GUEST STARS, CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
TALES OF THE JUNIOR HERCAVERSE
Cyane and her Amazon Tribe
Fiducus (Academy money man)
Cora (owner of local Inn/Tavern)
Kevin Smith (Bacchus)
Jodie Rimmer (Lilith)
Morgan Fairhead (Eurydices)
Nathaniel Lees (Cheiron)
Keiren Hutchinson (Orpheus)
Katherine Hubbard (Female Bacchae)
Written by Mark Reaves
Directed by Chris Graves
TV GUIDE PROMO
A young minstrel, Orpheus, and his girlfriend, Eurydice, lure Hercules, Lilith, and lolaus to a club where the party never ends. It's a great escape from the work and worry of academia until Lilith is bitten by one of the fanged cult members and our heroes must defeat the evil god, Bacchus.
This synopsis is by Deb Roche
While out on a stroll Herc hears music. He follows the music and finds Orpheus. Orpheus takes Herc to meet Bacchus, the god of good times.
A woman named Eurydice takes Hercules on a tour of the caves. Bacchus thanks Orpheus for bring his little brother, Herc, here.
Bacchus tries to seduce Hercules to joining him. Orpheus plays a hypnotic song as the Bacchae encircle Hercules & Eurydice. Herc tries not to fall under the spell of the music and the voice of Eurydice. He says he has to go. Bacchus tells him to consider this place his home away from home and to come back. Herc says he will. Bacchus tells him to bring his friends.
Herc returns to the academy still half dazed. He finds Iolaus and Lilith. Iolaus asks where he's been "You meet a girl?" Herc replies yes. Iolaus is taken aback.
Herc tells them he met Bacchus the god of good times and that Bacchus says he can stop in anytime. Iolaus and Lilith are skeptical. But, when Herc mentions there are lots of girls there Iolaus can't get there fast enough.
The three of them return to the cave and have fun. A young man lures Lilith away. Everyone is under the spell of Orpheus' music. Herc notices strange things and tells Iolaus they have to leave. They go to get Lilith, but they are too late. The boy she is with bites her as Herc and Iolaus get there.
Herc grabs Lilith and the three of them run. Bacchus sends his Bacchae after them. The bacchae transform into wolves and chase the guys through the woods.
The guys reach the academy, and run into Cheiron. When asked where they were, Ialous says with one of Herc's relatives. When Iolaus adds that his one had horns, Cheiron says "Bacchus?". They say yes. Cheiron then tells them that they are lucky they got away. Lilith faints and Cheiron notices the 'fang' maarks on her neck. Cheiron says that come sun down Lilith will belong to Bacchus.
The troi return to the forest and ask Orpheus how to stop Lilith from changing. Orpheus tells them of a legend about 'cleansing the soul'. herc asks how. Orpheus says no-one but Bacchus knows.
They return to the cave. Herc challenges Bacchus to a one-on-one. If Herc wins, Bacchus releases Lilith, if Bacchus wins, Herc win join him. Bacchus accepts. They fight, Bacchus cheats and has two Bacchae interfer. Herc looses. Bacchus orders his Bacchae to 'take' him.
Orpheus steps in and plays a mellow tune that calms the Bacchae. Bacchus orders Orpheus to stop. While the Bacchae are distracted, Herc gets up and attacks Bacchus. Bacchus' arm falls into the "poisened spring" that Eurydice told Herc about earlier. The "water" acts like acid on Bacchus' arm. Herc realizes that the spring is only poisonous to Bacchus and that the "cleansing on soul" legend referes to the water in the spring.
Herc pours the water over Lilith, who has started to change, and the bite marks heal. Lilith is cured.
The Trio return to the academy and Orpheus & Eurydice walk off together.
Godly Appearances: Bacchus (portrayed by Kevin "Ares" Smith)
Godly Mentions: Zeus
Mythological appearances: Orpheus & Eurydice
Notes: Kevin Smith has a great job. I bet he makes a bundle. I mean he portrays ARES on three shows (H:TLJ, X:WP, YH). He also portray Iphicles, Herc's mortal 1/2 brother and current ruler of Corinth in H:TLJ. And now he's portraying Bacchus on YH.
Mythological note: Bacchus was the ROMAN god of wine. His Greek equivalent was Dionysus. And, Dionysus had a human form he did not have the head of an animal.
Bacchus: the son of Zeus & Semele, a daughter of Cadmus. His amours were not numerous. He married ariadne after she had been forsaken on Naxos by Theseus, and they had many children.
Bacchae: Priestess of Dionysus/Bacchus
Dionysus: God of wine & revelry.
Thyiads/Maenads: Female followers & Priestess of Bacchus/Dionysus. A Group of women devoted to orgiastic worship of Dopnysus on Mount Parnassus. These orgiastic revels were instituted by Thyia. Hence the name Thyiades.
Orpheus: Son of Apollo & Calliope. Husband of Eurydice. A masterful player on the lyre which Apollo, some say Hermes, gave him. Rivers ceased to flow, beasts forgot their wildness, mountains moved from place to place, to listen to him. All nature was charmed when he played. His married happiness with Eurydice was brief. Aristaeus became enamoured of her, and as she fled from him, a serpent bit her foot. She died of the poisonous wound. With lyre in hand, Orpheus went to the underworld where Hades & Persephone agreed to restore Eurydice, provided that he did not look back until he had exited the underworld. He had almost fulfilled the condition when he looked back to be sure she was following and in so doing lost her forever. Upon his death, his lyre was transformed into the constellation Lyra. He was the most famous musician & poet in Greek mythologhy.
XWP Note: In "GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN" Orpheus blamed Xena for Eurydice's death.
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