religious fundamentalist]] [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that Kevin Sorbo has since become [[TheFundamentalist a religious fundamentalist]] zealot]] [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
17th Nov '16 8:22:03 PM Scifimaster92
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become [[TheFundamentalist a religious fundamentalist]] [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
* GrowingTheBeard: The fifth season brought a more serialized (and at points, darker) approach to storytelling than previously, as well as giving the main cast members wider acting opportunities. The season also benefited from Kevin Sorbo having fully recovered from medical problems that prompted lessened roles the previous season. Both Sorbo and Hurst have spoken highly of Season 5, citing the energy that Kurtzman and Orci brought in as showrunners.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor Kevin Sorbo has since become [[TheFundamentalist a religious fundamentalist]] [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
* GrowingTheBeard: The fifth season brought a more serialized (and at points, darker) approach to storytelling than previously, as well as giving the main cast members wider acting opportunities. The season also benefited from Kevin Sorbo having fully recovered from medical problems a series of strokes that prompted lessened roles the previous season. Both Sorbo and Hurst have spoken highly of Season 5, citing the energy that Kurtzman and Orci brought in as showrunners.
13th Nov '16 7:50:27 PM Scifimaster92
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become a religious fundamentalist [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become [[TheFundamentalist a religious fundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
13th Nov '16 7:49:23 PM Scifimaster92
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become a religious fundamentalist [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become a religious fundamentalist [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
13th Nov '16 7:48:44 PM Scifimaster92
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The disclaimer included in "A Star to Guide Them" (see below) becomes a lot less funny knowing that the show's lead actor has since become a religious fundamentalist [[HolierThanThou on par with Pat Robertson]].
5th Nov '16 9:32:11 AM Scifimaster92
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** "A Star to Guide Them" (which includes the presumably-humorous disclaimer, "No unnamed Baby of key biblical and mythological importance was harmed during the production of this motion picture") might also count given the lead actor's later turn to [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christianity]].

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** "A Star to Guide Them" (which includes the presumably-humorous disclaimer, "No unnamed Baby of key biblical and mythological importance was harmed during the production of this motion picture") might also count given the lead actor's Sorbo's later turn to [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christianity]].
5th Nov '16 9:29:25 AM Scifimaster92
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** "A Star to Guide Them" (which includes the presumably-humorous disclaimer, "No unnamed Baby of key biblical and mythological importance was harmed during the production of this motion picture") might also count given the lead actor's later turn to [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christianity]].
24th Jul '16 11:56:11 PM overman2099
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** The 4th season episode "... And Fancy Free", in which Hercules enters a dance competition. Nothing rests on this competition other than his partner's self esteem, and a nice trophy. The town magistrate finds this competition important enough that he spends most of the episode sending assassins after Hercules and his partner to stop them from winning. No other motivation is given, he just wants his daughter to win. It guest stars Michael Hurst in drag as the dance instructor.

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** The 4th season episode "... And Fancy Free", in which Hercules enters a dance competition.competition with a girl called Althea. Nothing rests on this competition other than his partner's self esteem, and a nice trophy. The town magistrate finds this competition important enough that he spends most of the episode sending assassins after Hercules and his partner to stop them from winning. No other motivation is given, he just wants his daughter to win. It guest stars Michael Hurst in drag as the dance instructor.



** There is a later episode featuring the same characters in struggle over fashion...which is about as pointless as "...And Fancy Free". Also no explanation is given as to why the town magistrate has apparently given up his duties to go into the world of ancient Greek fashion.

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** There is a later episode featuring the same characters in struggle over fashion...fashion, which is about as pointless goofy as "...And Fancy Free". Also no explanation is given as to why Also, the town same actor who played the magistrate has apparently given up his duties in "...And Fancy Free" returns to go into play a completely different character as the world lover of ancient Greek fashion.the girl who was Althea's rival, which could double as {{Squick}} for some people since he played her father in the previous episode.
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