Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 6, Episode 22

A Friend in Need: Part 2 (18 Jun. 2001)

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When Xena dies in order to fight Yodoshi as a ghost, Gabrielle starts a dangerous journey to retrieve her friend's body and put her ashes into the Fountain of Strength, which will bring her back from the dead.

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When Xena dies in order to fight Yodoshi as a ghost, Gabrielle starts a dangerous journey to retrieve her friend's body and put her ashes into the Fountain of Strength, which will bring her back from the dead.

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Xena: If there is a reason for our travels together it's because I had to learn from you enough to know the final, the good, the right thing to do. I can't come back. I can't.
Gabrielle: I love you, Xena. How am I supposed to go on without you?
Xena: I'll always be with you, Gabrielle. Always.
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Not what i expected to see
21 September 2013 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

I knew that among the fans this ep was considered as one of the 12 worst in the series and i always wondered: why? NOW i know why. I watched this one few hours ago and i still can't calm down. And don't think i will be able to do it in a long time. And unfortunately this reaction is not because of my admiration.

To make things clear i'll tell that i loved FINI and ~39 minutes of FINII. And when I almost was convinced that fans were wrong.. then they came...those f***ing last minutes of the whole series. Could you imagine that 5 minutes of the one ep would be able to ruin everything that had been built for 6 seasons? I couldn't. But that's exactly what's happened.

I hate Xena's decision to stay dead and i hate Gabrielle's acceptance of it. I HATE IT. Xena with her again-found stupid guilt left poor Gab alone, as though there weren't all these years spent together. That wasn't the act of heroism, that was the act of darned selfishness. Where did all these words ala "even in death i will never leave you" and "oh, you are my soulmate, i love you" go? And again i hear this Gab's line in my head: "You owe someone so much that you would just throw away these last few years?". Yes, that's what Xena in my opinion did - she threw away EVERYTHING they both accomplished and spat on X/G relationships in order to once again redeem herself, though it was absolutely unnecessary.

Now, Gabrielle. Oh, Gaby. Why did you listen to Xena? I can't describe the pain i feel for poor bard. I burst into tears when the sun set and Xena disappeared. And remembering this now I cry again. The ship scene killed me. We see this strong young woman, who's only 24 (let's forget those 26 years of sleep) and now she's all alone, talking to invisible friend. No, it's too much. My heart is broken. My tears don't fall, they crash around me.

So, in the end we have dead hero, her (i think) slightly turning into schizophrenic sidekick/best friend and a lot of sorrow in our hearts. Not a good mixture for the end of the show. It would've been great ending for separate season, but not the whole series. It would've been better at least if they both had died, leaving none of them wandering alone.

P.S. With such an ending i'll hardly be able to revise XWP in the nearest time. Because knowing HOW it's gonna end will diminish my joy watching interaction between two friends, not to mention searching subtext (and i am subtexter). Now i have to calm down. And yes, for me Xena: Warrior Princess ended with "Many happy returns" episode.


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