by Lillian Csernica on April 28, 2015
Yes, this is a TV series, not a movie, but how could I possibly leave Xena off this list? Xena, Warrior Princess is a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena got better ratings than Hercules and went on to become far more popular. Xena continues to enjoy a huge fan base. I haven’t watched every single episode, but I have watched enough to know the stunts on this show are entertaining, the scripts are good, and the wardrobe staff had a great sense of humor.
Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.
Renee O’Connor as Gabrielle
Xena’s weapons: a sword, a whip, and the Fatal Frisbees
Kevin Tod Smith as Ares, God of War
Hercules has to keep fighting anything and everything the goddess Hera sends against him. Xena has a love/hate relationship with Ares, God of War. He makes frequent appearances in the series.
Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, King of Thieves
If I have a favorite character in the series, it’s the agile and witty Autolycus. I’ve been a Bruce Campbell fan for a long time now, ever since Army of Darkness.
Then there’s Callisto. More than one bad sword & sorcery movie has started off with the hero suffering through the trauma of seeing his family slain and his village burned to the ground. Callisto is what happens when that suffering and trauma leave you a violent, bloodthirsty headcase. If she wasn’t when she started out, she would have been by the end of the series, given everything that happens to her character. Actress Hudson Leick must have had a real workout!
If I have any complaints about Xena, I’d have to say that there are times when the situations run to the corny or melodramatic. Once in a while the “What lesson have we learned in this episode?” stuff gets to be a little much. Still, that is a minor complaint. With plenty of eye candy and action, Xena: Warrior Princess is worth watching.