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'Métal Hurlant Chronicles' recap: Brotherly love

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “The Second Son” | Aired May 5, 2014

Most older brothers like to jokingly tease their younger brothers, but ultimately they still love them. Not so with these two princes.

Byron (Karl E. Landler) and Tybalt (Guillaume Dolmans) have an unusual type of brotherly relationship. One night, their father, King Tobias (Dominique Pinon), demands entertainment for himself and his guests by way of having his sons fight each other. Slipping on fencing masks that resemble Venetian masquerade masks, the brothers begin a sword fight. brothers

Everyone just sits calmly at the tables, watching the brothers. As close as they are to getting accidentally stabbed with a sword from one wrong move, not a single guest flinches during this entire ordeal. While the brothers trade barbs during the fight, it seems like Tybalt (who looks like a French Chris Martin) is more intense with his insults toward Byron. The fight becomes more vicious as blood is drawn, and the king encourages bets to see who can finish off the other first. Suddenly it’s all over: Tybalt plunges his sword into his brother, killing him.

Before anyone can have a reaction, a servant arrives to say that a messenger from the Techno King has arrived. A Wall-E lookalike drone arrives to say that the Techno King’s rebirth process is now complete, and due to an agreement between Techno King and King Tobias, it now needs to perform an investigation. It turns out that means the drone proceeds to kill everyone in the banquet hall by shooting them. Unknown to the drone, however, this plan has failed.

Everyone begins to stir. No one is dead! It turns out the castle is under an enchantment/curse where no one dies — not even Byron, despite that stabbing. This isn’t the first time he’s had to deal with this. Scars and marks all over his body show where Tybalt has killed his brother over and over. From shooting Byron in the head as he talks to a servant to putting poison in a test tube in the alchemy lab, Tybalt seems to take great pleasure in sadistically finding new ways to off his brother.

Naturally, Byron wants this to stop. After complaining about it to his girlfriend, Laerana (Frédérique Bel), they come up with a plan: She will use an elixir that will make Tybalt mortal, and Byron will be able to kill him without fear of him resurrecting. Seduction with wine fails, so Laerana leads Tybalt out to the castle grounds for a midnight ride. Tybalt begins to relax, but Byron jumps down and stabs his brother. Instead of feeling elation, however, Byron immediately regrets his actions.


He’ll feel much worse in a few minutes, because the king has seen what has happened. It turns out that Laerana double-crossed Byron and told the king of their plans. And wait, what’s this? Tybalt isn’t really dead either!

The place where everyone is standing used to belong to a wizard; this was a secret passed down only from the king to the oldest son for generations. Now that Byron knows this — in addition to the fact that he tried to kill the heir to the throne — this night is going from bad to worse. The king condemns Byron to be tortured every day until he dies. Since he’ll be staying in the castle, that means he’ll never die, and will basically just live out eternity in a personal hell. Meanwhile, Laerana ends up the winner because she showed loyalty to Tybalt, and will now become his queen.


The takeaway from this episode? Always go for the oldest son. Also, bullies usually win because of technicalities.

Question: How is Tybalt supposed to one day become king, if no one in the castle ever dies because of the enchantment?

Observation: The Wall-E drone that came during the banquet looks like it could be from the first episode, “The King’s Crown.” It’s also mentioned that the king’s new transformation is complete; could this be another tie-in? Also, this family is just horrible. Poor Byron.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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