Recap / Xena S 02 E 02 Remember Nothing

The three Fates give Xena the chance to recreate her life when she agrees to give up her warrior ways.

Tropes

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Xena asks for the boy's life back, saying she wishes she never followed the sword in the first place. The Fates give her just that.
  • Continuity Nod: Marcus and Krykus are back.
  • Exact Words: "All is restored."
  • Genre Savvy: Both Lyceus and Maphias suspect Xena's not herself.
  • The Glomp: How Xena greets Lyceus when she sees he's alive again.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the final fight, Gabrielle picks up a sword. When Mezentius rushes her, she stabs him in the chest without a second thought.
  • Irony:
    • The Fates warn Xena that the timeline will revert to normal if she ever sheds even a drop of blood in danger.
      Xena: But I'm a warrior. How can I obey that?
      Atropos: As a warrior, you can't.
    • Lyceus jokingly remarks that Xena could've fought Cortese herself before saying that would've been quite a sight to see.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Xena experiences what the world would be like if she had never become a warrior. Her beloved brother is alive and she is to be married, but old foes were able to cause trouble and Gabrielle is a slave.
  • It's All My Fault: Lyceus blames himself for Cyrene's death. Xena cryptically notes it's really her fault.
  • Missing Mom: In the altered timeline, Cyrene died. Lyceus says it was shortly after Crotese ravaged their home.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Xena kills one of the raiders in self-defense and is disgusted when she finds he was just a boy.
  • Oh Crap!: Xena in response to Gabrielle killing Mezentius.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Here's your sweet thing!"
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The timeline reverts not to when Xena made her wish, but just before she killed the boy—giving her the chance to spare his life.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Gabrielle due to spending a year as a slave.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Toris, Xena's older brother, is unaccounted for.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The episode's central theme. Xena tries so hard to rationalize the negative aspects of the altered timeline in order to keep Lyceus alive, but it goes too far.
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