Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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The Path Not Taken 

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 complete credited cast:
... Xena
... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
... Marcus
Stephen Tozer ... Mezentius
Nicola Cliff ... Jana
... Agranon
John O'Leary ... Antonius
Iain Rea ... Brisus
Crawford Thomson ... Dictys (as Crawford Thompson)
... 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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2 October 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gabrielle: Did you ever notice that we never have a problem getting a table?
Xena: It's a mystery to me
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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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The Path Not Taken
10 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

The series has a wonderful comedic opening with Xena and Gabrielle in a bar, with Xena beating up anyone who attempts to lay their grasping hand on Xena with lustful thoughts.

The story is about two young lovers from rival kingdoms. Their marriage will lay to rest years on conflict between the two warring factions but then the princess is abducted.

Xena agrees with the young prince to rescue his beloved princess. The abductor is Mezentius, an arms dealer who stands to profit if both kingdoms resume their war, as each side is already blaming each other for the kidnapping of the princess.

Xena also meets up with an old flame who she hopes to set on a better path.

After a bright opening I felt it really bogged down a bit as Xena tries to play Mezentius by pretending to stoke up tensions.

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