Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 1, Episode 1

Sins of the Past (4 Sep. 1995)

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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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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 roles of Xena and Gabrielle were originally casted with actresses Vanessa Angel as Xena and Sunny Doench as Gabrielle. These two actresses both were hired for the parts but pulled out for personal reasons. See more »

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The introduction of "The Pinch". Xena stated Hector will die in 20 secs, however, for the rest of the series, she stated 30 secs instead. 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.
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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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