This is the first of only two episodes to feature Lyceus, along with "Fins, Femmes and Gems".
This is the first time we see Gabrielle kill on screen. She has picked up a sword on certain rare occasions but has never actually used one till this episode.
In the temple of the Fates, Xena says that her brother died eleven years ago, and it has been established that he died when Xena first defended Amphipolis. In the previous episode, Solan is nine years old. This means that Xena's rise to power and her entire history with Borias, including their travels to the far east took place in only two years.
This is the first episode of the series where Xena calls herself Xena Warrior Princess.
Goof: When the warriors are attacking the priests at the temple of the Fates, the clanging of swordplay is heard. Only the warriors have swords, the priests are weaponless.
Goof: In the opening shots of the episode, of Xena and Gabrielle travelling across the countryside, Gabrielle can be seen wearing her peasant clothes from early first season episodes (obviously stock footage)!
Gabrielle: (referring to the death of Lyceus) Xena, it's not your fault. He chose to stand for something he believed in.
Xena: Yeah, me. Gabrielle, you don't know what it's like to take a life, let alone cause the death of someone you love. The Gods grant you never do.
Gabrielle: If it wasn't for you, I would never have known how it felt to be free again. I don't know whether to thank you or hate you.
This is the first episode of the series to be directed by Anson Williams, best known for playing Warren 'Potsie' Webber from the long-running US sit-com Happy Days. He also directed the second season Hercules episodes "King For A Day", and "Mummy Dearest".
DISCLAIMER: Xena's memory was not damaged or......What was I saying?