Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 5 Episode 2

Chakram (2)

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1999 on
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Eli has resurrected Xena and Gabrielle, but Xena has lost all memory of the darkness and violence in her life. The only way to recover the missing part of her self is to join her broken chakram with it's counterpart, the chakram of light, which has the power to kill Gods, and can only be touched by a person with a pure soul, such as Xena has become. But Xena and her friends aren't the only one after the chakram of light- Ares, and a rival War God Kal are also scheming to gain the ultimate power it will bestow. Meanwhile, Gabrielle learns a startling truth from Joxer.

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Xena gets a new chakram in this episode.

    • This episode picks up on the Joxer-Gabrielle romance superarc started in "A Comedy of Eros".

    • This episode marks the first return of Ares in the normal Xena timeline since "Sacrfice Part 2", but he also appeared in the season four finale "Deja Vu All Over Again" in modern day.

    • Gabrielle once again kills several times in this episode. She later reaffirms that she has finally found her true path in fighting by Xena's side.

    • Nitpick: It seems likely that the line about "purest monk in his order" got changed between filming and airing. Kal's mouth doesn't sync with the words when he says it, and Eli's voice changes when he does the line, as if they were both re-dubbed.

    • The balance of Xena's good and bad sides is echoed in the Yin-Yang design of the altar and also the new design of the Chakram, which itself is a balance of the Dark Chakram and the Chakram of Light. The newly balanced Chakram, is representative of Xena's internal balance of good and evil.

    • In the episode "The Xena Scrolls", which takes place in the future, the original, single Chakram is there. This seems to conflict with Xena merging the two Chakrams in this episode. It can, however, be explained using the theory of 'Hypertime' or 'flowing time'. Basically, time branches off at every big decision we make. So in one future, it's entirely possible that Xena's chakram existed in its whole form. This would be called a 'hypertime anomaly' or a 'time deviation' more than a 'goof' on the part of the writers.

    • In this episode, Ares says he stole the Dark Chakram from Kal years ago. Therefore, it is likely that Xena got the Chakram as a present from Ares when she was an evil warlord.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Xena: Oh, you know each other?
      Gabrielle: Your hair is shorter, but you're still the same. Only you would take advantage of Xena when she's like this.
      Ares: Like this? What do you mean? Because she can't remember things that make her mad? Things that fill her with hate? Well when did you become so hard?

    • Xena: I can't help wondering if we're doing the right thing. Restoring this darkness, my violence; can that really be good?
      Gabrielle: I think it's vital. I know that sounds strange coming from me. I think you have to know the darkest part of yourself to be whole.
      Xena: But this way I harm no-one.
      Gabrielle: But Xena, what about the people that harm others? Xena, you have this balance of lightness and darkness, without both of those the very best in you is defenceless.

    • Joxer: (asking Eli for advice on love) I know that Gabrielle thinks a lot of you. And-- and I think a lot about her. Trouble is she keeps dying before I can tell her.

    • Xena: (praying for guidance) I can make no sense of this. Who ever you are, what ever you are that brought me back like this, I need to know why. I don't know how I'm supposed to be, but the others say that I'm a warrior that I kill so that innocent people may live. They want me back the way that I was. Do you? Is that your plan? Send me a sign. How will I know what's right unless you do? (Gabrielle walks in)

    • Gabrielle: (to Eli) Before Xena and I died, I realized that my path is not the same as yours. I tried- but the Way of Love is not for me.

    • Xena: (seeing the sais Gabrielle has just purchased) I'm kind of surprised, though. Don't you need some scrolls or something?

    • Amarice: I've got something for you. (she pulls out the pieces of Xena's chakram) Look, I saved 'em for you. I was hoping it could be fixed. You think?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Kevin Smith (Ares) debuts a new short haircut that he keeps for the rest of the series. He asked to be allowed to cut his hair, since he felt that his long hair made it tougher to get other acting jobs.

    • The scene of Ares confronting Eli was not in the original script. It was included as it seemed akward that Eli be in the middle of a fight and not doing anything.

    • The scene of amnesiac Xena contemplating her life was not part of the original script. Director Doug Lefler brought the crew back in for another day of shooting because there wasn't a strong enough reason for Xena to want to return to her past self. Also, according to writer Chris Manheim, they added the scene in order to lengthen the show, since they were a few minutes shorter than their alloted episode length.

    • Gabrielle had been intended to return to fighting with a staff, and they were going to bring back the eagle-headed one that Ephiny gave her in "Hooves and Harlots", since it looked more warlike than the old one. But when Lucy got pregnant they knew that Gabrielle was going to have to carry the bulk of the action sequences for a while, so Rob decided to give her a pair of sais instead.

    • Renee's favorite costume was the one introduced in this episode. It was comfortable, and she liked the fact that the underskirt was actually shorts, giving her more freedom of movement. She kept one set of this when the show ended.

    • Lucy Lawless' pregnancy is already noticable in this episode.

    • DISCLAIMER:
      Xena's Dark and Violent Past was restored during the production of this motion picture.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In this episode, we see the Dark and Light Chakrams sitting in their respective areas on a Yin Yang symbol. The symbol has black (yin) and white (yang) halves, each with a dot of the opposing color at its fullest point, to represent how the two can transform into each other (though the episode has the Light Chakram on the light side and Dark on dark). Yin Yang is the ancient Chinese philosophical concept of interconnected opposing forces. Yin is dark, feminine, soft, slow, cold, and tranquil. Yang is light, masculine, hard, fast, hot, and aggressive.

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