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The Reckoning

Director: Charles Siebert
Writer: Peter Allen Fields

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Kevin Smith (Ares)

Xena is framed for murder as we get our first look at Ares, God of War - who is determined to win her back to the dark side. We also see Gabrielle`s talent for talk in this episode as she is forced into the role of a lawyer defending Xena. The episode opens with Xena coming across a vicious battle between a hooded man and some villagers. The villagers are all killed and the man disappears into thin air! When help arrives shortly afterwards, the people see Xena with a bloody sword and pursue her as the chief suspect. Imprisoned for the crime, and facing the death penalty, Xena is visited by Ares (Kevin Smith) as Gabrielle looks for clues to clear her friend. Xena is almost tempted by Ares and even gets to punch Gabrielle! However, thanks to her cleverness, she gets Ares to bring the men back and she is cleared.

Notes: Ares becomes a very important recurring character on the show. There has been some talk about the relationship. It is clear from this episode, that this is the first time Xena has ever actually met Ares, yet we are led to believe that Ares was her biggest fan when she was a warlord. How come he never went to see her?

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