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'The Quest' finale recap: The epitome of heroism

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “One True Hero” | Aired Sept 11, 2014

Our weary paladins cross the bog and are on their way back to Castle Sanctum, where Verlox awaits them. While on the road, Ansgar spots a regiment of Verlox’s dark riders, who are coming down their path. It’s inevitable that they will be seen, so Ansgar decides to create a diversion to save the paladins and have them finish the Quest. What Ansgar calls a diversion is what others may call insanity, because all he really does is charge straight at Verlox’s batallion. He puts up a great fight, but is caught in the end, while the queen, Crio, and the trio of paladins get away.

“Ansgar is a certified G,” says Shondo, while describing Sir Ansgar’s selfless act. I tend to agree with whatever Shondo says, and today is no different.

Crio and the crew stumble upon the Fates, who have magically appeared to them during the daytime, which never happens. “The time is now,” they say, meaning that it’s time to find out who the one true hero is! The three paladins left are Andrew, Shondo, and Lina, who are all addressed by the queen before they leave. “One of you is the one true hero, and I am honored by your presence,” she says.

Our paladins ride into their final challenge, which seems to be comprised of many aspects of previous challenges. The first challenge has them cutting through vines in the forest to find a scroll telling them what the next step is. Shondo slashes his way to finding his scroll first and is already on his way to the second trial. Lina follows soon after, while Andrew is left digging through the dirt to find his last.

Shondo is already hard at work on the second challenge, which is a balancing act, when Lina arrives. The paladins have to balance a scale using six random items before they move forward. Shondo has a lot of trouble on this challenge. “I don’t know if I missed this part in kindergarten or what,” he says in frustration. Andrew finally finds his scroll and joins the three at the balancing stations. Lina ends up balancing her items before Shondo and takes a commanding lead, moving on to the third trial. Andrew successfully balances his next, and the lead that Shondo built has all but diminished.

The third trial has Lina going through chains to imprison ogres under wooden doors beneath them. The chains have to be crossed a certain way to make sure the ogres cannot escape, directions that Lina carefully follows. In a haze from the tense situation, Andrew falters and thinks he left his chain behind when he reaches the third trial. He runs back and forth from the balances, only to find the chain sitting right next to his doors, wasting precious time. In a hurry to catch up to Lina, Andrew skips reading the rules and wastes even more time because he doesn’t cross the chains correctly. Shondo finally joins them, but Lina locks her ogre in solid and is on her way to the final trial.

Andrew locks his ogre in second, leaving Shondo to be banished because only two paladins can move forward from that point. Shondo is magically teleported to the Fates to turn in his Sunspear piece and face banishment.

The final trial is a bow-and-arrow challenge. All Lina has to do is hit the bull’s-eye from across the river and she will be the one true hero. She has a substantial lead, but it is diminishing as Andrew charges forward to catch up. She gets in about 20 shots before Andrew finally gets there. She takes a deep breath, pulls one all the way back and finally hits the target, teleporting Andrew into banishment and taking her title as the one true hero.

Lina reaches the Fates, who have deemed her the one true hero, and tell her to construct the Sunspear. The Sunspear looks pretty badass! Once Lina holds the spear up to the light, all of the previously fallen paladins mysteriously appear kneeling around her, and the Fates tell her she has her army.

“Paladins!” Sir Ansgar says, appearing beaten and bloodied, but able-bodied. “What have we got here?” he asks Lina. “I, Sir Ansgar, would be honored to fight with you and your paladins,” he says to her. At that moment, I have to admit I felt a shock of satisfaction and fulfillment for Lina.

The paladins all storm Castle Sanctum together, giving Lina time to sneak past Verlox’s army and face Verlox himself. The paladins kick evil butt, and Ansgar leads Lina up the tower to Verlox’s location.

Lina finds Verlox, along with the captured Crio and queen. “Give me the Sunspear and your friends may live,” he says, while Lina raises her guard and prepares herself for the fight of her life. “If you won’t give it to me, I will take it,” Verlox says.

“You can try,” Lina says, laying to rest all questions of who is the most badass paladin of them all. Lina holds up the Sunspear and strikes Verlox multiple times. With Verlox on the ropes, the Vizier appears to try to assassinate Lina, but is stopped by Sir Ansgar. Lina raises the spear, her eyes glow with power, and she uses the spear to blow up Verlox into smithereens.

Wonder Woman and Black Widow had better watch out—there’s a new hero in town. Ladies and gentlemen, your one true hero, Lina.

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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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