Whoosh! Issue 28 - January 1999


A Directory of Gals,
Season 1 through Season 4, Crusader



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Callisto
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Played by Hudson Leick in CALLISTO (22/122), RETURN OF CALLISTO (29/205), INTIMATE STRANGER (31/207), A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214), MATERNAL INSTINCTS (57/311), THE BITTER SUITE (58/312), SACRIFICE (67-68/321-322)
Played by Lucy Lawless in INTIMATE STRANGER (31/207).
Callisto is the dark side of Xena's conscience. As she puts it, "I'm a painful reminder of what you used to be and how you may never leave it behind." Callisto grew up in Cirra, a village which was destroyed by Xena's army when Callisto was a child, and her family died in the resulting fire. Callisto has devoted her life to getting revenge on Xena. Xena first encounters her when she appears as a violent and ruthless warrior, pillaging villages while impersonating Xena, trying to destroy Xena's reputation. After a dramatic fight on tall ladders, Xena eventually prevails and returns Callisto to custody [CALLISTO]. Callisto, however, manages to escape from her prison, killing her guards. On the morning after Gabrielle's marriage to Perdicas, Callisto murders him with both Xena and Gabrielle watching. Gabrielle wants to pursue revenge against the warrior, but is unable to murder Callisto. When Callisto slides into a pit of quicksand, Xena lets her sink to her death, despite her pleas for help [RETURN OF CALLISTO]. Ares helps Callisto escape Tartarus by switching her body with Xena's, hoping that she will serve him, but Callisto has other plans: her only interest is in revenge against Xena. Hades grants Xena (in Callisto's body) one day outside of Tartarus. She forces Callisto to fall asleep and dream. In her dream, Callisto insists that she feels no guilt, that Xena is responsible for all of her crimes, but Callisto's mother appears and tells her daughter that she will always love her, "but you have to face your crimes." Callisto remains in Tartarus, and Xena returns to the living world in Callisto's body. But when Xena and Gabrielle restore Ares' stolen sword to him, he returns Xena's spirit to her body, leaving Callisto's body and spirit in Tartarus [INTIMATE STRANGER/TEN LITTLE WARLORDS]. Hera offers Callisto a way out of Tartarus and the possibility of immortality if she will kill Hercules. Callisto drugs Hercules' familyTo save them Hercules must get fruit from the Tree of Life, and Callisto intends to accompany him in order to eat of the fruit herself and become immortal. Callisto does acquire immortality and tries to kill Hercules, but he traps her in the Labyrinth of the Gods [SURPRISE]. When Xena and Gabrielle are threatened by the new and vengeful goddess/Amazon Velasca, Xena decides she needs another immortal to fight her. She releases Callisto from her confinement, asking for her help against Velasca, and offering the opportunity for godhood in exchange for a shot at Velasca's supply of ambrosia. When the battle with Velasca takes place, Callisto gets her ambrosia, but Xena's plan succeeds, and both goddesses are trapped under a river of flowing lava [A NECESSARY EVIL]. Later, however, Callisto is released from the lava by Hope, the demon-seed daughter of Dahak and Gabrielle. Hope murders Solan, leading to an outpouring of grief from Xena. Callisto's initial reaction is glee, but she immediately realizes that causing Xena pain did not alleviate her own, and nothing has changed for her. From her perspective, Xena has won and means nothing to her now. In a climactic battle in the Ixion caves, Xena leaves Callisto trapped in the caves among fallen columns and rocks [MATERNAL INSTINCTS]. The deaths of the Gabrielle and Xena's children have finalized the rift between them. Callisto appears as Xena's guide in the fantastical land of Illusia and also appears as a figment of Gabrielle's imagination, fueling her anger at Xena [THE BITTER SUITE]. A reluctant Callisto is once again released by Hope "to rid the world of its greatest hero, Hercules". Callisto's project is to go back in time to murder Alcmene before Hercules is born. Working together, Callisto and Ares trap both Hercules and the Sovereign in the temporal vortex together. Callisto eventually succeeds in murdering Alcmene, leading to an alternate timeline in which Xena is now the conqueror of the known world. Callisto also revisits Cirra just prior to the attack by Xena's army, killing her own parents in self-defense and terrifying her younger self, who is saved by Iolaus. Iolaus manages to restore the original timeline and save Alcmene from Callisto by stealing the Chronos Stone from Xena's scepter, and Hercules escapes from the vortex just in time to fight Callisto and protect Iolaus from her. Hercules throws Callisto into the vortex, where she is trapped [ARMAGEDDON NOW]. Callisto eventually escapes the vortex in order to serve as a midwife to the rebirth of a cocooned Hope. She wanted Hope to secure the hind's blood dagger previously hidden by Hercules so that Hope could kill her, but Hope promised to keep her bargain only when she was through with Callisto. Callisto attempted to switch sides, hoping Xena knew where the hind's blood dagger was and would kill her, after explaining to Xena that she wanted oblivion, annihilation, and perhaps peace. Working to avoid Xena's own death as predicted by the fates, Gabrielle sacrificed herself, throwing herself and Hope into a fiery pit. This act delighted Callisto, who laughed hysterically and said, "I never thought I'd feel so good again. Seeing poor dear Gabrielle sacrifice herself makes it all worthwhile. It finally gives me a reason for living, and I have you to thank for it, Xena!" Furious, Xena whirled around with the hind's blood dagger and plunged it into Callisto's abdomen, saying, "No more living for you". Callisto was dead [SACRIFICE]. Did Callisto really want to live again? Did she say what she did to infuriate Xena and ensure her own death? It was unclear, but her final act of reaching out to Xena suggested that perhaps she had found her way to some sort of forgiveness or reconciliation with her enemy before her death. [AS]
This is an abridged version of a longer article written by Atara Stein titled "Callisto", which can be found in this month's issue of Whoosh!.
Interviews:
"A Few Moments with an Arch-Villain: Hudson Leick at the Burbank XENA Con" Whoosh! #05 (9702)
"Interview with Hudson Leick" Whoosh! #11 (9708)
"Interview with Hudson Leick" Whoosh! #14 (9711)
 
Callisto, Young
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DESTINY (36/212)
Played by Rebecca Kopacka.
The Young Callisto lived in Cirra, which was burned to the ground during an attack by Xena, The Destroyer of Nations. This experience scarred Callisto for life, making her sole ambition to be to make Xena suffer. [KT]
 
Carr, Alyssa
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Hope (10 Months) in GABRIELLE'S HOPE (51/305).
 
Carr, Hannah
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Hope (10 Months) in GABRIELLE'S HOPE (51/305).
 
Celesta
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DEATH IN CHAINS (09/109)
Played by Kate Hodge.
Beloved sister of Hades (the god of the underworld), Celesta found herself in a bad run of luck when trickster/magician Sisyphus captured her to keep her from taking him to Hades (the place). Hades (the god), bummed, then tracked down Xena to ask her to rescue Celesta before Celesta's candle burned out. Apparently, when the candle was no more, neither would Celesta be. Xena obliged. The big irony is that Celesta was coming for Talus, Gabrielle's doomed red-shirt sensitive bardly boytoy. The kidnapping was for naught! [KT]
 
Chambermaid
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THE KING OF ASSASSINS (54/308)
Played by Nerida Nichols.
The chambermaid, much to "Peeping Tom" Autolycus' delight, drew Cleopatra's bath and assisted her in taking off her royal robe. [KT]
 
Clarke, Melinda (aka Mindy Clarke)
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Velasca in THE QUEST (37/213) and A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214).
Selected Filmography:
S.O.F. Special Ops Force (1998); Spawn (1997); Mulholland Falls (1996); Lengua asesina, La (1996); Heaven Help Us (1994); Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993); Young Goodman Brown (1993); Hot Under the Collar (1991); Days of Our Lives (1989)..
Notable TV guest appearances:
Xena: Warrior Princess (1997); Nash Bridges (1996) ; Strange Luck (1995); Seinfeld (1990).
Awards:
Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain 1996 won Best Actress for: Lengua asesina, La (1996).
Websites:
ALWheaties Tube Watch.
 
Cleopatra
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THE KING OF ASSASSINS (54/308)
Played by Gina Torres.
Acting on a tip that Joxer's evil brother Jett, the assassin, is planning to bump off Cleopatra while she is visiting in order to buy some Greek mercenaries, the gang (Gabrielle, Autolycus, and Joxer) decide to avert the murder. They discover that Cleopatra's chief of Security, Ponitus, is in league with her brother Ptolemy who had usurped the throne from her. Cleopatra becomes intrigued by Autolycus and they share several innuendo-laden scenes with one of them with an obligatory hot tub. More hilarity ensues until things get so out of control only Xena can save the day: Deus ex Xechina. When Xena leaves, Cleopatra tells her, "Are you ever planning on coming to Egypt, Xena? If you do, send word. I'll plan a reception the world won't soon forget." [KT]
Links:
Interview with Gina Torres. Whoosh! #20 (9805)
 
Cliff, Nicola
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Jana in THE PATH NOT TAKEN (05/105).
Selected Filmography:
Frighteners, The (1996); Whole of the Moon, The (1996); Shortland Street (1990) TV Series.
Notable TV guest appearances:
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).
 
Clotho
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Played by Rebecca Kopacka in REMEMBER NOTHING (26/202)
Played by Samantha Adriaanse in SACRIFICE (67-68/321-322).
One of the Fates, referred to by Xena as The Child, she spins the thread of life. In Greek mythology the Fates were lesser gods of the Earth. They were assigned at man's birth to give him good and evil to have in his life. In REMEMBER NOTHING Xena visits one of their temples and protects it from raiders. In the process she kills a young boy and feels so badly about doing so that when the Fates thank her and offer her a reward, Xena wishes that she never 'followed the sword.' The Fates grant her wish and Xena goes back to an alternate reality where she never became a warlord, her beloved brother Lyceus is still alive and Gabrielle has become a slave. [LW]
 
Clysemene
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LOCKED UP AND TIED DOWN (75/407)
Played by Natalie Dennis
Xena befriends Clysemene at Shark Island Prison. Clysemene was accused of murdering her husband for his money and Ersina threatenes to harm her if she does not share the wealth. Xena comes to her aid before Ersina can do any damage. Later, in a cut scene, Clysemene gives Xena some straw for her bed after Xena has built the shrine to the previously hung woman. Clysemene observes that "You're a strange woman, Xena." When Xena is forced to unload a wagon full of barrels, Clysemene tries to help and she is punished with three lashes, but before the punishment is given, Xena starts a fight but is subdued when the Commandant reveals herself to be Thelassa. In a cut scene, Clysemene tells Gabrielle to get rid of the bodyguard and that Xena is in the pit. In the big prison riot scene, when Xena asks where Thelassa is, Clysemene tells Xena that she's heading toward's her office. [KT]
 
Conquest, Margaret
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Villager in THE PRODIGAL (18/118).
 
Cormack, Danielle
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Ephiny in HOOVES AND HARLOTS (10/110) IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? (24/124), THE QUEST (37/213), A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214), MATERNAL INSTINCTS (57/311), THE BITTER SUITE (58/312).
Married to Hayden Anderson
Selected Filmography:
Via Satellite (1998) TV Series; Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (1997); Game with No Rules, A (1994); Last Tattoo, The (1994); Shortland Street (1990) TV Series.
Notable TV guest appearances:
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1997) High Tide (1995), High Tide (1994).
Links:
Interview with Danielle Cormack. Whoosh! #12 (9709)
http://members.aol.com/DanCorFans/
http://amazon.fsn.net/fne/
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Cottingham, Vikki
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Barmaid in KING CON (61/315).
 
Covington, Janice
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THE XENA SCROLLS (34/210)
Played by Renee O'Connor.
Daughter of Harry 'the Graverobber' Covington, Janice shared her father's passion for archeology and obsession for finding the elusive Xena Scrolls. Her search took her to Macedonia where in 1942 (or 1940 if you saw the episode in re-runs, they changed the date-- obviously remembering that it was German occupied territory during WWII) she discovered the tomb of Ares. The keystone, the clue to unlocking the tomb, was discovered on her dig site but intercepted by John Smythe, her nemesis. It was at this time that Janice met Melinda Pappas, a wanna-be adventurer from South Carolina. Mel's expertise in the syntax of ancient languages proved invaluable in deciphering the partial scroll in Janice's possession. Mel's enthusiam also proved a problem when she read the correct sequence from the keystone to unlock the tomb. Janice had done her best to keep this information from Smythe. Inside the tomb Janice faced a brush with death, again at the enthusiastic fidgiting of the Southerner. Janice is a complex character. Unconventional and with a fiery temper she's an expert with the bullwhip and knows a thing or two about firearms. Confident and strong, it may be to mask underlying insecurities. When Ares is freed she learns that she isn't related to Xena as she'd hoped, or even Callisto but the Bard of Poteidaia. Her sense of disappointment is eased somewhat by a pep talk from Xena. At the conclusion of the episode, Janice & Mel decide to take a stab at a partnership. It makes sense, it is in their blood after all. After generations, the Xena/Gabrielle bond is alive and well-- if not mutated somewhat. It's pretty clear that Janice will be the one calling the shots this time around. It is rumored that Janice has a dog named Argo, but this was never confirmed by the episode. [BM]
 
Crampton, Harriet
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Hysterical Woman in IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? (24/124).
 
Crittenden, Lisa
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Hecuba in A FAMILY AFFAIR (71/403).
Selected Filmography:
Shortland Street (1990) TV Series, Prisoner (1979) TV Series, Restless Years, The (1977) TV Series.
 
Cyane
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ADVENTURES IN THE SIN TRADE (69-70/401-402)
Played by Vicky Pratt.
Cyane was a the Queen of a tribe of Siberbian Amazons. She invited the warlord Xena to join her tribe. Xena faltered, but since she was still under the influence of the evil shamaness Alti, she went ahead and murdered Cyane along with other key Amazon leaders. Because of a curse by Alti and their methods of death, Cyane and her co-horts were not allowed to entered the Gate to Eternity in the Land of the Dead. They remained in this purgatory until Xena killed Alti and informed the Amazons that their holy word of "courage" no longer made the grade, the new holy word was "love". With this information, Cyane and the others were allowed to enter Eternity. [KT]
 
Cynara
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CRADLE OF HOPE (04/104)
Played by Beryl Te Wiata.
Cynara is an old woman, a seer, who divines through pellets that there is a baby in King Gregor's future. She tells him that although the baby is not of Gregor's family, he will eventually sit on the throne. She cannot, however, tell him how this will occur. She only knows that the baby's birth has set into motion the events that will culminate in his inheriting the throne. [LW]
 
Cyrene
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SINS OF THE PAST (01/101), INTIMATE STRANGER (31/207), and THE FURIES (47/301)
Played by Darien Takle.
Cyrene is Xena's mother. She is a tavern-keeper in Amphipolis, Xena's village. In SINS OF THE PAST her character is established as a strong-minded but compassionate woman. Though small in stature, she shows no fear of her warlord daughter when Xena returns to Amphipolis. As a matter of fact, she makes Xena remove her weapons and reminds her of the tavern's standing rule of no weapons allowed inside the establishment. Perhaps she is still reminded of her youngest son, Lyceus, who died defending their village from the warlord Cortese under Xena's leadership, as she coldly tells Xena that she is not welcome at home. She refuses to listen to Xena warnings of the impending approach of Draco and his army. And, as a her neighbors constantly remind her of their sons who also followed Xena and died, she is unwilling to believe Xena when she denies the rumors that Draco has spread that it is her army that is coming to attack Amphipolis. She tells Xena that she is ashamed of what she has become and the anguish she has brought o her family. She leaves Xena to the possibility of being stoned by the villagers. However, after Xena battles and defeats Draco, and the truth is finally revealed, Cyrene readily forgives her daughter. It seems she was just waiting for the slightest sign that Xena has truly repented and given up her warlord ways and she welcomes her home with open arms. Cyrene is briefly mentioned in REMEMBER NOTHING, Xena's alternate reality given to her by the Fates. In this episode, it is Cyrene who has died and Lyceus who survived Cortese's attack. Xena mentions to her mother's sarcophagus that she is glad her death has spared her of the shame that she knew her becoming a warlord in that other life brought to her mother. In INTIMATE STRANGERS, Ares appears to Xena as Cyrene purporting to welcome her home. However, in reality, he is there to taunt her about Callisto's death. Later in the episode when, through the intervention of Ares, Xena and Callisto exchange bodies, Cyrene is kidnapped by Callisto/Xena and held prisoner together with some other villagers. Callisto/Xena wants to draw Xena/Callisto to her lair to watch her kill Cyrene and make Xena realize the pain of losing her mother through murder. Cyrene, at first, cannot believe that Xena could revert to her old ways, but looking into Callisto/Xena's eyes she knows that this is not her daughter. Cyrene and the other villagers are eventually rescued and although Xena is still in Callisto's body by the end of the episode, she readily embraces her knowing that this is really her Xena. [LW] In THE FURIES, it is revealed that Cyrene killed her husband Atrius after he came home ome night wanting to kill Xena. It was also revealed that Atrius was probably not Xena's father. In an early version of the script, Ares was named the father with Ares accepting the paternity, but in later revisions, it was changed that Xena tricked the Furies into thinking Ares was her father, with Ares denying it completely. [KT]
 

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