What makes this season stand out particularly is a few things (a lot of action and greatly entertaining storylines are a staple) but most important among them is the birth of Xena’s daughter Eve/Livia. As a baby, Eve is a cherub-faced angel who becomes as an adult the gorgeous, powerful Livia, pupil of Ares the God of War, a star warrior who means business. Great casting for Xena’s daughter. A very cool storyline, to say the least. Everyone is after Xena’s newborn baby, including all the ancient Gods because her birth will bring about the end of their Olympian rule. Which brings us to Hercules (only half-God, but still) who shows up in the episode entitled “God Fearing Child” to help Xena, and the acting by Kevin Sorbo is as usual, amazing. Would there even be a Xena show if Hercules didn’t exist first? So, he is important. Selma Blair, whom I love, is a guest star Amazon in “Lifeblood” but she’s dressed in modern clothes, which is odd. Alti, the Shamaness, played by the wonderful Claire Stansfield, is in a couple of episodes, and she is also a great guest star on this show as she lights up the screen with her evil ways perfectly. Aphrodite, Athena, Eli the Prophet, Cleopatra and so many more only add exciting flavors to the whole season of this amazingly fun, entertaining series. Can you tell yet that I am a Xena fan?
There are as usual some comedic episodes in this season, “Married with Fishsticks” in particular, which is visually very colorful and Gabrielle’s “fish” kids are hilarious. Also, a musical episode, “Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire” which is my least favorite due to my not being a huge musical fan (with the exception of “Grease”, of course). Grease is the word. It was a treat to see Solan again, Xena’s long dead son, and also Xena’s old friend from the land of Chin, Lao Ma, even if it was only in flashbacks that we saw her. “Little Problems” is a take on “Freaky Friday” where Xena changes bodies with a little girl. Ending with the explosive season-ender, “Motherhood”, as you can tell, there is a whole slew of very interesting and action-packed stories here to keep you fully entertained for many, many hours.
Featurette - Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B EFX Group: A Tour of the special effects studio that is responsible for the Xena series’ special effects. A very detailed look into all the costumes, make-up and special effects and all the intricate work involved in creating them. Same feature appeared on Season Four as well. About ten minutes long.
Special Featurette - 100th Episode B-roll footage: Xena, Gabrielle and Ares are featured on the set of “Seeds of Faith”, their hundredth episode. An interesting look at how the fight scenes are filmed and the behind-the-scenes of the filming. A bit slow at times as it goes into much detail. Thirty minutes long.
Alternate Director’s Cuts and Deleted Scenes: For the shows “Motherhood” and “Animal Attraction”. Not the coolest feature, not my bag really, but some of the Xena fans out there might enjoy seeing alternate takes the makers had for these two episodes. Approximately half an hour long.
Gabrielle Wardrobe Test: Five minutes of Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle) posing in her Xena costume for the camera. No narration, a very useless feature for the viewer.
Still Photo Gallery: A photo retrospective of Xena characters.
CD-ROM with Actor, Director & Writer Bios, Series Trivia, Xena Chronicles, and Legends, Extensive Original Production Designs and Sketches.