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"Gabrielle was killed at the end of Season Three and the beginning of Season Four finds Xena trying to find her. Xena continues to deal with mistakes of the past. Here is a brief episode guide:
1. Adventures in the Sin Trade (1): Xena travels to the Land of the Dead to find Gabrielle. 2. Adventures in the Sin Trade (2): Xena battles a shamoness and tries to free spirits of deceased Amazons before she can contine looking for Gabrielle 3. A Family Affair: Xena and Joxer discover that Hope is posing as Gabrielle. 4. In Sickness and In Hell: Xena and Gabrielle help Joxer defend an army. 5. A Good Day : Xena fights with Greek soldiers and tries to send Caesar and Pompey to from whence they came. 6. A Tale of Two Muses: Xena and Gabrielle try to help a friend change a town that has outlawed dancing. 7. Locked Up and Tied Down: Xena is convicted of murder and sent to Shark Island Prison. 8. Crusader: Xena deals with a woman crusader who has a "reform or die" policy for prisoners. 9. Past Imperfect: Xena remembers using a battle strategy similar to one that is entrapping her now. 10. The Key To The Kingdom: Joxer, Meg and Autolycus try to steal the infamous "key" that's prophecized to lead to Athena's crown. 11. Daughter of Pomira: Xena and Grabielle try to rescue a girl who had been kidnapped several years ago. 12. If The Shoe Fits: Xena, Gabrielle, Joxer and Aphrodite tell fairy tales to princess Alecia on the journey to reunite her with her family. 13. Paradise Found: Gabrielle is taught meditation by a mystical man who is feeding off Gabrielle's goodness. 14. Devi: Gabrielle acquires the ability to heal, but Xena is uncertain of the source of her power. 15. Between The Lines: Xena's soul goes to the future for an encounter with the reincarnation of an old enemy. 16. The Way: Xena tries to rescue Gabrielle and Eli from the King of the Demons with the help of the god Krishna. 17. The Play's The Thing: Zera convinces Gabrielle to base a play on hers and Xena's adventures. 18. The Convert: Najara claims to be nonviolent but Xena is suspicious. Joxer copes with guilt over killing a man. 19. Takes One To Know One: A bounty hunter looking for Xena is murdered. The goddess of retribution gives Xena until sunrise to find the killer. 20. Endgame: Gabrielle becomes queen of the Amazons. 21. The Ides of March: Roman soldiers capture and crucify Xena and Gabrielle. 22. Deja Vu All Over Again: A woman in the present time says that she is Xena's reincarnation. "
A So-So Set
cyclista | 06/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 is not my favorite season it. It was overly sentimental, much like season 6. But I won't comment on the season, I'll comment on the set. First and foremost, the claim of "director's cuts" is false and leads people to believe they're going to get an extended episode. A series of extended, cut and alternate footage is a more honest description of what we see. The presentation, could have been better. I'd rather see the original, then see the extended (or whatever) version of the scene. I don't like the compactness of the presentation. Widescreen, oh let me count the ways. Widescreen versions of the 4th, 5th and 6th season exist. It's a shame the manufacturer (not to be confused with the distributor--Anchor Bay) Davis-Anderson was unable to secure these versions. Although, I doubt they tried very hard to secure them. The Commentaries and interviews, key episodes are missing from this. A commentary on Adventures in the Sin Trade was warranted and need. Interviews on other subsequent episodes (mainly, Past Imperfect -- a key episode in Xena's backstory) were not be found. However, it's not because there was nothing shot. There was, however the manufacturer--Davis Anderson--opted to not include the interviews. Bloopers. Sadly, the only bloopers that seemed to have been kept were the ones that were printed for gag reels and anyone who's a member of the fan club (or was) has probably seen them. That's okay. Season 4 has some of my favorite slip ups. The packaging a new design to keep down costs, but I don't like have to take out one disc to get another one out.There are some glitches in the digital-remastering, but it's a lot better than the previous sets and the sound is better this time around, in my own humble opinion. Overall, the technical aspects of the sets is improved.Aside from that, I think Davis-Anderson lowered their standards to get this set out in a hurry. It has the aoura of being a rushed to production set."
Big Changes in Season Four
Henry Perkins | Santa Clara, CA USA | 04/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At the end of Season Three, Gabrielle had jumped into an abyss to kill her evil child, Hope. Season Four opens with Xena undertaking a spiritual journey to recover her friend. I don't want to spoil anything major, so I'll just mention that the pair travels to India in search of Gabrielle's Way (path through life) and in the process Xena discovers her own Way. They bump into Pompey, Caesar, and Brutus repeatedly, and are instrumental in setting up the famous Ides of March incident at the Roman Forum. This sets up a big dramatic ending for the season, and there's a modern episode (about past life regression) in the final episode.
Season Four has important consequences for the Amazons, shows how Xena played a pivotal role in Roman history, dabbles in FOUR different spiritual paths (shamanism, crusaders, the Way of Love, and the Way of the Warrior), travels to a new part of the Hercules/Xena world, and kills off some major characters. Plus Joxer turns out to be less lame than expected. There's a LOT going on this season.
The DVD collection of Season Four of "Xena: Warrior Princess" contains even more extras than the oodles included with Season Three. The collection includes nine DVDs and one CD-ROM; that's one more disc than for Season Three. There are the usual "interviews" (episode commentaries) featuring many of the usual suspects (Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Robert Tapert, Steven L. Sears, Eric Gruendemann, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell). The two sets used for the commentaries are the same as for Season Three. There's the expected blooper collection, with heavy use of *BLEEP* to cover the naughty words. There's a fairly long Ted & Bruce bit, where Bruce's first book ("If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor") is pitched repeatedly. There's a modestly scholarly take on Siberian shamanism as relating to the "northeastern Amazons" of X:WP, a commentary by the martial arts teacher about how he trained the actors (particularly Lucy, Kevin Sorbo, and Hudson Leick) to fight, and a visit to the firm that made the "suits" and mechanical rigs for the monsters in the series. The "extra" DVD is filled with alternate, longer cuts of scenes that didn't make it into the finished episodes. The CD-ROM is just as lame as in all the previous seasons, but who cares? The truly lavish quantity of extras on the DVDs make that inconsequential. One downside: the packaging uses an inconvenient overlapping disc arrangement, so you have to remove the preceding odd-numbered disc to get at each even-numbered disc.
Guest appearances for Season Four include: o Marton Csokas as Borias, warlord and Xena's former lover o Victoria Pratt as Cyane, Amazon Queen o Sheeri Rappaport as Otere, Amazon warrior o Claire Stansfield as Alti, shamaness o Karl Urban as Julius Caesar, Roman Triumvir o Jeremy Callaghan as Pompey, Roman Triumvir o Shiri Appleby as Tara, wannabe sidekick o Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, King of Thieves o Timothy Omundson as Eli, prophet and healer o Kathryn Morris as Najara, crusading zealot o Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite, Goddess of Love o Meighan Desmond as Discord, Goddess of Retribution o Danielle Cormack as Ephiny, Amazon Queen o Jennifer Sky as Amarice, Amazon warrior o Hudson Leick as Callisto, Xena's arch-nemesis o David Franklin as Brutus, Roman centurion o Robert Trebor as Marco (no, not Salmoneus) o Kevin Smith as Ares, God of War
Bottom line: FIVE STARS. Buy this collection; you'll be glad you did."
Excellent season, just a comment about the subtitles
Sally A | 08/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season 4 is an excellent season. The way they introduced the season finale through Xena's vision on episode Adventures on the Sin Trade, kept us all intrigued during the whole season. The India episodes, especially Between the Lines are on my all time favorite.
However, there are 2 things I didn't like about this season set. First, it doesn't have as many extras as season 3 set, and second, once again, nobody has thought about non English speakers, who live in Latin America and Spain. I'm from Chile, and my English is not the best, but at least I can understand most of the episodes, but I'm sad for all my friends that simply don't speak or understand the English language. No matter how much they want to buy the DVD episodes, they won't, 'cause they just won't understand them.
I read the reviews about season 5, and I saw no subtitles are included once again, and I guess it will be the same for season 6. I wish someone could make something about the Spanish, French, Portuguese, fans around the world. "
A huge step forward in story arc of an excellent TV series
Night owl | Portland, OR United States | 09/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The truly remarkable thing about Xena the Warrior Princess over its six-year run is not that it was one of the first series to show women as fighters who could hold their own. (Xena never needed a guy to step in and save her.) No, the really interesting thing about this series is that it was carried by two women characters... whose strengths and flaws, insecurities, doubts and struggles were central to the whole six-year epic story arc. With each season, the series grew a bit more complex. Season 3 was brilliant for its darkness, the "rift" of jealousy and betrayal in the partnership between Xena and Gabrielle. The end of Season 3, episodes Sacrifice 1 and 2 were an amazing testament to how much these two characters mean to each other. Season 4 carries this arc even further, with the first two episodes dedicated to Xena's search for Gabrielle, much more backstory about Xena's mean and murderous past (and the nasty friends she kept), and then deepening as Gabrielle tries to reconcile living life with a warrior while trying to find her own way as a non-violent person. This season is brilliant in the way it reveals so many shades of gray, so many conflicted feelings. Is violence always bad? What does self-sacrifice accomplish? How much do we owe to free will and how much to fate? And how much is just trusting your gut to do the right thing--no matter what that is--when the time comes. There are some of the series' best episodes here: Between the Lines, which shows Xena and Gabrielle fighting injustices through a future lifetime in which Xena is the Mother of Peace and Gabrielle a warrior prince, reveals the relationship between the two characters as something much bigger and more profound than they (or we) ever previously thought. End Game and Ides of March are just plain amazing. This season demonstrated what XWP the entire series was really about: The way of love (or friendship). Some of the themes and episodes in this season are the foundation of many references and excellent episodes in subsequent seasons. There are more episodes in later seasons that explore Xena and Gabrielle's future lives. Others that touch on the notions that these characters were destined to be together no matter what. Others that explore the shades of gray between peace and violence in even finer detail. On a more critical note, in this season, as in all of the others, there are a handful of great episodes, some okay episodes and a few clunkers. A Tale of Two Muses (or XWP's version of "Footloose") is just plain dumb, and Daughter of Pomira is flat and uninteresting (harking back to the "dispatching-the-baddies-of-the-week" formula of Seasons 1 and 2. By Season 4, we're all hanging on this series for its development of the main characters, for the sly and campy humor, etc. We're way past being interested in the old schtick. But this is a minor criticism, really, of a TV series that during its time took so many risks, managed to mixed light and dark, slapstick and melodrama, as it tried so many weird and wonderful things. It can be forgiven if not every episode is a perfect 10. This show in its entirety is still some of the best television I've ever watched. I've cared more about these characters than any others. That's perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the show, its producers, writers and actors. And a remarkable accomplishment given that many people might easily never watch Xena Warrior Princess--assuming it to be nothing more than a silly, campy costume comedy. Sure, it was that. But it was so much more, too."