Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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Sins of the Past 

Xena, formerly a ruthless warlord, appears on the scene to prove she has changed her ways. While fighting to protect the innocent she rescues a young aspiring bard, Gabrielle, who becomes her traveling companion.

Director:

Doug Lefler

Writers:

R.J. Stewart (developed by), John Schulian (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Jay Laga'aia ... Draco
Darien Takle ... Cyrene
Stephen Hall Stephen Hall ... Hector
Linda Jones Linda Jones ... Hecuba
Willa O'Neill ... Lila
Geoff Snell Geoff Snell ... Herodotus
Anton Bentley Anton Bentley ... Perdicas
Dave Perrett Dave Perrett ... Gar (as David Perrett)
Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson ... Cyclops
Wally Green Wally Green ... Old Man
Roydon Muir Roydon Muir ... Kastor
Huntly Eliott Huntly Eliott ... First Citizen
Winston Harris Winston Harris ... Boy
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Xena, formerly a ruthless warlord, appears on the scene to prove she has changed her ways. While fighting to protect the innocent she rescues a young aspiring bard, Gabrielle, who becomes her traveling companion.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lucy Lawless, the actress who plays Xena, had previously appeared on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Lyla in "As Darkness Falls" and as Lysia in Hercules and the Amazon Women. See more »

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When Xena arrives at the bridge with Argo, she calls the horse "boy," even though it is established in future episodes that Argo is female. See more »

Quotes

Cyclops: Shut up! I hate chatty food.
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The Battling Bard - And so the adventure starts...
11 March 2019 | by bennetts-16344See all my reviews

And so the ride of a lifetime begins here, the first in 134 episodes, a 100 hours of viewing...

The episode begins with the sound of someone playing a cat as a musical instrument whilst Xena travels by horseback across the beautiful Greek / NZ countryside. What follows is the social awkwardness of arriving at a village you've previously torched and having to make small talk with an 8 year old whose parents you've killed. Even though she makes up for it by giving him a loaf of bread, the warrior princess is wracked by guilt and decides enough is enough and buries her battle dress and weapons. Unfortunately this turns out to be bad timing as she then witnesses the townsfolk of Potidaea being rounded up by the henchmen of the evil warlord Draco. Armed only with an attitude and a degree in ass kicking, Xena gets to work in the only way she knows how. Upon rescuing the villagers she meets Gabrielle who takes an instant shine to Xena and wants to be just like her. Xenas not keen but Gabrielle persists and a friendship is forged.

Sins of the past is a template for all good Xena episodes to follow:

Bad guy of the week - check, Awesome, inventive and improbable fight scenes - check Pinch of death - check Emotional turmoil - check Life lessons learnt - check Triumphant against the odds - check Lighthearted ending - check

This was a great way to kick off the series. Jay Laga'aia is fantastic as Draco, it's only a shame he wasn't in more episodes than he was. The writing is sharp, the action spot on and the editing tight. It only gets better from here on in.

Subtext Watch: Gabrielle - " Did you see the guy they want me to marry?" Xena - " He seems like a gentle soul, that's rare in a man" Gabrielle - "It's not the gentle part I have a problem with"

Pinch Count:1

Quote: Draco - "How was the homecoming? Did they throw you a party?"

Memorable scene: The end fight scene, using the crowd as stepping stones.


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