The female warrior Callisto tries to turn the world against Xena by committing acts of terrorism in her name, while Xena struggles to reclaim her true identity and discover why this angry young woman is doing this.
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Chakram Count: 4
1) To take out three of Callisto's soldiers.
2) Callisto throws it into a watermelon.
3) Callisto throws it to try and kill the Oracle.
4) Xena throws it to cut the rope to free Gabrielle.
Joxer is the first person to call Gabrielle an irritating blonde (technically he says irritating *little* blonde), an insult also used by Callisto, Meg, Caesar, and Ares.
Goof: At the end of the scene in which Xena and Gabrielle first meet Joxer, they are walking away from him; however, after cutting away from the disappointed Joxer, Gabrielle is suddenly wearing her peasant clothes from Poteidaia, which she only wore in the first eight episodes.
This episode is the first time that we see Xena cry.
Goofs: When Xena and Callisto draw swords and charge each other on horseback, Callisto's sword cuts Xena's sword on right arm. When Xena then wheels Argo around, the cut has magically moved to her left arm. In the chase scene, watch for how Xena's sword disappears then reappears on Xena's back.
Gabrielle: Do you wanna talk about it?
Xena: It was just another village to conquer, nothing out of the ordinary. The fire broke out, and I don't know if it was one of my men or just an accident, but there was a strong wind, and those flames just swept through that town like a wave of death. But the people were huddled in their houses, 'cause they were afraid of my army. That was one time when my army was responsible for the death of women and children. And there was just a handful of survivors; obviously, Callisto was one of them.
Gabrielle: You know, she'll do anything for revenge.
Xena: I don't blame her.
Xena: What happened to you was terrible. It was my fault and I'm sorry.
Callisto: Oh. Well. That makes all the difference! And now we can be the best of friends. (spits) That's what I think of your apology!
Callisto: The sight, just the sight, of Xena, Warrior Princess arguing on my behalf amuses me. So I will answer your question. I will tell you what I would do if you let me go. You let me go, and I will dedicate my life to hunting down and killing everything that you love. Your family, your friends, your reputation, even your horse. The reason I am being so honest with you is because the very idea of your pity is worse than death for me. You see, you created a monster with integrity, Xena. Scary, isn't it?
Callisto: You know, there used to be some respect mixed up in my hatred for you. But not any more. Your petty scruples are an embarrassment. As a villain, you were awesome. As a hero, you are a sentimental fool.
Joxer: You wanna fight, huh? Fine with me. You made me mad, now, little girl. (Laughs) You've just made a serious mistake. (Laughs) You broke my crossbow! That does it! I'm gonna rip you apart with my bare hands!
Gabrielle: What are you doing?! Now, stay down!
Joxer: Are you kidding, me? I got you right where I want you.
Gabrielle: Will you stay down?! There's something I gotta do!
Joxer: Go ahead, run. You coward!
Xena: I was lucky. I saw what I'd become, and I was able to turn around. But if something happened to Mother, or Hercules, or you... I might do just the same.
Gabrielle: No, no look, you promise me. If something happens to me, you will not become a monster. There's only one way to end this cycle of hatred, and it's through love and forgiveness.
Xena: Don't you go changing, Gabrielle. I like you just the way you are. Go get some sleep.
Gabrielle: No, no, you promise me.
Xena: I promise. Go. Go on.
Gabrielle: You did it! When your village was destroyed, you were infected with bloodlust. But you overcame it!
Joxer: Warrior Queen, forgive my intrusion.
Callisto: 'Warrior Queen.' I like that.
Joxer: It's so much better than 'Warrior Princess,' you know. Ha-ha-ha-ha.
Callisto: You want it? Come and get it.
Joxer: I'm disappointed in you, Xena! I thought you'd recognize talent when you saw it! Oh, she must be threatened. I can understand that, what, with my masculine prowess and stuff.
Joxer: Joxer, the Mighty, at your service.
Xena: Get lost!
Gabrielle shows no empathy for Callisto, unlike Xena whose dark past she knows much about and understands. One instance is when Xena suggests setting Callisto free after capturing her in the desert, hoping she can change. But Gabrielle vehemently tells Xena that "her heart has been eaten away by hatred." Gabrielle's good judge of character will be justified by later episodes, for Callisto never truly changes of her own volition.
Xena again points out that she has never killed women and children, the first time being during an episode of Hercules. Callisto shows that she has no qualms about this by murdering Melas' son in the beginning of the episode. This aspect hugely differentiates between the two warriors, showing that evil Xena still had a code she followed while Callisto is not held back by such moral restraints.
Notice in the close-ups of Xena and Callisto racing on horseback, the horses have no heads and there is no horse hair flapping in the wind. The actresses were placed on hobby horses and rocked on dollies while the camera was shaken, to achieve an effective shot.
Melas mentions to Gabrielle that she'd feel differently about seeking revenge if she lost someone dear to her. This seems to foreshadow the events of "Return of Callisto".
This is the first time we see someone besides Xena successfully throw the chakram and catch it, excluding Diana in "Warrior... Princess", since that wasn't a real throw.
Although revealing that it was Callisto that fired the poisoned dart at Xena in the previous episode, "The Greater Good", this one was actually filmed before it.
The part of Joxer was intended for the actor Wallace Shawn (best known as the Grand Nagus of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), but when he couldn't do it someone suggested Sam Raimi's little brother Ted, who agreed.
This episode's script number is 120.
The 2nd unit crew spent a record-making nine days working on the Xena/Callisto ladder battle.
This episode is regarded as one of the 10 classic Xena episodes of all time.
This episode marks the first appearance of Hudson Leick (Callisto) and Ted Raimi (Joxer)
Deleted Scene: An extended Gabrielle/Joxer scene was cut from the aired version. It occurs while the two are tied up in Callisto's camp, where the two comment on the hero in both of them.
DISCLAIMER: Joxer's nose was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, his crossbow was severely damaged.
The character of Joxer was meant to be a combination of Don Quixote and his hapless sidekick Sancho Panza, with a healthy dose of the Monty Python knight who remains defiant even after he has been cut into little pieces in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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