King Gregor has ordered the capture of a new born infant foretold to take his throne, but Xena and Gabrielle find the baby first; the mysterious Pandora and her box joins the confusion keeping hope safe.


Michael Levine


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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ... Pandora
Edward Newborn Edward Newborn ... King Gregor
Simon Prast Simon Prast ... Nemos
Kristie O'Sullivan Kristie O'Sullivan ... Ophelia (as Kirstie O'Sullivan)
Beryl Te Wiata Beryl Te Wiata ... Cynara
Christine Bartlett ... Philana
Tony Bishop Tony Bishop ... Weasel
Paul Minifie Paul Minifie ... Innkeeper
Latham Gaines ... Kastor (as Lathan Gains)
Alan de Malmanche Alan de Malmanche ... Old Man
Karl Straker Karl Straker ... Young Man (as Carl Straker)
Susan Winter Susan Winter ... Woman
Paul Norell Paul Norell ... Street Vendor


When a seeress tells King Gregor that a newborn child will one day sit on his throne, a woman sets the baby in a basket on a river to protect him from the king. Xena and Gabrielle find the baby. King Gregor doesn't want to harm a baby but his guard captain is determined to eliminate any threat. Written by mama.sylvia

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Release Date:

25 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Willow (1988) is considered a major influence behind Willow (1988) and it's plot. See more »


Gabrielle: [crying sound is heard] What's that? Is that a cat?
Xena: [draws sword]
Gabrielle: A big cat?
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Cradle of Hope
19 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Probably the best episode so far of Xena. It has action, campy fun and an interesting story.

King Gregor gets a prophecy from a soothsayer that a motherless baby will one day become king. Like Herod he orders the capture of a newborn so he can decide for himself what to do next. His advisor would rather have the baby killed.

Xena and Gabrielle find the baby first as those looking after him took the baby away and left it somehere safe. Gabrielle wants to keep the baby.

Xena also saves a woman from being hanged by local villagers, she turns out to be the granddaughter of Pandora also called Pandora who carries a mysterious box.

Xena finds that the king is not all bad, he is grieving the loss of his own wife and child. His rule might also be at risk from his treacherous advisor.

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