Xena is forced to take on the Bacchae - bloodthirsty minions of the wine god, Bacchus - in order to get their power-hungry leader and foil his plan to take over the world.But the stakes change when Gabrielle is bitten and becomes a Bacchae herself.
original airdate--October 21,1996 rating--5.5 million
music--The theme music "The Mystere Des Voix Bulgares" (The Bulgarian's Women Choir) by Joseph LoDuca
Antagonist--Dryads, Bacchus, Bacchae, Gabrielle
Chakram Count: 2
Goof--11 minutes into the episode, after Gabrielle exits the inn to follow after some bacchae, she passes in front of a lit torch. The propane tank used to fuel the torch is clearly visible.
Trivia--The "new" Xena kills less often than then "old" Xena, but still quite often. In this episode, Xena beheads one dryad with her sword and another with her chakram (supernatural beings are equal to humans when conducting a body-count). In the climactic battle with the bacchae, Xena torches one of them and throws another against the cave wall, whereupon it explodes. The third one she throws against the ceiling with a similar result. Finally, Xena stabs Bacchus with a bone of a dryad and he explodes. The "new" Xena's body-count after this episode is 54.
"No Bloodsucking Bacchae were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, a few Dryads lost their heads".
[Announcer] "In time of ancient Gods, Warlords and Kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."