Have you forgotten about Hercules? The legendary bad ass Mamma Jamma who kind of just aimlessly walked around places while kicking ass, taking names, and helping others? Remember him please. He was great. Any regular sized man who uppercuts a giant into unconsciousness has to be great! I wish I could do that. So do you. In a way we all want to be Hercules, and I base that off of absolutely nothing. Still I will stick by it, because…well why not?
Recently “The Hub” television channel has began to reair the old Hercules shows of the 1990’s. It was a simpler time. Tupac was fresh out of jail California dreamin and watching hoochies screamin, cell phones were bigger than your hand and let’s face it kind of silly, and fashion, well fashion was going through an unfortunate phase. At least for me. I was an awkward boy. This was the time Hercules graced the screen, gave the world a weird sexy glance, and made kids want to beat up hordes of people with sword sticks. So it was a pretty good time. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I’ve been watching every single episode since it’s been on air again, and I’ve been literally watching it like a giddy school girl! Nostalgia is a powerful thing. I still laugh at the corny jokes, enjoy the atrociously slow fight scenes, and do the Mortal Kombat Scorpion victory pose after every episode. I’m still hooked! I forgot how much I still enjoy a simple good guy vs. bad guy story. I thought I was spoiled by all that sci fi, nuanced, shades of grey stuff, but I’m not! And that’s awesome.
I was a kid when this show first came on the air. I was literally hooked as soon as I saw a giant being punched in the face. I never saw a giant get punched in the face so this was a bonus for me. I enjoyed the little bits of morality played throughout episodes. They didn’t make the Hercules character a kick ass, murder brutally, take names perhaps later type of character. He was actually thoughtful and even cared about his enemies, always trying to find an alternative to fighting. Think about if you had power close enough to a god. I’m pretty sure most of us would just kick annoying peoples heads off for fun. Not Hercules. He was a man among men, a “with great power comes great responsibility” dude. He was the best!
I thought Kevin Sorbo was perfect for the role. Granted, I don’t think he fit the mold of what a Hercules type would actually look like, but he fit perfectly for the type of Hercules made for the show. He was a big guy with sizable muscles that seemed like the nicest guy in the world. You like Herc. You wanted to be his friend and go on adventures with him, because he’s Hercules! You know you’d be fine. If a legion of men came after you he would just throw a tree at them! Only Mutants and Superheroes could say the same thing, and their hair is certainly not as nice so screw them!
Hercules graced the television screen in the era of horrific computer graphics. So yea he does fight a lot of weird cartoony, clunky, goofy looking creatures, but that’s okay! I’m a fan of good graphics but it’s never been the be all of television viewing for me. I just like a good or fun story! My mind can manage the rest, and Hercules is fun! It’s good, nice, clean fun. So grab up your little ones, find soft places to sit, pop some of that corn I know you love, perhaps pour a carbonated beverage or two, and watch this super duper fantastic legendary show!!