Intimate Stranger is exactly that,an intimate portrayal of the warrior princess as she does an inside battle with the fantasticfoe Callisto from the inside,and it is indeed a strange and surreal tale because of this...but all for the better of the episode.
Intimate Stranger is skillfully directed,and very very well written,to make this work as one of the greatest episodes of this show ever to be made.
Return Of Callisto is an unbeatable gem but this episode certainly comes close to tht standard on many many occaisons.
Lucy and Hudson have played off each other brillaintly in their past two episodes,but nowe they have to play each others characters as they swap bodies,this technique has made them show an understanding for each other and shows how Xena feels for Gaby,and vice versa for Callisto as Xena discovers the level of anger she has for her.
Intimate Stranger is beyond brilliance and certainly is one of the best of its kind in the best seasons of the show.
a true corker of an episode.