1.33 - Con Ares

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Title Con Ares
Episode # Season 1, Episode 33
First aired February 1, 1999
Directed by Andrew Merrifield
Written by Len Uhley
Summary The guys convince a timid farmhand to pretend to be Ares to stop a war.


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  • On a mission to negotiate a peace treaty Hercules, Iolaus, and Jason get sidetracked by Strife and Discord. Seeking refuge at a farm, they befriend a clumsy farmhand named Timor who is a dead ringer for Ares. In an effort to get Jason to the peace talks posthaste, our heroes solicit Timor's help in tricking Strife and Discord into believing the farmer is actually the feared God of War-a rouse that leaves Strife and Discord bailing hay, slopping hogs, and mopping floors.
  • A farmhand (Kevin Smith) who looks remarkably like Ares helps Hercules negotiate a peace treaty between two contentious kingdoms on the verge of battle.

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  • Hercules and Iolaus set out with Jason to negotiate peace treaties between two kingdoms on the verge of war. On their way though they're sidetracked by Discord and Strife, who've been sent by Ares in order to distract the gang from the peace treaties. Herc and the gang come across a farmhand who bears a striking resemblance to Ares. Timor, the farmhand reluctantly agrees to help Hercules keep Strife and Discord away from Jason by posing as Ares and keeping them on their toes.

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Pop Culture References and Greekisms - TV.com claims that the title "Con Ares" is a reference to the 1997 film "Con Air", starring Nicolas Cage. However, other than the title, there doesn't seem to be any plot similarities - in the movie, convicts who are being transported by plane rebel and take over the flight.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - Strife's line "May the horse be with you!" is a reference to the famous line from Star Wars: "May the Force be with you." "May The Horse Be With You" is also a song by popular Christian rock band Relient K.
Déjà Vu - The armor worn by the Spartan Envoy is the same as worn by Fake Skourous, and is nearly identical to the one worn by the Floating Suit of Armor.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - Timor is also the name of the easternmost Sundra Island, north of Australia. It is historically and currently divided in half politically, perhaps a tie-in to the name of the character's appearance of looking like Ares and his purpose for uniting Sparta and Thebes in a peace treaty.
Déjà Vu - Cheiron's Academy can be seen in the distance not too far away from Timor's farm - it is uncertian whether this is intentional or not - probably not, as Discord's head is quick to block the view. Also it is hard to tell from this viewpoint, but the lake shown in the background is probably The Pond.

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