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Hercules: Season Six (August 3/05)

The Hercules saga comes to a close with season six, following over 100 episodes, a spin-off, and even a few TV movies. While there are only eight episodes here (star Kevin Sorbo was evidently only contracted for that amount), season six does a nice job of tying up the various loose ends - thus providing fans with a nice sense of closure.

The season kicks off with Be Deviled, an action-packed episode in which Hercules (Sorbo) and his faithful sidekick Iolaus (Michael Hurst) must battle Xersos (Jeremy Roberts) - an evil murderer who's spent the better part of his life in Hell (literally!) This episode also marks the return of Sorbo's real-life wife Sam in the role of Serena, or - at least - someone who looks an awful lot like Serena.

Other episodes deliver exactly what one expects out of the series, with Hercules, Tramps & Thieves easily the highlight of the season - thanks to an appearance by fan favorite (and with good reason) Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, the self-proclaimed King of Thieves. In this episode, we meet Autolycus' ex-wife Luscious (played by Traci Lords) and watch as Hercules must once again save the life of his bumbling friend. The duo's final scene effectively wraps up their relationship, and even seems to hint that Autolycus may ditch his life of crime (or, at the very least, curb it).

And then there's Full Circle, the series' final episode. Aside from the fact that it's up to Hercules and Iolaus to save the world (literally!), this episode also marks the return of Herc's parents - Zeus (Charles Keating) and Hera (Meg Foster). While there are plenty of action-heavy moments in Full Circle, the episode also does a nice job of concluding the series - and, of course, the door is left open for a possible reunion in the future.

 

About the DVD: As expected, Hercules: Season Six comes equipped with plenty of supplemental materials - including two commentary tracks, interviews, wrap party footage, a behind-the-scenes look at both the special effects and the filming of the final episode, and a bonus CD-ROM disc that's packed with content.
© David Nusair