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Once Upon a Future King
Mab 6
The time-lost King Arthur and Queen Mab view Excalibur
Overview
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 5
Antagonist Mab
Setting Year 4
Production
Original Air-Date April 26, 1999
Written By Gene O'Neill & Noreen Tobin
Directed By Mark Beesley
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 100
Order in Season 19
Previous Episode "Love on the Rocks"
Next Episode "Fade Out"
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In 500 A.D., Merlin sends tyrannical Arthur of Camelot back to Hercules' time for the half God to set him straight. Younger Merlin leads Hercules to Britannia to team up with Morrigan and stop Arthur and his sorceress accomplice.

SummaryEdit

SUMMARY

DisclaimerEdit

Many Giant Steps were taken during the production of this motion picture. However, none for mankind.

Background InformationEdit

  • Michael Hurst does not appear in this episode.
  • This was the one hundredth episode of the series.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Morrigan.
  • Mab is a faerie queen mentioned briefly in Romeo and Juliet, a work which deals neither with Arthurian legend nor Greek mythology.
  • The title of this episode is a portmanteau of "Once Upon A Time", the traditional opening line of a fairy tale, and "The Once and Future King", a popular epithet of King Arthur.
  • Merlin offers to introduce Hercules to tea, which at this point is already the Brits' beverage of choice. Tea was not introduced to Europe until the 1500s CE, long after any of the proposed dates for King Arthur's reign.
  • According to the episode, Arthur and Mab travel one thousand winters back in time. If they originated around 500 AD, this would mean that H:TLJ (and by extension, YH and X:WP) is set around 500 BC. If the events of X:WP take place in the late 1st century BC (as most of the characters featured would suggest), Arthur and Mab originate in the 10th century AD. The original myth of Heracles takes place earlier than either of those centuries, around the 13th century BC.
  • Aside from the expected anachronisms, there is a internal timeline inconsistency with this episode: In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode Gabrielle's Hope, Xena, Gabrielle and newborn Hope hid in the "round table room" where Excalibur is stuck in the stone; Xena pulls it out, admires it, and puts it back, much to the astonishment of the present Warriors of the Pierced Heart. Since this episode obviously features a good Morrigan, it must be consistent with the timeline of the rest of season, and therefore, Gabrielle's Hope occurs at least a year before this episode. Yet prior to the events seen here, Excalibur was held by the Lady of the Lake and Hercules had not yet destroyed the throne to create the stone, meaning that Xena cannot have pulled the sword from the stone in a throwaway gag a year earlier.

Memorable QuotationsEdit

"Today, I step into history."
"You've no idea how right you are."
(grabs Excalibur and is affected by the spell) "In the name of God, what have you done to me?!"
"I can't stop you, so I'm sending you to someone who can."

Arthur and Merlin


"Hercules seems to think there's good in your heart, so how 'bout we cut it out and see for ourselves, shall we? Nothin' personal."

Morrigan to Arthur

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