Emerging on the heels of the enormous popularity of Hercules
was a recycled
TV series of the film of the same name
the general Walking the Earth
in The Time of Myths
sort of theme. The series lasted from October, 1999 to May, 2002. A total of 66 episodes in three seasons.
Starring Daniel Goddard as Dar
, Jackson Raine as Tao
, Steven Grives as King Zad
, Monika Schnarre as The Sorceress
, Grahame Bond as The Ancient One
, and Marjean Holden as Arina
- Guyliner: He wears kohl eyeliner in every episode he is in.
- Light Is Not Good: Voden wears white everything, which despite tramping through forests always remain immaculate, as well as having bleached hair. He is also very pale.
- Royally Screwed Up: Not only is he insane, his insanity actually increases in each subsequent episode. In one episode his own mother notes his madness.
This show provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Most notably Arina, but also many girls of the week.
- Bare Your Midriff: A staple of the female characters.
- Big Bads: King Zad, Voden, Balcifer
- Costume Porn: The Sorceress's outfits.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Akili is a Terron warrior. None of the other Terrons wear loincloths specifically designed to show off certain...assets.
- Dark Action Girl: Arina before her Heel-Face Turn.
- The Beastmaster: Um, duh.
- Blade on a Stick: Dar carries a staff with one club end and one sharp end, which he can separate.
- Mr. Fanservice: Dar. Sweet lord, Dar. Just scroll back up to get what we're talking about, but remember to come back down eventually.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift
- Evil Overlord: King Zad
- Expy: Many of the characters are named after characters from the film:
- Eye Scream: A flashback in 'The Demon Curupira' shows an ant crawling on Dar's eyeball.
- Friend to All Living Things: Dar. Tao becomes more of this over the course of the series.
- Harmony Versus Discipline: One of the big themes of the show, illustrated primarily through Dar and Tao. An example from early in the series: Tao, preparing to continue his journey, builds Dar a garden as a farewell gift, citing the greater convenience of not needing to forage for food. Dar is confused (the forest has plenty of food already) and unsettled ("But that's where the wildflowers grow."). Later on Tao is equally unsuccessful in convincing Dar to dig a well.
- Heartbroken Badass: Dar. See Taking the Bullet below.
- Heel-Face Turn: Arina
- Heroic Fantasy
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: It can, at times, be difficult to focus on Monika Schnarre's face.
- Inventing The Wheel: In the middle of the first season, Tao gets fascinated by the "many applications of circles" and meets a fellow who invents the wheel.
- James Bondage: Tao gets captured or otherwise put in mortal danger a lot.
- Jerkass Gods: The Ancient One, definitely. The Sorceress also has her moments.
- The Klutz: Tao
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: Invoked in "The Last Unicorns".
King Zad: Every Terron warrior will have a priceless horn!... so to speak.
- Last of His Kind: Dar and Kyra until the end of the first season are the last surviving members of the Sula tribe.
- Light Is Not Good: King Voden wears white and has bleached hair. He's also kind of a Jerkass.
- Lightning Bruiser: Dar is both fast and powerful.
- Loin Cloth: Worn by Dar and numerous guest stars.
- The Medic: Tao
- Morphic Resonance: King Zadd is turned into a donkey with the same tatoos. Although one character finds them familiar, it doesn't become Glamour Failure in time to be meaningful.
- The Napoleon: Ketzwayo
- Nature Hero
- Non-Action Guy: Tao.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The animals - Ruh, Sharak, Kodo, and Podo
- Panthera Awesome: Mainly Ruh, but there are giant cats all over this show◊.
- Remake Cameo: Marc Singer as Dartanus in the third season.
- Scenery Porn
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted. King Zad and Voden both cover themselves up, while Dar runs around in a loincloth.
- Sidekick: Tao
- The Smart Guy: Tao is one of the few characters on the show who can read and write.
- Speculative Fiction
- Spoiler Opening: From the very first episode, the opening narration refers to Dar being the last of the Sula, which doesn't actually occur until the first season finale.
- The Spymaster: The Ancient One, which he tries to teach his sorceresses - Zad is more than grateful for the scrapes given to him by magic and his men; Dar with his eagle.
- Statuesque Stunner: The Sorceress.
- Taking the Bullet: After Dar and Kyra are finally reunited, Kyra intentionally intercepts an axe thrown by Qord...with her back. Ouch.
- The Time of Myths
- Tsundere: Curupira
- Twincest: Nye and Jem from the episode "Gemini". (...yeah.)
Tao: It says you were born in the same place... and at the same time.
Jem: You are the first to understand.
Tao: This has to be wrong.
Nye: It's not wrong.
Jem: We know our own story.
Tao: But it says you were born of the same mother.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Dar
- Walking the Earth: In addition to being the framework for the show itself, the mission of most of Tao's people to wander the world, spreading and gaining knowledge.
- You Know What They Say About X: Tao's people are not well liked.
"The Eiron are master tricksters, pretending to be ignorant but making others look so in the end. They are hated."
"Just for challenging somebody's beliefs?"
"Wit is... dangerous to the simple-minded."
Earlier in that same episode:
"Sounds like an Eiron. They are pests, like fleas: tiny and harmless-looking; but let them live, and they sting you all over. We don't need their kind of free thinking in our world."