a classic episode in every sense of the word,season two had gotten off with a great start in Orphan Of War and this is a major episode of epic proportions,a genuine episode tht screams of brilliance.
it is the usually common What if episode tht is commonly used in tv shows of a particular genre(see Buffy,Doctor Who,the x files etc)and this is again another fabulous version of tht style of a what if episode.
Xen meets with the fates for the first of several times throughout the course of the series.
they help Xena into seeing into an alternate reality if she had never picked up the sword.
the result- her brother is alive,but Gaby is sent into slavery.
a genuinly fantastic episode tht is of the best ever made...which only adds to the brilliance of season 2.