The best episodes surround the Golden Hind arc of 3 episodes, dealing with a lot more serious issues than normal on the show.
As a DVD set, there are plenty of extras. A couple of excellent commentaries by Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst provide wonderful insights into the making of the show and into the whole process of making a TV show in general. There are some nice interview clips too.
If you like this type of show or are already a Hercules fan AND can play Region 1 DVDs, I highly recommend this set. The one or two episodes that were weak, along with the fact the design of the DVD set is a little odd...with episode 22 on a disc all by itself, loses a star though.
I looked around to see what I could find out about this DVD set. Anchor Bay Entertainment does a nice job on their website of describing their products. Here is what they had to say. According to their website, the length is 1080 Mins. There was no mention of how many discs are included, but it claims "hours" of special bonus features.
According to Anchor Bay's website, the special features include:
* Audio and Video Commentary From Kevin Sorbo & Michael Hurst
* Hercules Chronicles and Mythology
* Direct Access Scenes
* Series Trivia
* Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with Cast & Crew
* Photo Gallery
* Actor and Director Bios
* Hercules Screen Saver
Here's an episode guide, with a tiny description.
1. Mercenary: Hercules battles pirates and monsters to bring a mercernary to trial.
2. Doomsday: King Nikolaus uses Daedalus, father of the deceased Icarus, to invent terrible weapons.
3. Love Takes A Holiday: Aphrodite resigns as the Goddess of Love. The God of Fire is in love. If he can't have Aphrodite, then Leandra will do.
4. Mummy Dearest: A Halloween episode where a mummy in Salmoneus' House of Horrors comes to life.
5. Not Fade Away: Iolaus is killed by Hera's new Enforcer.
6. Monster Child In the Promised Land: Hera wants the new baby that has been born to a giant and the mother of all monsters.
7. The Green-Eyed Monster: Cupid falls in love with Psyche, and he literally becomes a green-eyed monster when jealous.
8. Prince Hercules: While suffering amnesia, Hercules is tricked into thinking he is Queen Parnassa's dead son.
9. A Star To Guide Them: A Christmas episode. The king and queen round up the male children so their own child will become king.
10. The Lady and the Dragon: A young dragon bent on revenge is convinced that Hercules and Iolaus killed his mother.
11. Long Live the King: Iolaus's look-alike cousin King Orestes is killed.
12. Surprise!: At Hercules's surprise birthday party, his family and friends are poisoned. Only a bite of the apple of the tree of life can save them.
13. Encounter: Nestor wants to use the blood of the last Golden Hind, Serena, to kill Hercules.
14. When A Man Loves A Woman: Hercules must become mortal to marry.
15. Judgement Day: Xena and Gabrielle come to Hercules's aid when he is accused of murder.
16. The Lost City: Salmoneus discovers an underground city that appears Utopian.
17. Les Contemptibles: During the French Revolution, a man pretending to be the Chartreuse Fox and two of his friends try to con a noblewoman.
18. Reign of Terror: Delusional King Augeas believes himself to be Zeus. Hera offers him god powers if he kills Hercules.
19. End Of the Beginning: Hercules and Autolycus go back five years in time. Hercules tries to alter a past tragedy.
20. War Bride: A dying King Tolus tries to end a war by betrothing his daughter to a prince of a neighboring kingdom.
21. A Rock And a Hard Place: A cave-in crushes an accused murderer, slowly killing him.
22. Atlantis: Hercules is shipwrecked on the island of Atlantis, where he meets Cassandra.
More new characters appear, including the first of many fine performances by Kevin Smith as Ares; Karl Urban starts his role as Cupid; Sam Jenkins-Sorbo appears as Hercules' second lost love, Serena; and Xena (Lucy Lawless), Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), and Joxer (Ted Raimi) cross-over from "Xena: Warrior Princess" for the very first time.
Take hold of this set, as it will take until the fifth season for the show to regain the glory it gained this season.
Kevin Sorbo aka Hercules favortie episode is included in this season. "Mercenary" is that episode. It's a great episoe where Hercules and a mercenary must defend themselves from Tremor like Worms and a bunch of pirates. It's a great episode and I can see why it's Kevins favorite.
There are two episodes with the goddess of love Aprhodite. "Love Takes a Holiday" and "Reign of Terror" both have her in it played by the lovely Alexandra Tydings. She is so hot in all her episodes. All her episodes are real good and are full of laughs. Sam Rami(Ex Pro) always made sure all the episodes with Aphrodite were great.
"Love Takes a Holiday" is great in a way in that Kevin Sorbo isn't in it. Iolaus(Michael Hurst) stars as the lone hero in this one. He teams up with Aprhrodite to save a town from Aphestus the god of fire.
There are a ton of good episodes in this season. The christmas tribute one is here in "A Star to Guide Them." Hercules fights a mystic mummy in "Mummy Dearest." Hercules also gets sent back to 18 century France in "Les Contemptibles." He finds a new wife, battles his brother Ares and does much more in this legendary season.
Season 3 is awesome. It's better than 2 and I'd say equal to 1. The extras on this one are the best yet, and the DVDs just keep getting better. Fans of the show won't want to miss out on this one.