Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 5, Episode 20

Livia (1 May 2000)

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Xena and Gabrielle awaken in the ice tomb where Ares put their bodies when he thought were dead. They find out that those events happened 25 years before and Eve has grown up as a Roman, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
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Xena and Gabrielle awaken in the ice tomb where Ares put their bodies when he thought were dead. They find out that those events happened 25 years before and Eve has grown up as a Roman, Livia, who is now a bloodthirsty warrior who is trying to eliminate Eli's cult. Written by Anonymous

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Joxer's son is the poet Virgil who is best known for his work the Aeneid, as well as being featured as a main character in another famous literary work, Dante's Inferno. See more »


In an earlier episode called Key to the Kingdom Meg reveals to Xena that she can not have children however in this episode and the previous one, she has at least three with Joxer. See more »


Eve: I'll make you wish I'd never been born.
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Due to an overabundance of Bean and Bard Burgers, Meg's gastrointestinal problems intensified during the production of this motion picture. See more »

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You can't keep a good heroine frozen...
17 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Xena" is among the top series to 'recover' from a pregnant lead actress. Being completely unable to hide Lawless' pregnancy, they were forced to make the Warrior Princess a second time mommy. The problem with that is there's no place for a baby in an action show. Cleverly, The Powers That Be froze Xena and Gabrielle in an ice cave so they could awaken 25 years later – without baby Eve.

It was time for the introduction of a new female villain. "Xena" has always been the best series for having the best reoccurring baddies – mostly because the ones we see again and again are always humanized.

Livia (Adrienne Wilkinson) was no exception to the trend established by Ares (Kevin Smith) and Callisto (Hudson Leick) – great actor, believable challenge for Xena and oh so very human.

Adrienne Wilkinson made a wonderful edition to the reoccurring cast of "Xena". Her first major role, Wilkinson had to deal with a lot of firsts in her acting career, but her performance didn't suffer. In fact, Wilkinson triumphed in a role where she could have been easily lost, as many scenes in this episode involved Livia listening to conversations between other characters.

Wilkinson never failed to show the constantly active and working mind of Livia. The way she used her eyes and subtle body movements kept Livia active and interesting to watch, even when two more established characters were talking and she wasn't in the foreground.

Written by Chris Manheim, "Livia" was the perfect farewell episode for one of the strongest writers of the series. Her script was powerful, emotional, yet still action packed. Manheim had a talent for writing the episodes that shook things up with the children of Xena and Gabrielle.

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