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Gabrielle`s development as a character is one of the themes running through the series, and although her rank as Amazon Princess comes about almost by accident, it is a storyline that has become an important part of the show. She chooses a weapon - her fighting staff, no swords or bows and arrows for Gab. However when it comes to the fighting, Xena is still the champion, and fairly easily bests the queen. Ephiny(Danielle Cormack) is introduced, and she will reappear several times in the future, another popular character. She is at first quite hostile to Xena, and the pair have a few tussles, but she proves to be a valuble ally to Xena and Gabrielle.
A few points though. How did that one treacherous man manage to fire all those arrows? If Xena as Gabrielle`s champion beats Queen Melosa in a fight, doesn`t that make Gabrielle queen? How come Xena takes over the role? If Xena hates Centaurs so much, how come she left her child with them?(See Series 2`s opener Orphan of War.) Lots of women in tight and skimpy leather, Gabrielle finally ditching the peasant girl blouse and long skirt, Eponin`s flashy staff tricks, slightly dodgy centaur SFX, but an enjoyable episode.
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