Xena: Warrior Princess

(ended 2001)
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  • DEVELOPMENT: The series is a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena first appeared in 3 Hercules episodes during the shows first season, "The Warrior Princess", "The Gauntlet" and "Unchained Heart", sometimes labled "The Xena Trilogy". In the first episode, Xena is an outlaw, but in the third, she joins Hercules to defeat Darphus, who had taken her army. Aware that the character of Xena had been very successful among the public, the producers of the series decided to create a spin-off series based around her adventures.subsequently revealed in flashback episodes. SERIES OVERVIEW: Xena, the warrior princess is bent on overcoming her dark and hateful past. She must save innocents to redeem herself, in the eyes of the world and to herself. She is aided along the way by best friend Gabrielle, a struggling bard who later turns warrior herself. Xena: Warrior Princess was a sometimes serious, often campy and an occasionally emotional rollercoaster ride of an action series. In addition to Xena and Gabrielle, the show also features a wide range of important recurring characters, including adversaries Ares (Kevin Tod Smith), Alti (Claire Stansfield) and Callisto (Hudson Leick), and trusted friends Salmoneus (Robert Trebor), Virgil (William Gregory Lee), Amarice (Jennifer Sky), Autolycus (Bruce Campbell), Eli (Tim Omundson) and Joxer (Ted Raimi). THEME: The voiceover during the theme is as follows: In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings...A land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power...the passion...the danger...Her courage will change the world. FILMING LOCATION: Xena: Warrior Princess was filmed on location in and around Auckland, New Zealand. SERIES ORIGIN: Spinoff from the series: Hercules, the Legendary Journeys. ANIMATED FILM: Xena and Hercules can also be seen in the animated film: Hercules & Xena: The Battle For Mount Olympus.moreless

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  • S 6 : Ep 22

    A Friend in Need Part II (2)

    Aired 6/18/01

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    A Friend in Need Part I (1)

    Aired 6/11/01

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Soul Possession

    Aired 6/4/01

  • S 6 : Ep 19

    Many Happy Returns

    Aired 5/14/01

  • S 6 : Ep 18

    When Fates Collide

    Aired 5/7/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucy Lawless


  • Renee O'Connor


  • Ted Raimi


  • Kevin Smith (II)


  • Alexandra Tydings


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1005)

    • Xena: I don't run from my problems. I confront them!

    • Xena: We are warriors, not barbarians.

    • Xena: You know, I've been in a hundred other battles, and the only thing that's ever come over me before them was a cold rage... but now? Is this what it feels like to be you, Hercules? Hercules: I think you're just finding out how good it feels to challenge the forces of evil.

    • Xena: Hard times breed hard people, Iolaus.

    • Villager: Did you take care of her yet? Hercules: I don't know who you're talking about. Villager: Xena, the Warrior Princess. Who else? She just wants to write her name across history in big, bloody letters. She won't rest until she's wiped out everybody and everything that's stopping her from conquering Arcadia!

    • Hercules: You know, a true warrior attacks from the front. Theodorus: My commander says you attack from whatever side suits your purpose. Hercules: So, he's a coward too?

    • Xena: I'm Xena. Hercules: Hello Xena, I'm... Iolaus: (interrupts) This is my best friend in all the world, that's who he is! Xena:But does he have a name? Iolaus: (sheepishly) Oh, yeah, yeah... this is Hercules.

    • Xena: Are you a biographer or a comedian? Salmoneus: How about love slave? I'm versatile! Xena: You're delusional!

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    Notes (692)

    • Before these three episodes, Lucy Lawless had appeared twice on Hercules, playing different characters- the Amazon Lysia, and Lila.

    • The episode "The Warrior Princess" was responsible for the funny disclaimers used in both Xena and Hercules. The disclaimer, the statement that no animals were harmed filming it, was real, because Xena supposedly lames her horse to get Iolaus' attention. From that beginning Liz Friedman's sense of the ridiculous blossomed, and she had fun coming up with absurd disclaimers for each episode.

    • DISCLAIMER: UNCHAINED HEART No vicious beasts intent on taking over the world were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    • As originally conceived Xena was supposed to die at the end of the third episode titled "Unchained Heart", but when the studio decided they wanted to do a spin-off from Hercules Rob said that Xena was the best choice, and the rest is history. The studio wanted to do Jason and the Argonauts, but Tapert said that show would have too much of the same feel as Hercules.

    • DISCLAIMER: THE WARRIOR PRINCESS No animals were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    • The Pilot Episodes: These 3 episodes were originally Hercules episodes, but are regarded as pilot episodes to the Xena series. They are sometimes referred to as the Xena trilogy, and they were sold individually under that name. The episode "Unchained Heart" had an extended love scene between Xena and Hercules for this special video release.

    • The theme song for Xena: Warrior Princess was a modified version of "Kaval Sviri (The Flute Plays)" from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares. In the original Hercules: The Legendary Journeys episode where Xena was introduced, the original Kaval Sviri was the music used to announce Xena racing into battle.

    • Shooting Dates: June 25th through July 5th 1995, 8 day shoot.

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    Trivia (659)

    • In "The Warrior Princess", Xena mentions that her father and three brothers all died in battle. However, during the entire run of the series, only two brothers are ever mentioned, meaning she either lied, or they changed the number of brothers Xena actually had.

    • Chakram Count: 2
      1) Xena throws it to disarm the men at the begining of the episode.
      2) Xena throws it to make the Cyclops' pants fall down.

    • Nitpick: When Xena crosses the bridge on Argo she says "Come on, boy", however we learn later in the series that Argo is most definitely a mare, although the part of Argo is occasionally played by a male horse during stunts.

    • Goof: When Xena is riding on Argo, right after Gabrielle gets a lift from the traveler, her sword and Chakram switch sides between shots. In the final shot, she doesn't even have either of them on her hip.

    • During the Pinch, Xena tells the man he has 20 seconds, not the usual 30.

    • Nitpick: In real life, the pinch actually takes less than thirty seconds for a person to pass out (even to die) when the flow of blood is cut off from the brain.

    • Chakram Count: 1
      1) To stop Cycnus from killing Sphaerus, his son.

    • Goofs: After Xena leaves Darius' house to fight Cycnus, she comes down a hill to find Gabrielle waiting for her and she has her chakram with her on her left side. Shortly thereafter, she is seen with Gabrielle walking Argo towards Darius' house. She has the chakram there, too. When Cyncnus' chariots approach, she has Gabrielle mount Argo but the chakram is now missing. Later, during the fight with Cycnus and his son, she realizes it is missing and soon after Darius rides up and hands her the missing chakram. Also, in the closing scene, the chakram can be seen attached to the saddle on Argo's right side but it also attached to Xena's left hip as she and Gabrielle walk away.

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    Allusions (236)

    • When Gabrielle tells Xena that she is looking for her "tree" with which to "intertwine", she is hearkening back to the Greek myth of Baucis and Philemon, an old couple who were transformed into intertwined trees as a reward for their hospitality to the Gods.

    • Skanderbeg The weapons shop's owner shows Gabrielle a fancy sword he says is made from iron from the Albanian mines of the Skanderbeg. Skanderbeg, or Iskinder Bey (in Turkish), is actually the name of Albania's greatest hero, who fought against the Ottoman Turks in the 1400s.

    • Greek Mythology Connection: The god Morpheus appeared to dreams in human shapes. He is the son of Hypnos, God of sleep. Morpheus would later be played by Stephen Lovatt in the Young Hercules episode "In Your Dreams".

    • Baby Gabriel was rescued by a warrior princess just as the baby Moses was rescued by an Egyptian princess. Both infants were raised as princes, though Moses eventually left his adopted family to lead his birth people to freedom. In the Xenaverse the Hebrews had to wait for the season two episode "The Giant Killer" to win their freedom.

    • Greek Mythology Connection: Pandora was the first women given the box by the gods, in which were imprisoned all the troubles of the world. Curious, she opened the box and all the ills escaped, leaving only hope.

    • Gabrielle's statement while locked in a dungeon, "What were have here is a failure to communicate..." is a line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman.

    • The episode title is derived from Robert Frost's classic poem "The Road Not Taken."

    • Gabrielle mentions King Gregor and Pandora from "Cradle of Hope". Xena mentions Draco going after her mother from "Sins of the Past".

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  • Fan Reviews (109)
  • Subliminal & Subcontextual? How it was done & looked on screen

    By lisamcfeesa, Mar 15, 2015

  • xena(lucy lawless)is a warrior woman who has set out to redem herself for all the terrible crimes she has done in the past.xena uses her skills to save others.

    By jack756, Aug 23, 2011

  • A "good guy goes to prison for past misdeeds as evil doer" episode crossed with "good guy goes to prison for a crime they didn't commit" episode. Xena is the person who goes to prison, Gabrielle tries to get her out. Nothing

    By oab_x, Feb 15, 2010

  • Exploring the possibilities, if only there was an adult version to look into the sexual tension between gabriel an xena

    By barrymead29, Mar 23, 2009

  • My all time favorite show... so far.

    By KiaOraDude, Sep 21, 2009