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Lost Mariner

Director: Garth Maxwell
Writer: Steven L. Sears

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Tony Todd (Cecrops)
Nigel Harbrow (Basculis)
Edward Campbell (Altrech)
George Henare (Hidsim)

Xena and Gabrielle take to the high seas once again. For once, the episode starts right in the middle of the action - a storm at sea and Gabrielle and Xena separated. Gab is picked up by an unusual looking band of sailors, lead by Cecrops (Tony Todd), who carried the curse of Poseidon and Athena on him. The upshot of this is that Gabrielle is cursed to spend the rest of her life on board the ship. If she attempts to leave, Poseidon will kill her. Menawhile, Xena is onshore, just a few hundred yards away fighting the pirates that were pursuing them in the opening sea battle. Spotting Gabrielle, she tied to get to her, even knowing whose ship it is. Cecrops is a good man and is unwilling to let Xena be trapped, however, in one of the show more hilariously outrageous gravity defying leaps, Xena jumps aboard. Now all they have to do is work out how to beat the curse and escape Poseidon`s wrath...More seasickness, doomed ships, Gods, curses, pirates and Xena saving the day.

Notes: The computer generated Poseidon seen in Ulysses returns although no sign of Athena yet. The story of the lost mariner Cecrops is based on Greek myth. The main city in Greece was choosing its name and its patron. Two gods wanted to be its patron, Athena and Poseidon. It was decided that each would show what they could do for the city. While Poseidon`s might of the seas was powerful, Athena gave the city the olive groves. Athena`s gift was seen as the more beneficial and the city was named Athens after her. This episode extends the story, having Cecrops be the arbiter of the context. For his "reward" he was cursed by both Athena and Poseidon. Poseidon decreed that he coul dnever set foot on dry land again until love redeems him, while Athena gave him the curse of immortality. As Xena points out, Athena`s wasn`t really a curse and it does allow them to find a solution.

Disclaimer :-
Cecrops` "joie de vivre" was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

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