The Gauntlet Hercules 1.12 - The Gauntlet
1st Airdate:
May 1st, 1995
Writer: Robert Bielak
Guest Appearances:
Hercules ~ Kevin Sorbo, Iolaus ~ Michael Hurst
Darphus ~ Matthew Chamberlain
Xena ~ Lucy Lawless
Salmoneus ~ Robert Trebor

Summary

Review

Xena is found attacking villages. She moves in a direction that leads to the village of Parthis where the mother of Ilorin, a cousin of Hercules, lives. Hercules sets out, with Ilorin, to stop Xena. Somewhere on the way, Xena hooks up with Salmoneus and watches her lieutenant, Darphus, take away her army from her. Her code is to kill only men who resist their attempts to extort food from them -she leaves children, women and unarmed men alone. But Darphus wants to kill everyone, so he burns down another village. Xena finds out what Darphus has done (she's just got back from a scouting mission) and she discovers a baby is still alive, laying in the ashes. She rescues the baby and Darphus then uses this as an excuse to get the army to mutiny against her. Xena has to face "The Gauntlet", where she will be beaten to a pulp by her former soldiers, trying to kill her. Xena survives though and she is thrown out of the army. Hercules meets the father of the baby, who has been sent to get help by his people. Salmoneus shows up and tries to tell Hercules that Xena is no longer leading her army, but Hercules doesn't believe him. Things aren't helped as Xena comes along, and she wants to kill Hercules to get back her army. Salmoneus has to work quickly, and he persuades them that Darphus is the real enemy. So they go to Parthis, they fight off Darphus and his men -- and Xena kills Darphus. She hands the baby back to his father and then she, Hercules and Salmoneus take off. If this review has yet to be written, YOU COULD BE THE ONE TO WRITE IT!!
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