12/18/06

Season Four: Hercules Recast*

401 The Space Travelers

402 The Giant Gila Monster

403 City Limits

404 Teenagers from Outer Space

405 Being from Another Planet

406 Attack of the Giant Leeches
with Undersea Kingdom, Chapter One: Beneath the Ocean Floor

407 The Killer Shrews
with Junior Rodeo Daredevils

408 Hercules Unchained

409 The Indestructible Man
with Undersea Kingdom, Chapter Two: The Undersea City

410 Hercules Against the Moon Men

411 The Magic Sword

412 Hercules and the Captive Women

413 Manhunt in Space
with General Hospital

414 Tormented

415 The Beatniks
with General Hospital

416 Fire Maidens of Outer Space

417 Crash of the Moons
with General Hospital

418 Attack of the Eye Creatures

419 The Rebel Set
with, Johnny at the Fair

420 The Human Duplicators

421 Monster A-Go-Go
with Circus on Ice

422 The Day The Earth Froze
with Here Comes the Circus

423 Bride of the Monster
with Hired! Part One

424 'Manos': The Hands of Fate
with Hired! Part Two

Let the good times roll. Joel and the ‘Bots got really good in season three and they keep it up in season four. No cast changes, and very few character changes.

Host segment-wise, though we’re used to seeing more than one Servo occasionally, we’ll see him mass-produced for the first time in Episode 420, The Human Duplicators. Gypsy remains hyper-intelligent, if somewhat goofy, as seen in her one-woman show from Episode 422, The Day the Earth Froze.

Film-wise, the quality of the movies they view ranges far more widely this season. Season Three’s “Episode of Shame” was Castle of Fu Manchu, but Season Four has Fire Maidens of Outer Space, Monster A-Go-Go, and [shudder] Manos: The Hands of Fate in the “basically unwatchable” category. On the other hand, the three Hercules movies, Attack of the Eye Creatures, The Human Duplicators, and The Day the Earth Froze are all excellent episodes, with much of the rest of season just barely missing the highest rating (most notably City Limits and The Magic Sword). This season is the middle of a very long period of excellence in the show.

*Features three different oily, bulging men in as many films as the eponymous demigod.