Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 1 Episode 0

Pilot: The Warrior Princess/The Gauntlet/Unchained Heart

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 1995 on
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Pilot: The Warrior Princess/The Gauntlet/Unchained Heart

The Xena Trilogy of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
The Warrior Princess:
Aired: March 13, 1995
The warrior woman Xena wishes to secure complete control of the region of Arcadia, and decides that Hercules must die to make that happen. So she poses as a maiden in distress to lure lolaus away and trick him into turningagainst Hercules.

The Gauntlet:
Aired: May 1, 1995
For protecting a helpless infant, Xena is betrayed by her army and forced into a gauntlet where she is ruthlessly beaten. After dueling Hercules, Xena teams up with him to stop her former army and slay Darphus. However Darphus gains a powerful ally in death.
Unchained Heart:
Aired: May 8, 1995
Xena's former lieutenant Darphus rises from the dead to carry out Ares' evil plan. While working together to stop the marauding Darphus, Hercules and the warrior princess Xena take their personal relationship to a new level.


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "The Warrior Princess", Xena mentions that her father and three brothers all died in battle. However, during the entire run of the series, only two brothers are ever mentioned, meaning she either lied, or they changed the number of brothers Xena actually had.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Xena: I don't run from my problems. I confront them!

    • Xena: We are warriors, not barbarians.

    • Xena: You know, I've been in a hundred other battles, and the only thing that's ever come over me before them was a cold rage... but now? Is this what it feels like to be you, Hercules?
      Hercules: I think you're just finding out how good it feels to challenge the forces of evil.

    • Xena: Hard times breed hard people, Iolaus.

    • Villager: Did you take care of her yet?
      Hercules: I don't know who you're talking about.
      Villager: Xena, the Warrior Princess. Who else? She just wants to write her name across history in big, bloody letters. She won't rest until she's wiped out everybody and everything that's stopping her from conquering Arcadia!

    • Hercules: You know, a true warrior attacks from the front.
      Theodorus: My commander says you attack from whatever side suits your purpose.
      Hercules: So, he's a coward too?

    • Xena: I'm Xena.
      Hercules: Hello Xena, I'm...
      Iolaus: (interrupts) This is my best friend in all the world, that's who he is!
      Xena:But does he have a name?
      Iolaus: (sheepishly) Oh, yeah, yeah... this is Hercules.

    • Xena: Are you a biographer or a comedian?
      Salmoneus: How about love slave? I'm versatile!
      Xena: You're delusional!

    • Iolaus: (to Xena during a fight in "The Warrior Princess") You sure know how to show a guy a good time!

    • Xena: (to Hercules) Let me go. There's so much in my life I have to make amends for. I've got to get started.
      Hercules: I with you'd let me help.
      Xena: You already have. You unchained my heart.

    • Iolaus: Come on, do I look dangerous?
      Xena: Looks can be deceiving.

    • Salmoneus: (captured by Xena) Please don't kill me! Please, I beg you!
      Xena: Give me one good reason.
      Salmoneus: It would be very unpleasant for me. We haven't even been been introduced. My mother would cry...?

    • Salmoneus: You need someone to trumpet your victories, but you don't want to seem overbearing, or merciless. You need a theme song. Wait a second. (singing) Xena, coming to your town. Xena, don't you wear a frown. (talking) Don't talk about destruction, talk about collateral damage. Be like a tax collector- tell people you're doing it for their own good.

    • Salmoneus: (coaching Xena on creating the right image) Well, an army such as yours, with such a beautiful leader like you, you need publicity. Public relations.Xena: Hah! I prefer my relations to be private!

    • Xena: (in "The Gauntlet") Come here, little man. You amuse me.
      Salmoneus Amusing? You like amusing? Guy goes into a bar walking a duck. Owner says, 'What are you doing with that pig?'
      Xena: Cease! I'll let you know when I want to be amused again.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Before these three episodes, Lucy Lawless had appeared twice on Hercules, playing different characters- the Amazon Lysia, and Lila.

    • The episode "The Warrior Princess" was responsible for the funny disclaimers used in both Xena and Hercules. The disclaimer, the statement that no animals were harmed filming it, was real, because Xena supposedly lames her horse to get Iolaus' attention. From that beginning Liz Friedman's sense of the ridiculous blossomed, and she had fun coming up with absurd disclaimers for each episode.

      No vicious beasts intent on taking over the world were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    • As originally conceived Xena was supposed to die at the end of the third episode titled "Unchained Heart", but when the studio decided they wanted to do a spin-off from Hercules Rob said that Xena was the best choice, and the rest is history. The studio wanted to do Jason and the Argonauts, but Tapert said that show would have too much of the same feel as Hercules.

      No animals were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    • The Pilot Episodes: These 3 episodes were originally Hercules episodes, but are regarded as pilot episodes to the Xena series. They are sometimes referred to as the Xena trilogy, and they were sold individually under that name. The episode "Unchained Heart" had an extended love scene between Xena and Hercules for this special video release.