Review of 803: Future
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,
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
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
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.).