Darkness Visible
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 6
Antagonist Vlad
Setting Year 4
Original Air-Date October 18, 1999
Written By Phyllis Strong
Directed By Philip Sgriccia
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 107
Order in Season 4
Previous Episode "Rebel With a Cause"
Next Episode "Hercules, Tramps and Thieves"
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An old friend of Hercules and IolausVlad – requests their presence in his kingdom of Dacia. It turns out that the Strygoia (Vampires) are running rampant and need to be stopped before they claim more innocent lives. Vlad warmly receives Hercules and Iolaus, but the two heroes quickly find that something is very wrong in his castle.



Hercules and Iolaus answered Vlad's call for help to defend his kingdom against vampires. Arriving in Dacia, they were joined by Galen, whose sister Nadia had gone to Vlad's castle and never returned. Soon they discovered the horrifying truth: Vlad was a vampire and Nadia had long since joined the undead. Nadia managed to turn both Galen and Iolaus into vampires. In a clever move to save his friends, Hercules ate hemlock and gave his tainted blood to the vampires. Thus weakened, Vlad was no match for Hercules. Upon Vlad's death, the others returned to normal.


No Blood Sucking Homicidal Vampires were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Background InformationEdit

  • After being bitten, Iolaus asks, "Am I dead again?" This jokingly references the times that he died in Hercules and the Amazon Women, "The Wrong Path", "Not Fade Away" and "Faith".
  • This episode establishes that despite their similarities, Bacchae are indeed distinct from vampires.
  • Vlad is named for Vlad Țepeș, also called Vlad III Dracula and Vlad the Impaler, an eastern European prince whose name (and possibly deeds) were used as the basis for the character of Dracula..

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