Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 1, Episode 5

The Path Not Taken (2 Oct. 1995)

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Xena must rescue a princess from a greedy arms dealer before war between two kingdoms erupt; she also reunites with a former flame who knows her secret.



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Episode cast overview:
Bobby Hosea ...
Stephen Tozer ...
Nicola Cliff ...
Jimi Liversidge ...
Iain Rea ...
Crawford Thomson ...
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ...
Soldier #1


Xena accepts to rescue a young girl whose kidnapping could be an excuse to start a war. This mission leads her to meet again warlords and assassins who don't know Xena is not evil anymore. However, when she meets her old love, Marcus, she decides she must save him too... from the wrong path he is following. Written by Anonymous

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Lucy Lawless performed and wrote the dirge heard at Marcus' funeral (it is in Hassidic style). You also see the very same hot tub used by Xena to seduce Iolaus the year before in the series "Hercules: The Legendary Journey." See more »


Mezentius: [To a man] You're scared, you're afraid of me ... that's good. And, you turned two of my men ... that's smart. Stop by my office tomorrow and you've got a job.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


Written by Lucy Lawless
Arranged by Joseph LoDuca
Performed by Lucy Lawless
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Further layers added to Xena
4 December 2014 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

Xena infiltrates an arms dealer's organization that has kidnapped a princess. She encounters Marcus, an old flame, whom is working for Mezentius, the arms dealer. The actor playing Mezentius does an outstanding job. Marcus stirs up old feelings within Xena. Unfortunately, Marcus isn't that believable as an old co-villain and old flame of the mighty evil Xena. An old boyfriend-villain of evil Xena should have been an amazing riveting character, and Marcus wasn't. Xena encourages Marcus to change as she did, and because of her encouragement, Marcus does a great thing. There's some further layers added to Xena as we see her feelings for her old friend and see her grieving. The most touching moment of the episode is when Xena sings the Burial song for the first time in the series. It's a sad beautiful song impressively sung by Lucy Lawless.

It irked me that they had Gabrielle off somewhere else doing something. She was humorous as usual, but I prefer when Xena and Gabrielle work together as a pair. They basically set Gabrielle aside so they could pursue the old flame angle with Xena alone.

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