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.


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    Fan Reviews (109)

    • Subliminal & Subcontextual? How it was done & looked on screen

      Never have I seen a series with so much flaming Lesbian Sub-Context. From the 2nd season on, every epi. showed mountains of it. The Production Staff alll had a hand in it; so that way, ***phobic blame could not be thrown in one way nor another. Later festivals gave nothing but a small grin back and forth...
    • 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.

      xena was at first a blood thirsty killer but one day she found a baby(all this in the hercules show but it retold in this show as well).her men wanted to kill this baby but xena save the baby.xena was beat b/c of it.

      thats when xena decide to change her life around.

      xena used her skills to help others in need.on her journey she meets gabriella(renee o'connor) who helps xena on her mission.gabrilla wants to become a warrior princess just like xena.xena is like a mentor to gabriella.

      xena soon meets more friends who are willing to help her on her new mission to save others.

      lucy lawless does a great job at all her stunts.

      the writing is really good,but the rating would have been higher but when the show first started the writers didnt know actually what to do with the show but it changed over time.(the show lasted 6 great seasons)

      the action scenes are just great.go lucy as xena:)

      the acting is very good and i love how lucy portarys xena.

      other than the fact ,the writing took a while to get really good.i say give this show a try the action good,the writing gets good,and its just a fan fantsy show.moreless
    • 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. Nothingmoreless

      Fairly typical "good guy who used to be a bad guy goes to prison for bad guy deeds and needs to prove that they are now a good guy" crossed with a "good guy is imprisoned for a crime that they did not commit"

      In this case, it is Xena, not a minor character (as the show has done already).

      A fairly simple "by the book" episode with no major surprises, serviceable without being great. Decent filler, nothing more.

      Xena is still trying to atone for her past misdeeds and thinks life in prison is the way to do it (since this is not the end of season 4, you know already she won't spend more than the next 40 minutes behind bars), however bad things will happen to her, and good things happen to bitter people making them less bitter.

      Mostly weighed down by the fact that it is entirely unoriginal.moreless
    • Exploring the possibilities, if only there was an adult version to look into the sexual tension between gabriel an xena

      Throughout there are the occasional kisses the long glances the hand holding the "spark" that if set between a male female duo would lead us to believe there is a romantic interest on the parts of the two characters, however is that the case in xena? i think its deliberate made this way i mean leather bound dominatrix with naive young girl, come on its just a blatant exploitation of sexual perversions to retain a predominantly male audience and i am not in the least ashamed to say that at the time it was more for lucy lawless than xena that i watched the showmoreless
    • My all time favorite show... so far.

      Friendship and love are the heart of this show, in spite of all the action, adventure, and sexy ladies in short leather skirts. For six years Pacific Renaissance gave us laughter and tears, and introduced us to one of the hottest new faces in TV history in the incomparable Lucy Lawless, as well as the delightful Renee O'Connor. The only thing wrong with this show is that they ended after six seasons, rather than going on with it for many more glorious years. But with all six seasons released in DVD, at least true fans can revisit every classic episode at their heart's content.moreless

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