Fates Collide (S-6, E-18)
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isn’t it? How a single step can change the path of ones
destiny." – Julius Caesar.
Sure is buddy! So
Caesar decides he’s going to chain up the fates since he
escaped from Tartarus. He goes back to the time he and Xena
did the horizontal bop. He realizes that he’d ‘still be
ruling Rome today instead of getting stabbed in the back by
Brutus while Xena rides off into the sunset with her
girlfriend’. Pretty strong words but very much on the money.
The fates warn that
tampering with the loom will not only change Caesar’s
destiny but everyone else. He doesn’t seem to care because
he’s still a selfish pig. He’s going to make it so he
never betrayed Xena.
Next we see him
talking with some Romans. Brutus arrives and tells him that
the Chin ambassadors have arrived. As they open the gates a
horse rider dressed in black comes barreling through. They
kick out a few guards, sends some arrows next to Brutus as
Caesar looks on. With a little yiyiyyi and a flip Xena lands
in front of them. She says ‘My emperor’. He says ‘My
emperoress’. Looks like they got hitched somewhere along the
way and she likes to work out by tormenting Brutus.
Next the duo are
seen walking arm in arm. Caesar says he’s scheduled some
entertainment for them. Xena asked if it’s wrestlers from
Thrace but Caesar says it’s a play from Athens. Thought she
might enjoy a little bit of her hometown flavor. Xena teases
saying, "More dribble from old men with tricky names. How
thoughtful?" They share a smile until Brutus arrives with
the representatives of LaoMa.
Xena leaves saying
she has to address the senate about more weapons for her men
and Brutus joins her. The Chin fellows give Caesar a treaty,
which he reads. He says he accepts Chin’s offer to join the
empire. He tells them to enjoy the Roman hospitality. Suddenly
Alti comes out of nowhere and grabs them by the neck. Caesar
introduces her as Alti, high priestess of Rome. Caesar watches
her kill the men by showing them all the pain in their life.
Caesar tells Alti that Xena’s right, ‘Alti is
Next we see the
happy couple at the play. Caesar is yawning to stay awake.
Xena is riveted<LOL>. And I’m sure you’d all like to
know what the actors are saying right? Right.(VBG)
Man – "Our
love is strong than the Elysian Fields or Tartarus"
"We’re going to be together for Eternity"
Man – "I
wouldn’t have it any other way."
The performers hug
and the applause begins. (Now keep in mind that if this was a
REAL play in this time there wouldn’t be any women on stage
and I’m sure Gabrielle would have to be the best of the
best…a la Sappho…to be taken seriously in the Arts but
let’s just pretend shall we? Okay, good (VBG) ). The young
man says ‘let me introduce to you the writer of ‘Fallen
Angel’…Gabrielle, the visionary of Athens.
hair wrapped up high, comes to the stage and she begins to get
bombarded with roses. Xena watches her intently and Caesar has
that ‘Oh Sh*t’ look on his face (LOL). Xena rises and
throws her rose down to Gabrielle. Talk about some heavy
looks. Xena is in the ‘box seats’ looking down at
Gabrielle and without saying a word you can feel the
Romeo/Juliet, Cyreno connection going on. Gabrielle feels the
magnet pulling and gives a small shake to look back to the
rest of the audience when she realizes she’s staring at Xena
too. Alti, who’s down front, can see what’s going on
between them. So can Caesar but there’s very little he can
They are all at a
reception afterward and Caesar watches Xena and Gabrielle
talking where Xena says she found Gabrielle’s play very
moving. Alti comes up to harass Caesar asking what did he
think Xena and Gabrielle are discussing. Before he can respond
Brutus arrives and says he needs to speak to him about the
Chin representatives. We get to go back to see X and G’s
X – What inspires
G – It’s like
the words come from somewhere else. I just write them down.
But you emperoress…all of Rome talks of you. The country
thrives. The people adore you. They say the army would follow
you through the gates of Hades.
X – Well
everything has its price Gabrielle.
Brutus and Caesar
are together and Brutus asks if he had the representatives
killed. Caesar said yes that Alti advised it. Brutus fears
there will be assassins sent. Caesar tells him not to worry.
He knows how to deal with assassins. (Yuck, yuck, yuck…Oh
yeah – Brutus is gonna buy the farm in this one.) He goes
back to watch his wife conversing with the playwright.
X – In the third
act you had the hero throwing himself off the cliff with no
fear of dying. All for her. Do you really believe that kind of
G – It’s what
we all dream about isn’t it? Someone that looks so deeply
into our souls that they find something worth dying for.
Well I guess we now
know who’s the butch and who’s the femme in this
relationship huh? (LOL) Anyway, they don’t have a chance to
finish their discussion. Caesar comes over to remind Xena that
they have to address the troops first thing in the morning.
Xena excuses herself and Caesar offers her his arm leading her
away. Man O’ man (LOL) is Gabby checking out Xena big time
as she goes (ROTFL). I love Gabby. Have I mentioned that? (VBG)
Next we see the
happy couple getting ready for bed. Caesar asks X what she and
that playwright talked about. (Jealous much Caesar? (LOL))
Xena said ‘her work, her life. She interests me.’ (WooHoo
– and I’m sure it’s not just her mind either from the
looks Gabrielle was getting). Caesar puts on the moves but
gets the cold shoulder. He leaves saying since he’s not
needed in the bedroom he’ll go over some things with Brutus.
Xena goes out to her terrace and looks over the city but the
only thing that catches her eye is Gabrielle who’s stepped
out onto her own terrace. Xena quickly moves back into the
shadows so she can admire Gabrielle without her seeing. When
she decides to make her presence known, Gabrielle looks a bit
uncomfortable but gives Xena a respectful nod before heading
Xena hears Alti
behind her and turns around.
A – I had the
most interesting vision tonight of you and the writer.
X – You take
A – Really?
X – The high
priestess has no business in my bedchamber (Hmmm…I thought
they were talking about Gabrielle there for a minute and not
X’s bedchamber. I…awww…some subtext in the maintext ep
– I get it).
A – It’s
Caesars bedchamber too. I saw the way you looked at her
tonight at the play. Wouldn’t Caesar give anything to have
you look at him that way?
X – What do you
A – You’re in
my way Xena. Now it’s time I did something about it.
The two of them
fight and Alti starts to show Xena clips of her ‘real
life’ when she puts the ‘death grip’ on her. She
doesn’t get to finish the job because Caesar and Brutus come
in. Caesar says he wants to kill her now but Xena says she
wants to do it herself in the Forum, before the public. Caesar
orders Brutus to interrogate Alti and lock her up. Caesar hugs
Xena and catches Gabrielle back on the terrace again watching
them embrace. Xena looks uncomfortable in Caesars arms and the
vision isn’t lost on Gabrielle.
Next day Xena
watches the royal guard walk off. She asks Caesar where they
are heading. Caesar said that Alti confessed that the
playwright and she were working with Chin assassins and that
he hopes Xena wasn’t too fond of the young woman. Xena
smiles and plays it off but you can tell she’s not too
We see Gabby being
led away saying she’s committed no crime against Caesar,
passing Joxer in the hall. They cut Gabby’s hair, as a means
to break her morale I’d assume, getting her ready for the
good ole cross. Next we see Joxer walking with Xena, saying
it’s an honor to escort the emperoress because she called in
her own personal healer to save his daughter. He’s indebted
to her. He leaves Xena and Gabrielle alone.
Xena asks if
Gabrielle is an assassin. Gabrielle says she never harmed
anyone in her life but why should she take her word over her
husbands. Xena says she believe her because if anyone believes
that love is worth dying for can’t be an assassin. Gabrielle
says she hears hammering. Xena tells her you can’t have a
crucifixion without crosses. Gabrielle sobs slightly and says
she doesn’t know why Caesar wants to kill her. Xena says
she’s going to get to the bottom of it.
Xena leaves the
cell and goes to Alti. She makes Alti do the death grip to
find out what’s going on. Alti agrees if Xena sets her free.
Xena and Alti are both unsure of what’s going on but they
begin to piece things together. Caesar somehow changed their
lives. Joxer comes back and says they are taking Gabby to the
Xena comes out and
stops the execution telling Caesar she knows what he did and
how he changed things. He confesses it was a regret he changed
and that they are now getting ready to take over Chin. Xena
says if Caesar sets Gabrielle free she’ll lead the take over
of Chin. (Essentially, she’ll kill the one woman that she
left Gabrielle for on the docks in the ‘former life’ if it
means keeping Gabrielle alive in ‘this’ life.)
Caesar agrees and
tells them to release the prisoner. Xena rushes down and
starts tossing guards around telling them to keep their filthy
hands off her (LOL). Nobody’s touchin’ her bard…I mean
Xena, "I’m in your debt my emperoress."
Xena says I’m not
your emperoress. I’m your friend. She puts her wrap around
Gabrielle to cover her and Gabby snuggles into it (Ahhhhhh…isn’t
that sweet (VBG)). She shouts for the guards to bring her a
horse before they have this conversation:
X – Gabrielle, go
back to your little vineyard by the sea. Be happy. Write all
those great plays you got inside you.
Xena….Xena…When I thought I was going to die . . . it all
became so clear. My life is empty despite my success. I write
about love but I never felt it before.
X – (wipes away
Gabrielle’s tears) Rome is not safe for you. Leave now.
G – I will never
Caesar then goes to
Alti and tells her if she wants to prove her trust go find
Gabrielle, who he just pardoned, and kill her. Alti shows up
with super sonic speed(LOL) and puts the death grip on her,
showing her the life she had with Xena. Xena on the other hand
shows up to stop her. She goes to Gabrielle who’s still
shocked. She starts to get the better of Alti but the Caesar
reinforcements arrive and shoot arrows at Xena. Xena gets
stabbed but Joxer grabs Gabrielle. Gabby’s snapped out of it
by now and tries to break free to help Xena. Joxer says she
can’t help Xena but he can help her (Gabrielle). Xena tells
Caesar he’ll always betray her because he’s scum and they
tie her up and drag her behind a horse (the Xedrag?).
Later that night
Brutus goes to advise Caesar that killing Xena wouldn’t be a
good thing because the troops love her. Caesar announces that
Alti will be joining them on their campaign east. He then
knifes Brutus unexpectedly taking care of that little problem.
Next we see Joxer saying he couldn’t believe they were
willing to kill her over that bad play. He says it was okay
but he could use a few more fight scenes (LOL). Gabby grins
and says she’ll keep that in mind as he opens the door to
let her out of the cell.
He takes her to
Xena’s cell where they have this chat:
G – Alti showed
me something – an altered time.
X – It doesn’t
G – I’m sorry.
Xena, when I’m with you this emptiness I’ve felt my entire
life is gone. You have to tell me what’s going on.
X – Caesar
changed our fate giving us this god forsaken world.
G – There must be
something I can do.
X – No. What you
can do is get out of here alive. I have to go through this
G - I can’t let
X – Some things
are worth dying for. Isn’t that what your play was about?
Being prepared to sacrifice all for love?
G - (nods) For
X – In the other
world my destiny was an end to Caesar, that cross. I hated
them both. But now I realize everything happens precisely as
it should. Precisely.
G – Xena?
X – (guards
approach) Go now Gabrielle.
G – I can’t.
X – Go now. Get
G – No.
X – Get out.
G – Don’t.
Emperoress, it’s time.
X – I’ll love
G – (guards round
up Xena) Don’t touch her!
X – (side to
Joxer) Get her out alive.
matter which life – the gals were always meant for each
Next we see Xena
getting ‘crossed’ and Caesar making out with Alti. Gabs is
racing along on a horse out of town. Alti and Caesar are doing
the nasty (which will probably be edited at most stations (VBG)).
As they strike the first nail into Xena outside, Alti strikes
the first stab into Caesar a la ‘Basic Instinct’. Moments
later Caesar is dead and Xena is on the cross telling
Gabrielle, whose nowhere around now, that she loves her. Gabby
in the meantime runs into the temple of the fates to find them
locked up. She wants to know how to undo this world but they
say it’s impossible. (Sidenote: As you watch the last 15
minutes make sure to note the comparable to Ides of March and
see how many you can spot.)
Anyway, Gabby says
BS! She’s gonna do sumthin’ bout that. She’s gonna burn
the mother luvin loom. The fates warn her against it but she
doesn’t care – hell how could it be worse right? Besides,
‘their loom destroyed what was meant to be’ she says. With
a mighty toss she sets the baby ablaze and the world that had
come to be explodes. We see a mist and watch Gabrielle AKA Red
bikini top Gabby, walking through a forest. Xena comes riding
up, both still obvious of the other world.
X – Hey
G – Hi
X – You brought
the world back to us.
G – (cutie smile)
I like this one better
X - (tad of guilt)
Even though you’re not a famous playwright?
G – (cutie grin
this time) Fame, who needs it? (Xena reaches out her hand and
helps Gab up behind Argo) Did you really like my play?
X – It was
alright. Maybe it could have done with a few more fight
G – Everyone’s
Fade to black.
Was this the
GREATEST XENA EP OF ALL TIME? No, I don’t think so. Does it
cement the fact that these two are a couple? Oh yeah. (LOL) If
you ask me, which I know you didn’t(BG), this is the episode
that Missy Good should have wrote. By that I mean that
Katharine (who’s also a Xena fan) wrote it so close to that
subtext line. She even stepped over it without stepping over
it. Confused?(LOL). Let me explain.
confess she was ‘in-love’ with Gabs but hell you HAVE to
see it when you watch this ep. Perhaps in Ms. Good eps she
wanted to stay so far away from the ‘subtext issue’ that
she didn’t broach it since she’s an alt author. I think
that’s a shame. If you stack this episode against Coming
Home and Legacy (which weren’t bad – still can’t see how
a bathtub just happened to pop up out of nowhere when they
can’t see a damn thing (LOL) but anyway…) I think you’ll
see a glaring difference. Missy seems…I don’t
know…scared. Katherine just wrote a good soulmate story
regardless of how anyone took it. As I said I still don’t
think it’s the best Xena episode for Drama – that goes to
OAAA still in my mind. But I’ll tell you what (LOL) it sure
is a close second that’s for sure.
Is Tapert gonna let
the leads kiss this season? Yeah I’m thinking it will happen
but I’ll keep my promise and not say ‘told you so if it