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Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 5 [Import anglais]
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All 22 episodes from Season 5 of the telefantasy series following Xena the mighty warrior princess (Lucy Lawless), who once led a band of outlaws that terrorised all of Greece. In this series, Xena shows all the signs of being pregnant, teams up with Hercules and Gabrielle to thwart Zeus, and plays the part of Cleopatra in an ancient whodunit. Episodes comprise: 'Fallen Angel', 'Chakram', 'Succession', 'Animal Attraction', 'Them Bones, Them Bones', 'Purity', 'Back In The Bottle', ' Little Problems', 'Seeds Of Faith', 'Lyre, Lyre, Hearts On Fire', 'Punch Lines', 'God Fearing Child', 'Eternal Bonds', 'Amphipolis Under Seige', 'Married With Fishsticks', 'Lifeblood', 'Kindred Spirits', 'Anthony and Cleopatra', 'Looking Death In The Eye', 'Livia', 'Eve' and 'Motherhood'.
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Cette saison est considérée comme étant la préférée de tout les fans
Le coffret à un visuel plutôt moche de l'extérieur mais l'intérieur est tout simplement magnifique !!
On retrouve 9 dvds et 1 cdrom
Il y a des heures de bonus exclusifs, des making-of, des interviews , des commentaires audio ,des featurettes, des bloopers des gallerys etc...
(Il y en a pour plus de 24h a cout sur !! )
L'histoire et trés prenante et très sombre Les effets spéciaux et les combats sont époustouflants.
Sous l'apparence d'une série déjantée, XENA transmet beaucoup d'idées et parfois les épisodes ne sont pas spécialement pour un public jeune...
La relation XENA/GABRIELLE est plus ou moins abordée et des réposes ( subtiles) sont apportés...
Le son est en 5.1 et l'image est REMASTÉRISÉE !!
ATTENTION : DVD de REGION 1 donc ne marche pas sur tout les lecteurs dvd français... Dans tout les cas VLC peux les lires sans aucune restrictions...
Le coffret est un peu cher (au départ ils coutaient 70e ) mais cette édition est devenue RARE donc très recherchée...MAIS ELLES VAUT LARGEMENT LE COUT !!!
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There are a lot of fan complaints about this season. Yes, it had its share of duds like ANIMAL ATTRACTION, PURITY/BACK IN THE BOTTLE, and LIFEBLOOD/KINDRED SPIRITS, and Xena's discovery of her pregnancy was handled rather badly (there really should have been more suspicion that the mystery baby could be evil). However, I thought the Twilight of the Gods arc was excellent, even if aspects of it could have been done better. I loved the Livia/Eve story and the interaction between Xena and Ares. The late, lamented Kevin Smith did a great job playing Ares with greater layers of complexity, as the God of War confronts both the specter of mortality and his feelings for Xena. There was also a great new character, Athena, wonderfully played by Paris Jefferson. CHAKRAM, SEEDS OF FAITH, AMPHIPOLIS UNDER SIEGE, and LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE/LIVIA/EVE/MOTHERHOOD are among my favorite Xena eps.
So, I love the season. Now, the DVD set (which I have had a chance to view because I pre-ordered it directly from Davis-Anderson).
The sound/picture quality is great, no complaints there. The extras, though, don't quite measure up to Season 3. Some of the season's best episodes such as AMPHIPOLIS UNDER SIEGE and LOOKING DEATH IN THE EYE have no extras (interviews or commentary) at all. As in Season 4 only four of the episodes have audio/video commentary, compared to seven in S3. I was particularly disappointed that there were no interviews with Steve Sears (he did leave early in the season but I would have liked to hear his insights on SUCCESSION), nothing with Paris Jefferson, and only one little tidbit from Ted Raimi -- I would have loved to see him talk about playing old Joxer.
On the plus side, the commentaries were a lot of fun. No earth-shattering insights perhaps, but some very interesting observations about the show and the characters and some very enjoyable banter betwen Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor and Rob Tapert, and also between producers Eric Gruendemann and R.J. Stewart on FALLEN ANGEL. Some of the interviews are great as well; I especially enjoyed the comments from Hudson Leick (Callisto), Adrienne Wilkinson (Livia/Eve), and writer/producer Chris Manheim.
Unfortunately there are no bloopers with this season set. There was some interesting deleted footage from MOTHERHOOD, but I can't for the life of me understand why they'd choose to show deleted/alternate footage from ANIMAL ATTRACTION rather than a much better episode such as SEEDS OF FAITH (which apparently had a very interesting scene of Ares training Gabrielle) or CHAKRAM. We do, however, get a 100th ep B-roll for SOF with good behind the scenes footage.
As with every Xena season, season five follows Xena and Gabrielle's friendship and has many touching moments, as well as some hilarious ones. We once again witness Gabrielle's character progression, as she embarks upon her new warrior path; protecting Xena and her baby daughter Eve from the dangers they find themselves in almost everyday of their action-packed lives. We follow them as they travel from Italy to Greece, China, Egypt and in the case of "Married With Fishsticks" to an underwater fantasy world where Gabrielle is a fish wife, literally!!
The season concludes in the innovative way in which it began with the immensely dramatic episode "Motherhood". In which Xena receives the power to kill gods - Gabrielle is plagued by the Furies - Xena kills most of the Olympian gods - Gabrielle stabs Eve - Xena cuts open Gabrielle's head with her chakram - Ares kills his sister Athena and gives up his immortality to save Gabrielle and Eve...now if that isn't drama then I don't know what is!!
Season five is possibly the most dramatic, astonishing season of Xena to be realesed onto DVD to date. A must Buy set!!
MY 5th season FAVES INCLUDE:
Xena's and Gabrielle's crucified bodies are retrieved by their friends, while the departed duo are caught in the middle of an afterlife battle between demons and angels. A truly inspiring tale, wicked special effects and packed with heartening surprises! A classic.
Xena has no recollection of being a warrior after she and Gabrielle are resurrected from the dead, seemingly, by Eli.
Xena and Gabrielle must face Mavican, Ares' new right-hand woman, with some added complications.
Seeds of Faith
Eli takes on Ares in an effort to overthrow the gods and pregnant Xena finally learns the true identity of her baby's father. Profound and touching storyline...
God Fearing Child
X & G's baby is born after Hercules steps in to battle his father, Zeus, who learns that the birth of the child will signal the Twilight (end of the Olympian order) Hera, Queen of the gods, steps in to make a shocking decision
With the lives of Gabrielle and Eve hanging in the balance, Xena faces the gods in a final showdown.
Well you know there are a lot of people who are over analyzing this TV show.
If you are reading this you have certainly read some fanfic and episode guides like Whoosh and Xenaville. By the gods people get their knickers in a twist if Xena or Gabrielle does something they consider wrong. Or the director sucked or the writers were on LSD. Or it was too hot or raining.
Too much energy expended, often with stunning length, about what was wrong with season 5.
Yes, it is great to see Xena and Gabrielle all nice and cozy by the campfire. It would be better to see them married in fact.
Renaissance has played this relationship about 2 main characters that are both women closer to the edge than any other TV show. You can only go so far before you've gone too far. RenPics knew this.
This series has a number of good episodes. I don't need to see Xena and Gabrielle snuggling by the campfire all the time. TPTB have written enough of that plenty of times.
In fact, Gabrielle is one fierce a$$ kicker during this series. Finally got over that Peace and Love BS in S4.
So sit back and enjoy season 5. Because you can't change it and it is still a good show.
Season 6 wouldn't exist without season 5.
Season Four of XENA had been disappointing after a riveting Season Three, primarily because a long string of flat episodes in the middle of the season. Season Five, despite real life complications caused by Lucy Lawless's pregnancy, was not only a great return to form, but a great improvement in its dramatic arcs. Season Three was the series best season for comic episodes, but Seasons Five and Six took the dramatic arcs to the show's highest points.
This is the season where the payoff from the Season Four introduction of Eli bears fruit. The Eli arc structures the series in its final two seasons as much as any other aspect of the show excepting Xena and Gabrielle's deep relationship. His message of self-reliance framed in the context of relationships of love and without the need for the Olympian gods culminates in the death of Eli (at the hand of Ares in the show's 100th episode) and the growing influence of Eli's teachings. Eli's bearing more than a little physical resemblance to traditional representations of Jesus is not accidental, with John the Baptist in Season Six shown as a follower of Eli. And it is his teaching on how humans do not need the Gods combined with the Fates' prophesy that Xena's child will cause the downfall of the Olympians that generates one of the most compelling story arcs in the entire run of the series: the attempted destruction of Eve by the Gods.
XENA was never a show unwilling to take risks, but perhaps the single greatest risk the show ever took was "Looking Death in the Eye" and the two episodes that followed it, "Livia" and "Eve." In these, in an attempt to protect Eve from Athena, Hades, and the other Olympians, Xena and Gabrielle fake their own deaths. But their plans goes awry when Ares, who is unaware that they are feigning their deaths, takes both of them to icy coffins on an isolated mountain peak, and then seals the tomb. When a landslide awakens them from their long sleep, they discover that twenty-five years have passed. Eve had been raised by Octavius, who is now known as Augustus Caesar while she is now known as Livia. The Olympian gods, who have long thought that Eve was dead, have ceased looking for her. The final episodes of the season deal with Xena and Gabrielle convincing Eve that Xena is her mother and that she, who as Livia has been a persecutor of the followers of Eli, was prophesied to be Eli's messenger. The season ends with Xena having been granted the ability to kill gods through the purification of Eve. These arcs will all arise again in Season Six as Xena dispatches the Olympians with the unexpected assistance of some of the gods.
Season Five was a good one despite the presence of two of the stinkiest episodes I've ever seen on TV. "Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire," the second and by far the weakest of the two XENA musical episodes (the first was actually quite good) is the only episode of XENA that I've never been able to finish. But as bad as it was, "Married with Fishsticks" makes it look like a masterpiece. If I were asked to name the worst episode of any series that I have ever seen, I without hesitation would choose "Married with Fishsticks." In it, Gabrielle, who is unconscious after being hit in the head and nearly drowned, imagines she is the mermaid mother in a family consisting of Joxer and three half human/half sea creature children. In the commentaries accompanying the discs the crew and creative staff insist that XENA fans either love or hate the episode, but I simply do not believe them. Everyone I have ever talked to despises the episode. When most watch the episode, they scratch their heads and wonder what drugs were involved in inspiring it.
XENA is one of the more unique series in the history of TV. Its greatest claim to fame was providing TV with the first convincing female action hero in the history of TV, with the possible exception of Mrs. Emma Peel. But it raises multiple challenges to anyone who attempts to enjoy it. Whether you can enjoy or appreciate the show depends on suspending one's disbelief on several levels. For instance, that Xena and Gabrielle could have encountered in their lifetime such famous (and noncontemporary) individuals as King David, Goliath, Julius Caesar, Virgil, Homer, Euripides, Odin, Grendel, Beowulf, Ulysses, Pandora, Brutus, Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, and Augustus, not to mention Hercules and the full range of Olympian gods. Also, to steal a phrase from Firesign Theater, that everything you know [about history] is wrong. You have to be willing to accept that in this alternative universe Xena was the pivotal figure in the Battle of Actium, that it was Xena impersonating Cleopatra who ensnared Marc Antony, and that all the members of both triumvirates were engaged with one another at the same time. Furthermore, you have to believe that a warrior can make 50 foot forward somersaults. I'll confess that I found the history a bit easier to take over time, but I was never able to find anything like a comfort level with the wirework that made the absurd jumps possible. I was much more comfortable with the kind of fighting and stunts found on BUFFY, which resembled more the real world. Or KILL BILL, in which Zoë Bell, Lucy Lawless's stunt double in XENA, doubled Uma Thurman. But some fans never struggle believing anything they see in XENA. And there is nothing wrong with that.
The great thing for all fans, regardless of their capacity for suspension of disbelief, is that unlike the relatively flat Season Four, this season was fully back on track. And the arcs begun in the second half of the season were played out through Season Six until the end of the entire series.