Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 4 Episode 10

The Key To The Kingdom

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 1999 on
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Joxer, Meg and Autolycus team up to steal the infamous "key" that's prophesied to lead to the crown of Athena, the joke is on Autolycus when he learns the key is really a baby and Meg wants to be his mother.

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  • This was never going to be a classic...

    Don't expect any miracles here. Don't raise your hopes. In fact, don't have any expectations and you will really enjoy this one. I'm not trying to be negative; this episode is FUN! It's cute and doesn't take itself seriously. Also, given the company we are keeping (Meg, Joxer and Autolycus) it is suitably silly, slapstick and clichéd. But this is not a bad thing! This was what we expect from a look-a-like episode, and it delivers on all accounts.

    Realistically, there is not much to cover here. Baby is the key, Meg wants baby, bad guys want baby, Autolycus wants treasure. Baby turns out not to be a baby, bad guys are defeated, moral lesson at the end. Nice and simple. But the plot works as the background to a nice little slapstick episode.

    Predictably, there are the obligatory baby jokes, and dad jokes; Joxer falls over, gets knocked out and puts his face in a plate of mush. Autolycus acts like the walking ego he is, and Meg wanders round and talks in a silly voice. There wasn't however, any baby tossing, which is quite disappointing. Also, Gabrielle is missing and she would have made a perfect addition to this episode, cooing over the baby, yelling at Joxer and arguing with Autolycus.

    Extra points go to the adorable baby with the cutest little outfit on, Meg's story about her childhood, and the grown up King and Queen. Nice twist.

    Overall, don't take this one seriously and you will have plenty of fun.moreless
  • Attack of the silly brigade.

    With an episode starring featuring Autoclyus, Joxer and Xena look-alike #2/3 Meg, it is surprisingly silly.

    Silly above all other qualities.

    The "smart" humour normally found in the usual comedy-episodes is just replaced with silly, which in some places is very good. In others, it is predictable (joxer falling flat on his face? oh really? Didn't see that coming 1 minute before it happened).

    Special effects are also in places downright distracting (baby riding alone in the chariot was *clearly* a dummy/mannequin/doll). The whole xena-coming to the rescue at the end thing was also a bit forced.

    Despite its flaws, it was really, really funny in places.

    It ends on a serious note, with the audience learning that Meg cannot have children of her own, and so this baby was the only way she could have her own (however, I'm sure there were orphanages .... I expected Xena to say something that there are many children who have lost their parents and that she could really do some good with them).

    Bottom line: I liked it.moreless
  • not at all awful

    let me just say tht this episode often gets criticism because it is a plain filler tht essentialy is light on plot and any sense whatsoever...but this isnt by all menas the worst episode of the show...oh no,its actually pretty good and very fun.

    three of the shows most funniest characters team up to provide laughs on many occaisons.

    it shows up Lucys talent at balancing Xena with Meg.

    Bruce campbell is always a delight to watch on an episode in this show...unfortunately this is his penultimate one.

    Joxer...well thts it he is hilarious when he and Meg have their love child,lol.

    all in all it isnt great but stop bashing it...its fun.moreless
  • Bruce Campbell directs this silly and rather boring comedy, as Autolycus, Joxer and Meg steal a 'key' prophesied to lead to the crown of Athena, but the key turns out to be a baby that Meg wants to mother...moreless

    Bruce Campbell, as well as directing some fair episodes of both 'Hercules' and 'Xena', also has a bit of a track record for directing dud episodes. Of which this is a prime example.

    All previous seasons have had Xena look-alike episodes (the first season's 'Warrior... Princess', the second season's 'Warrior... Princess... Tramp' and last season's 'Warrior... Priestess... Tramp'), each one adding a new look-alike. While this installment doesn't add a new Xena twin, it does involve harlot Meg, keeping up the trend of an annual look-like episode.

    The plot, or what there is of it, involves Autolycus, Joxer and Meg stealing a 'key', which turns out to be a baby, who Meg wants to keep and be its mother.

    Lucy Lawless seems to play Meg slightly differently in this episode, as slightly less goofy and with a different attitude. Maybe she'd just got out of the habit of playing her.

    There is hardly any Xena in this episode (she only appears in the final act), and no Gabrielle at all (Renée O'Connor may have been busy filming 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' 'For Those of You Just Joining Us' at the time).

    The story is silly and very dragged out. I found it so uninteresting that I couldn't wait for it to finish.

    The episode feels like it's mostly written just to simply keep up the trend of the annual look-alike story. If that's all that's behind it, I'd rather that they didn't bother!

    This episode is definitely one of the series' weaker installments, and may even beat 'A Tale of Two Muses' to the title of weakest episode of the season.moreless
  • That Baby's A Man!!

    The Key To the Kingdom-Joxer, Meg and Autolycus team up to steal the infamous "key" that's prophesized to lead to the crown of Athena, the joke's on Autolycus when he learns the key is really a baby and Meg wants to be his mother. Both Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell are great comedic pair and show it again in this episode, if only the plot didn't suck. Autolycus, Meg, and Joxer plan to steal a key and get the crown of Athena. But when the key is a baby, Meg becomes it's mom. It's funny watching Lucy as Meg is always hilarious, her with both Joxer and Bruce is entertaing. Not to mention, that baby was pretty cute. But the plot is not interesting at all and the little appearence of Xena, not to mention NO Gabrielle in site hurts this episode. It's a very boring and poor episode!moreless
Craig Parker

Craig Parker

King Cleades

Guest Star

Paul Willis

Paul Willis


Guest Star

Martin Howells

Martin Howells


Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell


Recurring Role

Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi


Recurring Role

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless


Recurring Role

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