Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer discover evidence that Xena and Ares were married. Friend in Need, Part 1. Xena and Gabrielle travel to Japan to challenge a samurai ghost.
Friend in Need, Part 2. Xena dies to fight Yodoshi as a ghost and Gabrielle takes on a dangerous journey to find her friend's body.
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Xena is a historical fantasy set primarily in ancient Greece , although the setting is flexible in both time and location and occasionally features Egyptian ,  Indian , Chinese , Central Asian ,  and Medieval European [ citation needed ] elements.
The flexible fantasy framework of the show accommodates a considerable range of theatrical styles, from high melodrama to slapstick comedy, from whimsical and musical  to all-out action and adventure.
While the show is typically set in ancient times, its themes are essentially modern and it investigates the ideas of taking responsibility for past misdeeds, the value of human life, personal liberty and sacrifice, and friendship.
The show often addresses ethical dilemmas, such as the morality of pacifism ; however, the storylines rarely seek to provide unequivocal solutions. Xena freely borrows names and themes from various mythologies around the world, primarily the Greek , anachronistically adapting them to suit the demands of the storyline.
Historical figures and events from a number of different historical eras and myths make numerous appearances, and the main characters are often credited with resolving important historical situations.
These include an encounter with Homer before he was famous, in which Gabrielle encourages his storytelling aspirations;  the fall of Troy ;  and the capture of Caesar by pirates, with Xena cast as the pirate leader.
Competing religions are treated as compatible and co-existent in a henotheistic world, allowing the Greek Pantheon to live side by side with the Norse Gods , Indian Deities , the "God of Love" and others.
Each god, or set of gods, controls a different part of the world, and in the show survives only while people believe in it. In seasons four and five, the Greek people gradually transfer their faith from the Greek Gods to the "God of Love" over a period of about 25 years, and as their power fades, the Greek Gods are almost all killed off in a climactic battle.
This quirky mix of timelines and the amalgamation of historical and mythological elements fueled the rise of the show to cult status during the s and early s decade.
It was one of the first shows to tap into its Internet following, allowing fans from all over the world to discuss and suggest things related to the show.
The Xena fandom is still an active community today. The first choice for Xena was the British actress Vanessa Angel ,  but an illness prevented her from travelling, and the role was offered to four other actresses before the relatively unknown Lawless.
Sunny Doench was cast as Gabrielle, but she did not want to leave her boyfriend in the United States, so O'Connor, who had appeared in Hercules in another role, was chosen.
The show features a wide assortment of recurring characters, many of them portrayed by New Zealand actors. Ted Raimi became a core member of the cast from the second season as Joxer.
Marton Csokas portrayed both Borias and Krafstar. Composer Joseph LoDuca wrote the theme music and incidental music , and co-wrote the lyrics for the songs in " The Bitter Suite.
The original "Kaval sviri" can be heard where Xena races into battle in the Hercules episode " Unchained Heart. The musical score of Xena: Most of the series' music was made available on six soundtrack albums.
The series follows Xena and her traveling companion Gabrielle. Xena is on a quest to redeem herself for her dark past by using her formidable fighting skills to help people.
In Hercules , during her two first episodes, Xena was a villain and a powerful warlord, but in her third appearance she joins Hercules to defeat the warlord Darphus, who had taken her army.
During her own series, Xena spends almost every episode on a different mission, always trying to do the right thing, fighting for what she refers to as the "greater good".
Gabrielle is Xena's best friend and also her greatest ally. She is introduced in the first episode, first as a big fan of Xena and her history,  but soon becomes a notable character in her own right.
As the show progresses she undergoes significant changes in costume and style, evolving from a simple farm girl to a talented bard , and eventually to a formidable warrior.
She is initiated into a tribe of Amazons ,  learns to fight with a staff , and is trained by Xena.
In the first season, Xena and Gabrielle meet Joxer ,  a comic man who styles himself "Joxer the Magnificent", and later "Joxer the Mighty.
Eventually, he becomes a close friend to Xena and Gabrielle. In the first season, Xena and Gabrielle meet two of their biggest enemies: When Callisto was a child, her home village of Cirra was burned nearly to the ground by Xena, killing her family.
She displays a bizarre brand of sadistic , gleeful, shrieking cruelty towards Xena and her associates. Hercules himself reappears alongside Iolaus - who becomes interested in Gabrielle - when Xena seeks to free Prometheus from Hera.
Ares - suave, charming, witty, yet ruthless and amoral - often represents, especially in the early seasons, the seductive power of war and the dark side.
He repeatedly attempts to lure Xena away from her quest for redemption, and tries to win her over as his Warrior Queen. Much of his relationship with Xena remains ambiguous , including whether he is at least partly redeemed by his love for Xena, whether he is in fact her father, and to what extent Xena reciprocates his feelings.
He says several times that he "has a thing" for Xena, and he pursues her sexually and romantically. This seems to prevent him killing her, even when pitted against her in deadly combat.
Other major antagonists of the show include Caesar and Alti , a Roman official and shamaness respectively. Caesar's first appearance was in the second-season episode "Destiny.
When threatened by Xena he tells her " I know what I'm fated to do with my life. This ultimately leads to her capture and crucifixion at his hands,  and he orders his men to break her legs - an extremely painful memory which is often revisited during the series.
Caesar's betrayal fills her with rage, and is the catalyst for her transition from pirate to warlord. Alti is an evil shamaness from the Northern Amazon tribes of Siberia , who had been driven out of her tribe because of her hunger for power.
She is one of the most influential people encountered by Xena in her dark days, and possesses a wealth of spiritual powers, including travelling to the spiritual realm.
Alti is probably best known for her trademark stare, which brings up pain and suffering from the target's life and unleashes the torment once again in the form of both pain and physical symptoms.
When she stares at Xena, Xena often feels the pain of her legs being broken,  her back being snapped,  and a crippling barrage of attacks from her worst enemies.
As Alti grows in power during the series, she can also conjure up pain and suffering from a person's future, and from their future lives.
This power backfires early in Season 4, when she shows Xena a vision from her future, of her and Gabrielle being crucified on Mount Amarro.
Over the course of the series, viewers were also introduced to family members of both Xena and Gabrielle, but most notably featured their children.
Xena gave her first child, a son named Solan , to a group of centaurs after the death of his father, Borias , who was killed in combat against a warrior in Xena's employ.
Solan never knew that Xena was his mother, however knowing Xena for a long time. While aiding Xena and Boudica to defend Britannia against Caesar , Gabrielle comes into contact with an evil cult that tricks her into killing one of its priestesses, Meridian.
Being the daughter of Dahak, she quickly developed supernatural powers, and kills within hours of being born, proving to Xena that there was no chance of saving her.
Hope aged amazingly fast, and, mere months after being drifted down a river by her mother, she appeared to be about 9 years old.
Despite Gabrielle's hopes that she would "be good", Hope killed Xena's son Solan before being poisoned by Gabrielle herself. During the episode " The Ides of March ", at the end of season 4, Xena and Gabrielle were crucified by the Romans , as Caesar is betrayed and killed by Brutus.
They are later revived by a mystic named Eli with the spiritual aid of Callisto, who by that time had become an angel;  Callisto also engineers a plan to have Xena conceive a daughter after the resurrection, and this child is prophesied to bring about the Twilight of the Olympian gods; this girl was named Eve.
After Eve's cleansing by baptism , Xena is granted the power to kill gods as long as her daughter lives. In a final confrontation, the Twilight comes to pass when Xena kills most of the gods on Olympus to save her daughter, and is herself saved by Ares when he gives up his immortality to heal the badly injured and dying Eve and Gabrielle.
The vast majority of locations in the series are fictional. However, a few locations in the plot are centered on real towns of Ancient Greece, including -.
Xena — the main character of the show — was born in the city of Amphipolis in northern Greece. Xena and her comrade in arms, Gabrielle, made frequent trips there over the course of the series and it was referenced often.
Xena described Amphipolis as "full of life", although several times it was full of death: Mephistopheles , the King of Hell, had captured the soul of Xena's mother Cyrene and imprisoned her in hell.
In the backstory of the show, ten years ago Xena had set out to become a warrior, to protect Amphipolis from attacks by a warlord called Cortese.
This was the journey that turned her into an outstandingly fierce fighter with an evil reputation.
When she returned to Amphipolis seeking reunion with her mother, she met Gabrielle on the way and was inspired to fight for good. In a fictionalized conversation between Julius Caesar and Xena in the "Destiny" episode in Season 2 , Xena tells him Stageira "is the ancient enemy of my home village, Amphipolis.
Gabrielle was born in Potidaea in Chalkidiki , Greece, which features many times as a rural village, which should have been portrayed as a rural fishing village.
Joxer was brought up in the city of Athens , capital of Greece, and it is often mentioned in passing. Xena and Gabrielle rarely pass through it, but it was the main setting for the clip show "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards", and was nearly visited in "One Against an Army" and "Blind Faith".
Xena, a spin-off from Hercules, surpassed it's predecessor in ratings and popularity, becoming a humongous hit, and achieved cult status.
They covered thought provoking themes such as redemption, the greater good, moral dilemmas, grief, anger, betrayal, relationships, friendship, and the power of love.
It was heart-wrenching at times and hilarious other times the comedies. It was immersed in fantasy mythology with stylized Hong Kong martial arts action and a wink, Xena and Gabrielle both had growth as characters and you literally got to see it happen.
Xena, multi-skilled, thanks to her amazing infamous storied past, wasn't a typical boring hero Hercules, yawn type that we've seen a thousand times in fiction and on the screen.
She changed her ways and kept her badass edge Lucy Lawless is a true find. Her range as an actress is outstanding. An underrated actress, I believe she is one of the best actresses out there today.
Her current work on Spartacus is blowing me away. Her facial expressions are the best I've ever seen in an actress. She really knows how and when to use them.
Whether it be a quiet subtle moment or more extreme. She's not afraid to scream or yell or snarl. Most Hollywood beauties would be worried about it making them look unattractive or ugly.
But not the ballsy Mrs. She sinks herself into the role and gives it her all! She plays a tough warrior woman with a dark past whom changes her ways and now fights for the greater good, and yet she still keeps her badass edge.
Renee O'Connor is sweet and cute. Perfectly cast as Xena's partner, Gabrielle. She brings a lot of comedic moments into Xena's much darker life.
She also somewhat becomes Xena's conscience as the series progresses. Xena and Gabrielle's charm, banter, and depth of their friendship was more enjoyable and touching than anything I've ever seen on other shows.
One might be under the delusion that this show is only for lesbians, and that's why it became a hit. I'm here to tell you not so at all.
Over the many years, I have come to know for a fact that there are a ton of straight male and female fans in addition to gay and lesbian fans.
All around the world! In all age groups! The stories and charming lead characters were riveting, and that is a great draw for anyone that appreciates richly done show.
The most important thing: Because in the end that's all that really matters. The answer is yes. Imo, it fulfilled something that was missing on TV, an empowered female.
She could take care of herself and didn't answer or take orders from anyone. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.
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