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The Price

Director: Oley Sassone
Writer: Steven L. Sears

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Paul Glover (Menticles)
Charles Mesure (Mercer)
Tamati Rice (soldier)
Justin Curry (Horde warrior)

Xena reverts to a more aggressive personality to fight a battle against a seemingly unstoppable and mysterious group called The Horde in this dark but gripping episode.

A fun afternoon fishing for Xena and Gabrielle is interrupted by a dying soldier caught on Gabrielle`s line. The soldiers have been in a battle against a group Xena have come up against before, a savage army called the Horde. Escaping down river, they take shelter in an Athenian army compound, only to realise the fort is under siege and the dispirited soldiers have just days left before their supplies run out. Xena takes charge, and Gabrielle is dismayed by her seemingly heartless tactics. After an attempt to get help fails, Gabrielle discovers something about this seemingly savage bunch, and Xena thinks of a way to resolve the stand off.

While Xena`s transformation into a ruthless general is not completely believable, being far too abrupt, this edgy episode has quite a sense of danger about it, and in many ways paves the way for the darker episodes that are to come in season 2 onwards. The Horde return in season 4.

Disclaimer :-
To show sympathy for the Horde, "Kaltaka" was only served upon request during the production of this motion picture.

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