HERCULES AND THE HIDDEN VALLEY
and Iolaus, looking rather worn out and dirty, come walking into a poor,
rocky, mountainside town called TALOS. Iolaus complains that Hercules
keeps getting them into silly, dangerous adventures, and maybe he ought
to think twice before accepting the next one. Hercules can't belive
his ears. If Iolaus would just stop getting mixed up with the
wrong women, like in the last case, the chief's wife, their adventures
might not be quite so dangerous. Iolaus shrugs, "I thought
she was the chief's daughter."
1. Hercules and Iolaus are approached by the town elders and the town's problem is explained: The ground is infertile and rocky. The crops won't grow, and the cattle and sheep are starving. They are having a very difficult time of it here. However, in the valley just beyond them, there is rich, fertile ground just waiting to be used. All of the rain clouds, it is explained, get caught in the mountains and drop their rain into that valley, never making it to this impoverished land. There is only one problem -- the only way into the valley is blocked by a gigantic rock; a rock so big that they have never been able to move it an inch. Now, who could possibly be a more appropriate person to help them than Hercules, the strongest man in the world? "And his friend, Iolaus," adds Iolaus, "the smartest man in the world."
2. Iolaus, meanwhile has spotted a lovely girl, HELLE, lurking among the crowd. Without further ado, Ioloaus moves in.
4. Iolaus and Helle spend a hot, steamy night together. Iolaus is really getting hooked on Helle, and fast.
5. Hercules and Iolaus, to
the utter stupification of the townsfolk, rig up a series of levers,
fulcrums, pullies, and gears. No one has ever seen anything like
END OF ACT ONE
1. With a big fanfare and a lot of suspense, Iolaus pulls levers and yanks ropes. A huge mechanical device made of wood, with rocks as counter-weights attached to ropes that swing down, pullies turn, levers drop, and miraculously, the gigantic rock is tipped on its edge. Hercules gets his fingers underneath the rock and with all of his might moves the rock a few inches. The crowd's hopeful gasp becomes a moan. Iolaus and Hercules are undetered. They repeat the process several more times and finally, gaining mere inches each time, they reveal daylight through the rock fissure. Soon, a narrow passage is revealed leading into the fertile, empty valley. All that can be seen is endless green grass and emptiness. A huge cheer goes up among the townsfolk for Hercules and Iolaus. Helle runs to Iolaus' side snuggling up. Hercules is carried into town as a wild, bacchanalian festival ensues.
2. Meanwhile, through the newly formed passage leading into the valley, we find a timid group of people watching the festivities from afar, hidden behind rocks. They are the VALLEY PEOPLE, and they realize that they can only hide for so long -- there is no way out of the valley other than through this new passage. Either they will have to flee their age old valley home, or stay and fight. And not having had a fight in hundreds of years, their chances don't look very good.
3. The next day, Hercules
prepares to leave. Iolaus comes to him and says he's not going.
Hercules is surprised. Iolaus says he's got a good thing going
here with Helle and he doesn't want to give it up right away.
Hercules nods. "You know best. If you change your mind
I'm sure you can catch up with me on the road for home."
Iolaus nods. He and Hercules shake hands.
END OF ACT TWO
1. Enslaved and shackled, the defeated Valley People are led out of the valley through the passageway. Iolaus is added to the group, also in chains. Iolaus turns to Helle with a look of betrayal in his eyes. Helle points at Iolaus and asks the Chief, "Can't we let him go? He did help us move the rock." The Chief shakes his head, "He'll just go get Hercules. No, he decided to stay and he's staying!"
2. That night Helle sneaks out of her hut, over to where the prisoners are kept. She tries to talk to Iolaus, but he's not interested. She tells Iolaus that she's very sorry for what she's done, but it was her duty to the town. Ioluas shakes his head, "Hercules always said I had bad taste in women. He's right." Iolaus turns away. In tears, Helle sneaks out of town and runs away.
3. Hercules goes is into
the pub in the next town. He stands at the bar and orders an ale.
The MAN beside Hercules gives him a look, then does a double-take.
"You're Hercules, aren't you?" Hercules nods, "Yes,
I am." The man turns to everybody in the pub. "Hey,
everybody! This is Hercules!" The name Hercules is
repeated many times, then they all push in toward him. "What're
you doing out here in the middle of nowhere?" Hercules shrugs,
"Just helping a little town near here named Talos."
The man nods, "I've been there. Poor little town on the side
of a mountain. Mean people. I wouldn't send my worst enemy
to live there. What did you do for them?" Hercules
shrugs again, "I just moved a rock that was blocking their way
into the valley. It's no big deal." Strangely, everyone
grows silent and looks at each other. "What about the Valley
People?" they all ask. Hercules looks confused, "What
Valley People?" "The ones that live in that valley.
Everyone knows there's people in there, it was the big rock that kept
them safe all these years. The people of Talos have probably already
gone in and rounded them all up as slaves." Now Hercules
looks very confused. "Oh, I'm sure that's not what happened.
They'll probably all farm that land together now." Hercules
takes a sip of his foamy ale.
4. Hercules and Helle return
to Talos. They make their way to the chained prisoners.
Iolaus sees Hercules and looks relieved. He also sees Helle and
turns away in disgust, rubbing the lump on his head. Word spreads
among the chained Valley People that this is Hercules, come to save
them. "But why did you move the rock in the first place?"
ask the Valley People. "We were tricked," replies Hercules.
"If we'd have known you were in there, we wouldn't have done it."
END OF ACT THREE
1. Hercules has a big fight scene with all of the armed men of Talos. Iolaus joins him, still in chains. Iolaus uses the chains in various inventive ways during the fight. When it looks like Hercules and Iolaus will be overcome due to the sheer number of opponenets, the timid Valley People join in the fight as well. Hercules, Iolaus, and the Valley People kick the hell out of the people of Talos.
2. The fight won, the chains are removed from all of the prisoners. The Valley People say, "Hercules, once you leave this will all start over again. It will be war from now on. The only thing that kept us safe was the rock blocking the path." Hercules shrugs, "Iolaus and I moved the rock out of the way, we'll put it back.
3. Meanwhile, Helle doesn't know which way to go. The people of Talos feel that she betrayed them by going and getting Hercules. Iolaus also feels like he's been betrayed by her. The people of Talos don't want anything to do wth her. Iolaus isn't interested in her coming with him.
5. Hercules and Iolaus tear
down their device and burn the pieces. As they work, Hercules
can see that tears are running down Iolaus' cheeks.
and Iolaus, looking rather dirty and worn-out, walking away from Talos.
Iolaus says, "Well, that was another silly adventure you got us
into." Hercules says, "And your taste in women isn't
all it could be, either." Hercules and Iolaus look at each
other quizically -- this is like Deja Vu. They both shrug and
continue on their way.
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