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Xena: Warrior Princess - Season Four Reviews

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½ April 6, 2010
Lucy Lawless as Xena/Meg/Annie{in episodes "The Key to the Kingdom" & " Déjà Vu All Over Again" respectively}
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle/Mattie {in episode "Déjà Vu All Over Again"}
Kevin Smith as Ares, God of War
Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love
Danielle Cormack as Ephiny
Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, The King of Thieves
Ted Raimi as Joxer/Harry {in episode "Déjà Vu All Over Again"}
Karl Urban as Julius Caesar
Marton Csokas as Borias
Claire Stansfield as Alti
Kate Elliott as Yakut
Timothy Omundson as Eli

After the Xena Season 3 Finale aired the Summer was filled with anticipation on a lot of things. What happened to Gabrielle? Is she dead? Is that the end? What the fans wound up getting is a great continuation, answering all them questions. In terms of the Dahak story, the writers worked it further into the Hercules Season 5 story arc, giving fans a new reason to keep up on Xena's parent show. Meanwhile, this season showcased a lot, Gabrielle begins to go on a journey of finding out who she is, Warrior or Peacemaker? We meet a formidable enemy in Xena's past named Alti and a new ally named Eli(a pre-Jesus Christ). All this, plus Xena's relationship with Caesar finally comes to a head.

EPISODE I & II: Adventures in the Sin Trade
Xena heads to the Amazon Land of the Dead to find out if Gabrielle has safely crossed over into the underworld and find out if she is able to get her back. Meanwhile, we are given a glimpse into Xena's past with Borias as she and Borias attempt to make peace with the Amazons. Xena's agenda becomes different when she meets a powerful Shamus named Alti, who promises her wealth and power. Back in the present the current Amazon tribe work against and than with Xena to battle Alti, who has been keeping the souls of the dead Amazons from crossing over into the Land of the Dead. This was a great two parter. At first, the episode fell flat for me, mainly because of the different setting, but after really paying attention to what was going on, it turned out to be great. 4 out of 5 stars. {Interview Available} {Deleted/Alternate Scenes available}

EPISODE III: A Family Affair
Xena heads back to Potidaea to find out that not only has Gabrielle survived her lava fall, but so has Hope, who has managed to give birth to The Destroyer (Mark Vinello) and is planning to unleash it on the world. Ok episode, the writing for this episode showed how tired the writers had become with the Dahak/Hope storyline. I'm glad they bumped it up a bit in Hercules, but this was a lousy way to end Xena's involvement. 3 out of 5 stars {Interview available} {Dahak Story is followed in Hercules S5 episode "Faith"}

EPISODE IV: In Sickness & In Hell
Comedic episode this time, after an emotional 3 parter that helped to get us back into this season. Joxer enlist the aid of Xena and Gabrielle to help a village wore off a mad Warlord named Acestus(Timothy Lee) from destroying it. Unfortunately Xena and Gabrielle are not at their best when Xena develops Lice and Gabrielle develops a rash. To make matters worse Argo is upset with Xena so much, that Argo becomes part of the army they are up against. Hilarious episode, it works well with the story and like always Xena manages to get through it. 4 out of 5 stars {Interview available} {Audio Commentary by Renee O'Connor & Lucy Lawless}

Xena and Gabrielle devise a plan to destroy both Caesar's army and Pompey's(Jeremy Callaghan)army from trying to take over Greece, by focusing their attentions on each other. Gabrielle is finally put in the front lines as she becomes leader of the army Xena is helping out. Excellent episode, it follows the story started in S3's episode "When In Rome" and gives it a great send off. Callaghan and Urban work great off each other and it's a shame we don't get to see more. 5 out of 5 stars {Interview available} {Followed by Hercules S5 episode "Render Unto Caesar"} {Deleted/Alternate Scenes available}

EPISODE VI: A Tale of Two Muses
Footloose meets Xena: Warrior Princess, that is what you get in this somewhat watchable episode. Xena and Gabrielle end up running into Tara (Shiri Appleby) when she is getting ready to be punished for the crime of....dancing. She is banished from the village, but Xena id able to convince the villagers to let her stay and Xena will instead teach the art of war to the fellow children. Meanwhile, Autolycus comes into town and decides to help Xena, by acting as a priest for Caliape, the God the villagers worship. Like, I said above; this episode is watchable, it has some good moments and the song entitled "Tara Dance" is fun to hear. 3 out of 5 stars. {Interviews available}

EPISODE VII: Locked Up & Tied Down
Xena is convicted for the death of a young woman named Thalassa (Katrina Browne) from years earlier and decides to take her punishment on Shark Island Prison. While there she is confronted by abusive guardsmen and a revelation that Thalassa is still alive and a bitter woman. Meanwhile, Gabrielle poses as a medicine woman to get into the prison and tries to reach Thalassa's heart. Great episode, it has a very dark underlying, but it goes back to where the series first started, with Xena trying to atone fir her evil past. 5 out of 5 stars. {Interview available} {Deleted/Alternate Scenes available}

Xena and Gabrielle meet Najara (Kathryn Morris) , a warrior, whose mission is t make criminals see "The way of the light. " A mission she has been given by the Jinn, but when Xena discovers what happens to those who reject her way, she goes to stop her. However, she has taken a liking to Gabrielle and plans to take her away from Xena. Definitely an episode that is great to watch. The character of Najara is a great one, one that could have gone a few more episodes. The fight scene between her and Xena is a hell of a fight. 4 out of 5 stars {Followed by "The Convert} {Interview available}

EPISODE IX: Past Imperfect
Xena comes across a village that has been destroyed in the exact way she destroyed a village years earlier when she had her battle with Kaleipus'(Paul Gittins) Centaur army. We also get to see the moments that led to Borias' death and Solans birth, including Dagnine's(Mark Ferguson) betrayal. While I do see some inconsistencies between this and what we saw in S2's "Orphan of War" it is still a pretty tight episode, that features some great moments. Catherine Boniface guest stars as Satrina, one of Xena's healers when she was pregnant with Solan. 4 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE X: The Key to the Kingdom
Joxer and Meg ask Autolycus for help in acquiring a kiey that will lead to The Crown of Athena. However, in truth the real key happens to be a baby that Meg has decided she wants to raise with Joxer. Very weird episode, this helps to keep fans from asking where Gabrielle is(she was off filming an episode of Hercules). The acting is ok, but the plot is ridiculous and the motivation for Meg is completely forgotten by next season. 2 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XI: Daughter of Pomira
Xena and Gabrielle end up against the Horde once again(the savages from the S2 episode 'The Price") when Xena discovers that a young Horde child named Pilee(Beth Allen) is actually the kidnapped child Vanessa, the daughter of an old warrior ally named Rahl (Bruce Hopkins) & his wife Adrah(Mandy McMullin). Great follow-up of sorts to the S2 episode that dealt with this set of enemies. Here we further discover more about them, as the young child is able to translate between the two races and cultures. Another example of how tolerance can solve so many problems. 4 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XII: If The Shoe Fits...
Xena and Gabrielle help Aphrodite tell the story of a Fairy Godsmother to a young child, who is not happy with her new Stepmother. Basically this is Cinderella in Ancient Times, with each character taking he identity of Cinderella(or Tyronella) and her ugly stepsisters. No point to this episode, except to have Aphrodite back in the series after a long absence. Its just another one of those light episodes with a message. 2 out of 5 stars. {Interviews available}

EPISODE XIII: Paradise Found
Xena and Gabrielle head to India and before getting there, they end up in this place they begin to consider paradise. Being run by a seemingly enlightened man named Aiden(Jeremy Roberts)Xena prepares to leave Gabrielle there in order to prevent her futuristic vision to happen, Xena however finds out that Aiden isn't what he appears. Decent enough episode, it doesn't spark my interest too much. Jeremy Roberts does an awesome job in his role, like he does in all the roles he's played in both Xena and Hercules. 3 out of 5 stars. {Commentary by Rob Tapert and Chris Manheim} {Interview available}

The beginning of the "India trilogy" starts here. Xena and Gabrielle arrive in India to discover that an illusionist named Eli is being blamed for inviting dark powers into the area. Xena must protect him as Gabrielle begins to be possessed by a deity called Devi, who convinces the people that she is of healing nature, unbeknownst to them this is a ruse. Great episode, Eli is introduced nicely here as a pre-AD Jesus Christ, but that role will come more into play later on. 4 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XV: Between the Lines
Xena and Gabrielle save a young woman named Naiyima(Tharini Mudiliar) from becoming burnt alive to join her husband in the afterlife. As a reward Xena is sent to a future life as Arminestra(Saras Govender), a peace maker, who is in the middle of a battle of sorts with Khindin(Gabriella Larkin), the future life of Alti. Meanwhile, Gabrielle is also sent into her future life as the warrior Shatki(Colin Mathura-Jefree), who stands to protect Xena's future life no matter what. Another great episode, one I always watching as it really begins the road to the arc of the story. 4 out of 5 stars {Interview available} {Deleted/Alternate scenes available}

The final part of the "India Trilogy" ends here. Xena and Gabrielle find that Eli has embraced his power to heal and now has become a target for the Deity Indrajit, the King of Demons(Rajneel Singh), who wants to destroy the light he evokes. Gabrielle takes to Eli's word of peace and begins to rethink her path and whether she should continue to fight. Meanwhile, Hanuman(Jake McKinnon)talks with Xena about her warrior ways and convinces her to ask for the help of the Goddess Krishna(Rajiv Varma)to defeat Indrajit. Great finale, it features probably one of the most graphic endings in the series yet. 4 out of 5 stars. {Interviews available}

EPISODE XVII: The Plays The Thing
While Xena goes off on a new adventure, Gabrielle returns to a village known for their plays. While there she is convinced by Zehra(Jennifer Ward-Lealand)and her side man Milo(Mark Hadlow) to turn her recent scroll into a play bout peace and non-violence. What she doesn't know is that Zehra plans to sell the rights to warlords and when the play bombs place the blame on Gabrielle and run off with all the profits. Ehh ok episode, its light hearted and is a bridge to the rest of the season. 2 out of 5 stars.

Xena and Gabrielle end up running into Najara(Kathryn Morris), who has escaped from prison claiming to be reformed. Meanwhile, Joxer must come to grips with his first kill, especially when he begins traveling with the son of the warlord (Darryl Brown) he killed named Arman (Mfundo Morrison). Greatly emotional episode, Ted Raimi does a great job in this role as it really speaks to his character.. 5 out of 5 stars. {Interview available}

EPISODE XIX: Takes One To Know One
Gathering around for Gabrielle's birthday Xena, Autolycus, Gabrielle, Cyrene(Darien Tackle), Minya(Allison Wall) and Lila(Willa O'Neill) are put on a murder mystery when a bounty hunter named Ravenica (Natalie Duggan) is found dead. They must discover who killed the bounty hunter by sunrise(than different later) or Discord (Meaghan Desmond )will take them all to Tarturas. Fun episode, it features the last time we see Autlycus and Minya on Xena, but works well in a Clue-like format. 4 out of 5 stars.

Xena and Gabrielle discovers that Ephiny has been killed in battle by Brutus(David Franklin), Caesar's right hand, while in a battle with Pompey(Jeremy Callaghan) and the Amazons. Also we meet Amarice (Jennifer Sky), who as an Amazon jumps to quickly into battle and must learn from Xena and Gabrielle. Excellent way to begin the countdown to not only a great finale(of sorts)and two part season premiere.
5 out of 5 stars. {Interview available}

EPISODE XXI: The Ides of March
Callisto (Hudson Leick) returns from Hell to ensure that Xena's soul stays on the path of the wicked and to make sure Caesars plan to appoint himself emperor goes as planned. The catch is she can't interfere at all, just manipulate. Meanwhile, Xena decides its time to end Caesar's reign for good, while Brutus (David Franklin) begins to realize the truth about Caesar. Excellent episode, love it, nothing more to say.
{Audio & Video Commentary by Lucy Lawless & Renee O'Connor} {Interview available}

EPISODE XXII: Deja Vu All Over Again {Clip Show}
This episode finally places the clip show at the end of the season where it belongs. It also provides a great little modern story. Annie Day is huge Xena and fan has been having trouble sleeping. Her husband Harry thinks she needs to see a shrink, when she mentions that she may the vigilante that has been saving people at night. They end up going to a past lives psychic named Mattie, who begins to draw in real past life experiences and discovers that she may very well have been apart of Xena and Gabrielle's life. Fun episode, it ends the season well, kind of gives you a breather before the 3 month wait before the premiere. Robert Treboy makes his last appearance on Xena as Marco/Ares in disguise. 4 out of 5 stars. {Interview available} {Commentary by Renee O'Connor}

The soundtrack for the episode "A Tale of Two Muses"
The soundtrack for the episode "The Play's The Thing"

Jennifer Sky is also known to have played the main character Cleopatra in the Action Pack series Cleopatra 2525 co-starring with Gina Torres(who played Nebula on Hercules and Queen Cleopatra in S3 of Xena)and Victoria Pratt(who played Amazon Queen Cyane in this Season of Xena).
Shiri Appleby was meant to return and even have a spin-off with her character of Tara, but she landed the role in the hit WB series Roswell and became unavailable.
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