Soul Possession

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  • 8.5

    The countdown is on - the end of the series is almost here, and we are all back to the future, again! The final farewell to some of the most beloved Xena characters - all sorely missed.

    By la_survive, Nov 22, 2007

    Soul Possession was a really amusing episode that was a fitting send off for some of our most beloved characters in the series. Although it was really designed to fill in the gaps for fans from Season 3's Adventures in the Sin Trade II and A Family Affair, it was a funny, witty episode with great dialog and some really touching moments.



    The episode is quite unusual in the plotting, and at closer inspection definitely has some holes in the story that cannot be disguised by the return of so many beloved characters. However, this does not mean that the episode loses any of the magic that you would expect from the third last episode of the season - it definitely delivers!



    It has to be said that it was bizarre to see Joxer back again (as himself). It really felt like an eternity since his character had a role but it was a welcome addition to the episode. The return of Ares is also fantastic. In this episode he is manipulative, evil, seductive and positively delicious! Kevin Smith as Ares played an absolutely integral role in Xena, his comedy, the drama he introduces and his fantastic acting helped to make the series what it is. As an actor he is sorely missed.



    The flashbacks were also welcome, again reminding fans where the series has been, and drawing our attention to some of the more important moments of the series. There were really some touching moments, especially the memorable moment between Xena and Joxer on the night before her wedding... there have not been a great number of Xena/Joxer moments that stick in memory, but this is without a doubt one of the greatest.



    Overall, this episode (as a 'modern day' episode) still doesn't meet the standard of The Xena Scrolls - which truly was a brilliant episode, but it stands alone as a great episode with a valid place in the series. The return of so many great characters, such as Joxer, Ares, Meg, Harry, Maddie and Annie (all great characters with important places in the story) for their final farewell was funny and touching - a great episode!moreless

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  • 4.8

    And the Award for Most Pointless Revelation goes to...

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 03, 2007

    Soul Possession-Ares wants Xena's soul for eternity, and he will do just about anything to get it. He bargains with Xena over Gabrielle's soul using a contract, and almost gets Xena to marry him. Of course Xena is aware of Ares' tricky nature and backs out of the marriage. So, the reincarnations of Gabrielle, Joxer and Xena have to fight with Ares at a modern-day meeting of CH.A.K.R.A.M. Xena manages to destroy the contract Ares created to get her soul. Once again, Ares' plans are ruined. While it was nice to see characters of Harry, Annie, and the psychologist again, this episode is rather random and pointless. First off, the gap between Adventures in the Sin Trade and Family Affair is ruined by inconsistantcy. Second, the Xena and Ares getting married was unrealistic and came off forced. Third, the revelation of Ares saving Hope and Gabrielle is way over due and after 3 seasons of believing that vague explaintion of Family Affair, it's really not need and pointless at this late in the series. The parts that I did enjoy was seeing Joxer again for the last time and Meg singing with the whip cream on her body. But that's about it! All and All, A pointless episode that brings up some unneeded plot developments!moreless

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  • 4.8

    A late and terrible explaination for a Season 3 finale and premiere of Season 4.

    By p4poetic, Jun 14, 2006

    Soul Posession's flashback (taking place after Sacrifice, but before Sin Trade and A Family Affair) do not coincide with each other at all. Everyone seems to act out of character (with the exception of Joxer, who is very good in this one), and the overall vibe doesnt feel right.



    The only redeeming qualities is the humor: the present day sequences we're halarious, aswell as [some] parts of the S3 flashbacks. And of course, Annie Day and Harry are always fun (Mattie never did much) to watch. Along with some sweet Xena/Joxer scenes [S3 flashback] Soul Posession doesnt have much to offer.



    Take the vague explaination of Gabrielle and Hope's whereabouts in 'A Family Affair' anyday.moreless

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