ORBzine - 1999.09 UK Television Review - Xena

Xena: Warrior Princess

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Season 5

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 1] Fallen Angel
Shown 27 Sep 99

Joxer, Eli and Amarice ( Jennifer Sky ) recover the bodies from the crucifixes.

Callisto and St Michael watch and plot ...

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 2] Chakram
Shown 4 Oct 99

Joxer, Eli and Amarice ( Jennifer Sky ) guest-star.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 3] Succession
Shown 11 Oct 99

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 4] Animal Attraction
Shown 18 Oct 99

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 5] Them Bones, Them Bones
Shown 1 Nov 99

Xena is pregnant. She, Gabby and Amarice ( Jennifer Sky ) go to the Northern Amazons. Alti makes her presence known.

Gabby assures Xena I love your child like it's my own. Somehow the entire story Arc with Solan and Hope is forgotten!

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 6] Purity
Shown 8 Nov 99

Xena, Gabby and Joxer go after Lao Ma's book and daughter.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 7] Back in the Bottle
Shown 15 Nov 99

A Warlord in Chin has black powder - even Joxer can make it! Xena is up agains the ghosts of Lao Ma's 2 evil kids, the Khan himself and a hundred thousand soldiers.

Xena has visions of Gabby and Joxer's deaths.

Did Chin become a desert? And what about Gabby's Chinese BF?

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 8] Little Problems
Shown 22 Nov 99

Xena bodyswops into a little girl. Aphrodite helps Gabby ( Twins ).

The villain wears an iron mask. The fights and acting are crap.

Gut a fish?
Think of them as really mean trout.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 9] Seeds of Faith
Shown 10 Jan 00

Ares versus Eli. Callisto ( Hudson Leick ) guest-stars!

We are told that Gods don't have Love - what about Aphrodite?

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 10] Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire
Shown 17 Jan 00

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 11] Punch Lines
Shown 24 Jan 00

Flashback ep - Xena's bad temper and the Monty Python rabbit.

Xena has doubts about motherhood. Aphrodite holds a slumber party. < lichrimose shrims aroo >

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 12] God Fearing Child
Shown 31 Jan 00

Zeus comes after Xena's child. Xena remembers Solon's labour pains. Hercules (Kevin Sorbo - Andromeda ) ties up loose ends from his own show.

Hera ( Meg Foster ) is back!

This is a morally bankrupt ep that invents a NEW way to kill a God!

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 13] Eternal Bonds
Shown 7 Feb 00

The Priests of the Gods are after Eve.

Ares (Kevin Smith) helps Xena.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 14] Amphipolis Under Siege
Shown 14 Feb 00

Athena ( Paris Jefferson ) and her GF ( Musetta Vander ) lead a mixed army of Romans and Egyptians to besiege Amphipolis.

There's no War is Evil message - Xena refuses to negotiate!

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 15] Married with Fishsticks
Shown 21 Feb 00

Gabby is a Mermaid, living with Joxer, Aphrodite, Discord and some Hawaiian MerMen.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 16] Lifeblood
Shown 13 Mar 00

Xena and Gabby visit an Amazon village. Selma Blair, Danielle Cormack, Claudia Black and Karl Urban [ Lord of the Rings ] guest-star.

This was directed by Michael Hurst.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 17] Kindred Spirits
Shown 20 Mar 00

Xena and Gabby visit an Amazon village, where Joxer has been caught peeping.

There's some comedy wrestling.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 18] Antony & Cleopatra
Shown 17 Apr 00

With Caesar dead, the known world is torn by civil war. Brutus, Mark Anthony and Octavian compete for control of Egypt.

Xena replaces Cleopatra ( Gina Torres ). She then seduces Mark Anthony, and moralises hypocritically.

Gabby negotiates with Brutus, and has to take responsibility for her own actions.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 19] Looking Death in the Eye
Shown 24 Apr 00

In the future, Joxer has a son with Meg.

Eve is with Octavius (the Grooslug from Angel ).

Death seeks a Rightful time ...

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 20] Livia
[reviewed September 2000] This is the first part of a 3-parter.

Xena and Gabby come back from the dead, 25 years later. Gabby is now butch and sexy, and fights with ju-jitsu Sai forks instead of her trusty old staff. Xena has a new chakram with an "S" design in the centre.

Joxer and Meg are married and run a tavern. They have a son called Virgil - yes, THAT Virgil. Xena mounts up on Argo's daughter and rides off in search of her own daughter.

Xena looks for her Roman friend, Octavius, in whose care she left her daughter Eve. Eve has Xena's genes and Callisto's spirit - though an entirely new actress has been chosen to play her. The newcomer [ Adrienne Wilkinson ] looks more like Vanessa Angel , the actress originally cast for the role of Xena; she is skinny with lots of cleavage.

Rome is now ruled by Emperor Augustus - and anyone who knows who Octavian was in RL will realise what has happened. Augustus has a female General, Livia, who serves Ares. Hmm, I wonder what happened to Octavius and Eve.

Ares and the other gods want to kill Eve - she is the Bringer of Twilight, and will bring an end to the gods of Olympus. Ares [who now has much shorter hair] still wants Xena to be his woman.

Livia persecutes the followers of Eli, and when Joxer comits sacrilege against Ares [and Virgil and Gabby beat up some guards] they are arrested too. Livia and Xena duel to save the captive Eli-followers. This time, instead of the usual martial arts fighting, there is excessive use of wire-fighting.

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 21] Eve
[reviewed ]

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 22 - finale] Motherhood
[reviewed September 2000]

This is the climax of a 3-part story that began with Livia

The episode starts with Livia lost in the desert, followed by Xena and Gabby. She is attacked by Tuareg tribesmen. Luckily, Xena's new chakram splits in 2 and re-joins in mid-air.

The 3 babes encounter people of Eli's faith, and try to make Livia cheer up with a baptism.

Meanwhile, up in Olympus, Athena [ Paris Jefferson ] is now leader of the gods. She decides to send the Furies after Gabrielle, to drive her insane and have her kill Livia.

The gods are now mortal - they can bleed and die. Ares' sidekicks, Discord and Diemos [who looks like Stryfe, back from the dead], do their best to take out Xena. However, all they can manage is a few fireballs. They are now the equivalent of low-level Mages in AD&D.

On a good note, we finally get a climax to Ares' relationship with Xena. Sort of. He finally lets her know his feelings for her. Note - this shows how out-of-line the climax of Season 3 was with the rest of the series!

Xena Xena [Season 5, Episode 1 ]

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