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'Métal Hurlant Chronicles' recap: How to save a life

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “Loyal Khondor” | Aired May 5, 2014

I may have said a few weeks ago that none of the episodes in this series are connected. Well, folks, apparently I was wrong. Because tonight, that nameless alien with the flowing locks of hair from last week’s episode showed up again — for his own story.

King Tarot (Mark Duret) sits on the Iron Throne … or just a large throne that faces away from a window view of outer space. A battle has just been lost and his planet has been taken over. His daughter, Princess Alaria (Marem Hassler), suffers from a sickness that has taken over the subjects of the planet, and is one month away from death.


The king’s servant, Khondor (Karl E. Landler), offers to find a cure to save her. The only known antidote is in the hands of the enemy, so he wants to look instead for an alchemist named Holgarth. Holgarth fled their planet after finding the secret to eternal life. However, no one knows where Holgarth currently is — plus there’s the fact that that battle for the planet wiped out most of the ships. So Khondor’s task will not be an easy one. But he will do this because if the princess dies, the people of the planet will commit mass suicide.

His quest leads him to the space casino from last week’s episode. After a short encounter with something that looked like a Jawa and then a short fight with Xero Trobes and his gang, he gets the coordinates for Holgarth.

Khondor finally makes it to a new planet, where he enters a greenhouse and is greeted by Holgarth (John Rhys-Davies), who has been expecting him. I’d like to think that because Holgarth doesn’t fear death (“Death does not exist for me. It is a childhood bad nightmare, and I am an adult.”) and is basically like a phoenix (“I can regenerate from just a few ashes.”), while he’s been waiting for Khondor he’s been off to other worlds pretending to be a dwarf and a friend of an archaeologist to pass the time. Holgarth offers Khondor the Sorcerer’s Stone … I mean, the Elixir of Life, to help out Khondor because he is the last of his species survive.


This is all confusing to Khondor because he’s had a one-track mind for this entire mission. He doesn’t want eternal life; he wants to save the princess. If Holgarth doesn’t help him, Khondor will blow up the planet but leave Holgarth alive to float in space forever. There’s an unexpected twist here. Holgarth doesn’t actually have the cure, he whispers to Khondor. Now Khondor has a horrible choice. He can drink the elixir and have eternal life, but it will kill the princess. It turns out the only cure is Khondor’s blood — all of it. Khondor returns to the king and princess to tell them this, and before they have a chance for it to register, Khondor slices his neck and collapses as the blood gushes out.

The king’s instructions to his daughter: “For the sake of our people, drink.” The princess drinks very loudly (those subtitles from the infamous scene of Joe Millionaire would have been perfect), because her life DOES depend on it. She’d do very well with the Cullen clan.


Observation: Actor Karl E. Landler confirmed on Twitter that this episode and “Second Chance” are related to each other. I’m wondering if Khondor’s adventures in the casino took place right before Joe’s adventures started.

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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