When Hera captures Prometheus, mankind begins to lose the gifts he gave them: fire and the ability to heal themselves. It's up to Xena, Gabrielle, Hercules and Iolaus to try to free Prometheus from his chains but whoever is the one who frees him, may end up dead.moreless
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Xena did not use the chakram in this episode.
Xena has a new appearance from now on. She has her sword on her back and her Chakram on a small hook which is sewn onto her outfit. She still wears the belt, but only uses it when she has a second sword, the Sword of Hephaestus in her possession, and after this episode it's gone entirely.
Goof: When Xena hits the mountain while dangling from the giant bird, the mountain visibly shakes.
Isn't it very risky for Xena to hit Hercules on the head when people are dying from scratches? Or, is Hercules immune to this because he is half-God?
Gabrielle: So, do you think Iolaus is still in love with you?
Xena: His love turned to hate for awhile. I'm not sure how he feels about me now.
Gabrielle: And what about Hercules?
Xena: (gruffly) What about him?
Gabrielle: You're not much for girl talk, are you? (Xena draws her sword as she senses an enemy approaching) Then, of course, you're not like most girls!
Io: (when Xena goes to the Oracle to learn how to free Prometheus) What will you give?
Io: What will you give? A lock of hair, a fingernail, a finger?
Xena: I don't understand.
Io: You want to free Prometheus, don't you?
Io: Then what will you give?
Xena: My life, if I have to!
Gabrielle: Once, a long, long time ago, all people had four legs and two heads. And then, the Gods threw down thunderbolts, and split everyone into two. Each half then had two legs, and one head. But the separation left both sides with a desperate yearning to be reunited, because they shared the same soul. And ever since then, all people spend their lives searching for the other half of their soul.
Xena: There's something I've been wanting to say to you for a long time. You changed my life. You taught me how to live. I'll never forget you for that. Thanks.
Hercules: You've been helping people.
Xena: Someone taught me it's the only reason to be on this earth.
Hercules: Now, who would that be?
Xena: Some legendary hero, I forgot his name.
Gabrielle: What's it like being friends with someone like Hercules? Do you find it to be a little intimidating? Do you know what I mean?
Iolaus: Well, I'm not sure.
Gabrielle: Isn't it hard to just stand around while he's doing all these heroic labors?
Iolaus: I don't just stand around. I'm right there with him, fighting by his side.
Gabrielle: Maybe I'll try that. You see, I have a friend who's a little on the intimidating side.
Iolaus: Who might that be?
Gabrielle: Her. Xena, guess who he knows?
Gabrielle: You're so good.
Iolaus: Hello, Xena.
Gabrielle: You know him?
Xena: We have a history.
Xena: (as Gabrielle sleeps through an attack) Gabrielle.
Gabrielle: All right...
Gabrielle: I was in the middle of the best... I missed something.
Shooting Dates: September 4 through September 13 1995, 8 day shoot.
This is the first time Hercules and Iolaus appear on a Xena episode.
Paul Norell, who plays the salesman in this episode, frequently appears on Xena playing various small roles. He also plays the recurring role of Falafel on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Michael Hurst broke his arm during the filming of this episode (making the disclaimer 'Iolaus was harmed during the making of this motion picture' have dual meaning, as Iolaus is injured in the plot, and Hurst was injured filming). As a result, he is seen wearing a cast in the second season Hercules story "Cast A Giant Shadow" and several following episodes.
This episode's script number is 107.
DISCLAIMER: Iolaus was harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, the Green Egg Men went to live long and prosperous lives.
The story Gabrielle tells Iolaus is from Plato's "Symposium", a dialogue on love. The story is told by the famous Greek comedian Aristophanes as a joke, but like most of his jokes there is a serious undercurrent.
In Greek mythology Prometheus was the benefactor of mankind, stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to men. Hercules rescued Prometheus, driving off the vulture which fed on Prometheus' liver, which regenerated daily so the torment could go on forever. "Prometheus" means foresight, and he had a brother named "Epimetheus", which is hindsight. Epimetheus was the husband of Pandora, the nymph who opened the box and let out all the scourges of mankind. Prometheus tried to warn his brother, but as they say, hindsight is 20/20.
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