Recap / Xena S 01 E 09 Death In Chains

Xena must rescue Hades' sister Celesta, the embodiment of Death, from the clutches of King Sisyphus or all mankind will be doomed to eternal life filled with suffering.


  • Bittersweet Ending: Celesta is freed, but Gabrielle is devastated by Talus dying.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Celesta is pleasant and polite, as well as relieves suffering.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. While people are scared of Celesta, the episode makes a point of showing her true value.
    Sisyphus: You don't understand. If I let her go, I will die.
    Talus: You shouldn't fear it. I did for the longest time, but now my suffering has grown so real and deep. Now, I know death can be a friend—a resting place.
  • Foreshadowing: Celesta notes that Sisyphus's time will come another day... and on another show, too.
  • Morality Pet: Talus actually met Sisyphus years ago and is able to convince him to free Celesta.
  • Secretly Dying: Talus. He wants Celesta released in order to end his suffering.