Written by First Televised February 2000
Guest Stars: Kevin Sorbo (Herucules), Meg Foster (Hera)
Synopsis Coming Soon!
This turned out to be a very good episode. With Kevin Sorbo guest-starring and the way the story was set up (Hercules and Xena are not together during most of the action), it had the feel of a Hercules episode, which isn't actually a bad thing (It was probably arranged like this to give Lucy a lighter work load after the baby was born). Actually this probably worked out as a better ending for the Hercules series than the open-ended final episode did. Hercules has the final confrontation with his father and winds up killing him. It's poetic justice in a way since Zeus had killed his own father. The prophecy that the baby will bring about the end of the Greek Gods seems to be similar to the prophecy in Oedipus, in which it is foretold that Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother. By trying to avoid the prophecy (sending Oedipus away, Oedipus later runs away on his own), it actually causes the prophecy to happen. If Zeus had done nothing, he never would have been killed.
Xena's reasoning for going into Tartarus (to get the invisiblity helmet) seems a bit convoluted, as does Solon's reasoning for choosing to be there. And how likely was it that, among all the souls there, she would stumble upon Solon?
Ares' attempt to convince Xena that he wants to spend his life with her is excruciatingly bad (despite the fact that he was just acting). The writers should have been able to give him better dialogue that that. It makes a poor setup for when Ares reveals that he really does love Xena. This isn't that much of a surprise anyway since Ares has had plenty of chances to kill Xena over the years and not used them.
Hera's joining up with Hercules is a surprise. It shows some character development that she now will no longer kill innocents. It is clear, though, she still loves Zeus because she allows him to (apparently) kill her without putting up a fight.
It is unforgivable that the preview clip for the next week's episode (which airs about half-way through the story) gives away that Zeus will be killed! The ending of the episode definitely loses some of its impact as a result. The people who create the preview clips need to be more careful in the future about these things.
Xena and Gabrielle meet Zeus for the first (and last) time.
At first, Hercules loses something by having such short hair. By the end of the episode, it's not as noticeable.
The end credits disclaimer:
Season 5 Episode Guide
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