4.5 Top Notch Entertainment deanlowdon | 20/05/2011 | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468) A spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Xena soon established itself as the superior show largely thanks to the warrior princess herself played by the fantastic Lucy Lawless.The set-up itself is fairly simple. Having been given a second chance by Hercules Xena vows to change her ways and make amends for all the evil deeds she has committed. She is soon joined by bard, and eventual fellow warrior Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor). The pairs developing relationship is really the main focus of the show, Lawless and O'Connor have fantastic on screen chemistry, but virtually every character from God of War Ares to Xenas nemesis Callisto were played brilliantly.Many tried to dismiss the adventures of the Warrior Princess as silly nonsense but the creators appreciation of their audience always shone through and everything was done with tongue firmly in cheek. Capable of being serious and moving one week and then all out farce the next (only rarely getting it wrong) Xena was as entertaining as anything else on TV.