In this season, we also find one of the funniest Xena episodes ever, the hilarious “In Sickness And In Hell”, in which Xena’s hair lice play an interesting role, as does Gabrielle’s fungus problem. The lice actually have a speaking part, which I found ever so cute. Shows in which super scary creatures appear are also favorites of mine, and in “A Family Affair”, we come face to face with the ugliest, most disgusting creature to have ever appeared on Xena, and on top of that, this “Destroyer” is Gabrielle’s flesh and blood! A very creepy story indeed. “A Tale of Two Muses”, a spoof on “Footloose”, is fabulous simply for having the great actor Bruce Campbell (Autolycus) in it. I love him, EVIL DEAD 2 rocks! Callisto (Hudson Leick), another very cool recurring character on Xena, appears in the episode “The Ides of March” and kicks ass. It is a pleasure seeing her in any show as she is my favorite Xena enemy and a fan favorite. The last episode of the season, entitled “Déjà Vu All Over Again” is fun because is it set in modern times and has a woman believing that she is the reincarnation of Xena. Interestingly enough, it was directed by Renee O’Connor.
“Adventures In The Sin Trade” – An Exploration: A mini-documentary of around 20 minutes in two parts entitled “Shamans, Amazons and The Art of Kung Fu”. The first deals with Shamanism, and is discussed by an expert in the field. Extremely entertaining and educational, especially for someone who already has an interest in the subject, such as myself. A martial arts expert discusses the finer points of the art of Kung Fu in the second part which is equally interesting and informative.
Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B EFX Group: A tour with Howard Berger of the special effects studio in California that is responsible for the Xena series’ special effects. A very detailed look into all the costumes, make-up and creature effects and all the intricate work involved in creating them.
Bruce & Ted “Cabin Fever”: Actors Ted Raimi (brother of SPIDER-MAN director Sam Raimi) and Bruce Campbell discuss all things Xena, and interview each other too. About 25 minutes long and very funny.
Alternate Director’s Cuts of “Between The Lines”, “A Good Day” and “Locked Up and Tied Down”: From Rough Cut to Final Cut is a long (35 minutes) and very detailed look at all the deleted scenes, lines and even graphics of the above-mentioned shows. Some extended scenes and alternate cuts as well. A must-see for the avid Xena fan.
Bloopers/Outtakes: Not as funny as I expected, and bad audio and video quality. Probably the worst extra on the whole set.
Photo Gallery: A photo retrospective of Xena and the gang.
CD-ROM with Actor, Director & Writer Bios, Series Trivia, Xena Chronicles, and Legends, Extensive Original Production Designs and Sketches.