Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 2
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His strengths are awe-inspiring. His obstacles are beyond the reach of any mere mortal. His trials are the stuff of myth. But nothing will prepare Hercules for what lies ahead in all 24 action-loaded episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Season 2. Kevin Sorbo once again picks up the sword of the iconic hero as he travels through the ancient world with his friend Iolaus (Michael Hurst) in a never-ending struggle against both human and supernatural evils. Respected and reviled for his parentage as the son of Zeus and a beautiful mortal woman, Hercules faces a slew of enemies – from the mother of all monsters to vengeful gods and stealthy shapeshifters – in his quest to rid the world of inhumane cruelties. It’s unrivaled adventure laced with wit, humor and even a spark of romance in the undying tale of the greatest fighter the world has ever known.
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2 All that Glitters--King Midas has turned his kingdom into a gambling/pleasure palace after several years of drought/crop failure causing all the people to remain poor.
3 What's in a Name--Hercules' half mortal brother (Iphicles) uses his name.
4 Siege at Naxos--Hercules and Iolaus must return Goth to Athens for trial.
5 Outcast--Lyla is married to Deric a centaur. She is murdered by the Creatons, who believe in purity of lineage. Deric goes on a murderous revenge rampage and Hercules must stop him.
6 Under the Broken Sky--Salmoneus takes over his brother-in-laws pleasure palace. Hercules reunites Lucina (a veil dancer) with her husband, Atticus, who is pursued by Pilate, an evil man.
7 The Mother of all Monsters--Echidna, the mother of all monsters, wants to kill Hercules, who killed all of her children. She uses Demetrius to woo Alcmene (Hercules's mother) so she can watch Hercules dies.
8 The Other Side--Hades falls in love with and kidnaps Persephone. Hercules is reunited with his deceased wife and children.
9 The Fire Down Below--Salmoneus is tricked into stealing Hera's hidden treasure. Nemesis returns to kill Salmoneus for his thievery.
10 Cast a Giant Shadow--Typhon (a giant), Echidna's husband, is set free by Hercules. Merkus seeks revenge on Hercules for killing his brother Demetrius.
11 Highway to Hades--Hades wants King Sisyphus returned to Hades. A widow, Daphne, is separated from her husband Timuron on her wedding night. King Sisyphus wants to replace his current wife who is barren with Daphne as she can have children.
12 The Sword of Veracity--Amphion (a warrior who fought in the Macedonian wars with Hercules and Iolaus) is accused of murdering a wife and husband. Hercules needs to find the Sword of Veracity to prove his innocence.
13 The Enforcer--Nemesis is made mortal because she changed her policy and will only kill those who deserve to die. Hera wants Nemesis to kill Hercules. She won't do it, so Hera sends an Enforcer.
14 Once a Hero--Jason of the Argonauts (a war hero who fought with Hercules and Iolaus) is now king of Corinth who has lost his way to drink. They go into battle to bring back the Golden Fleece. Castor is his personal "demon" who stole the Fleece and claims the throne as his own.
15 Heedless Hearts--Rheanna needs help to overthrow King Malcious. Hercules falls in love with Rheanna whose husband isn't really dead.
16 Let the Games Begin-- Hercules organizes the world's first Olympiad. Atalanta (the former blacksmith) takes care of her nephew, a Spartan, Damen.
17 The Apple (Kevin Sorbo's directorial debut)--Aphrodite gives Iolaus a gold apple that makes women love him. Hercules brokers a treaty between Syros and Delos.
18 Promises--Ramina, who is being forced to marry King Boraeus', is kidnapped. Ramina loves the rebel Tarlus who is in hiding to avoid being caught and executed.
19 King for a Day--Iolaus replaces his cousin Orestes, who looks exactly like him, who was poisoned the night before his coronation.
20 Protean Challenge--Proteous, the god who can change shapes, causes problems in a town.
21 The Wedding of Alcmene--Alcmene and Jason are getting married. A lot of old friends attend the wedding.
22 The Power--Aphrodite's son, Deon, exhibits special powers and his uncle tries to exploit him.
23 Centaur Mentor Journey--Ceridian, Hercules' mentor, is dying. Hercules tries to prevent war between humans and centaurs.
24 Cave of Echoes--Hercules and Iolaus go into the Cave of Echoes to rescue a girl. They take along Parenthesis, a writer, who reviews their past exploits.
This review is for the 5-disk version. It is by Deluxe Digital Video, the same company that makes the Murder, She Wrote and Rockford Files sets. Although I have looked for it repeatedly, because they are recorded at 4-hour format, I have never noticed any video degredation in those sets.
The same cannot be said for Hercules. The video quality is terrible!
One of the things about Hercules is that it is a visual delight, the scenery, the costumes, the good-looking men and women, the computer generated special effects. The video on the 5-disk version is horribly overcompressed, full of rectangular, blocky artifacts that greatly detract from the pleasure of the viewing.
I paid $35 each for seasons 3 and 4 several years ago. The 7-disk version is now only $5 more than the 5-disk version. It's worth at least twice as much. In addition to the video quality, the 7-disk version also has extras. The 5-disk version has none. Even though I already bought the 5-disk version, I just bought the 7-disk version.
Do yourself a favor and don't bother with the 5-disk version.