Xena: Warrior Princess

Ulysses

Season 2, Ep 19, Aired 4/21/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Xena and Gabrielle chance upon King Ulysses on his way home to Ithaca from Troy, and when they see that Poseidon doesn't want him to get there, they do everything they can to make sure that he does.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Renee O'Connor

    Gabrielle

  • Michael Levine

  • Rachel Blakely

    Penelope

  • John D'Aquino

    Ulysses

  • Timothy Raby

    Meticles

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Xena meets a man...

    By HelianthusXX, Jun 16, 2008

  • Ho-hum... another man-of-the-week, another battle, another kingdom saved. All in a days work for Xena-"I have many skills" Warrior Princess, and Gabrielle-"I'm so sick please kill me" Bard!

    By la_survive, Jan 15, 2008

  • Xena and Gabrielle befriend the legendary Ulysses, King of Ithaca, and help him on his voyage home as the Poseidon, God of the Sea, tries to stop them. As they spend time together, Xena and Ulysses start to have feelings for each other. A reasonable tale.

    By Jay-Spacedust, Jan 08, 2008

  • He really was a sap!!!

    By lenzinoH20, Jul 15, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Xena: Don't lose your sense of humor. You're going to need it in rough seas. Gabrielle: This isn't rough?

    • Ulysses: (Gabrielle limps past) Did I do that? I'm so sorry! Gabrielle: No, d-don't apologize. It was good for me! The fear that my leg was broken took my mind off my stomach. For a while...

    • Ulysses: For someone who's so good at splitting heads, you have a very gentle touch. Xena: I guess- Ulysses: (interrupts) Yeah, I know. You have many skills.

    • Xena: How'd you go with the ship? Ulysses: It's swarming with pirates. They're heavily armed, have several lookouts and the advantage of position. (sarcastically) Should be a cakewalk for us! Xena: Wait until dawn? Ulysses: I was thinking the same thing myself.

    • Poseidon: Xena, stay out of this! My nephew, Ares, has a fondness for you, I won't be as patient with you meddling in my affairs! Xena: What have you got against Ulysses, Poseidon? Poseidon: He blinded my cyclops, Polyphemus! Xena: (to Ulysses) You blinded his cyclops? Done the same myself!

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    Notes (5)

    • Lucy Lawless has said that she felt the actor playing Ulysses in this episode was mis-cast.

    • John D'Aquino (Ulysses) was one of the stars of SeaQuest DSV, another ocean themed adventure. Incindentally, Ted Raimi (Joxer) was also a major character on the show.

    • Poseidon is voiced by Charles Siebert, a regular director of the series.

    • Part of the origin of this story came from the shot of Poseidon rising from the sea, as used on the show's opening credits. The shot was created especially for the credits and not used in an actual episode, but many fans were intrigued by it, and so this episode was written to include a similar shot and a story around it.

    • DISCLAIMER: Despite Gabrielle's incessant hurling, Ulysses' ship was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    Trivia (4)

    • The music played while Gabrielle dances for the pirates is the same music played during Xena's dance in "The Royal Couple of Thieves".

    • Gabrielle realizes that she gets sea sick in this episode.

    • Goof: When Xena throws that last pirate off the ship, you see she accidentally rips off the man's head-covering and dreadlocks wig. She also quickly throws them in after him.

    • Goof: During the fight on the beach, both Xena and Ulysses stab their swords into the ground. But when the camera shifts to an aerial shot the swords are nowhere to be seen.

    Allusions (5)

    • The Sirens: In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus (aka Ulysses) has to sail past the island of the Sirens, just as he does here, but a few of the details are quite different. In the poem Odysseus orders his men to plug their ears with wax so that they won't be able to hear the Sirens, and this successfully protects them. But he also insisted on leaving his own ears unprotected, because he wanted to hear the singing for himself. He therefore orders his men to tie him up, and not to let him loose until they are well away. Under the Sirens' spell, Odysseus attempts to break his bonds as Ulysses does here, but fails, and when he demands his freedom his men only tie him tighter.

    • Xena mentions blinding a Cyclops. This is a reference to the Season 1 episode, "Sins of the Past", where a blind Cyclops explains that Xena blinded him.

    • Gabrielle's outfit when she's dancing for the pirates is meant to bring to mind the gypsy Esmeralda from the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was released in 1996.

    • After offering her help to Ulysses so that he can safely return to Ithaca, Xena warns Ulysses that during the battle of Troy, she fought against him and the Greek army with the Trojan army. This is a reference to the first season episode "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts" in which Xena and Gabrielle fight in the Trojan war to help out Xena's friend, Helen.

    • The full story of Ulysses' (Odysseus') trip home came be read in the Odyssey by Homer. The Iliad tells of his part in the Trojan War.

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