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Boadiccea, played by Michael Hurst`s very tall wife was a good character, but I am not a huge Karl Urban/Caesar fan to be honest. As a Brit, I was also sorry that Gabrielle had such a bad time in Britain. A few plot holes also bothered me. How come these Britons had to go all the way to Greece to find a person who hadn`t killed before? Why didn`t Ares explain himself better to Xena? Even if she was kind of driven, how come Xena virtually abandons Gabrielle? And how come that lead Roman soldiers helmet looks exactly like a striped motor bike helmet with a bit stuck on the front?
The shuffle of episodes meant that Xena`s sword was back as normal, and Ares is discussing that super strong metal he gave to Agathon in the previous episode. His apology about the Furies but no mention of Agathon is also a continuity blip. The explosion that destroys Dahok`s temple is the exact same bit of film as the explosion that destroyed Agathon`s castle, but I did like the remains of Dahok`s temple turning out to be Stonehenge.
Of course the main event was Gabrielle`s killing of the priestess Meridian, and I thought this was done very well. It was appropriate that Gabrielle be tricked into losing her blood innocence, and she really was left with little choice. Renee O`Connor does very well, and her shock at killing and the scenes with Xena shortly after were very well handled. Gabrielle`s scream of horror was a chilling highlight of the episode. Incidentallly, to complete a nightmare British trip for Gabrielle, she also gets crucified in this episode, although the cricifixion is not too painful looking. Indeed, she looks as if she is just waiting around for Xena. A very important episode in the development of the characters and their relationship, but not a comfortable happy-ending type episode.
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