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Xena: Warrior Princess Virtual Season
Episode 717: We Who Are About to Die
Written by Joseph Connell
1. INT. DREAMPLACE
2. EXT. EMPEROR’S – BOX
We see Nero standing in his box in the Coliseum, waving to the adoring crowds.
3. INT. DREAMPLACE
Back to Michael and Gabrielle in the Dreamplace.
Michael is looking even more intimidating than before.
4. INT. IMPERIAL PALACE – DAY
From "All Roads Lead to Rome": Nero is about to strike Eve down with his sword.
The senior legionnaire runs in and salutes.
5. EXT. PALACE COURTYARD – DAY
Gabrielle has just arrived and Beowulf announces her to Nero.
6. INT. NERO’S THRONE ROOM – NIGHT
Nero sitting on his throne, Gabrielle and the Senators listen to his announcement.
7. INT. GABRIELLE’S ROOM – NIGHT
Scene of Michael confronting Gabrielle over her plan.
8. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY
Scene of Eve and Hercules fighting. Both have their helmets off and Eve has been knocked to the ground.
9. EXT. EMPEROR’S BOX – DAY
Nero gives the thumbs-down.
10. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY
Gabrielle is leaning over the ledge, looking desperate.
11. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR - DAY
Hercules brings his axe down with irresistible force.
Eve however rolls backwards just as quickly, causing Hercules to hit only the empty earth.
Eve rolls to her feet, quickly stomps upon the blade with one foot, pulling it from Hercules’ grip. Around them, the crowds again roar with approval.
12. INT. EMPEROR’S BOX – DAY
Nero clenches his teeth and sighs in disappointment.
13. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY
Gabrielle pounds a fist onto the ledge of the box, unable to resist grinning.
She is clearly relieved by this turn of events.
14. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR - DAY
The demigod looks at Eve with surprise, a glimmer of recognition in his eyes.
Eve sees this and takes full advantage. She drops to a crouch and sweeps his feet out from under him.
Hercules crashes to the ground, hitting hard on his back.
A wheezing sound comes from his lungs as tries to catch his breath, momentarily winded.
Eve spins away and retrieves her sword from the ground.
As she does Hercules staggers to his feet.
The crowd loves this and shows it by shouting encouragement.
Eve swings her whole body around, holding the sword with both hands slashing at Hercules.
Hercules easily blocks this clumsy-looking strike and grasps Eve by her wrists.
With a great heave he literally throws her off her feet while ripping the sword from her hand.
Eve is sent sailing a short distance across the Coliseum floor. She lands hard on the ground and rolls.
15. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY
Eve lands near her shield, which had been knocked away earlier in the fight. A grin of satisfaction plays across her mouth. Evidently things are working out just as she planned!
16. EXT. COLISEUM FOOR – DAY
Hercules flips the sword about so he holds it by the handle, then turns to face Eve again, his lips curled in a snarl of fury.
Just as he turns, a crouching Eve throws her shield at him as Xena would the chakram.
Hercules is caught completely by surprise, as the shield clips him on the temple and causes him to drop the sword.
He doesn’t collapse, however, but is so stunned he is left literally swaying on his feet.
Eve springs into action now: she sprints forward and slams into the semiconscious demigod like a battering ram, causing him to stumble back.
As he stands there, swaying, she seizes his right arm and flips him over her shoulder.
The ground shakes and a cloud of dust flies up from the impact.
The crowd is nearly wild with glee.
On the ground, Hercules shakes his head trying to clear it, only to find the point of Eve’s sword at his throat.
Eve stands over him with a triumphant grin. One would think she is Livia once more.
Around them the crowd explodes in cheers.
Eve looks up over her shoulder at Nero’s box, a single eyebrow raised in question.
17. EXT. NERO’S BOX – DAY
Nero slowly stands, careful to keep his expression as calm and neutral as possible. His eyes tell us he is seething inside.
Slowly, deliberately, he extends his right fist so it is outstretched for all to see.
Amazingly, the crowd slowly goes quiet in anticipation.
The silence is tense, ready to break into frenzy at any second. Nevertheless, no one calls for either mercy or death!
18. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY
Gabrielle is still gripping the box’s ledge, equally tense and silent. She’s breathing hard, her shoulders set and tense as a coiled spring. She looks between Nero and Eve, completely at a loss as to what might happen next.
19. EXT. NERO’S BOX – DAY
Nero extends his thumb...and turns it downwards.
The mob roars in bloodthirsty delight.
20. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY
Gabrielle shakes her head, whether in disbelief or denial we are not sure. She looks at Eve, desperation in her eyes.
21. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY
Eve sees Nero’s judgment and turns back to Hercules, a wicked gleam in her eye. She stomps a foot on his chest, pinning him to the ground, and draws her sword back to deliver the killing blow.
22. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY
Gabrielle pales at the sight of this.
23. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY
Eve, grinning wildly, brings her sword down.