Xena: Warrior Princess

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From critically acclaimed filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Xena: Warrior Princess is set in the "golden age" of myth. The whims of capricious gods and the greed of human tyrants make her world a treacherous one. Pursued by the evil warlord Draco, Xena travels from town to town and battle to battle as she invariably finds herself caught between the innocent and the forces of darkness. Along the way she meets a high-spirited young woman named Gabrielle, whose fiery tongue and quick wit make her a worthy cohort, and together they travel and work to create a land that is free from tyranny and injustice. The statuesque and leather-clad Xena was first introduced in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
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  1. 1. Sins of the Past
    September 4 1995
    44min
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    Xena atones for her evil past by defending her home village from the marauding warlord Draco.
  2. 2. Chariots of War
    September 11 1995
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    Xena defends a town against a band of thugs led by a father and son duo.
  3. 3. Dreamworker
    September 18 1995
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    When Gabrielle is kidnapped by a mystic, Xena enters an altered state of consciousness and must face ghosts from her past in order to rescue her friend.
  4. 4. Cradle of Hope
    September 25 1995
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    Xena employs stealthy maneuvers to protect an infant who an oracle claims will one day usurp a king's throne.
  5. 5. The Path Not Taken
    October 2 1995
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    Xena helps a prince rescue his fiancee who has been kidnapped by a greedy arms dealer opposed to their marriage.
  6. 6. The Reckoning
    October 16 1995
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    Ares, the god of war, frames Xena for murder with the hope she will turn to him in desperation and become his evil ally.
  7. 7. The Titans
    October 30 1995
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    When Gabrielle unknowingly utters a chant that releases three imprisoned Titans, Xena must figure out how to save innocent villagers.
  8. 8. Prometheus
    November 6 1995
    44min
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    Xena and Gabrielle team up with Hercules and Iolaus to free the kidnapped Prometheus, the god responsible for making fire available to Earth.
  9. 9. Death in Chains
    November 13 1995
    44min
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    When King Sisyphus captures Hades' sister Celesta, Xena and Gabrielle must free her before mankind is doomed to eternal suffering.
  10. 10. Hooves and Harlots
    November 20 1995
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    Xena and Gabrielle try to prevent a war between the Amazons and the Centaurs by determining who killed an Amazon princess.
  11. 11. The Black Wolf
    January 8 1996
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    Xena comes to the aid of imprisoned freedom fighters who refuse to reveal the identity of their mysterious leader.
  12. 12. Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts
    January 15 1996
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    Xena joins the climactic battle between the warring Greeks and Trojans that is precipitated by the false peace offering of the Trojan horse.
  13. 13. Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards
    January 22 1996
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    Gabrielle cons her way into a prestigious storytelling competition and ends up helping a fellow bard who is under pressure from his father to win.
  14. 14. A Fistful of Dinars
    January 29 1996
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    A hidden key to a chamber containing Ambrosia, which turns mortals into gods, will fall into the wrong hands if Xena does not find it first.
  15. 15. Warrior? Princess
    February 5 1996
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    Xena trades identities with a look-alike princess in order to defeat the young woman's would-be assassins. Features Lucy Lawless in a dual role.
  16. 16. Mortal Beloved
    February 12 1996
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    Xena crosses the river Styx to the Underworld to help her deceased lover stop a madman from destroying the heavenly Elysian Fields.
  17. 17. The Royal Couple of Thieves
    February 19 1996
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    Xena forces a renowned thief to assist her in an elaborate scheme to recover a powerful weapon from a warlord.
  18. 18. The Prodigal
    March 4 1996
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    Gabrielle takes on the role of leader when she returns home and finds her village ill-prepared to defend itself from a band of marauders.
  19. 19. Altared States
    April 22 1996
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    A boy will die in a sacrificial killing unless Xena can stop his jealous older brother.
  20. 20. Ties That Bind
    April 29 1996
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    As the god Ares schemes to make Xena lead his army, the warrior princess meets a man claiming to be her long-lost father.
  21. 21. The Greater Good
    May 6 1996
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    Gabrielle assumes Xena's identity after the warrior princess is injured during a skirmish with a warlord bent on destroying Salmoneus.
  22. 22. Callisto
    May 13 1996
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    The female warrior Callisto tries to turn the world against Xena by committing acts of terrorism in her name.
  23. 23. Death Mask
    June 3 1996
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    After learning a raiding party's leader was responsible for the destruction in their village, Xena and her brother set out to destroy him.
  24. 24. Is There A Doctor in the House?
    July 29 1996
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    Xena and Gabrielle run a makeshift hospital for war casualties and attempt to convince a general that the bloody conflict should end.

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KaleighReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I stan Xena & Gabrielle
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I adore this show with every fiber of my being. There's something so comforting about going back to re-watch Xena and Gabrielle travelling through ancient Greece; kicking butt and taking names.

Yes it's campy, and yes some things are problematic (I won't get into it but I'm sure you'll figure it out if you watch it). It was pretty low-budget, from what I can tell, so it's not a flawless production. But with that said, there is SO much to love about this show. Season one can be a bit tougher to get through because it seems like the writers were really finding their stride with the world and characters, but it's still so fun to watch. Xena's story arc is really compelling, and season one brings us the beginning of her friendship with Gabrielle. (But like, we all know they're hella married though, right?)

And who can forget Ares and his creeper-ness, or Joxer and his ineptitude, or Callisto and her bone-chilling shrieking thing that she does (and her general awesomeness as a villain)? The side characters are also what makes the show so fun.
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AmazonAddict145Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
In A Time Of Ancient Gods....
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Warlords, and Kings. The world cried out for a hero. Voiced by Don Lafontane. Lol, it's a dorky show from the 90s. But so great! Watching makes me think of a happier, simplier time. Everytime Xena does something to break the laws of Physics, it makes me smile. :-)
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VincentReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still Entertaining after More than Twenty Years
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Season one contains the quintessential episodes of the series. I hadn't watched them since they were originally aired and enjoyed them even more this time around. The choreography of the sword fights never ceases to amaze. The fun spin on Greek mythological events and characters is very entertaining, even to me as an author of a book on the subject. And I still wonder whether Xena's body armor was designed by Victoria's Secret Army!
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BellaReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Corny, Campy, Silly, and Entertaining - - I still like it!
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If you're a fan of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies. Xena is also corny, campy, silly and entertaining, but medieval, gladiators and Greek Mythology. Lucy Lawless is great as the lead. She's serious and surprisingly funny. Renee O'Conner is the perfect sidekick, but can be annoying at times. I love the character Joxer. Funny, and annoying. But, still good chemistry.

Season 1 is a good, addicting, action-packed show if you're into this genre. Seasons 2-3 were good but storylines started to decline by Season 5. Season 6 - Eeeh!
Huntress (I hunt books)Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Australian Bartender in real life becoming a battling warrior princess on the screen
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Xena is played by Lucy Lawless. She is beautiful, brave, and daring. This first season is jam packed with action. All 24 episodes from the first season are in here. Full Screen version. 17 hours and 39 minutes long. She used to be a vicious warrior princess. Now she travels the roads helping the innocent and trying to make amends for her past bad deeds. Her devoted friend, Gabriella (Renee O'Connor), rides by her side. She is a compassionate girl who hopes to be a warrior one day like Xena. In this set, Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) is a guest star. This is a combination of mythology, fantasy and martial arts. A great female action hero. This is a five disc set.
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Pei KangReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
I forgot how good most of the seasons were
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After finishing watching Xena for the first time in years, I found myself enjoying it a bit more than when it first came out.

The best things about Xena: 1) is her character. 2) Yes, I'll admit it, being a guy, two beautiful women stars help too :).

Back to her character: She has a well-thought out, well-developed fullness. She is rich, vibrant and dark. She is far better than her counterpart, Hercules. She is a woman version of Batman, well, zans the cape and cowel. She has personality, strength of character, she is quick thinking, above all, she is HUMAN. She has problems, and she has human puzzles, obstacles to deal with. When she can't use brute strength (though she uses it 80% of the time), she uses her WITS and her ability to be flexible to overcome her challenges. (unlike Hercules, the brute strength man)

She has lots of redeeming features which I can't write down all in one review to make her a person well worthy to cheer for.

Xena's action is well done, and far more realistic than Hercules. The serious overtone of the battles and Xena's atmosphere in general sinks in quite well. The best action takes place when they set up fortifications and defense of towns and people, that shows her skills and strategies. Heck, even Gabrielle shows her stuff. It's got different quirks, and even puts the Heroes in different situations: like, when Gabrielle freezes in combat...I think that's realistic and WOW....shows the humanness of it all. Or how even Xena or Gabrielle doesn't always have a solution to solve the problem in combat, or out of it. Xena often thinks of ways on the fly.

Most of the plots and storylines were fine, and always entertaining. I even liked the one where Gabrielle attends Bard school. Though, I find HER very annoying, the episode was fun.

my favorite side characters had been and still are: Autolycus, the "King of Thieves", Salmoneus the merchant and Joxer "the Mighty" The chemistry between Autolycus works far better with Xena than Hercules.
they make the show's stars well worth watching...and even makes me want to buy the rest of the series so I can watch for those characters specifically.

Now, to the minor problems:
I didn't know the Gods were so weak and helpless. Hera seemed much more deadly to me. She usually has better plots, guards to deal with such pesky heroes...:).

As for other Gods...
I don't recall the episode title, but when Death comes to the King's castle to "claim" him, he manages to capture her in a weak mechanical trap?

Hades, who is also a God, who can bring people to life and such, appeals Xena for help? What???! And, when Death is freed, she doesn't kill the old King who she came for in the first place? Did I miss something here?

Or, when Hades has his Helmet of Invisibility stolen...what, he can't stop a mortal? Hmm. I guess I should brush up on my Greek mythology, but that just doesn't seem too all awe-inspiring to me. I understand the Greek Gods were supposedly like humans in most aspects, but they were also very all powerful. The only aspects in which they were humans, were their emotions, and pettiness.

Also, the Titans in the episode: The Titans. I thought they had more power than just "being big". Oh well, maybe that's just me.

But, on a lesser note, I couldn't STAND Gabrielle or Callisto. Callisto is an overdone-over-cliched "I hate the Heroine" character, which needed to be fleshed out over seventeen episodes, WHY? As if Xena doesn't have enough guilt to dwell over?

That said,
Xena is a far superior show than Hercules.
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R. SorrowReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome beginning to a great series!
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When Lucy Lawless first played Xena on Hercules, I had a feeling a spinoff was on the horizon and sure enough,it happened! This first season was fantastic, The highlight,for me, was Kevin Sorbo & Michael Hurst appearing in the episode Prometheus,but the whole season was great! I recommend this for all Xena fans!.
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UserReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Xena: Warrior Princess Season 1 re-release
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# Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 "Sins of the Past" Doug Lefler Robert Tapert, R. J. Stewart September 4, 1995 (1995-09-04)
Xena renounces her warlord past and begins burying her weapons. She later retrieves them to save a group of villagers from being sold into slavery. Gabrielle convinces Xena to allow her to travel with her.
2 "Chariots of War" Harley Cokeliss Josh Becker, Jack Perez, Adam armus, Nora Kay Foster September 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)
When Xena is injured during a fight, the widowed Darius and his children look after her. Xena is left with the dilemma of whether to settle down with them or continue her fight to protect the innocent.
3 "Dreamworker" Bruce Seth Green Steven L. Sears September 18, 1995 (1995-09-18)
Morpheus kidnaps Gabrielle so he can make her his bride. In order to be married, Gabrielle must lose her "blood innocence". Using her wits, she manages to avoid causing any blood shed. Xena enters the dream world so that she can save Gabrielle, but while there she must battle her own evil side before she can accomplish her rescue.
4 "Cradle of Hope" Michael Levine Terence Winter September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
When a baby is prophesied to inherit the throne, King Gregor and his councilor, Nemos search for the newborn babe. Meanwhile, Xena and Gabrielle meet Pandora, while searching for the mother of an abandoned baby.
5 "The Path Not Taken" Stephen L. Posey Julie Sherman October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
A weapons dealer kidnaps a princess so he can profit from the resulting war between two feuding kingdoms. Xena pretends to be the ruthless warrior she once was, in order to gain access to the dealer's base. While there, Xena meets an old lover, Marcus. Marcus prevents Xena from rescuing the princess, but later sacrifices his own life to save her.
6 "The Reckoning" Charles Siebert Peter Allan Fields October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
Ares plots to get Xena back into his fold by framing her for the murder of some villagers and organizing a lynching. Xena is put on trial and Gabrielle sticks by her throughout. Xena fools Ares into thinking she is joining him again, and he brings the dead villagers back from the dead.
7 "The Titans" Eric Brevig R. J. Stewart October 30, 1995 (1995-10-30)
When Gabrielle reads from an ancient parchment, she unwittingly awakens three Titans, who believe that she is a goddess. While Xena works to stop Hyperion from awakening a whole army of Titans, Gabrielle searches for the parchment that will send the Titans back into slumber.
8 "Prometheus" Stephen L. Posey R. J. Stewart November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06)
When people begin losing their healing ability, Xena and Gabrielle discover that Hera has chained Prometheus. Xena goes through a number of trials in order to gain a sword that will break Prometheus' bonds. She and Gabrielle team up with Hercules and Iolaus, both Xena and Hercules know that whoever uses the sword will die and they argue over who will use it.
9 "Death in Chains" Charles Siebert Babs Greyhosky, Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster November 13, 1995 (1995-11-13)
King Sisyphus has taken Celesta, Hades' sister hostage so that she cannot take him to the Underworld. Hades asks Xena for her help in freeing his sister. Xena and Gabrielle must rescue Celesta before she dies.
10 "Hooves and Harlots" Jace Alexander Steven L. Sears November 20, 1995 (1995-11-20)
When Gabrielle risks her own life to protect the dying Amazon princess, Terreis, she is given the princess' Right of Caste, which effectively makes Gabrielle the heir to the current Amazon Queen, Melosa. Ephiny, one of the Amazons begins teaching Gabrielle the ways of the Amazons as she will one day be their queen.
11 "The Black Wolf" Mario Di Leo Alan Jay Glueckman January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)
When an old friend of Xena's lands herself in prison, Xena also gets herself arrested so that she can rescue her. Gabrielle begins a food fight so she can get into prison to help Xena.
12 "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts" T. J. Scott Roy Thomas, Janis Hendler, Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster January 15, 1996 (1996-01-15)
The ongoing war in Troy prompts Helen to contact Xena for her help in ending it. When Xena arrives she finds that she and Helen are in the midst of a plot orchestrated by Helen's brother-in-law.
13 "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards" Jace Alexander R. J. Stewart, Steven L. Sears January 22, 1996 (1996-01-22)
Gabrielle travels alone to Athens so she can enter a bard competition. The prize is a place at the Academy of the Performing Bards. While there she helps another bard who is under pressure from his father to succeed.
14 "A Fistful of Dinars" Josh Becker R. J. Stewart, Steven L. Sears January 29, 1996 (1996-01-29)
Xena and Gabrielle join a group of outlaws to prevent them from obtaining Ambrosia, which can turn a mortal into a god.
15 "Warrior... Princess" Michael Levine Brenda Lilly February 5, 1996 (1996-02-05)
When Xena's look-alike, Princess Diana, is under threat from assassination, Xena takes her place. While living with "the little people", Diana realizes that there is poverty in the kingdom, something that she is shocked to discover. Meanwhile, Xena plays matchmaker with Diana and the brother of her betrothed.
16 "Mortal Beloved" Garthy Maxwell R. J. Stewart February 12, 1996 (1996-02-12)
Hades's Helmet of Invisibility is stolen by Atyminius and Hades calls for Xena's help. Xena convinces him to return Marcus to the land of the living so they can retrieve the helmet and restore order to the Underworld.
17 "The Royal Couple of Thieves" John Cameron Steven L. Sears February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19)
Xena joins Autolycus, the "King of Thieves" so they can recover a chest, which contains the world's most powerful weapon. They disguise themselves as an assassin and his lover, and Xena has a fight with the real assassin.
18 "The Prodigal" John T. Kretchmer Chris Mannheim March 4, 1996 (1996-03-04)
When Gabrielle journeys home to Potidaea, she discovers that her sister, Lila is angry at her for leaving her at home all alone. The village is also under attack from a warlord, so Gabrielle uses what she has learned while traveling with Xena, teaches the villagers how to defend themselves.
19 "Altared States" Michael Levine Chris Mannheim April 22, 1996 (1996-04-22)
Xena and Gabrielle must protect Icus, whose father believes he must be sacrificed. Xena discovers that Icus' older brother, Maell has fooled his father into believing he is the voice of the god he worships.
20 "Ties That Bind" Charles Siebert Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster April 29, 1996 (1996-04-29)
An elderly warrior, Atrius shows up claiming to be Xena's father. When he is captured and tortured by a village, Xena takes an army and almost slaughters the whole village. Then Atrius reveals himself to be Ares in disguise attempting to win Xena back again.
21 "The Greater Good" Gary Jones Steven L. Sears May 6, 1996 (1996-05-06)
Salmoneus asks Xena for her protection from an evil warlord. Xena is struck by a poisoned dart and dies, leaving Gabrielle and Salmoneus to save the day.
22 "Callisto" T. J. Scott R. J. Stewart May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13)
Xena has to battle the fierce woman warrior Callisto, who is bent on revenge for the death of her family.
23 "Death Mask" Stewart Main Peter Allan Fields June 6, 1996 (1996-06-06)
Xena meets her brother Toris, who has joined the army of the warlord who attacked Amphipolis and killed their brother Lyceus years before. Xena works hard to keep Toris from committing murder or being murdered himself before she can bring the warlord Cortese to justice.
24 "Is There a Doctor in the House?" T. J. Scott Patricia Manney July 29, 1996 (1996-07-29)
Xena and Gabrielle rescue the pregnant Ephiny from the battlefield and take shelter in one of Asclepius' temples, finding it full of casualties. While there, she gives birth to her centaur son, Xenan. Xena tends to the wounded and Gabrielle is mortally injured while helping out.

Just today i got this in the mail. I really cant complain about the fact that are no special features because the first dvd did have quite alot and I never really saw them. This set is much smaller than before and is the size of a normal dvd case. Ive read reviews where people complain about resolution on this dvd but people must understand that this season was filmed on 16mm which means it will be grainy, with that said however, it is much less grainy and better in picture then from the other dvd. Also, this DVD has SUBTITLES!!!!!!! Something never seen before on a xena dvd. So, is this a great DVD? Yes. But, if you already own the other dvd, i see know point in buying this. Unless your like me, a die hard fan, you need to have both. So i have the orginal dvds (1-6) and now i have the new dvd(1) and when season 2 comes out in March(?) ill buy that as well. So all in all, if you dont have season 1, or if u do and just want this like me, buy it. Also, if u never heard of xena in your life and somehow stumbled upon this, BUY IT! i garrentee you will love this show!
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