Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 4 Episode 9

Past Imperfect

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1999 on

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  • Plot Imperfect.

    For an episode that details the death of Borias and the birth of Xena's child, this is a rather perfunctory outing. The revelation that Xena's slave was the perpetrator was sign posted miles away. It also didn't help that that actor playing her happened to be about as convincing as a cardboard cutout.

    The idea that Xena and Gabrielle were only a mountain or two away from the very place they meet their maker fuelled an otherwise limp storyline. Xena's attempts at shielding Gabrielle were great to watch. What was even better was Gabrielle standing up for herself and demanding Xena let her continue on with her life – fate is fate.

    There's no real reason for the flashbacks here. Xena simply says she had a vision of the past and at convenient moments where the script required fleshing out the wafer thin plot, we got another flashback; it's lazy storytelling. The script also lacked spark. Evil Xena is usually the highlight of any episode, but as with the hour overall, the scenes were simply filler. All in all, it's another dip in season 4. There were plenty of opportunities to utilise the idea of Xena trying to outwit herself; add in the flashbacks of a pivotal time in Xena's path to redemption and it should be a solid 10, but it's far from it. Disappointing.