Life Blood
Series: Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Season: Five
Story Number: 106
Writer: R.J. Stewart
Director: Ken Girotti
Broadcast: 10 May 1999
Previous Story: Married With Fishsticks
Following Story: Kindred Spirits

Synopsis Edit

After Xena and Gabrielle travel to the northern Amazon village to make Eve an Amazon Princess, they learn that their dear friends Yakut and Amarice have been killed by raiding nomads. Gabrielle takes up the mantle of Queen to help rebuild the tribe and keep them from seeking pointless vengeance. But when her powers of persuasion aren't strong enough to deter them, Yakut's spirit appears to Xena and leads her to a sacred dagger that can reveal the truth of the Amazons' origins and prevent the tribe from plunging into needless war

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Background information and notes Edit

  • Life Blood was cut together with footage from the failed pilot spin-off series Amazon High.
  • This episode explains the origins of the Amazons. The Chertomlik tribe was attacked by cannibals who killed off (and ate) all the men. So, they vowed to forever be a tribe of only women... which somehow honors the memory of the dead men. In addition, they called themselves Amazons because the girl from the future called them that, creating an interesting paradox. This origin story makes them a lot more like fighting nuns than like women's rights activists, like they were in season 1's "Hooves and Harlots" (where they explain that they live away from men because they didn't get respect or equal rights).

Continuity and mistakes Edit

  • Why is Gabrielle able to be the queen of this Amazon tribe? This is not the tribe where she received the right of caste. Also, she seemed to have already given away her queenhood to Chilapa in the season 4 episode "Endgame". Perhaps she only had Chilapa hold her place as queen, the way Ephiny had done in the past.
  • During the fight sequences with the cannibals, you can see the stuntmen are wearing black shorts underneath their primitive clothes.

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