This is probably the best season of Xena: Warrior Princess. Finally free of its parent show Hercules : The Legendary Journeys, the show is allowed to branch out into some interesting new directions and take on a bit of a different spin. This season shows pretty much the last of the crossovers between characters from Hercules into Xena and establishes the main cast of characters that will be definitive to the show.
The first three episodes deal with Xena searching for her dead sidekick Gabrielle by travelling to the Amazon Land of the dead where she battles the shamoness Alti and frees the spirits of the dead Amazons of her wicked past. Eventually she recovers Gabrielle but, she has been changed by the loss and the quest. We begin to see the relationship between the two characters begin to take on a new level that will eventually cause arguments for years to come.
I dont like to write spoilers so from an overview perspective highlights of the season include a hillarious send up of "Footloose" dubbed "A Tale of Two Muses" and a reoccurring band of characters from Roman Times that we all know from reading Shakespeare's "Julius Ceasar." There are also several appearances by the "King of B Movies," Bruce Campbell as Autolycus, King of Thieves, which are always welcome to me in any series. The show stopper is, appropriately, the season finale "De ja vu, All over again," which is so funny I have to wonder if the great Yogi Bera had something to do with the script other than lending the title!
The stocking stuffers on this set are incredible. I have yet to see this much bonus content on another series. The packaging is a new and compact design that is unique from what I have seen out there. Apart from the eight discs with episodes and commentary there are two "bonus discs" just for special features which I haven't seen outside of "The Lord of The Rings" releases. This set is definitely worth the money.