Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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The God You Know 

Archangel Michael asks Xena and Gabrielle to kill Caligula, Emperor of Rome turned into a god, who is pursuing Eve and the other Elijans. When Xena arrives to Rome, Ares prevent her from ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Adrienne Wilkinson ... Eve
Alexandra Tydings ... Aphrodite
Charles Mesure ... Michael
Alexis Arquette ... Caligula
Kevin Smith ... Ares
Doug McCaulay Doug McCaulay ... Captain
David Baxter David Baxter ... Elderly Holy Man
Willie Patterson Willie Patterson ... Priest
Joanne Baker Joanne Baker ... Woman


Archangel Michael asks Xena and Gabrielle to kill Caligula, Emperor of Rome turned into a god, who is pursuing Eve and the other Elijans. When Xena arrives to Rome, Ares prevent her from killing Caligula, because that would mean Aphrodite's death. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eve appears for the first time since Xena: Warrior Princess: Whose Gurkhan? (2000). Her absence has not been mentioned, though it is revealed that she embraced her role as the messenger of Eli and had assumed a leadership role amongst the followers. She was originally set to appear in Xena: Warrior Princess: The Abyss (2000) alongside Virgil, but was removed due to another project Adrienne Wilkinson was working on at that time. See more »


Aphrodite: Why are you doing this to me? What do you want?
Gabrielle: I want my friend back!
Aphrodite: I've never seen you before today. I could turn you into a mosquito, you know?
Gabrielle: You could have done that hours ago, but you didn't. You know why? Because you do know me. You don't want to hurt me.
Aphrodite: Well if we're such good friends, then how come I don't recognize you
Gabrielle: Because you're giving up your identity to some *maniac* whom you claim to love!
[Michael suddenly appears above Aphrodite raising a sword above her head]
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Gabrielle's undercover disguise was severely harmed during the making of this motion picture. See more »

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The Acting You Know...and love!
22 September 2007 | by xenatorresSee all my reviews

By "The Gods You Know", it had really become clear that The Powers That Be behind "Xena" had really lost any sense of direction for the show. They might as well just have changed the name of the series to "Xena: Lingerie Model" or "Xena: Bath Princess". The series had begun to reduce itself to cheap gimmicks of women in underwear or bathtubs in every episode.

Sure, "Xena" had always been a skin show, but they still always looked tough, and it never distracted from the series. But, in season six, the loss of some of the best writers in the series (Chris Manheim and Steven L. Sears) had clearly taken it's toll. As well, due to the harsh fan backlash over season five (which, in my opinion was one of the best seasons of the series), The Powers That Be began to turn to turn the show into what "fans wanted". The problem with this is – what side of the fan base do you listen too? Generally the loudest part of the fan base is not the largest. As well, if you turn around and change your show to match someone else's vision, you lose site of your own – a series must always have one person's vision at the forefront – and season six did not.

Despite the lack of direction in season six, "Xena" never faltered on sets, costumes, music, etc. "The God You Know" features some truly gorgeous costumes, in particular, the one worn early in the episode by Lucy Lawless.

As always, the acting of "Xena" never suffers; Tydings and Smith, regular guest stars, both provided unique and fabulous performances. Wilkinson, ever burdened with dull dialogue and an ever whiner Eve, still manages to deliver a performance worth noting. The scenes between Wilkinson and Lawless are enjoyable in any episode and "The God You Know" is no exception.

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