1st Airdate: November 5th, 2000
Writer: Melissa Good
Director: Chris Martin Jones
Kahina Alison Bruce
Tazere: Rawiri Paratene
Korah: Owen Black
Dalius: John O'Leary
Despite severe air turbulence, no sand dunes were harmed during the making of this motion picture,
although some experienced periodic bouts of motion sickness.
|Log Line: Gabrielle takes a look at how she's come to kill out of instinct.|
| Traveling through the desert, Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle
(Renee OšConnor) struggle through a ferocious sandstorm. Spotting a
battle in the distance, the two swoop in to aid three nomads, led by the
fierce woman warrior Kahina (Alison Bruce), against attackers from
another tribe. As they drive off the assailants, a suspicious Kahina
berates Xena for having interfered in the fight. Upon hearing Gabrielle
speak Xenašs name, Kahina and her cohorts draw their weapons, convinced
that the women facing them are imposters. But Xena quickly proves her
identity by disarming the nomads with her chakram and instantly wins
their devotion. That night, at a feast in their honor, Kahina informs
Xena and Gabrielle that they will lead her peoplešs battle against
their archenemies, the Romans. Alone in their tent, Gabrielle asks Xena
how to decide whether to kill or just hurt the enemy in battle. Xena
explains that therešs no time to decide and that one has to rely on
instinct. At dawn, Xena, Gabrielle, and Kahina travel to the camp of
their rival, the nomad Tazere (Rawiri Paratene), to make peace so the
two tribes can join forces against the Romans. When the trio approaches
Tazere, his son Korah (Owen Black) confirms that Xena and Gabrielle were
the valiant warriors he saw in battle the day before. Xena , Kahina, and
Tazere plan their strategy while Korah drools over Gabrielle.
Xena and Gabrielle decide they need to check out the Roman town by themselves. Xena, disguised as a Roman wife, and Gabrielle, posing as her slave, approach the Governor, Dalius (John OšLeary). Xena claims her husband is from a very prominent family and is interested in finding out if the town would be a good place to invest his money. Dalius assures her that the town has excellent prospects and that the entire region will be under Roman control very quickly. Eager to impress her, he volunteers that three full-strength legions are being brought into the area to control the local tribes. After leaving the town, Xena and Gabrielle are overtaken by another blinding sandstorm, during which Gabrielle suddenly sees a figure headed towards Xenašs back with his arm raised. Instinctively, Gabrielle draws her sai and impales him before he can harm Xena. As he falls to the ground, Gabrielle is horrified to realize that she has accidentally killed Korah, who was holding nothing more than a scroll in his hand.
Xena reveals that the scroll Korah was carrying was a peace treaty between Kahina and Tazere. Xena sends a grief-stricken Gabrielle back to Kahinašs camp while she delivers Korahšs body to his father. When Tazere sees his slain son, he vows that someone will die for his death. For the time being, Xena lets him believe that the Romans are responsible. Back at Kahinašs camp, Xena arrives with the news that the Romans are about to attack. Just then, a group of Kahinašs and Tazerešs men drag in a Roman soldier, convinced he is Korahšs killer. But before they can execute him, Gabrielle confesses her guilt. When Gabrielle tries to explain to Tazere that her actions were a dreadful mistake, he is unmoved and calls her a murderer. Alone and grief-stricken, she has flashbacks of her life over the past years. She concludes her death will be best for everyone. The next day Xena, determined to save her friend, heads back to speak to Dalius. Meanwhile, Tazerešs men bury Gabrielle in a sand pit, leaving only her head exposed. The nomads are charging Gabrielle on horseback, swinging their mallets towards her head, just as the Romans approach with Xena. Chaos erupts and Xena rescues Gabrielle. Xena and Gabrielle meet up with the nomads and Gabrielle declares that shešs going to fight the Romans in Korahšs honor. Xena mobilizes the nomad forces and the battle begins. Gabrielle, seeing Tazere in jeopardy, leaps in to save his life. A sandstorm blows in and ultimately the nomads are victorious. That night, Gabrielle and Tazere make peace.
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