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Cast a Giant Shadow
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Hercules and Typhon
Overview
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 2
Antagonist Maceus
Hera
Production
Original Air-Date November 13, 1995
Written By John Schulian
Directed By John T. Kretchmer
Episode Chronology
Previous Episode "The Fire Down Below"
Next Episode "Highway to Hades"
Title Image
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SummaryEdit

The warrior Maceus is celebrating with his warriors after a recent victory in Thrace. Looking for his brother Demetrius, Maceus discovers he is dead, killed by Hercules. Demetrius had pretended to want to marry Hercules' mother Alcmene to lead him to his death at the hands of Echidna, the Mother of all Monsters, but was foiled and killed. Maceus vows revenge on Hercules.

On his way to meet a friend in the village of Plinth, Hercules encounters a Giant calling for help. His name is Typhon, and he is caught in a boulder, having run afoul of Hera. The goddess wanted Typhon's wife to do evil things, but she wouldn't as long as Tyhpon was around, so she trapped him in a rock for 101 years. Freeing the kind but clumsy Giant, the two travel to Plinth together.

Meanwhile, Maceus has found Iolaus and tortures him to discover Hercules whereabouts. Iolaus refuses, but after he has his wrist broken, he lies and points them in the wrong direction. Along the way, he escapes from the warriors and goes to warn Hercules.

Back in Plinth, initially the villagers are afraid of Typhon, but soon discover he is gentle and kind, playing with children and trying to help out, though his clumsiness gets in the way. Encountering Septus and his daughter Breanna, Hercules agrees to help fix up the village after being raided by Maceus and his men. During a conversation with Typhon, it is learned that Echidna is his wife, and his children - the Lernaean Hydra, the Stymphalian Bird of Stymphalos, and the She-Demon - were misunderstood and have good qualities about them. Having killed those monsters, Hercules does not want to anger Typhon, so he does not mention in detail his fight with Echidna.

Eventually, Iolaus reaches Plinth just ahead of the warriors. Hercules, with some "help" from Typhon, defeats them and sends them running. Witnessing a few signs from Hera, Maceus and his band go to the freed Echidna and vow to bring Hercules to her.

Breanna and Iolaus show signs of mutual attraction at a village dance, but Typhon interrupts. Eventually he learns the evil things Echidna did to Hercules', but refuses to believe and goes to find her. Finding Maceus first, he is told that Hercules killed his children, but Typhon is too kind to vow revenge. Hercules and Iolaus go to find Typhon and Echidna. Encountering Maceus' warriors, Hercules leaves it to Iolaus and goes to the cave where fights Echidna and Maceus, who is accidentally killed. Iolaus soon arrives with Typhon. Seeing her lost husband, and finding out it was all Hera's doing, Echidna relents. She and Typhon happily reunite in embrace, and Hercules and Iolaus slip out unnoticed by the happy couple.

DisclaimerEdit

"Neither Typhon nor Echidna were harmed during the production of this motion picture. They went on to lead long and happy lives with their adopted family. However, attempts to reinflate Pylon were unsuccessful."

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Background InformationEdit

  • Typhon's portrayal is in stark contrast to the original myths. Rather than a benevolent giant, the Typhon of the myths was by far the most horrific and powerful monster of Greek mythology, enough to give all the Olympians pause.
  • This episode is a direct sequel to "The Mother of All Monsters".
  • Iolaus' arm is broken during Maceus' interrogation and is seen in a cast during a few later episodes. This was a result of Michael Hurst breaking his arm during filming of the XWP episode, "Prometheus".
  • Iolaus' knowledge of "old hunters' tricks" continues to manifest itself as he covers himself in mud to hide from his pursuers.
  • Michael Hurst is wearing bright blue contact lenses in this episode, which stand out very clearly when he is covered in mud, thus creating the blue-eyed fan Iolaus. Hurst's actual eye color is more green than blue. Hurst said that the contacts, like the ever-changing earrings, were done to play with the fans. He only wears the contacts in a few episodes but most fans remember Iolaus as having bright blue eyes.
  • Typhon reveals the softer side of his children:

Memorable QuotationsEdit

"Look what you made me do!"
"Don't expect an apology."

Echidna and Hercules after Maceus is killed

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