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A spin-off/prequel of the equally as great "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Young Hercules" was a fun and entertaining show for young viewers that never really got a chance. The show was I believe on Saturday mornings and was easily one of the best shows Fox had on at the time. While Ian Bohen had played Hercules in the YOUNG HERCULES movie and some of the "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" episodes, he was replaced here with Ryan Gosling who did an impressive job with the role. Also good with their roles was Chris Conrad as Jason, Kevin Smith as Ares, and Dean O'Gorman as Iolaus. In addition to the rather good acting, the directing and writing were also surprisingly well done. It would have been cool to have executive producer Sam Raimi direct an episode, but that never happened. Perhaps if he had been more involved in the show, it would have become more popular and might not have been canceled.
The television series of "Young Hercules" was not a useless one. From my perspective, it was a good show for the younger audience, especially considering it was called YOUNG Hercules. The actors did well in their roles and the show was great for kids. The show was not meant to be as fantastic or awe-inspiring as were the originals, it was meant for younger people. It is an interesting show when one is twelve or thirteen. "Young Hercules" was a means of gaining a wider audience. The story lines had to remain simple enough for children, not complicated as in the adult versions. So when one comments on how foolish something is, they should really look at it in order to understand it better. And after all, it is not serious - it's mythology.
To me this is the most underrated out of the three Greek mythology shows,
the other two being "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior
Is it zany? Yeah... Is it wacky? Of course... Is it tacky? Ya bet ya... Is
it good entertainment? Yes, yes, yes!!!
People who complain these kind of shows are not being 'historically correct' just don't know what they're saying. We know dragons, giants, monsters, etc., have never existed, not even in Ancient Greece(or do we?), but they are very much a part of Greek mythology. That's what it's all about - myths with a (very)modern twist to them.
I have seen this TV show and I really like it. I enjoy it because it is the adventures that Hercules had growing up. If you like Hercules Legendary Journeys you should watch this show!This show also has cute guys in it!
I love to watch reruns of this show! Ryan looks hot in leather!! I'm glad to see that WAM plays the reruns. I known that this show is aimed for younger views but I can't resist watching it every time it's on. You don't need to be a master in Greek history to understand this show, which is great because I'm not.
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When this aired on television years ago, I watched a few episodes. And
that was it! I thought the character of young Hercules was miscast.
Here's why: at the time I was a regular viewer of Hercules The
Legendary Journeys. Ryan Gosling looks nothing like Sorbo or Ian
Bohen(whom played young Herc in that series). It was just really odd
seeing Ryan in the role and I couldn't get into it at all. Fast forward
14 years later. Young Hercules shows up in one of my subscription
services. So I give it a try. Guess what? I absolutely loved it! Better
than Hercules TLJ! For the exact reason I couldn't watch before, Ryan
What's different now? I rarely watch Hercules TLJ anymore. Maybe once a year I'll watch an episode or two. That's it. So I didn't find it so odd seeing Ryan in the role this time around. It turns out he has heaps and heaps of charisma and warmth. He's very cute and funny and you can already see how talented an actor young Ryan is. He made this show very enjoyable. He is the number one reason why I liked this better than Hercules TLJ. In comparison to Sorbo, he's like a breath of fresh talented air. His portrayal of young Hercules was never boring. His acting never wooden. Can't say the same for Sorbo or his portrayal. Even Ian's performance was dull in retrospect. I think he tried too hard to imitate Sorbo's style. And he's not an actor anyone should ever imitate. Thus this series wins out over it's predecessor. Let me be clear, I'm not a Ryan fangirl/boy. In fact, I've only ever seen him in two movies. It's just that my perspective has changed given that I'm no longer a regular viewer of Hercules TLJ, and I was able to give Ryan and the show a chance that I couldn't seem to before, and stunned myself at how amazed I was at Ryan's performance, and how much fun I had watching this.
Logically I know this show was meant for teens/pre-teens, however my interest now and then for giving it a try was because it was in the Xena Hercules vein. I was interested in seeing how some of the same characters were portrayed, and how, if any, it would pre-explain anything that ever took place in Hercules or Xena, story-wise or character-wise. Now I'm very glad I gave it a try and watched the entire series. The series itself has 50 episodes. I had no idea there were that many. How lovely for me. They are a half hour each. Filled action, adventure, mythology, silliness, and those famous wink wink moments as it's predecessors. And of course the beautiful New Zealand scenery that takes your breath away, plus another amazing sound track by Joe Loduca.
The series revolves around Hercules and his friends Iolaus and Jason, and their time at a training academy for warriors. The three of them have great chemistry and camaraderie together. The stories are quick, yet neatly wrapped up. All of them very lighthearted. You see many of familiar characters, such as Ares, Discord, Strife, Alcmene, Hephaestus, Bacchus, Cheiron, Orpheus, the Centaurs, the Amazons. You'll also see many of the same actors from Xena and Hercules TLJ, in different roles. It was kind of fun to spot them. Plus there were many new characters that were shown.
One thing that bothered me was Ares. They wrote him as over-the- top immature. He is a little immature in Xena, way more so in Hercules TLJ, but here it's almost ridiculous. Kudos to the late Kevin Smith for his portrayal, however. He gave it his all. He was absolutely wonderful in an episode where he sang, plus another where he played an Ares look-alike. Don't get me wrong, I liked Ares here too. It's just that it was a little jarring that the writing for the character wasn't more evenly done. Another thing I didn't like was the Strife character. He was, believe it or not, even more annoying here than in Hercules TLJ. He's a character I could have done without altogether on both shows. There are some inconsistencies in relation to Herc and Xena, such as The Golden Hind. In Hercules TLJ, Herc gives no indication that he knew about them before. Well they made it up here that he did meet up with them. There's a few things like that throughout the series. For me it was something I could easily overlook. This is not masterpiece theatre, OK, just a fun ride! Other than those few minor complaints, everything else was good.
If you watched Hercules TLJ and/or Xena and loved either one of those, and are looking for something similar and lighthearted, I highly recommend this for you. Ryan Gosling truly made a wonderful and believable young Hercules. With his warmth and charm, and humour, he's quite adorable to watch. It's too bad there weren't more episodes. From what I've read around online, it seems many thought the same as me years ago, that the role was miscast. But really it wasn't. It was perfectly cast! I only wish I knew it then. 7/10
Young Hercules is a very upbeat and adventurous counterpart to the adult version of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Unlike Hercules:TLJ, Young Hercules is obviously aimed at younger kids who couldn't be interested to sit for an hour and watch some boring episode of Hercules and get completely confused by watching plot lines twist and turn, people dying, then coming back to life. Young Hercules offers them the chance to love Hercules and Ancient Greece by giving them action packed episodes that are only a half hour long. Perfect for anyone who loves Ancient Greece and Hercules, heroes and gods, but doesn't want to be confused, or sit through an entire hour of television of the same thing over and over again. :)
part of a fashion about Ancient Greek hero, it can not be original or surprising. its virtue is the freshness, the inspired manner to create a series for kids in which the adventures are expressions of basic values and the spirit of age. it is not really serious or dramatic or exotic. but each of that sins is important for a coherent message. because it is an introduction in the universe of myth and the art to give the perfect language for present it is not a small detail. so, an useful series. for a public who search the emotions of great events, who preserves the resources of imagination and for who the life/word is a conquest of every day.short, a nice work. interesting as class tool and for the definition of start in life for a great hero.
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Call me biased, but I believe that Young Hercules was potentially the
best flower-bud out of the Xenaverse garden that never had a chance to
bloom. When I was little, this was my favorite show, as I was such a
fan of Hercules and Xena. Yes, it appealed more to kids with the
half-hour time slot, the modesty in attire and language and the airing
on FOX-KIDS, but more and more there became a teen and adult fan-base
to it as well and it was destined to go places as shown in a later
Hercules episode. (S05E17- The Academy).
As far as inconsistencies go between the shows as some have pointed out, they do take certain things into account and both shows adapt. Things such as: Hercules' mentor from the beginning of the series had been a centaur named Ceridion, when later on, during the flashback episodes of Hercules and then on, Cheiron the centaur had been his mentor; Hercules' encounter with a golden hind before meeting Serena in the adult series; encounters with the sand sharks and more than several accounts of the location and pieces of the Cronos stone. Some do forget, though, that Hercules adjusted itself as well and there are inconsistencies in the show itself (Remember when Ares was just a scary moon dude? You know... BEFORE the great, late Kevin Smith?)
So yeah, Hercules is growing up. He's still an unsure kid, growing into his powers and he's running into things that normal teenagers run into as well, including tests and school, all the while trying to maintain the good heart and spirit that his mother taught him to have. There is a strong Hercules vs. Ares complex, which again, focuses on family and relationships. Ryan Gosling (arguably one of the most popular actors of our current day and age), growing into himself as an actor at the time as well, couldn't have been a better replacement for Bohen who decided to back out of the series. Reprisals of Iolaus, Jason, and Cheiron by Dean O'Gorman, Chris Conrad, and Nathaniel Lees were refreshing at the least and most welcome.
Young Hercules had its darker, more serious moments, but at the very heart, it was a light-hearted, feel-good show that was a great adventure for a child, an obsessive teen, or a general fan of the Xenaverse shows! (I still watch it when I'm looking for a pick-me-up!) Filled with modern gags, old slapstick, moral lessons and packed with all kinds of adventure, Young Hercules is the show with the most potential that never came to be.
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Too bad Ian Bohen didn't stay on with the series. Ryan Gosling is a
fine actor, but he does not have the quirkiness that Ian Bohen did when
he played Young Hercules in "Hercules, the Legendary Journeys." And the
chemistry among Hercules, Iolaus, and Jason just isn't quite the same.
But you still got to love Kevin Smith as Ares, the god of Warhe was
just so good at being bad.
The worst part is that the series just stops mid-stream. They should have done one more year and wrapped things up. They could have at least covered the items brought up in "Hercules, the Legendary Journeys" for example: Lilith getting pregnant with Jason's child and Hercules and Nemesis' relationship. At least the viewers wouldn't have been left just hanging with no conclusions or closures. They talk about fan/viewer loyaltyhow about reciprocating some of that loyalty to the viewers??? Don't get us hooked just to slam the door in our faces!! I liked the series very much and would have liked to see it continued.
There is one odd part in this series thoughHercules has other mortal half-brothers fathered by Zeus (Pollux, Castor, and Lucius). In "Hercules, the Legendary Journeys," there was only one other half-mortal/half-god mentioned and it was indicated that they were the only two half-mortals/half gods that existed (Hercules and Aphrodite's son, Deon, in "The Power" Season 2 Episode 22). So Hercules just forgot about the other three in the Legendary Journeys??? (I know Young Hercules was filmed after The Legendary Journeys, but the writers should have paid more attention to details.)
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