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Xena: Warrior Princess Virtual Season

Episode 717: We Who Are About to Die

Written by Joseph Connell
Illustrated by: Kat, Rich, Vio and Jen Tucker


TEASER

1. INT. DREAMPLACE

ANNOUNCER
(voice over)

Previously on "Xena". We open to a scene from "Strange Tidings": Michael is menacing Gabrielle, who is looking decidedly out of sorts.

 

MICHAEL

There is a new ruler in Rome.

CUT TO

2. EXT. EMPEROR’S – BOX

 We see Nero standing in his box in the Coliseum, waving to the adoring crowds.

GABRIELLE
(voice over)

Nero.

CUT TO

3. INT. DREAMPLACE

Back to Michael and Gabrielle in the Dreamplace.

Michael is looking even more intimidating than before.

MICHAEL

He must be stopped.

CUT TO

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.

 

SENIOR LEGIONNAIRE

Caesar! There is...there are...people approaching the city.

CUT TO

5. EXT. PALACE COURTYARD – DAY

Gabrielle has just arrived and Beowulf announces her to Nero.

 

BEOWULF

I present our Queen and Liege Lady: Gahilda, Maiden of the Ring of Fire.

CUT TO

6. INT. NERO’S THRONE ROOM – NIGHT

Nero sitting on his throne, Gabrielle and the Senators listen to his announcement.

 

NERO

I have therefore decreed a contest shall be held tomorrow within our great Coliseum: a contest between champions.

CUT TO

7. INT. GABRIELLE’S ROOM – NIGHT

Scene of Michael confronting Gabrielle over her plan.

 

MICHAEL

Should Nero continue his plans...

CUT TO

8. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY

Scene of Eve and Hercules fighting. Both have their helmets off and Eve has been knocked to the ground.

 

MICHAEL
(voice over)

I will have no choice but to burn Rome to the ground.

CUT TO

9. EXT. EMPEROR’S BOX – DAY

Nero gives the thumbs-down.

CUT TO

10. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY

Gabrielle is leaning over the ledge, looking desperate.

 

GABRIELLE
(screaming)

No!

CUT TO:

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.

CROWD
(screaming)

Fight! Fight! Fight!

CUT TO:

12. INT. EMPEROR’S BOX – DAY

Nero clenches his teeth and sighs in disappointment.

CUT TO:

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.

CUT TO:

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.

CROWD
(screaming)

Yessss! Fight!

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.

ZOOM IN:

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!

CUT TO:

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.

 

CROWD
(frenzied)

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!

 

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.

CROWD
(as one)

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!

 

Eve looks up over her shoulder at Nero’s box, a single eyebrow raised in question.

CUT TO:

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!

CUT TO:

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.

CUT TO:

19. EXT. NERO’S BOX – DAY

Nero extends his thumb...and turns it downwards.

The mob roars in bloodthirsty delight.

 

CROWD
(screaming frenzy)

Yes! Kill! Kill! Kill!

CUT TO:

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.

CUT TO:

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.

 

CUT TO:

22. INT. SENATOR’S BOX – DAY

Gabrielle pales at the sight of this.

 

GABRIELLE
(whispering)

Eve...don’t...

CUT TO:

23. EXT. COLISEUM FLOOR – DAY

Eve, grinning wildly, brings her sword down.

FADE OUT:

END TEASER

 

ACT I

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