Recap / Xena S 02 E 01 Orphan Of War

Xena's deepest secret is revealed when she and Gabrielle join forces with the Centaurs to battle the evil warlord, Dagnine.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Dagnine hopes the Ixion Stone can make him a force to be reckoned with.
    "With this, I'll sweep the world like a rampaging wind. I'll kill Xena. I'll kill Hercules! I'll take Athens! [beat] I've got so much to do. I'll have to make a list."
  • Big Good: Borias is still remembered as "the greatest friend of the Centaurs."
  • Demonization: Played with. Solan truly believes that Xena killed Borias, but everything he was told about his mother was glowing praise.
  • Flashback: One from ten years earlier showing Xena giving Solan to Kaleipus.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Dagnine was once just one of Xena's lowly foot soldiers. Now, he's a major threat to the Centaurs. He also murdered Borias.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Let's just say this episode isn't kind to Xena.
  • Mama Bear: Xena even if Solan doesn't know it.
  • Mommy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Deconstructed. Xena gave up Solan both to protect him from her enemies and to ensure he wouldn't turn out like her, but the decision took an obvious toll on her, and she has her regrets about it.
  • The Reveal: "You wanna know a secret? This is Borias's sword. The last time I saw Borias's sword was when I stuck it in his back!"
  • So Proud of You:
    Solon: I'm not a warrior. I donít think I wanna be.
    Xena: Your mother would be very proud of you.
    Solon: You think so?
    Xena: I know so.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gabrielle argues with Xena over Solan knowing the truth. Xena responds by telling her that this is none of her business. Gabrielle later admits Xena was right.