Thursday, October 1, 2009

Donogh Rees on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (1995)

In a two-part episode, Hercules heads into new territory when he travels to Scandinavia in the episode "Norse by Norsevest," to help the Norse god Balder, who has dreamed of his own death and the tragic fall of his family. Villainess voice actress Donogh Rees (voice of Necrolai, Mystic Force) appears as Frigga, The wife of Odin and Balder's mother. Balder believes his two brothers, Thor and Loki will play crucial roles in the events ahead, but Hercules refuses to believe that fate will lead to their family's fall. Little do either of them know that Loki has been conspiring with a demon to gain the power of his ruling family, as he feels unappreciated by them. He sets into motion a plot that causes Hercules to inadvertently kill Balder and force his brother Thor to be banished. In the second episode "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge," Frigga feels powerless, along with her husband, as the events play out just as Balder had dreamed. Hercules sets out to stop Loki, but knows he will need Thor's help to overcome the demonic force that is fueling Loki's revenge. Loki's menacing tactics end up killing his parents, as he freezes their temple causing both Frigga & Odin to succumb to the frozen temperatures. Of course, in the end, Hercules is victorious and sets things right. These 2 episodes were directed by PR voice actor Michael Hurst (voice of Vexacus, Ninja Storm).

Episode 5x6 - "Norse By Norsevest"

Episode 5x7 - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge"

Season 5 of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" is available on DVD

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