T.V. Series Review: Xena: Warrior Princess Season 1

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Xena: Warrior Princess Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Sins of the Past

Xena returns to Amphipolis, the place she grew up, in order to try to make up for past sins. On the way, she saves the people of Potidaea from the warlord Draco; her actions attract the attention of a young girl called Gabrielle, who decides to follow Xena in the hopes of a more exciting life.

Season 1, Episode 2: Chariots of Water

While defending a small and peaceful settlement from a vicious warlord and his son, Xena is shot with an arrow. She is cared for by a local family while Gabrielle is left to defend herself in the local tavern, which is filled with thieves and cut-throats.

Season 1, Episode 3: Dreamworker

When Manus (the High Priest of the Dream God Morpheus) kidnaps Gabrielle, Xena must face the demons of her past and enter the dream world to rescue her friend.

Season 1, Episode 4: Cradle of Hope

Xena and Gabrielle go undercover after learning of a ransom put on an infant who is prophesied to one day take the throne from a powerful king.

Season 1, Episode 5: The Path Not Taken

Xena is forced to pretend to be her old self, a money hungry warlord named Mezentius in order to save a young princess. However, along the way she is pushed to her limits when she discovers an old lover is working for an arms dealer.

Season 1, Episode 6: The Reckoning

Xena is mistakenly put on trial for killing a group of townspeople, causing Ares, God of War (Kevin Tod Smith), to be delighted with a plan he has enacted.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Titans

Gabrielle reads an incantation from a script that releases three titans from being a stone tomb. She convinces them she is a Goddess and has them perform helpful tasks for a small village nearby; however, after they soon start to suspect her of lying, they turn on the town and threaten to destroy the town for good.

Season 1, Episode 8: Prometheus

Xena and Hercules join forces to free Prometheus; however, his reprieve comes with a price…

Season 1, Episode 9: Death in Chains

When ailing King Sisyphus is visited by Celesta, Goddess of death, he holds her captive. Unable to hold her death candle, it quickly begins to melt away, and all of mankind is unable to die – even when fatally wounded. It is up to Xena and Gabrielle, with the help of a new friend, to rescue Celesta before the candle burns out.

Season 1, Episode 10: Hooves & Harlots

Someone is trying to start a war between the Amazons and the centaurs, which Xena tries to prevent after a dying Amazon princess leaves Gabrielle her right of caste.

Season 1, Episode 11: The Black Wolf

King Xerxes arrests a group of villagers, demanding they surrender the mysterious “Black Wolf” and followers. Xena arranges to be arrested to help them escape.

Season 1, Episode 12: Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts

Xena and Gabrielle arrive to Troy during the Trojan War when the warrior princess is required by an old friend, Helen of Troy. While Xena tries to win the war, Gabrielle meets Perdicas, her ex-fiancé, who now works as a mercenary for Troy.

Season 1, Episode 13: Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards

Gabrielle auditions to attend the Athens City Academy to train as a bard — but others trying for the few open spots include Homer and Euripides.

Season 1, Episode 14: A Fistful of Dinars

Xena and Gabrielle join two men of doubtful reputation (including Xena’s ex-fiancé) in order to find the Treasure of the Sumerians and prevent the wrong hands from getting the most valuable.

Season 1, Episode 15: Warrior… Princess

Someone is trying to kill Princess Diana, so Xena has to protect her. Since Xena and Diana are physically identical (because series lead Lucy Lawless acts out both in a dual role), they exchange their roles so Xena can discover who the killer is.

Season 1, Episode 16: Mortal Beloved

Xena’s dead love Marcus appears on Earth to tell her the underworld has been taken over by mad Atyminius, who has confined the good souls to Tartarus and given evil the run of the Elysian Fields.

Season 1, Episode 17: The Royal Couple of Thieves

Xena drafts Autolycus (Bruce Campbell, one of Sam Raimi’s partners in Pacific Renaissance Pictures) to steal back the property of some friends of hers, which turns out to be the Ark of the Covenant.

Season 1, Episode 18: The Prodigal

After she and Xena are assaulted, Gabrielle asks herself if that is really the kind of life she wants to spend and returns to her village, Potadeia…which is going to be attacked.

Season 1, Episode 19: Altared States

Xena rescues a young boy on the run from his father, who wants to sacrifice him.

Season 1, Episode 20: Ties the Bind

An old warrior claiming to be Xena’s father complicates her rescue of a group of slaves.

Season 1, Episode 21: The Greater Good

Xena gets poisoned, and Gabrielle must take her place in fighting a warlord and protecting a village and the merchant Salmoneus (Robert Trebor), a.k.a. Lord Seltzer.

Season 1, Episode 22: Callisto

A blonde woman called Callisto (Hudson Leick) kills innocent people stating that she is Xena, Warrior Princess, and the real Xena and Gabrielle try to stop her. The two also meet, for the first time, a warrior-wannabe called Joxer (Ted Raimi).

Season 1, Episode 23: Death Mask

Xena finally confronts Cortese, the warlord who burned her village and turned her into a warrior.

Season 1, Episode 24: Is There a Doctor in the House?

When Xena and Gabrielle take a wounded and pregnant Ephiny to a healing temple in the middle of a civil war, Xena is forced to take over as healer when the priests would rather pray than act.

Xena: Warrior Princess season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes to this series. Absolutely an inspiring kick ass Lucy Lawless as Xena. She is fantastic and has such a character arc. Gabriel does too. It is a must watch.

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