Recap: Xena S 01 E 20 Ties That Bind
Directed by Charles Siebert
Written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay FosterIn an attempt to win Xena back to lead his army, Ares masterminds a plot involving Xena's estranged father Atrius.
This episode contains examples of:
- Cruel Mercy: When Kirilus gets defeated by Xena, Ares appears to tell him what a chump and then just leaves him there. Evidently, he feels that leaving the guy alive to his humiliation is more satisfying than killing him outright.
- Disc One Final Boss: The warlord Kirilus. He was just a pawn in Ares's scheme to win Xena back.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Atrius appears and tells Xena that he is her father. Subverted Trope. It's actually Ares in disguise.