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502 - Hercules



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Klaatu - 26 days ago
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13:57 instantly brought back fond memories of Rocky and Bullwinkle. How about you guy's?


Alex Folck - 7 months ago
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**SPOILER**

anybody think this is the same movie?


Jane Sproul - 5 months ago
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Every damn time with Amazons. "But what about... love?" And it's just like, "Hi. Lesbianism is a thing."


Teri Gee - 7 months ago
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I recently watched RT's Sons of Hercules, and I'd swear that the dino-dragon Jason fights in this episode is the same one Argoles fights in the Sons of Hercules. It's like they just cut away to Argoles instead of Jason.


Kein Namens - 9 months ago
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Mmmmmh... buttery napalm


Thrillhoser - 9 months ago
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Dr.F hits Frank in the head with the desk! :D
god, I love slapstick!


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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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.


David Bowiescock - about 1 year ago
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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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Marisa Young - almost 2 years ago
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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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44 Why does no one comment on the huge and impossibly anachronistic water fountain in the background?


Teri Gee - over 4 years ago
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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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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?


Stereo Catz - about 5 years ago
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Herc hardly slept at all in this one.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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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.


Cerulean Nightmare - about 2 years ago
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Seems to be the mixed up mother goose of mythology, but the costumes in these movies weren't half bad.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Herc does a lot less sleeping than usual in this one.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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why did this movie spawn so many sequels?


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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Herc eating a giant piece of meat and not understanding how weird that is, is very true to mythology.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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I notice nobody made a comment about female drivers in reference to the opening scene. So I shall. Pfft...female drivers. jk


Elliott Lindamood - over 5 years ago
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as bad as this movie is i'm surprised they did this


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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!


Matthew Boyle - over 2 years ago
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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.


Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago
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Trio. It was Hamilton, {Joe Frank} and Reynolds.


Ted Chase - almost 3 years ago
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Two episodes in a row with a 'Finder of Lost Loves' reference.


Teri Gee - almost 3 years ago
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Random film fact: Steve Reeves' second film was Jail Bait, directed by Ed Wood.


Eulalia Vox - about 3 years ago
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I love it when Frank gets surly.


I Am The Button - about 3 years ago
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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


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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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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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.


Tanishia Williams - about 4 years ago
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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.


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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AHAHAHAHAHA the cellular desk! Halloween costume idea!


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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!


Daniel Durham - over 4 years ago
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why does this hercules remind me of george lucas on steroids in a loin cloth?


John Muoio - almost 4 years ago
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"It's a pencil. The eraser's almost gone."


Cindy - over 4 years ago
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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.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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DID you see that guy sucking it in there? Ha Ha Haaa........


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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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.


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 4 years ago
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What are J&TB chanting just before they hit the theater?


starman 76 - about 4 years ago
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they're having a collective episode


NS - over 5 years ago
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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.


Jeremy Burgess - over 4 years ago
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i love this website and never will regret getting my tom servo and crow t robot tatoos. servo forever!


robbin505.4.u@gmail.com - almost 5 years ago
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This is definitely one of the best invention exchanges. Both inventions are really funny.


Stereo Catz - about 5 years ago
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Maybe the Argonauts wouldn't have had so much trouble with the amazons if they had taken Atalanta along like they were supposed to.


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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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!