GUEST STARS, CAST & CREDITS
TV GUIDE PROMO
AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
SUMMARY by Bluesong
WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE?
TALES OF THE HERCAVERSE
Tony MacIver (Rebel)
Mark Clare (Cleon's Assistant)
Dane Jerro (First Soldier)
Christian Hodge (Second Soldier)
John Eizner (Young Soldier)
Ashleigh Howard (Child)
Sharon Janes-Norman (Rockette)
Edited by Steve Polivka
Written by Lisa Klink
Directed by Garth Maxwell
ON AN ALL NEW HERCULES--
A CORRUPT KING HOLDS A CITY CAPTIVE--
(Antigone's head is placed on the chopping block.)
(Hercules catches the executioner's axe in his hands, and uses it to flip the executioner over.)
AND IN NEED OF A HERO.
Hercules (to Creon): I'm going to give you one chance to step down peacefully.
(Creon's defense minister prepares weapons.)
Creon (to defense minister): How soon will the new weapon be ready?
AN INSTRUMENT OF DESTRUCTION--
(Antigone's boot steps down on a trigger.)
Creon: I believe Hercules and the rebels are in for *quite* a surprise.
(Creon's soldiers attack the rebels with bombs.)
THREATENS THE REBELLION--
Hercules: It's an ambush! Fall back!
(Hercules races across the ground, setting off bombs that explode behind him.)
AND A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.
Tirus: Let's go!
ON AN ALL NEW HERCULES!
TV GUIDE PROMO
Hercules and Oedipus battle Creon to help Antigone become Queen of Thebes.
Hercules must help Oedipus and his daughter, Princess Antigone, battle the evil King Creon.
Oedipus' ruthless brother Creon has wrested the throne of Thebes from its rightful heir, Antigone.
Hercules and Oedipus battle the ruthless Creon to help Antigone assume her rightful position as Queen of Thebes.
AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
1st release: 10/11/99
An AA average of 3.0
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Summary by Bluesong
Hercules walks into the Oedipus/Antigone legends. First he saves Oedipus from killing himself, and learns that Uncle Creon has made himself king and son P. has been strung up and left dead as an example. Antigone is a very young drunk. Hercules does a lot of talking to everyone. He chases after Antigone to save her from herself, including stopping her from running a wagon over a cliff. After rescuing her, he goes back to the castle to find Creon in the midst of an execution. Hercules stops the execution in classic hero style. He realizes Oedipus has been poisoned and he and Antigone take Oedipus to the rebel hideout in the forest, via the back door to the castle (these castles always have back doors, don't they?). Creon gloats about his new weapon, which turns out to be a grenade. Hercules and the rebels set out to retrieve Brother P.'s body, but the soldiers throw grenades at them and they fall back. The soldiers raid the rebel camp and the rebels fall back some more. Antigone decides she's going to get her brother's body anyway. Hercules goes after her. Antigone gets caught, and Hercules gets blasted by a grenade in a mine field outside of the castle walls. Hercules wakes up, and then runs through the mine field setting off blasts just as Creon is about to have Antigone's head chopped off. Hercules rescues Antigone, lots of rebels arrive, everyone fights. Creon runs away and runs right into his own mine field, where he blows himself up. Antigone is declared queen.
WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE?
And who was who in Rebel With A Cause? Well, I have to say I had a *heck* of a time with this one - I swear those darned end credits are getting harder to read every week. I spent nearly two hours with two different tapes of this ep, and I'm still very doubtful about quite a few of the credits. If anyone has any corrections or clarifications I'd be very grateful. Anyway, first the guest stars - at least you can read their names!
The delinquent princess Antigone was played by Paige Moss. I thought Paige looked very familiar... and so she might be - but not from the Xenaverse, since this was her first visit.
Perhaps Paige's most conspicuous role was as Tara Marks in Beverly Hills 90210. She was also seen in the recent movie Can't Hardly Wait (which is, I think, where I remembered her from - I'm not a 90210 fan). Paige has also played guest roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer (appearing as the unfortunately name Veruca in Wild At Heart), Touched By An Angel, Diagnosis Murder, Chicago Hope, Seinfeld (in The Muffin Tops), and Baywatch Nights. Paige was also in the TV movies Student Affairs, Murder Live, Prison of Secrets and No One Would Tell, and the mini-series House of Frankenstein 1997.
The tragic King, Oedipus himself, was played by Mick Rose. Mick played one of the villagers in the pre-series TV movie Hercules And The Amazon Women, and he reappeared as Lichas in the ep The Wrong Path. At the movies, Mick can be seen in The Last Tattoo (with Danielle Cormick), Bread and Roses, and Juloratoriet (a 1996 Swedish movie - so I guess Mick must get around...)
The rather over-the-top villain Cleon was played by Stelios Yiakmis. Stelios hasn't appeared in the Xenaverse before, but he was also in The Last Tattoo (along with Mick and Danielle), and he also did a stint on the NZ soap Shortland Street (in common, apparently, with the majority of professional actors in NZ...)
Oedipus' tragic wife / mother Jocasta was played by Elizabeth Hawthorne... not that you could really see or hear much with all the veils and everything. Elizabeth played Hercules' mother Alcmene in the eps The Wrong Path, The March To Freedom, and The Warrior Princess - this made her the third of four actresses to play Alcmene in the world of the show... in Hercules And The Amazon Women young Alcmene was played by Kim Michalis and the adult Alcmene was played by Jennifer Ludlam; Elizabeth then took over the role for three appearances; she was then replaced as the adult Alcmene by Liddy Holloway, who played the role in What's In A Name, and for the rest of the series; Kim Michalis returned as the young Alcmene in Armageddon Now and Twilight.
Elizabeth also played Queen Omphale in Hercules And The Lost Kingdom.
Elizabeth did a stint on Shortland Street (along with King Cleon and all - see above), and she was also in The Last Tattoo (along with her Oedipus, Mick Rose, her Cleon, Stelios Yiakmis, and Danielle Cormick).
She can also be seen in The Frighteners, which starred Michael J. Fox. This movie also featured Stuart Devenie (Asterius the Magistrate in And Fancy Free, Count Von Verminhaven in Greece Is Burning, and Kernunnos in Resurrection and Render Unto Caesar), Danny Lineham (Drinker #2 in The Warrior Princess, Grathios in The Reckoning, Lycus in The Sword of Veracity, Johe in Prodigal Sister, and the School Teacher in Let There Be Light), George Port (the First Critic in The Play's The Thing), and Jim McLarty (Callisto's dad Pankos, the Fish Merchant in Love On The Rocks, Myles in Eye Of The Beholder, the Teacher in Reunions).
Elizabeth also had a role in The Tommyknockers, which also featured Jim McLarty, along with Yvonne Lawley (the Norn in Norse by Norsevest and Somewhere Over Rainbow Bridge, Gryphia the old nurse in Key To The Kingdom) and Craig Parker (King Cleades in Key To The Kingdom).
Elizabeth can also be seen in the movies Alex and Jack Be Nimble, and the TV movie Adrift.
After this, things get pretty hazy. I thought that King Cleon's weaselly sidekick looked really familiar, but now I'm not so sure. Scrutinizing the illegible credits, I think he must have been played by Mark Clare (who appeared to be credited as "Dekma Writer" as best as I could read it). Mark has appeared before as Deros in The Gauntlet, as Grosius in Centaur Mentor Journey, and as Eochaid the treacherous knight in Gabrielle's Hope. I went back and looked at these (well I don't have Centaur Mentor Journey on tape), and yes, I believe it was Mark who played the bomb-making sidekick. But I still have the feeling I ought to know him from somewhere else.
Mark was also in the movie An Angel At My Table (along with Paul Norell [Falafel]), and in an episode of The Ray Bradbury Theatre (as was Lucy Lawless, but in a different episode).
The first soldier was played by Dane Jerro, who we have actually seen before, albeit rather a long while ago - he was one of the exiled Trojan homesteaders in the XWP ep Chariots Of War.
The second soldier was played by Christian Hodge, who played Lapithus in The March To Freedom, and Second Bandit in The Power. Christian has also appeared on XWP, playing Teracles in The Reckoning, "man" in The Quest, and a prisoner in The King Of Assassins.
At this point I pretty much run out of useful things to say about the acting cast. I'm not even sure who played the young rebel, although it was quite a big part - I'd assume he must have been Tony MacIver (who appeared to be credited as "Tra")... or possibly he may have been Will Hinchcliff, who was credited as "Lycas" as best as I could make out. In any case, I can say nothing about either. And assuming one of these was the young rebel, who was the other? I can't think of another male speaking part that's unaccounted for...?
The young soldier whose purse Antigone stole was played by John Eizner, I believe (not sure about the last name... and can't match it to anything known). Ashleigh Howard was credited as "Child" - presumably the dark-haired girl who pointed out Oedipus as he was about to jump from the walls early in the ep.
Sharon Janes-Norman was credited, apparently, as "Rockette" (so shoot me - that was what it looked like to me). Sharon played a "Big Amazon" in last week's ep, Love, Amazon Style, but although I rewatched the ep and looked carefully I did not see her in this week's ep... indeed I didn't see any other female speaking roles apart from Antigone, Jocasta and the child in the square.
The episode was written by Lisa Klink whose previous writing on the show was mired in the Dahak nonsense of last season - she wrote Descent, Darkness Rising, and Redemption.
The ep's director was Garth Maxwell, who previously directed Gladiator, All That Glitters, The Sword Of Veracity, and We'll Always Have Cyprus. He also directed the XWP eps Mortal Beloved, The Execution, Lost Mariner, Forgiven, Past Imperfect, Devi, and Endgame.
TALES OF THE HERCAVERSE
10-01-99. This episode is based upon the myth of Antigone.
Click here to read a transcript of REBEL WITH A CAUSE.
Cleon's Part was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.