Xena: Warrior Princess

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Xena is the leading example of a new genre that has sprung up over the last few years. The tongue-in-cheek Fantasy shows started with Hercules, really took off with Xena, and now include Robin Hood, Sinbad, Roar and even a Conan the Barbarian show!

Xena is a spin-off from Raimi & Tapert's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys series, and has actually become more popular. In this it has followed in the footsteps of Mork and Mindy , which was originally spun off from an episode of Happy Days. Yes, Robin Williams owes his entire career to the Fonz!

The character of Xena was originally cast in the Hercules episode Warrior Princess for Vanessa Angel (best known for Weird Science: the series). However, when Ms Angel was unable to fulfil her commitment to the show the producers had to find a replacement. A New Zealand actress named Lucy Lawless , who had previously played a centaur's human lover, was selected for the part and thus began the meteoric rise of her career.

The character of the evil female warlord was brought back for a second Hercules episode, where she turned good, and when Hercules came back the next year for a second season it was joined by a new sister series, Xena: Warrior Princess.

The one episode of the first season that really stands out is Callisto, which introduces two of the most important recurring characters. Joxer the Mighty is a comic buffoon of the type that, post-TPM, can be described as a human Jar-Jar. The actor? Ted Raimi, of course - hey, his brother is the Producer and always guarantees him a supporting role in everything he does. Remember Dark Man? American Gothic , anyone? And the real tragedy is, poor Ted's best performances have been in his non-brother-provided roles. He was the heart and soul of Seaquest DSV and his role in Baywatch ( Pamela Anderson 's Boyfriend - he got to massage her fingers on-screen!!!) was an eye-opener that this reviewer did not expect!

The second recurring character? Why, the title character, Callisto herself - an evil female warlord in the mould of Xena herself, but with different goals. Her family was killed in one of Xena's raids, and she wants revenge.

So what makes Xena better than its imitators? Well, in comparison with Robin Hood the real difference is the production values. Xena is filmed in sunny New Zealand, Robin Hood is shot in the former USSR. Xena has lots of SPFX and recognisable guest-stars; New Adventures of Robin Hood is blatantly shot on-the-cheap! But Robin Hood is still a brave effort, and rises above its failings. The real problem with an imitator is that by definition it cannot be a trend-setter, it merely follows in the footsteps of the true trailblazers.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 1] Sins of the Past
Shown 04/Sep/95

After being turned good by Hercules, Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) decides to become a peasant. She buries her weapons and armour under some leaves near a random village.

The village is being preyed upon by a gang led by a warlord named Drago (Jay Laga'aia - Star Wars: Attack of The Clones ). He is an old friend of Xena's, a morally ambiguous figure rather than an out-and-out villain.

Xena saves the peasants, including a girl named Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ). She is betrothed to a farmer named Perdicus, who is gentle and lets her boss him about but when she regards as both dull and stupid. However, Gabby does not want to be a small-town farmer's wife. She thinks she deserves better, and is so keen to leave home that she is willing to hand herself over to Drago's men as a slave-girl with the excuse of saving the other girls from the same fate.

Xena encounters an old enemy, a giant cyclops that she blinded. Rather than kill an easily-defeated enemy, Xena advises him to rent himself out as protector to a local village. He complains that he will not settle for eating sheep when he is used to feasting on human flesh. Well, they could sacrifice him the occasional pig.

When Xena gets home to Amphipolis, she discovers that it is not her home any more. Even her own mother rejects her. The locals are angry at her because she started her warlord career when she followed in her father's footsteps as the town's protector. Her first army was the town's militia, and most of them are dead because of her.

Drago's army besieges Amphipolis. He does not care about the spoils of war, his only intent is to recruit Xena to his army. However, he seems very keen to accept her challenge when she offers to duel him to the death.

Disclaimer? There is no comedy disclaimer for this episode.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 2] Chariots of War
Shown 11/Sep/95

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) rides ahead on her steed, Argo, to find a place to ford the river. Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) is still on foot, so she stays behind near a village.

Some Trojan refugees are being hassled by charioteers who serve the warlord Cygnas. One is a single parent, a father with three small children. The youngest is a girl who sees things others do not, but her father will not believe her until it is too late. Is this a reference to Cassandra?

Xena's ninja-like combat skills allow her to catch two arrows at the same time. Unfortunately the opponents fire THREE arrows at her.

The villain, the warlord Cygnas, is the horse-keeper of Ares himself. But the position is not hereditary, so he is pushing his son to become the best warrior possible in order to earn it. The son is reluctant, and would rather be in the tavern with Gabrielle. Cygnas calls him a coward for refusing to kill defenceless civilians, although his logic in this is non-existent. Worse, Cygnas idealises the memory of his eldest son who apparently died in battle - and thus by definition was not the greatest warrior.

Xena gets nursed back to health by the Trojan, Darius. Yes, for some reason he has a Persian name. Anyway, Xena has forgotten about Gabrielle and would rather concentrate on romance and defending the villagers. Unfortunately the Trojans, being a bunch of draft-dodgers, are unwilling to actually fight in their own defence.

Once again there is no comedy disclaimer.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 3] Dreamworker
Shown 18/Sep/95

Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) wants to become a warrior, but Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) tries to talk her out of it. There are many alternatives to violence, and Xena knows many non-lethal forms of combat. Of course, Xena shows herself to be a hypocrite when she kills a highwayman in an unnecessary way.

Our heroines visit a town ruled by priests of Morpheus, the god of dreams. It is the Solstice, when the mystics abduct young women as human sacrifices. Gabby is abducted, and forced to fight to the death. If she wins then she will become the bride of Morpheus.

Xena cannot take the time to locate and infiltrate the enemy's hidden fortress, so she enters a dream-state and takes Morpheus on directly. We are almost five Seasons away from the Twilight of the Gods - will Xena have a premature elevation to god-slayer status?

In the dream-state, Xena must face her innocent (and not-so-innocent) victims. Of course, this is just her conscience. Can she overcome it? She remembers her kills, but does she actually feel regret? Her first kill was a warlord who attacked her village, which sent her on the path to becoming a warlord herself. It seems that Xena still hates warlords, but the one she hates most of all is her old self.

Gabrielle has never killed someone yet, and must remain pure. However, Xena has no such compunctions.

Once again there is no comedy disclaimer.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 4] Cradle of Hope
Shown 02/Oct/95

King Gregor of Lerna lost his wife in childbirth six months ago, and his infant son also died. Since the Kingdom is still recovering from a harmful civil war, they can hardly risk an upset in the succession. A soothsayer foretells that his successor will be an orphaned baby. The maidservant who looks after the baby puts it in a wicker basket and sends it down-river.

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) and Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) discover the baby. They continue on their way, and rescue a woman from a lynch-mob. The woman is Pandora, grandaughter of the woman who opened the box. Apparently it was not filled with evil, but with the desires of mankind. She still carries the box - not as a memento, but because hope is still trapped inside.

When they get to the town, some guards want to take the baby to the King. As with the lynch-mob, Xena decides to interfere in local law enforcement. First she uses her fire-breathing trick for the first time so far. She also uses the pressure-point interrogation technique.

Xena assumes Gregor is an evil King, merely because she heard a rumour that he wanted the baby killed. Well, everyone seems to jump to that conclusion. However, Gregor and his advisor assume that Xena has come to lead an invasion. After all, whoever has the baby can use it as the figure-head of a rebellion. Besides, word that she has turned good has not travelled to everyone yet.

King Gregor puts up a reward of a thousand dinars. The greedy peasants attack a fast food vendor - he is not introduced by name, but it is Hercules' old friend Falafel!

The box will automatically open at midnight, unless Pandora resets the lock mechanism. The smart thing to do would be to send Pandora to the King. Instead, Xena decides to steal the box from the royal palace. She goes undercover at the King's festival, disguised as a dancing girl to seduce his top advisor.

There may still be a civil war. The royal advisor feels the King is too liberal, and wants to use a stronger hand. Also, the royal guards seem unpopular among the merchant class. While the city folk riot, Xena and Gabby throw the baby around like a rugby ball.

Disclaimer: No babies were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 5] The Path Not Taken
Shown 09/Oct/95

A Romeo-and-Juliet couple try to have a romantic get-together. Their fathers are the Kings of Eosia and Collonus. The girl gets abducted by a gang of ninja types. A war between the two warring houses is inevitable.

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) and Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) visit a tavern filled with thugs. The missing girl's fiance tries to hire Xena to do the rescue. The suspect is an arms dealer named Myzantius who operates out of the walled city of Tragus. Xena accepts, and heads off to meet her former friends. Myzantius may be filled with cut-throats, thieves and mercenaries but it actually seems a lot more civilised than the average tavern. One of the mercenaries there is Marcus, Xena's lost love.

Gabby tries to get the girl's fiance to talk to her father. Well, she has to be given something to do since the main storyline is all about Xena.

The villain is a neutral party in the forth-coming war. Xena worms her way into his confidence by offering a partnership. She incentivises him by monetizing everything. This is a nice example of her using non-lethal methods to gain an advantage. However, this is an action-adventure show so we know it will all end in a bloodbath. With no actual on-screen blood, of course.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 6] The Reckoning
Shown 16/Oct/95

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) fights a mysterious cloaked figure. He is an expert sword-fighter, and can teleport. Xena ends up expertly framed for murder.

The lawgiver orders there to be a fair trial, even though the victims' friends and family come out with the usual sob-story as an excuse for bloodthirsty vengeance. Despite being amateurish peasants they set up an excellent ambush, something that the average villain's henchmen usually botch. Xena makes it easy for them - she boxes herself into a canyon where there is only one way in or out.

Xena is give a choice - become the bride of Ares (Kevin Smith - ) or be executed. This would be a great chance to bring order out of chaos. To sweeten the deal, Ares offers her the opportunity to impose fair taxation, comfort for the elderly and the teaching of medicine. She would have his army at her disposal, so she could continue her quest for justice but on a much larger scale than she is currently doing.

Xena has another chance, because Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) acts as her defence lawyer.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 7] The Titans
Shown 30/Oct/95

Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) helps some cultists out by reading a spell aloud. This awakens the ancient Titans, who had been imprisoned in solid stone. They go along with Gabby, and do as she commands. She lets the power get to her head, with the same temptation that Ares showed Xena last week.

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) has been hunting down a murderous thief named Hessian. No sooner has she done a citizens' arrest on him than she has to deal with Gabby's new friends. Yes, when the Titans realise that Gabby is a mortal instead of a goddess they are somewhat dismayed. Luckily, although the Titans love to stamp on things their big feet are also very sensitive.

The Titans take a personal grudge against Xena for defying them. The citizens hide out in the local temple, because the Titans are afraid of incurring the wrath of the gods. However, they can still besiege it without trying to set foot inside. The humans' main enemy is themselves. The cultists shepherd the village children into the Titans' cave as a snack. The villagers team up with Hessian to hand Xena over.

The Titans want to continue their war against the gods. They need Gabby and the Cultists to awaken a sleeping army. Xena gets over-protective towards Gabby, and Gabby assumes that Xena has no respect for her. Of course, Gabby acknowledges that she has been captured in pretty much every episode so far.

The magic that binds the Titans has a couple of strange rules. Firstly, the spell must be spoken with a specific pronunciation. Secondly, the caster of the spell must be a virgin. Can Gabby refrain from losing her cherry?

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 8] Prometheus
Shown 06/Nov/95

Xena injures a bandit, and his body cannot heal itself. She takes this as a sign that Prometheus has been captured by the gods. Mankind will lose access to all his gifts, such as fire and healing.

Xena takes Gabby to a temple that looks like the one from the previous episode. The Oracle sends her on a quest to the cave of Hephaestus where an unstoppable sword is concealed. The warriors of Hera will try to stop her. She does not have an army of Titans to help her, so she has to let them get wiped out by the cave's boobytraps.

Falafel the merchant, last seen a few episodes ago, is selling tourism mementos for five dinars each. Gabby hangs out with him while Xena is off at the cave. Iolus drops by, looking for Hercules, and the two sidekicks start to bond.

Herc and Iolus are also after the magic sword. Rather than have a team-up, as most cross-overs are, this time the two pairs of heroes are working at cross purposes. Each hero wants the glory of sacrificing themselves to save the world. In fairness, the world needs Xena to survive more than it needs Herc. He has created a legend that has a greater impact on the world than anything he could personally do. Xena, on the other hand, has only just begun to create her own personal legend.

Iolus gets a flesh wound, but without the ability to heal it could be fatal. He spends time bonding with Gabby. Although bandaging a non-healing wound is pointless, they could still try to seal it by stitching or burning. Instead, Gabby tries to lift his spirits by telling him a myth about soulmates.

Xena casually KO's Hercules and steals the magic sword. Well, it is her show so as the title character she should win. However, Hercules is a demi-god so he should be a bit harder to defeat.

Hera grows her soldiers in man-sized polystyrene eggs. She obviously did not get the news, that stuff is impossible to recycle and she is just generating landfill.

Disclaimer: Iolus was harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, the Green Egg Men went on to live long and prosperous lives.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 9] Death in Chains
Shown 27/Nov/95

Celesta, the angel of death, arrives to reap King Sysiphus of Corinth. She is not too choosy about who she reaps, murdering a lonely guardsman who offers to make her feel good. He was not on the to-reap list, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sysiphus tries to bribe Celesta with a King's feast, and she actually agrees to postpone the reaping until after the feast. Silly girl, it is all a trap!

Celesta's brother is Hades, King of the Underworld. Well, that explains how she got the job. In all fairness, the Greek gods always ran Olympus as a family firm. Hades sends Xena to save Celesta. After all, Xena previously faced Sysiphus and knows his tricks.

With Celesta imprisoned, nobody can die. The result is just like in the US season of Torchwood . Looks like now we know where the idea came from. The previous episode, when nobody could heal an injury, also plays on the same theme.

A warlord, Toxius, tries to recruit Xena into his war-band. However, every time she kills him he just regenerates. He realises that if she frees Celesta then he will be reaped.

In the previous episodes, Gabby was interested in love and soul-mates. Now she wants to concentrate on the more important things in life - travel, adventure, meeting interesting people. However, she soon gets herself a new love interest. He is warm, funny, smart - the perfect house-husband. One wonders why she never hooked up with Joxer later on.

Disclaimer: No Jumbo Sized Cocktail Rats were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 10] Hooves & Harlots
Shown 04/Dec/95

Like most tales of female empowerment, this was written by a man - in this case, Steven L Sears . The show is

The ep starts when Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ), ever the talkative comic relief, invents the walking stick. Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) points out that it would work better as a quarterstaff. Later, Gabby is appointed as Princess of the Amazons. Ephiny ( Danielle Cormack ) then trains Gabby in the use of the quarterstaff.

An Amazon hunting party is attacked by a group of unseen archers, using Centaur arrows. In revenge for the death of an Amazon princess, the Centaur chief's son is captured and due to be executed. Amazon law does not allow a trial, it seems. Xena realises the killing is an obvious frame-up, and tries to solve the original murder in order to prevent all-out war between the Amazons and the Centaurs.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 11] The Black Wolf
Shown 08/Jan/96

King Xerxes - yes, another Persian name - sends his soldiers out to collect taxes. The soldiers are well-armed, with swords and helmets and breast-plates. However, they are easily defeated by some ninjas. Not actual ninjas from Japan, just some lightly-armed civilian militia who are resisting tyrannical government. Perhaps Xerxes could lower taxes by reducing his military spending, and rely on the civilian militia of ninjas to defend the state.

Xena is in town to see an old friend.

Xerxes wants the head of the resistance movement, a mysterious person who uses the codename The Black Wolf. Xena rents herself out to Xerxes for ten thousand dinars. In contrast, horseshoes are fifteen dinars and feed is ten. First she publicly beats up the Minister for Security, in a brutally one-sided fight. Then she gets herself thrown into the dungeon where the Black Wolf sympathisers are held.

Gabby bumps into a familiar figure, the merchant Salmoneus (Robert Trebor - ). He sells Black Wolf merchandise, which is as much involvement as he wants. His business is basically anachronistic, based as it is on concepts like intellectual property. Unfortunately for Salmoneus, Gabby leaves chaos in her wake.

Once again, there is no comedy Disclaimer for this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 12] Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts
Shown 15/Jan/96

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) and Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) are summoned by Helen of Troy. Yes, the entire Trojan War is dealt with by a single episode.

Gabby recognises one of the Trojan defenders. He is her former fiance, Perdicas. He is no longer a mere farmboy - he is now a bloodthirsty mercenary who sold out his homeland for Trojan gold. Naturally, Gabby is now attracted to him.

The Trojans are mistrustful of Xena, because they do not believe a Greek would fight for Troy. Well, they hired Perdicas.

Not to spoil the ending, but ... The Trojans flee to a colony in Italy. It is called Rome, and a young Roman named Caesar will be a recurring villain in later Seasons. Thanks to Xena's interference, Greece was badly affected and will not be able to resist Caesar's Roman (Trojan) army.

Disclaimer: No oversized Polynesian-Style Bamboo Horses were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, many wicker lawn chairs gave their lives.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 13] Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards
Shown 22/Jan/96

Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) meets Orion (Dean O'Gorman - Almighty Johnstons ), a fellow creative writing enthusiast. He is off to the Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards His father tries to dissuade Gabby from being a bard, with the phrase stories about housework are just not popular. Naturally Gabby decides to do the opposite of what he says.

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) goes off to the village of Carimus. A cyclops has been spotted there, stealing cattle from the local farmers. Yes, they normally prefer human flesh - but this one is virtually domesticated. So Xena heads off to oppress this member of a marginalized community, an endangered species that is probably on the verge of extinction.

Gabby goes along by herself to Athens for some revenge. She cheats her way into the Academy by forging a registration form, then spends her time being a know-it-all and telling everyone else (including the teacher) that they are terrible writers. However, when she gets caught out and expelled the other students stand up for her.

Rather than just have Gabby monologue the audience, the director embraces the concept of show-don't-tell. This involves showing the best bits of previous episodes. Yes, this is basically a clip show.

This may be a clip show, but it is not limited to clips from this show. One rival student mentions Xena's back-story, which leads on to a clip of her very first appearance in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys . Another student's story is illustrated by scenes from a 1950s Steve Reeves Hercules film. The highlight is a montage from Spartacus (1960) set during the Third Servile War, even though the siege of Troy onkly ended in the previous episode.

Disclaimer: The producers would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas and all those who were involved with the making of the film classic "SPARTACUS"
Additional thanks to Steve Reeves.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 14] A Fistful of Dinars
Shown 29/Jan/96

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) finds one of the clues to the treasure of the Sumerians. However, there are four clues and to find the treasure requires cooperation. She must team up with the Good, the Murderous and the Untrustworthy. Gabby is good, the assassin is murderous and the warlord is untrustworthy.

Xena tells Gabby not to trust the warlord because he once seduced her. Yes, once more we meed one of Xena's ex-lovers. Now he uses his charms on Gabrielle, and she seems receptive. Is he a love interest or a manipulator? And if the latter, is he more evil than Xena for using the exact same tactic?

Xena's secret agenda is to retrieve some Ambrosia before it falls into the wrong hands. She tells Gabby everything, because friends do not keep secrets from each other. Not a good move, because it makes Gabby a target for anyone who wants Xena's secrets.

If Xena eats some of the ambrosia, she will get godlike powers and be able to cure any mortally wounded friends or innocents. This would make her job - well, hobby - a lot easier. And if she fears that absolute power will corrupt her absolutely, she could just give it to Gabby instead.

Disclaimer: No Ambrosia was Spilled, Spoiled or in any way harmed during the production of this motion picture. (Thanks to the indefinite shelf life of marshmallows.)

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 15] Warrior... Princess
Shown 05/Feb/96

This ep contrasts slavery with arranged marriage. Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) is summoned to help a spoilt rich bimbo named Diana who is also her identical doppelganger. It is nice to see Lucy Lawless stretch herself in different roles, although the result is reminiscent of I Dream of Jeannie Episodes where the female lead played her character's entire extended family.

Diana's father, the King, heard about Xena's resemblance from his cousin Sysiphas. Since Sysiphas was last seen about to get reaped by Celesta, we can only wonder when he found the time. Not to mention why he never mentioned the resemblance at the time.

The King wants Xena to act as decoy for his daughter Diana. Of course, Xena refuses because she is not just a sword for hire. In other words, she fights bad guys for charity, not profit.

Diana is about to marry Minius of Liberium. The two kingdoms will be united under the bride's kingdom's constitution, which strictly outlaws the institution of slavery. As a result, the rich slave-traders are probably behind the assassination attempts. Xena does not care about saving the life of a rich woman, or about maintaining stable government and avoiding civil war in the city-state. However, the chance to disrupt a slave-based economy and send the region into decline is too good for her to pass up.

Diana goes out in Xena's armour to team up with Gabby. Unfortunately Gabby assumes that Xena is just testing her, and it is all a ruse. Luckily Gabby has started to train in fighting with her quarterstaff, so at least one of them is able to fight off the locals.

Xena has to maintain her cover as a spoilt Princess, while fighting off multiple opponents. She also has to uncover a plot. It is not necessarily the slave-traders who are behind the assassins. It could be corrupt local bureaucrats, who embezzle money intended as Royal charity for the poor. So much for the Social contract.

Typically for Season one, the violence is quite cartoonish. For example, one man is set on fire TWICE - the first time using the fire-breathing trick Xena used to murderous effect in later Seasons.

The epilogue is pure subtext.

Disclaimer: Neither Xena nor her remarkably coincidental identical twin, Diana, were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 16] Mortal Beloved
Shown 12/Feb/96

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) is summoned by the ghost of Marcus, her former lover. A serial killer has stolen Hades' helmet of invisibility. Xena has to go to the Underworld and help Marcus restore Hades' godhood.

Conveniently for Xena, it turns out that Harpies can be killed by the fire-breathing trick Xena used to murderous effect in later Seasons. Strange for a couple of reasons - a couple of eps ago a human assassin could shrug it off with comedic effect, and also strange because hell-spawn should be flame-proof!

Disclaimer: No [] were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 17] The Royal Couple of Thieves
Shown 19/Feb/96

Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) gets Autolycus (Bruce Campbell - Evil Dead ) to help her steal the Ultimate Weapon. They go undercover in a Warlord's palace.

This ep seems to owe a lot to Raiders of the Lost Ark .

Disclaimer: No [] were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 18] The Prodigal
Shown 04/Mar/96

Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) volunteers to defend a village. The villagers have hired Meleager the Mighty (Tim Thomerson - Trancers ), who is Gabrielle's favourite hero. Unfortunately, when she meets him she discovers he is less than perfect. He is a thief (like Autolycus) albeit not a very good one . In fact, he is a bit of a loser (like Joxer). In other words, he is the typical comedy male.

Disclaimer: No [] were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 19] Altared States
Shown 22/Apr/96

A young boy is to be sacrificed to the one god. This is a take on the legend of Abraham and Isaac. There is a twist ending that indicates the deity is real, though it is not foreshadowed that it becomes the evil entity known as Dahawk the Destroyer.

The young Karl Urban ( Dredd ) appears, though he is apparently neither Cupid nor Caesar.

Disclaimer: No [] were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 20] Ties That Bind
Shown 29/Apr/96

Xena's father makes an appearance. The quest is to rescue some slave girls from Ares' warlord.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 21] The Greater Good
Shown 06/May/96

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 22] Callisto
Shown 13/May/96

Callisto ( Hudson Leick ) is an evil female warlord in the mould of Xena ( Lucy Lawless ) herself, but with different goals. Her family was killed in one of Xena's raids, and she wants revenge. She destroys villages, and tells the survivors that she is Xena ...

Xena and Gabrielle ( Renee O'Connor ) are targeted by a bounty-hunter named Joxer the Mighty (Ted Raimi). Luckily for them, he is a comic buffoon of the type that, post-TPM, can be described as a human Jar-Jar.

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 23] Death Mask
Shown 03/Jun/96

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Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess [Season 1, Episode 24] Is There A Doctor in the House?
Shown 29/Jul/96

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