Xena, formerly a ruthless warlord, appears on the scene to prove she has changed her ways. While fighting to protect the innocent she rescues a young aspiring bard, Gabrielle, who becomes her traveling companion.

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Xena, formerly a ruthless warlord, appears on the scene to prove she has changed her ways. While fighting to protect the innocent she rescues a young aspiring bard, Gabrielle, who becomes her traveling companion.

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The campfire scene was originally longer in length, but cut out. It has Xena at her campfire lamenting the loss of her cook, the only reference to her missing her old life with her army. They had Gabrielle convince Xena to bring her along because she can cook, but they rewrote the ending. They wanted to end with the two characters building a personal connection, rather than make it a joke. See more »

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When Draco is talking to Xena in the tent, he says "...I guarantee it". This is historically inaccurate since the term "guarantee" dates back to as early as the 15th century, long after the supposed time period in which the series takes place. Actually, every single English word spoken in the show should be a goof, every character being theoretically speaking ancient Greek, Latin or another ancient language. See more »

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Xena: [as Gabrielle pressures Xena to take her with her] I travel alone.
Gabrielle: So, where are you headed now?
Xena: Amphipolis.
Gabrielle: That's in Thrace, isn't it? I love to study maps and place names! So, what route do you usually take?
Xena: Don't even *think* about it.
Gabrielle: What?
Xena: Following me.
[pause]
Xena: You don't want to make me mad now, do ya?
[Gabrielle smiles and shakes her head]
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This pilot episode shows us Xena is not a typical boring hero.
9 November 2014 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

Xena, Warrior Princess, goes home after years of following a dark path. She faces her hostile hometown and a mother that she's been estranged from for years, that blames her for so much. A humorous feisty Gabrielle(bard) turns out to be a bright spot to Xena, and her salvation. Their banter reveals a wonderful camaraderie between the two. She wants to travel with Xena as she informs her: "I won't stay home. I don't belong there, Xena. I'm not the little girl that my parents wanted me to be. You wouldn't understand." Hmmm...

Xena fights in a big battle at the end with the charismatic warlord Draco, but there's a sense that she is fighting for so much more: a way to make things right with her mother and the people of the town. I love the emotions and obstacles Xena faces. It's not easy to face her past, her mother, her hometown, but she does so humbly. This pilot episode shows us Xena is not a typical boring hero. She's unique. She has a dark past that she is struggling to redeem herself for. That's the great draw to her character and one of the main themes of the show, indicative that the series is going to be a very thought-provoking and satisfying experience.

While the first episode and indeed the first season aren't as polished as season two and beyond, all-in-all it does a great job setting up the series despite having a low budget.


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