Abyss (S-6, E-6)
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folks? I managed to get this one up a little early. But enough
Virgil and his boy
toy are running for their lives from some scary Horde like
folks. Redshirt however gets stuck in a bear trap...wait make
that a human trap and the Horde takes him away. Virgil looks
on in fear as his buddy screams for him.
Cut to opening
Gabby is out
hunting a deer but misses and hits a tree. Xena walks up and
teases her asking 'What kind of wine goes good with bark?'.
Gabby tells her they can always fish but Xena points out that
Gabby wanted venison. Seems the bard is having a bad day but
Xena looks at it as the deer having a good day. Next they are
canoeing down the river. Gabby makes a remark about how calm
it is. Xena says, "I was hoping it would have an effect
on you." with her playful little grin. Awww...you gotta
love it when the WP gets mushy(LOL)
They see Virgil's
camp and stop to take a look. After inspecting things Xena can
tell - the duo were 'running for their lives'.
Back at cannibal
headquarters Virgil is watching from the bushes as his friend
gets bar-b-queued. He freaks and runs but silly Virgil trips
and alerts the hungry townfolks. Oops. They manage to snare
Gab and Xe are on
the river again and they talk about the boy who died in the
desert. Seems Gabby still hasn't gotten over it and Xena tries
to get Gab to get rid of her guilt. Gab says her reflexes are
of a warrior but her judgment is not. Kind of a bad combo if
you ask me (VBG).
Xena tells her that
Gab made the right call. She was trying to save Xena's life
and the boy had no right to come up from behind like that. The
leader sent a boy to do a man's job essentially.
Suddenly they get
attacked from the bottom as daggers come up through the boat.
They whack the attackers who pop up through the water with
their oars and manage to make it to shore. More baddies are
waiting for them however and warrior and warrior/bard take
them on. But they don't seem to fight fair. Xena gets her neck
bit. Gabby gets a chunk out of her thigh. During the battle
Xena is kicking ass pretty good but Gabby pauses after
knocking one of the Horde dudes down. She sees the kid she
killed and can't strike. He takes the chance and tries to gut
Gabby like a fish. He stabs her side and Gabby yelps. Of
course Xena has to scream the preverbal 'Gaaabriiiellllle' (LOL).
Gabby manages to fight off a few baddies in her injured state
but ends up getting tossed in the river. Well looks like
they're going swimming and Xena takes a dive in after her.
Gabby sinks like a
rock but Xena manages to fight the tide of a powerful
waterfall and save the bard. They find a cove and Gabby points
out they were trying to eat them. Xena says yep they're
cannibals. Gab says they have to warn Virgil. Xena says she
has to take part of the blade that got stuck in Gabby out.
Xena tells Gabby she's gotta quite freezing out there but
Gabby is not in the mood to hear a lecture at the moment.
After Xena gets it out she tries to scale the cliff but the
cannibals through some skulls and bones at her.
Xena goes back to
Gabby. Gabby knows things look pretty bad but Xena points out
they've been through worse. Around this time Virgil tries to
tell the uncivilized beasts that he's buddies with Xena and
she's gonna kick butt if they don't release him. He puts up a
fight but gets locked away for now. He'll be desert later.
In the onset Xena
is sitting, holding Gabby. She's getting worse it seems and
she starts to babble.
X: Did you say
G: My baby. Is it
X (playing along):
Yeah it's me.
G: I love you. I
would never hurt you. You know that don't you?
X: I know.
G: You are my
child...You have to go. We have to go. She'll hurt you. She'll
take you away from me.
X: You have to
rest. You don't have to go anywhere.
G: You don't
X: I understand. I
That's the big
'Hope/Eve' talk. Not all that much but the scene did play with
a lot of regret and emotion. I thought it was handled much
better than the offhanded Gabchak apology.
finds he's not alone in the cell. A very goofy skinny guy
lives there. There's tons of food and soon Virgil realizes
they want to fatten him up (LOL). Virgil is confident that
Xena will find him.
Xena and Gab get
ready to scale the wall now that it's night. She and Gabby
have this exchange:
G: Xena I have a
X: I don't want to
G: I'm serious and
you don't wanna know?
X: What is it then?
G: I don't want to
be buried with the amazons.
X: Alright, well in
50 years when the time comes-.
G: Xena I wanna lie
with you. With your family. In Amphipolis.
X: What about your
G: I love them but
I'm a part of you and I want to be that way forever. I love
you . . . This was all my fault.
X: This is not your
fault. This is not your fault. It's mine for setting you on a
path you were never meant to walk.
G: Any path is okay
Xena as long as I'm with you.
loves her warrior. And poor Perdyboy. I guess he'll be walking
around Elysia all alone. Perhaps he could find another nice
amazon to match up with, perhaps Marcus or Borias, I'm sure
they'll be single too. Gabby obviously has other plans (VBG).
Anyway they make it
up to the top with Gab tied to Xe's back. Xena whispers to
Gabby to trust her. She gives the yiyiyiy and chiiiiiiiya! to
get the hungry Hordes attention. She leaves Gabby!!! Oh
no!!(VBG) They come over and collect the bard and Xena watches
and follows them. Nothing like good bard bait I always say. (VBG)
I have to admit that Gabby looks pretty damn tasty...I love
Gabby. Have I mentioned that? (VBG)
manages to get the last Horde guy and steal his duds. She
walks into the camp and scopes things out. The Horde times
three (these guys are nasty lemme tell ya) lock Gabs up with
Virgil. He tries to get her warmed up with a fur. The meanies
bust back in and take her from him. He's all noble saying take
me, take me!! So much like his old man(LOL). Anyway, they give
her medicine and tend to her wound. They don't understand but
as skinny guy points out, they don't want her to 'spoil'(LOL).
Now that's funny. (VBG)
The next morning we
see Xena plotting at the river. She's become a lumberjack and
a beaver all at once - moving boulders and trees that would
put Herc to shame (LOL) and all before lunch time I should
add. And just guess who's on the menu for lunch?(VBG). You
guessed it. Gabs!!!! Xena hears Virgil scream Gabs name and
her super human hearing picks up. Seems the bard is in
trouble...again....go figure (VBG).
Xena makes her way
toward the village – sword twirling and chakram…chakraming…
as Gabby is getting a good basting so it soaks in all her
natural juices. As Xena gets into the heart of town she opens
a can of whoop ass with that playful grin she gets now and
then. Gabby busts free and Xena tells her to get Virgil and
the horses. Gabby takes a few dudes out and gets the men from
the cell. Everyone mounts up and gallops out of town.
Once at a distance
they stop and Xena shows off her handy work. Seems the
cannibals weren’t the only ones cooking something up, Gabby
says. Hahahah…Gabby is so funny after nearly being bar-b-qued.
(VBG). Xena tells Virgil and Gabs to cut that line while she
goes back to lead the cannibals to their doom. The skinny guy
gets the task of taking off with the horses.
Xena draws them to
her and down toward the now blocked waterfall. But as lucky
would have it a detachment find Gab and Virgil. They do battle
and Xena is stuck in the valley fighting off the hungry horde
folks. She keeps yelling for Gabrielle to cut the rope but
Gabs kinda got her hands full. This time however Gabrielle has
no qualms about taking them out and FINALLY cutting the rope.
Xena sees it coming. She does one of her world famous flips
and clings to the cliff as the Horde gets washed away.
skinny guy, Gabrielle and Xena are sitting around. Xena asks
Gabby how she’s doing? Gabby says Better. Xena says no I
meant upstairs. Gabby says she doing okay. She’s learning
her way or words to that effect. Skinny guy says, ‘the
way?’. And Xena turns to him and says, ‘Who ARE you?’ (LOL).
It’s kind of humorous that this ‘guy’ is just hanging
out with them with no one really sure who he is. He goes to
introduce himself in a very theatrical manner but Virgil cuts
him off. Xena and Gabby look at each other in slow mo and we
fade to black. If you ask the queen of subtext a kiss would
have worked very well right here. (VBG) In fact I think that
will be my new campaign – I’ll call it ‘insert the
kiss’ all those places where a lip lock between our gals
would work. I did notice in this ep that shoulders, foreheads
and hands are all expectable to kiss between the girls but no
lips as of yet.. .But who knows maybe that kiss campaign will
pay off. I think Save Xena did some good. Eps like this are
Next week: The
Norse trilogy starts. Gab is still alive and
around…someplace. Xena is with a tough warrior looking dude
fighting what looks like ‘Alien’. But here’s the
kicker….seems Xena MADE the monster….Add that to Xena’s
many skill list…monster maker. (VBG)