Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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The Path Not Taken 

Xena must rescue a princess from a greedy arms dealer before war between two kingdoms erupt; she also reunites with a former flame who knows her secret.


Stephen L. Posey


R.J. Stewart (developed by), John Schulian (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Bobby Hosea ... Marcus
Stephen Tozer Stephen Tozer ... Mezentius
Nicola Cliff Nicola Cliff ... Jana
Jimi Liversidge ... Agranon
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Antonius
Iain Rea Iain Rea ... Brisus
Crawford Thomson Crawford Thomson ... Dictys (as Crawford Thompson)
Peter Sa'ena-Brown ... Soldier #1


Xena accepts to rescue a young girl whose kidnapping could be an excuse to start a war. This mission leads her to meet again warlords and assassins who don't know Xena is not evil anymore. However, when she meets her old love, Marcus, she decides she must save him too... from the wrong path he is following. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Gabrielle: You see Xena, the way I look at it, life is an adventure to be explored. And, without adventure what's the point? Granted, with you sometimes it gets a little too adventurous, but that's what makes it interesting. Who was it that said "curiosity is the food of life and adventure is a meal?"
Xena: Sounds like something you might say
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


Written by Lucy Lawless
Arranged by Joseph LoDuca
Performed by Lucy Lawless
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The Path Not Taken
10 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The series has a wonderful comedic opening with Xena and Gabrielle in a bar, with Xena beating up anyone who attempts to lay their grasping hand on Xena with lustful thoughts.

The story is about two young lovers from rival kingdoms. Their marriage will lay to rest years on conflict between the two warring factions but then the princess is abducted.

Xena agrees with the young prince to rescue his beloved princess. The abductor is Mezentius, an arms dealer who stands to profit if both kingdoms resume their war, as each side is already blaming each other for the kidnapping of the princess.

Xena also meets up with an old flame who she hopes to set on a better path.

After a bright opening I felt it really bogged down a bit as Xena tries to play Mezentius by pretending to stoke up tensions.

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