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DVD Review And Giveaway – Young Hercules: The Complete Series

DVD Review And Giveaway – Young Hercules: The Complete Series

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Young Hercules: The Complete Series
Young Hercules, The Complete Series

  • Release Date: June 23, 2015
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Genre: Live action-adventure
  • Rating: Not
  • Run Time: 1,100 minutes
  • Discs: 6
  • SMRP: $29.99

As I See It:

In high school, I loved English II for its mythology. It really inspired me to cut class and go instead to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. I even bought myself a souvenir, Hamilton’s Mythology in paperback. It was my favorite reading because stories threw new lights on the inexplicable. It was man’s attempt to explain why. Science must scoff at its tellings.

Greek gods and heroes specially fascinated me although and I elected Latin II. Its stories especially Hercules were heavy to translate. Oh, had there been an easier way! Well, over a half century later, and I have found one. I can watch Young Hercules: The Complete Series. the 1998-1999 spin-off prequel to TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Ryan Gosling then 17, successfully replaces the original pilot’s Ian Bolan and makes the role his own.

Even though writing is only superficially true to mythology, Young Hercules shines in his strength, courage, and ingenuity. He is at Cheiron the Centaur’s Academy to train in martial arts. Zeus’s protectorship, Hera’s revenging torments, gods taking sides, complications with Strife and Discord, and friendships with Jason and Iolaus make every one of the 24 minute episodes good family viewing with important life lessons about honesty, mistakes, bullies and more.

Years as an English teacher makes me appreciate the wit in many of these 50 titles:

  • The Treasure of Zeus, Pt. 1
  • The Treasure of Zeus–Between Friends, Pt. 2
  • The Treasure of Zeus–What a Crockery, Pt. 3
  • Teacher’s Pests
  • Girl Trouble
  • Amazon Grace
  • Battle Lines, Pt. 1 & 2
  • Hind Sight
  • Iolaus Goes Stag
  • Cold Feet
  • In Your Dreams
  • Down And Out In Academy Hills
  • Keeping Up With The Jasons
  • Cyrano de Hercules
  • Forgery
  • The Lure Of The Lyre
  • Fame
  • Lyre, Liar
  • A Lady In Hades
  • Herc And Seek
  • Ares On Trial
  • No Way Out
  • Inn Trouble
  • A Serpent’s Tooth
  • The Mysteries Of Life
  • The Head That Wears The Crown
  • Parents’ Day
  • Winner Take All
  • Dad Always Liked Me Best
  • Mila
  • Mommy Dearests
  • Under Siege
  • Home For The Holidays
  • Con Ares
  • Herc’s Nemesis
  • Get Jason
  • The Prize
  • My Fair Lilith
  • Me, Myself And Eye
  • Golden Bow
  • Sisters
  • Cram-Ped
  • The Beasts Beneath
  • The Skeptic
  • Adventures In The Forbidden Zone
  • Life For A Life
  • Apollo
  • Ill Wind
  • Valley Of The Shadow

Bonus Featurette

  • Writing The Legend of Young Hercules

Studio Press Release:

This prequel series to the smash hit Hercules: The Legendary Journeys explores the dawn of an ancient age of light and darkness as the half-god, half-man Hercules (Ryan Gosling, The Notebook) ? along with his friends, Prince Jason (Chris Conrad, Mortal Kombat Annihilation) and Iolaus (Dean O?Gorman, The Hobbit Trilogy) ? struggles to find his place in the world and learns what it means to be a hero.

My Opinion Only:

Filming is striking with special effects before their time for television. The series is appropriate viewing for audiences of all ages and without adult content. Its hero is smart and good-natured–something that more heroes should be. He is also a positive role model in a world without enough of them. Two thumbs up for Young Hercules.

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4 thoughts on “DVD Review And Giveaway – Young Hercules: The Complete Series

  1. I’m looking forward to watching it because I never saw it and I’m a fan of Ryan Gosling. My daughter would enjoy watching this too.
    Thank you!

  2. Hercules was a great series so I look forward to this prequel. And I can’t say I’m thrilled with all the prequells and remakes that are being worked on

    1. Mosts firsts are the best. Still there are many exceptions and, furthermore, good can be good plain and simple.

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