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Xena: Warrior Princess: Fallen Angel
In the fifth-season opener, Xena and Gabrielle's crucified bodies are retrieved by their friends, while the departed duo (Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor) are caught in the middle of an afterlife battle between demons and angels.
Michael: Charles Mesure. Callisto: Hudson Leick. Amarice: Jennifer Sky.
Meanwhile, back up top, Xena attempts a plunge to rescue Gabrielle and is retrieved forceably by the Arch-Angel Michael who is not best impressed. Deciding that Xena could be a useful ally, he gives her the chance to take a test and she becomes an Arch-Angel. Michael warns her that Hell will be very hard and she will be more compassionate than before - should she give up her light, she will trade places with whoever she rescues. Undetered Xena and the other arch-angels launch their attack on the demon world below, and succeed in rescuing Gabrielle during a bitter battle. Xena however is confronted by Callisto, and decides to give her her purity. The semi-demonic Gabrielle is bathed in the waters of purity and emerges healed of her demonic attributes. She asks after Xena and Michael refuses to answer the question. Later she discovers that Xena saved Callisto and is shocked. Confronting the virginal and gentle new Callisto, Gabrielle finds it difficult to forgive her. Michael realises that Xena is now a demon and that with such a leader at their head, they are likely to be even more dangerous than before. Gabrielle offers to distract Xena in the fight, and Michael tells her that she must go through a test to see if she is worthy. She undertakes the test only to be faced with the gentle Callisto again - a sure sign that Michael wants her to forgive Callisto - the hardest thing for Gabrielle to ever do.
Meanwhile having removed their bodies from the crosses, Joxer, Eli and Amarice are moving them. Amarice accuses Eli of as good as killing them himself by teaching Gabrielle all the peace claptrap such that she would not defend herself. Joxer tries to step in, but Eli stops him, accepting there is much truth in what Amarice is saying.
Back in the afterlife, Gabrielle emerges from her trial as an Arch-
Angel and sets herself on a high rock where she can be seen. True to
form, Xena diverts her attention to Gabrielle and the two talk as
the other demons and arch-angels start fighting. After Gabrielle tells
Xena she will not join her in Hell, the two come to blows. Eventually
wounded they plunge downwards.
Meanwhile, Eli is having a crisis of faith and calls out for help. His
cries are answered and an angel appears and tells him to go back to the
bodies of his friends.
Eli places his hands on Xena and Gabrielle's bodies and the ghostly
angel lays her hands there too, though his. Gabrielle and Xena, still
falling towards hell, suddenly dissolve and return to their bodies.
Eli, Joxer and Amarice are astounded as they move and Gabrielle's hand
reaches out to hold Xena's. Joxer touches her face and Gabrielle smiles
at him and then rests her head on Xena's shoulders. Michael and the
angel watch from the sidelines; he tells the angel that it is time and
she is re-united with her parents who died many years before in an attack
on a small village called Cirra by a warlord and her army! (You can
figure out who the angel is for yourselves!).
Episode: 5.1, US airdate: 27 Sep 99.
Guest Stars: Hudson Leick (Callisto), Charles Mesure (Michael), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Tim Omundson (Eli).
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Xena: Warrior Princess: Seeds Of Faith
Eli (Timothy Omundson) leads his followers in a non-violent fight against the gods, resulting in a fateful confrontation with Ares (Kevin Smith).
Petracles: James Gaylyn. Callisto: Hudson Leick. Gabrielle: Renee O'Connor.
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Xena: Warrior Princess: Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire
In a musical episode, Xena tries to settle a fight over Terpsichore's lyre by getting the warring parties to participate in a battle of the bands in a nearby village.
Amoria: Gillian Iliana Waters. Joxer/Jace: Ted Raimi. Gabrielle: Renee O'Connor.
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