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REVIEWS  803 - Future Echoes

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Review of 803: Future Echoes
by 41Cyg

Rating:  7.2 on a 1-10 scale

You'll notice my comments are somewhat shorter than usual for this episode. I wish I could say why. It's not because I think the episode is perfect (Perfection is a great goal, but if you expect to reach it, you'll only be frustrated.). In fact I'm giving it a 7.2 on a 1-10 scale, but I can't give specific examples to say why.

Maybe it's something that can't be expressed in words. I do have a few specific comments, though.

Teaser: The detail in the fight scenes (both here and in the Tuscarora-Mohawk battle further on) is very good. Everything is choreographed beautifully with no loose ends.

Act I: It's nice that the writer added translations of some of the Tuscarora names, but totally unnecessary. We don't need to know that Xena means `stranger' or `guest' or that Caesar means `head of hair' to appreciate their stories.

The portraits of the Indians fit very well those I have seen of the upper New York state area tribes.

Act II: The scenes Lao Ma shows Xena of what would have happened if Ikus had died are closer to actual history than those where Ikus lived. After the conquest of Egypt in 31 B.C., all the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, were under Roman rule, and Greek slaves were much sought after in Rome, though most Greeks were free.

Disclaimer: This one isn't the best, but it's definitely in the right spirit (Read the episode in the archives (or look for a repeat during the upcoming December hiatus) and see if you agree.).






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