Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 1 Episode 15

Warrior... Princess

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 1996 on
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The daughter of King Lias, Diana, is the target of assassins. Fortunately, Xena looks exactly like her. So, Xena goes undercover to force the assassins out of hiding and capture them.

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  • A king and his daughter, a Xena look-alike, needs Xena help...

    One of the best attributes of this series is in its ability to poke fun at itself at times.

    Xena's help is requested by the King Lias (the cousin of King Sisyphus from "Death in Chains") to thwart and expose the would-be assassins of his soon-to-be wed daughter Diana. Diana is Xena's mirror image, although her personality suggests she is demure and spoiled.

    Diana is sent outside the castle for safety where she meets up with Gabrielle who at first does not believe she's not Xena. Eventually, she realizes who Diana says she is. Gabrielle then must then endure Diana's naivety and brattiness.

    For the first time in her life, Diana is forced to see for through her own eyes the troubling issues in her kingdom. Concerned, she later attempts to rectify the problems of the poor villagers by discussing what she has witnessed with her father.

    There are amazing episodes of Xena that let you step out of your modern mundane life and back into time hundreds of centuries ago. This is a light hearted episode, one that has the air of a corny renaissance festival more than the believability of an era 200 - 50 years BC. I love how the episodes balance each other rather than canceling the other out.moreless
  • A very good episode.

    The local King has discovered a plot to assassinate the princess and has personally asked for Xena's help. Only as she discovers that the Kings daughter is an exact look-alike of her, she hatches a cunning plan to find out who is behind the assassination attempts.

    She sends the princess to find Gabrielle, along with a note explaining what's happened, and Xena's plan. The princess hadn't been outside the castle walls for her whole life and learns some valuable lessons.

    After a while of investigating, Xena discovers that the person behind it all might be a rat inside the castle. But when the Princesses wedding day comes, Xena sees it as the perfect opportunity to expose the rat in front of all the royal guests…moreless
  • Is it Xena.. is it Diana? Is it Xena playing Diana, or Diana playing Xena??? AAAAHHH!!!

    There is no doubt that Warrior... Princess is a very cute episode. Throughout the series I was never a huge fan of the look-a-like episodes, just because in the big scheme of things they didn't really compare to some of the great storylines, but they are still highly enjoyable, and the first of these, Warrior... Princess is no exception.

    I have to admit that despite my supposed lack of interest, I giggled the whole way throughout this episode. The storyline works, and the comedy is spot on.

    However, what these episodes really amount to is a tribute to Lucy Lawless' talent as an actress and as a comedienne. She is nothing short of superb. What always strikes me about these episodes is how convincing Lucy is in all the roles. It does not occur to you for a second to doubt her sincerity - when she is playing Diana, even though she looks exactly like Xena (and even dresses like her) you are so convinced that you are looking at a completely different character, it is like another actress is playing her. Lucy is utterly convincing in all her roles, and as a comedienne she is fantastic.

    The episode has some really cute scenes, such as the fight scene between Philemon (Xena/Diana) and the assasins, and the very funny scene where Gabrielle thinks that it is Xena testing her skills against an attacker. Everything is well staged, the fight scenes really work, and all characters are believable. Philemon is just adorable!

    What really stands out about this episode (other than Lucy's acting skills) is that it represents such a change of pace from the rest of the season thus far. It genuinely shines as the first real comedic episode, which stand apart from the so-called 'filler' episodes, which in turn stand apart from the series-altering story arcs. Xena provides fans with such a balance, you never lose interest or get bored. In my opinion, it is maintaining this balance between the three kinds of episodes that make Xena what it is - I feel that a comedic episode (such as we see in later seasons) can be just as important to the overall series as a serious story arc.

    Overall, this episode works in all respects. It is a highly enjoyable ride which is not overdone and which has a lot of really strong points and great moments. An outstanding part of the first season.moreless
  • Xena swaps places with her exact double, Princess Diana, to try and stop an assassin who is attempting to sabotage Diana's wedding which will bring two kingdoms together, in this enjoyable tale, the series' first real comedy...moreless

    This enjoyable episode is the series' first out-and-out comedy. That said, it is a much gentler affair than some of the riotous, slapstick offerings of later comedies.

    I always thought it was strange to name the Princess 'Diana', seeing as there was the present day Diana, Princess of Wales (who was still alive when this episode was made, although first shown on Channel 5 in the U.K. a few weeks after she was killed in 1997).

    There are some truly great moments in this episode, with Lucy Lawless making great distinction on Xena and the naive Diana (as well as Xena playing Diana, and Diana playing Xena).

    Some of the (many) highlights include Diana's "round killing thing" (Gabrielle: "Chakram", Diana: "Bless you"), Diana's subsequent terrible throwing of the Chakram, her gradual eye opening to the true harsh realities of the world, and Xena turning a harp into a multiple make-shift arrow launcher.

    When shown on Channel 5, there was a bizarre edit at the start of the episode, when Xena spits fire and sets her assassin alight – all this version showed was a brief flash (of fire) and the assassin falling out the window. Bizarre because C5 had been using this very piece of footage all week to advertise the episode!! (Not to mention that there is a similar sequence shown in the opening credits each episode). Don't ask!

    All-in-all, one of the most enjoyable episodes of the first season.moreless
  • She look...likka 2 women!!!

    Warrior...Princess-The daughter of King Lias, Diana, is the target of assassins. Fortunately, Xena looks almost exactly like her. So, Xena goes undercover to force the assassins out of hiding and capture them. The Look-a-like episodes are so much fun to watch for 2 reasons: 1. Lucy is such a versatile actress and plays different characters so well. 2. Sometimes you forget whose who and have to find out yourself. Lucy is so funny as Diana, running away from thugs and hiding behind Gabrielle of all people. It's also funny to see Xena pretending to be the Princess and not doing to well at it. It was a nice twist at the end when Diana turned out to be Xena at the wedding and the action sequence was well-performed by Lucy. All in All, this is a good episode just because the look-a-like episodes are so entertaining.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Xena: (referring to her hair) Well, they sure brush it enough.
      Gabrielle: Wait till you see Argo's tail.

    • Gabrielle: I hope I find someone who'll make me smile like that.
      Xena: I'm sure you will. Just don't be afraid to speak up when it happens. Of course, that's never been a problem with you, has it?

    • Xena: (as Diana) My hair has never looked so good. It doesn't need anymore brushing.
      Tesa: Only 200 more to go.

    • Tesa: Princess, you have to get ready for the reception. Your husband to be has arrived.
      Xena: (as Diana) Oh, goody!

    • Diana: Tell me what to do to be a convincing Xena.
      Gabrielle: Well, for starters, stop crying.
      Diana: Right, I'll stop. I'm trying.

    • Gabriele: Yes? Are you all right? What happened at the castle? So,
      you're Princess Diana who just happens to look exactly like Xena? Hah! It's test day, isn't it? Well, you're gonna have to do better than that.
      Diana: You mean, you don't believe I'm Princess Diana?
      Gabrielle: Hmmm, not for a minute.

    • Diana: I can't pretend to be Xena without you're giving me a few pointers. I haven't been out of the castle in years. I got lost three times on the way here, and I'm missing my father already.

    • Gabrielle: The woe of hearts long dead Pounds soundly in my head. For a Warrior Princess lives In a world of broken.... broken bives? Mives? Sieves? Broken sieves... it could work.

    • Diana: It's my round killing thing.
      Gabrielle: Chakram.
      Diana: Bless you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode's script number is 116.

    • Star Lucy Lawless had to play four characters instead of her normal one character for this episode. The obvious characters she had to play in this episode were Xena and Diana. But, the other two overlooked characters she played in this episode were Xena as Diana and Diana as Xena.

    • DISCLAIMER: Neither Xena nor her remarkably coincidental identical twin, Diana, were harmed during the production of this motion picture.


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