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Well I hope so as I thought Najara was an interesting character and the actress who played her was more convincing that some we have seen recently. She was fairly obviously too good to be true, and the speed with which Xena decided to leave Gabrielle with her was a bit much. I did like her dilemma though, and the scene in which Xena opens up to Najara about Gabrielle was beautifully done by Lucy Lawless. Equally improbable was the speed with which Gabrielle seemed to fall under Najara`s spell. Admittedly, she seemed to know all the right buttons to push - the helping people, a hospice, lack of violence. It was a bit of a shock to hear Gabrielle discuss NOT staying with Xena, and for her too I think, from the look on Xena`s face.
Another oddity was the affection Najara seemed to have for Gabrielle - again awfully quickly. After the big fight between Xena and Najara(one of the visions Xena had courtesy of Alti in Sin Trade 2 by the way), Xena grins rather strangely while saying that Najara has a weakness and it is the same one she has - namely Gabrielle. Heavy subtext I think...
It was facinating to see another female fighter with skills equal to Xena`s, although Kathryn Norris was not as totally convincing in the fight scenes as Lucy is, but then Lucy does sneer so beautifully! However, she did a good job as a xealot, a sort of nutty Joan of Arc. An intriguing opponent, although the episode had its inconsistancies.
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