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502 - Hercules



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Kein Namens - 4 days ago

Mmmmmh... buttery napalm


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Thrillhoser - 10 days ago

Dr.F hits Frank in the head with the desk! :D
god, I love slapstick!


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David Bowiescock - 5 months ago

Ok look, I'm as hetero as they come, but there's something inherently awesome about the geometry of Steve Reeves isosceles-triangleing those pillars down. Holy fuck.


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So what was the point of Herc giving up his immortality? For such a significant decision, it never came up again. And what happened with the Amazons and the poppy juice? And since when is there a guy named Argo? And... Oh, never mind.


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44 Why does no one comment on the huge and impossibly anachronistic water fountain in the background?


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Two things about constellations:

1. Without light pollution, you can see a lot more stars. If you're anywhere close to modern civilization, there's usually a fair amount artificial light, making it hard to see any but the brightest stars.

2. Without TV, bookstores, board games, etc., they didn't really have all that much else to do with their free time.


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Missed opportunity in the opening credits, where we find out the film company calls themselves O.S.C.A.R. Sure, the hot dog jingle was fun, but wouldn't an Academy Award joke have been better?


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Marisa Young - about 1 year ago

OK. At about 54:08 Jason says "Pardon my indiscretion," and Tom says "But that [box?] [bod?]" and then he starts making a really weird sneezing sound and Crow says horrified "What are you doing??" WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? Has been on my mind for 20 years. WHAT'S GOING ON??


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Cerulean Nightmare - over 1 year ago

Seems to be the mixed up mother goose of mythology, but the costumes in these movies weren't half bad.


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 1 year ago

Herc does a lot less sleeping than usual in this one.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

why did this movie spawn so many sequels?


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

Herc eating a giant piece of meat and not understanding how weird that is, is very true to mythology.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

I notice nobody made a comment about female drivers in reference to the opening scene. So I shall. Pfft...female drivers. jk


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

What I don't get is that in Hercules and the captive women Dr. F says it is the last Hercules movie. Then he pulls out the very first Hercules movie and Joel doesn't even call him out for it. Maybe if Mike had replaced him it would make sense but they were pretty clear about it in season 4.


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Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago

Iole, daughter of Peleus? She's the daughter of eurytus! And if she's iole then here would have already killed his family by now.


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So glad I got to give this movie it's hundredth laugh. This is probably the best Herc movie - at least we can say that everyone was still trying at this point!


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Ted Chase - about 2 years ago

Two episodes in a row with a 'Finder of Lost Loves' reference.


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Teri Gee - about 2 years ago

Random film fact: Steve Reeves' second film was Jail Bait, directed by Ed Wood.


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Eulalia Vox - over 2 years ago

I love it when Frank gets surly.


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I Am The Button - over 2 years ago

While I can't say this episode will ever be on my favorites list, I'd watch it again just for the 'Cellular Desk' bits, x3


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

Trio. It was Hamilton, {Joe Frank} and Reynolds.


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Oh my heavens, I never noticed Trace putting on a pair of reading glasses over his glasses before in the "cellular desk" bit. Too funny.


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Crypto Dentist - almost 3 years ago

I'm a little rusty in my Greek mythology, but this movie mixes everything to hell and back, doesn't it? And for heaven's sake, ODYSSEUS, not Ulysses. That's Latin.


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Sean Barry - almost 3 years ago

AHAHAHAHAHA the cellular desk! Halloween costume idea!


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John Muoio - about 3 years ago

"It's a pencil. The eraser's almost gone."


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Tanishia Williams - over 3 years ago

You gotta love a father who's willing to marry you off to a murderer he just randomly found on a road one day to hide his old murder plot that got rid of his brother so your spoiled jackass of a brother could rule. And that's why in this movie, I rooted for the lion and the bottle of poison.


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Teri Gee - over 3 years ago

I read that Steve Reeves didn't want to hit the actors playing the soldiers with the chains (which were made out of wood), but the director said that if the actors didn't get hit they didn't get paid. So those soldiers are really getting hit there. Not with metal chains but with wooden ones.


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Elisa Farrington - over 3 years ago

DID you see that guy sucking it in there? Ha Ha Haaa........


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starman 76 - over 3 years ago

they're having a collective episode


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Teri Gee - over 3 years ago

I'm continually amazed by the rewriting of mythology and making Hercules someone intelligent who values intelligence as much as strength. Crow's summation in Herc and the Captive Women was much more like the mythology. "He was not known for his intellect. In fact, he was dumber than a box of hammers." Then, Jason talking about NOT taking revenge for the murder of his father. No way, not in Greek mythology. When they say it's "freely-adapted", boy, do they mean it.


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Mike Carmona - over 3 years ago

The score at 1:12:40 is oddly reminiscent of The Shining's music whenever something "scary" happened, like the bloody elevator scene. Sadly, we were treated to a dinosaur-thing that was easily taken out by a toothpick.


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Daniel Durham - almost 4 years ago

why does this hercules remind me of george lucas on steroids in a loin cloth?


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Dr. Frank-n-furter was wrong: If you want something visual that's not too abysmal DON'T take in an old Steve Reeves movie!


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Cindy - almost 4 years ago

I haven't even watched experiment 502-Hercules yet, but I recognize the origin of of one of the riffs while scanning through them.
"Excuse me while I have a strange interlude"
Groucho Marx said "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude." in the movie Animal Crackers (One of my favorite Marx Brothers films)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omu_bePQ4Lc
Groucho actually riffed himself while poking fun at an experimental play from 1928 called "Strange Interlude". The play featured actors breaking character to speak their internal dialog to the audience. It was censored and banned in many cities due to it's subject matter.


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Jeremy Burgess - almost 4 years ago

i love this website and never will regret getting my tom servo and crow t robot tatoos. servo forever!


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Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 4 years ago

What are J&TB chanting just before they hit the theater?


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robbin505.4.u@gmail.com - about 4 years ago

This is definitely one of the best invention exchanges. Both inventions are really funny.


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Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago

Maybe the Argonauts wouldn't have had so much trouble with the amazons if they had taken Atalanta along like they were supposed to.


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Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago

Herc hardly slept at all in this one.


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Kimono Dragon - over 4 years ago

Joel says the girl who won't talk is "an Ellen Jamesian". That is from "The World According to Garp". Hadn't thought about that movie in years! Great Robin Williams call back!


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NS - over 4 years ago

Watch for Mary Jo's first on-camera appearance (as a Minnesota Amazon, appropriately enough). Middle-of-the-road episode with a few good bits.


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Elliott Lindamood - almost 5 years ago

as bad as this movie is i'm surprised they did this