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One Against An Army

Director: Paul Lynch
Writer: Gene O'Neill and Noreen Tobin

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Douglas Kamo (Dorian)

Gabrielle is practising her flips, trying to copy Xena, when she falls and sprains her ankle rather badly. Shortly after this, they meet Pheidippedes, the legendary Marathon runner, taking the news the 26 miles back to Athens. The Persian army is on the advance! Then they meet a soldier claiming to be a Spartan on the run from the war, and Gabrielle manages to get herself shot by an arrow..a poisoned arrow. When they nearest town that might have an antidote is discovered to be abandoned, Gabrielle insists that Xena makes her stand to try and stop the Persians rather than make a dash for the antidote. She is prepared to give up her life for the greater good, but is Xena?

New writers and directors, and no significant guest stars. This excellent episode is in a similar vein to The Greater Good, featuring some emotional scenes between Xena and Gabrielle, and some of the best fight scenes ever - Xena even gets sweaty for almost the first time.

Writers, Gene O`Neill & Noreen Tobin are actually married. They talked about this episode in the fan club magazine. They specifically looked back at the very first episode Sins of the Past. One of the best lines, "Even in death Gabrielle, I will never leave you", was actually written by RJ Stewart!

The disclaimer is the truth! During the filming of the dream sequence when a soldier jumps through the roof, a stunt man landed on Renee O`Connor`s ankle - leading to her limp in the episode King Con. The little Xena toothpick dollie that Gabrielle uses to demonstrate was made by Renee apparently. The stunt coordinator Peter Bell uses stick men to demonstrate the choreography of his fights, and it was a little in-joke.

Disclaimer : -
Gabrielle`s ankle was harmed during the production of this motion picture.

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