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Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 13

The Quest (2)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 1997 on
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Episode Summary


After Xena's death, Gabrielle returns to the Amazons, where she discovers that she has become Queen. Meanwhile, Autolycus finds himself possessed by the Warrior Princess who needs him to help her find Ambrosia to bring herself back to life. But Xena's rebirth and Gabrielle's life are both threatened by Velasca, the Amazon who ruled the tribe in Gabrielle's stead. But when Velasca learns that the ultimate prize has the power to make her a Goddess, Xena must find a way to help Gabrielle keep it out of her hands.


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  • part two of the trilogy.

    with Xena now deceased Gaby deals with these events in a truely remarkable way as she steadily travels through Greece to place Xena next to her brother.

    along the way however Gaby is brought in by the amazons who now make Gaby the new amazon queen.

    this is a truely great episode that is required viewing for every fan of the show,it furthers Gabys change as a character for the rest of the show.

    The Quest is very unique from its predessesor and is treated like its its own episode all for the better of the episode of course.

    Atolycas just puts the icing on the cake as he is possessed by Xenas spirit and has to get her back into her body before it s destroyed by the amazons.

    Bruce is always a treat to watch,and this has to be one of his greatest performances of his entire career.

    The Quest is yet another brilliant episode from the remarkable second season.

    and with the addition of a new foe Valasca played to a great effect(who also returns in the concluding pt of the trilogy with callisto).

    a must see and one of the greatest episodes of the show.moreless
  • Gabrielle's decision...

    Gabrielle encounters the Amazons and their temporary queen, Velasca. Gabrielle must decide if she will become their queen. Xena is physically absent is this episode but Autolycus finds he is possessed by her spirit.

    I do not like Velasca. There have been such great villains portrayed in this series but I'm not impressed with her at all. The malevolent, self-centered Velasca killed the queen of the Amazons, Melosa so that she could become queen. I loved Melosa's character. It's such a pity she was only in one episode. She was a beautiful and strong-minded being.

    Within this episode, there are incredibly beautiful touching scenes of Gabrielle coming to terms with Xena's death and her inevitable decision to move on.

    Bruce Campbell's appearance rounds out this episode. He is a comedic genius with the perfect sense of timing.moreless
  • This episode tries to achieve a lot, and for the most part it succeeds. It is definitely an exciting trip...

    The Quest is a most unusual episode. After the incredible achievement that was Destiny, it has the feel of an episode which wants to stand on two feet, while still being tied in every way to the previous episode. Overall, the episode works, and achieves what it wants to achieve. There is no doubt, however, that it is an action packed episode, with so many story lines that it is almost difficult to follow in places.

    We start with a grieving Gabrielle, attempting to transport Xena's body back to Amphipolis, as per her wishes. In walks Iolaus. Out walks Iolus. In walks Autolycus with Xena's spirit in his body. In walks the Amazons. In walks Velasca, one of the more creepy enemies of the series. Then, suddenly, Gabrielle becomes an Amazon Queen, oh wait, now Velasca is after the ambrosia, hang on, what's Xena and Autolycus doing... aaahhhh!!

    The point made is that there is a lot happening here. Almost too much for an episode which could have worked on the grief of Gabrielle, and the desperate search for the ambrosia to bring Xena back to life, alone. But despite this, there are some really good moments. One of my favorites is watching Gabrielle fight the thugs attempting to steal Xena's body. She fights with such anguish on her face, such desperation, you can see she feels like she is defending her mate. It reminds me of a similar fight scene from the much later episode, The Ides of March. This is where I most love Gabrielle, when she is using her skills to the best of her ability.

    I really empathized with Gabrielle's grief over the loss of Xena. Even though you know it is only a matter of time until she is brought back to life, the brutal way she died and the shock of it all is still fresh in this episode.

    I thought the use of Autolycus as the carrier of Xena's spirit was an unusual choice. I really like Autolycus, but he almost doesn't work in this episode. It was definitely a useful device, however, and it was quite clever, if a little quirky. In many way, Autolycus was very welcome in this episode, if for no other reason than his ability to lighten the mood considerably.

    The addition of the Amazons as a sub-plot/side-plot was interesting, but I feel like it belonged in an episode of its own, for example, just being used in the following episode, A Necessary Evil. Velasca is a very interesting character, a considerable foe, clearly deranged, but still very watchable. I am glad that she returned for the later plot line because she is quite amusing at times. Her dominatrix act with Autolycus is very funny and very well acted.

    The fight scenes in this episode are particularly solid. I really enjoyed the fight on the vines, it was original and very impressive. Gabrielle looks great done up like a true Amazon queen (Autolycus not so great!) and I wish that she had continued to use her great moves, and continued to wear her Amazon garb, because I highly respect her in this episode.

    All this brings us to the key moment of the episode (at least for us sub-text fans). I am, of course, talking about THE KISS. Read into this moment what you will; I loved it. I thought it was so beautiful, just a surreal moment, while still being handled so sensitively and realistically. This is one of the classic Xena moments, and one of the most unforgettable. I love Autolycus' comment at the end of the kiss "well, I hope you two worked things out", it lightens the moment without turning the whole scene into something less that it should be.

    The ending is good, and leads on to the later episode with the unhinged Velasca, this time in god-mode. All in all, although this episode does not come close to matching the sheer brilliance of Destiny, for the most part, no one expected it to. It handles all aspects well, and creates a good, stand-alone episode which is remembered for its own good points, rather than just being the conclusion to Destiny.moreless
  • With Xena dead, Gabrielle is taking her body to rest with her brother at Amphipolis, but is sidetracked by the Amazons who want her to be their Queen. Meanwhile, Xena's spirit takes control of Autolycus to steal back her body. A silly follow up episode...moreless

    After the powerful events of the previous episode, 'Destiny', here things are followed up by this often silly and slightly disappointing tale. Of the several episodes of the season written to cover from Lucy Lawless' absence, this is probably the most evident of being produced at the eleventh hour to cover her disappearance.

    In the scene where Gabrielle, taking Xena's body back to Amphipolis, meets up with Iolaus, I found it slightly niggling that Iolaus didn't accompany her on the journey. I mean, as it is, he arrives just in time to fend off a bunch of goons, and I think it would be in his character to see that she got their safely and not on her own.

    Which leads onto an even bigger niggle, something that a fellow reviewer has already picked up on. Why didn't Xena's spirit simply take over Gabrielle's body in the first place? It would have made things a lot easier! Of course, then we wouldn't have a story. One can only try and deduct that Xena chose Autolycus due to his thieving skills and physical dexterity.

    And then there's the kiss! With Xena visiting Gabrielle from beyond the grave, the pair go to kiss, only for things to cut back to 'reality' and Gabrielle kissing Autolycus. More and more pointers are being given at the stage to toy with the idea that Xena and Gabrielle are more than just good friends!

    Velasca, the 'bad Amazon', is an interesting character, although when I first watched this episode years ago, I did slightly think "Callisto replacement", maybe unfairly.

    Bruce Campbell shows off his physical dexterity (ooh, I've used that phrase twice in one review; sounds fancy!) as he plays Autolycus possessed by Xena, leading to some of the best moments of the episode.

    A good shot comes as Autolycus, freshly possessed by Xena, is dragged over to a barrel of water, to see the reflection of Xena inside, a nice CGI shot.

    Another nice touch comes as Autolycus (possessed by Xena) leaps into action to save the Warrior Princess' body from being burnt by the Amazons – the Xena battle theme starts playing, showing that even though in a different body, Xena is still about!

    The story isn't bad – playing as half comedy (Autolycus) and half drama (Velasca) – but as I say, coming after the powerful events of the previous story, doesn't quite match up to that magnificent episode.moreless
  • Wouldn't you like to have Xena inside you?

    The Quest-After Xena's death, Gabrielle becomes Queen of the Amazons, while Autolycus finds himself possessed by the warrior princess, Xena who needs ambrosia to bring herself back to life. But Xena's rebirth and Gabrielle's life are both threatened by an Amazon bent on obtaining the Amazon crown and the ambrosia.

    This episode starts off pretty sad, Xena is dead and Gabrielle is alone now. Luckily Iolaus comes bye to make her realizes things will be okay. But some things turn become hilarious when Autolycus finds that Xena has possessed him and needs his help. It's so funny watch Autolycus hitting and tripping himself because of Xena, Bruce Campbell is such a good comedic actor. My favorite part of this episode when Xena takes full control of Autolycus and fights the Amazons for her body. Hearing Bruce Campbell doing the warcry was classic!!! But it doesn't stop there when Xena possesses Gabrielle and fights Velasca when going after the ambosia. Velasca is such evil looking villan and Melinda Clarke is great as her. Of course she goes on to TV shows like Charmed and the O.C. The episode ends when Xena finally comes back to life, but the story isn't over yet... All in All, a great episode with some good comedy and suspense.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This episode marks the second and last appearance of Iolaus on Xena, but Michael Hurst returns in other roles.

    • This is the first time we see Xena (in Autolycus' body) and Gabrielle kiss on the lips onscreen. Gabrielle kissed Xena in the earlier episode "The Greater Good", but Xena was unconscious and believed to be dead at the time.

    • As of this episode, we (as well as Gabrielle herself) learn that Gabrielle is an Amazon Queen.

    • Nitpick: It seems odd that Velasca is so obsessed with Gabrielle not becoming Amazon Queen. After Gabrielle became the Queen, couldn't Velasca just issue the Royal Challenge to her like Gabrielle did to Melosa in "Hooves and Harlots"? Considering Velasca's formidable fighting skills, it doesn't seem like Gabrielle would be much of a challenge to her.

    • Nitpick: After Xena/Gabrielle throws the Chakram to cut the vine Velasca is climbing on, the Chakram is not shown being caught or being stuck in something.

    • Apparently, consuming ambrosia turns any living mortal into a God but only revives when fed to a dead person.

    • Goof: Gabrielle's Amazon feather neckpiece appears and disappears and appears again throughout the episode.

    • Goof: When Autolycus bursts out of the dagger vault, one of the doors swings shut behind him. In the rest of the scene, the doors are still open.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Autolycus: I'm not just leering at scantily-clad women, you know. I'm working!

    • Velasca: Where is it, where is the ambrosia? It has something to do with that hole in the ceiling. You know, don't you?
      Autolycus: Well, I have a fair idea, but you see, there's just one small problem. If I don't tell you, you'll kill me, and if I do tell you, you'll kill me anyway, become a God and terrorize the world. So you see, either way, there's very little personal gain for me.

    • Gabrielle: (referring to Xena's death) Every night I see it happen. Every morning, I wish it was a dream.

    • Autolycus: (as Xena fights him for control of his body) Hello, ladies! I'm quite mad. Top of the morning!

    • Autolycus: Ah, another day, another defilement.

    • Gabrielle: Xena, look. They made me Queen. Me, the little girl you found in Potidaea. It's time that I let you go. See, I - I have to find my own life. Just as you were searching for yours. You know, there are two kinds of tears. Tears for those who leave you, and tears for those who you never let go. And I won't say goodbye to you, Xena. 'Cause we'll be together again. One day.

    • Gabrielle: Quiet! (holds out the Mask and her dagger) Take it. Go on. (Velasca takes the dagger, and Gabrielle puts the Mask on)
      Velasca: Ugh! Out of my way!
      Ephiny: The new Queen of the Amazons. Gabrielle!

    • Velasca: It's not whether you die. It's how you die that counts. Let me tell you something about myself. I like pain. I like what it does to people, and I like what it makes people do. And I'm not bragging. I'm just explaining.
      Autolycus: What are you gonna do with those? (Velasca beats him with her chobos)

    • Gabrielle: Xena, I can't lose you again.
      Xena: Gabrielle, I'll always be here.

    • Gabrielle: (telling Xena how it felt to be possessed by her) It was warm, friendly, loving.
      Xena: Gabrielle, it was a fight.
      Gabrielle: I felt protected. The world needs people like that, right?
      Xena: Right.

    • Gabrielle: She's gone. She just left me. How could she do that? She just left. I really wanna hate her for it.
      Iolaus: No, no you don't.
      Gabrielle: But, I miss her. There's so many things that I wish I could tell her. Why didn't I when I had the chance?
      Iolaus: We always think we have plenty of time. We know people are gonna leave us, but we never face up to it. What would you have told her?
      Gabrielle: I would have told her how empty my life was before she came, and all the lessons I learned, and that I love her.
      Iolaus: Gabrielle, you just told her.

  • NOTES (2)

    • They had intended to bring back the character Eponin from the first season episode "Hooves and Harlots", but the actress who had played her was unavailable. So the created the role of Solari instead.

      Xena's body was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, it took weeks for Autolycus to get his swagger back.