The opening is quite different. Set durning the morning. Xena's already awake. Gab jumps up.
Ants. I told you we shouldn't eat the apples and syrup in bed.
What would happen if we just started travelling south from Egypt?
We'd eventually fall off the edge of the earth.
After Kenji gives his speil about Yoshi ...
If Akemi asked me to come, I'll come.
Gab and Kenj do thier practicing. Gab breaks off and approaches Xena..
All right, let's hear it, the whole story.
Xena goes to meet Akemi.
Xena. The Warrior Princess.
You've heard of me?
Oh yes. I wonder if everything I've heard is true?
Well, I guess you'll never know. But a guideline is to believe all the bad stuff.
in the script, Xena and Borias fight that Chinese Warlords guards. In the episode, it was just Xena.
In the script, it's quite evident that Xena had every intention of manipulating Akemi. Xena's plan was to make a friend of her father, an ally of sorts. Then, she'd befriend another powerful lord and stir up some trouble. Then Borias would show up and they would rule Japan.
Borias, who was the ever wise one, was weery of Akemi. He pointed out to Xena that she was playing Akemi. I guess Akemi was just better at it.
Yesterday the moon took lodging in my sleeve. Today I have hope for even the broken-hearted stars.
Akemi reads Xena a poem, which Xena in turns recites to Gab.
Gabrielle sits on the deck, laughing. Xena is staring out at the sea.
I'm sorry, but that was very strange poem. Her metaphors made no sense. Moons lodging in sleeves. Stars with broken hearts.
Xena turns to her.
You know, I never thought you would laugh at something just because you didn't understand it.
She walks away. Gabrielle is cut off-guard by the intensity of Xena's reaction.
Xena was rightly pissed about Akemi tricking her.
You lying little bitch. Borias was right. You were playing me. I ought to kill you right now.
There were catapults. Xena throws her chakky, destroying them.
Okay... now for the taking of the ashes to the temple.....
A rock flies out of the Crowd, hits the urn and BREAKS it. The ashes fall out and into the gutter.
ON XENA'S EYES
They burn with homicidal rage.
XENA GOES POSTAL
She attackes the Townspeople around her. She grabs a TROCH out of one of their hands and throws it into a house. She runs throught the streets SETTING FIRE to the houses. A wind picks up and carreis through the city. Xena walks away from the burning city.
The people of that town were very brave. They all stayed and fought that fire. And they all died. 40,000 of them.
All of them?
Kenji nods. Xena is stunned. She didn't know it was this bad.
You're responsible for Yodoshi becoming Lord of the Dark Land (off Gabrielle's look) He was possessed by the worldly passion in which he died. So he was doomed to be a wandering spirit. Suddenly, 40,000 lost souls were at his mercy. He gobbled them up like a vulture on a carcass. He holds them inside, enslaved.
And now he's back from more.
And I'm going to stop him.
Xena sends Gabrielle away...
Those 40,000 souls. To free them--
--Yodoshi must be destroyed.
Who could do that?
Only another ghost, as powerful as him.
Xena thinks about this for a moment and then:
Join Gabrielle on the east wall. I've got things covered here.
Kenji obeys the order and exits. Xena finishes putting on her arm, looking thoughtful and resolved.
End of Part One --
Xena stands in front of the gate of Haguchi. She kneels down and begins to pray, not to a god, but to a spiritual ancestor
Akemi, I will right the wrong that I did her so many years ago. And perhaps, in doing so, I will receive what I've wanted so badly for so long, Redemption.
You and I will handle our fates. But my beloved friend, Gabrielle, I fear for her Akemi.
Akem listens and nods. She understand's Xena's concerns.
Now i know -- NO PINCH in this version thus far.
Okay, the "Final" battle sequence for an in the flesh and body Xena. Kiwi samurai had a brother. He tells him to go up behind Xena and pretty much close in her.
Xena hacks and slices her way through samurai warriors.
Gab and Kenji are wandering about.
from the script:
The SOUND of battle difts over to them from the front of the city. She realizes Xena wanted her away from the battle.
Gab races toward the front gate.
Tough part. Gab reaches the gate, and sees Xena in the distance. She also sees Kiwi Sam's brother and sees what they're up. She goes to stop them.
Xena continues her slaughter making her way to Kiwi Sam. She charges on him and his guard. She fights both the guards and Kiwi Sam at the same time.
Gab's continuing her fight. She tries to check on Xena, but has lost sight of her in the battle field.
Xena knocks off the rest of the samurai. Now, it's just her and Kiwi Sam.
They battle it out.
The lay into each other with ferocity and skill. Xena slices Morimoto's helmut in two with her katana but doesn't draw a drop of blood. She smiles at Morimoto and then charges. She leans in a little too close as he swings his katana. WE PAN UP TO;
Clouds swirl as an explosiong of RED MIST covers the sky.
Gab makes her way through dead samurai. She can't find Xena anywhere. Finally, she spots Xena's chakky. It's covered in blood.
The trail of blood leads into that forest. One of them was hurt and fled there. The other pursued.
Would Xena pursue a wounded man after the battle was won?
All right, it was probably her that was wounded. It doesn't mean she's dead.
She hurries off into the forest.
How Xena and Gab find each other is quite different. If any of you have seen the official Studio's USA Synopsis, then you'll know that in the script, it refers to Xena being weakened by the Ghost Killer. Thus is the case in the script.
Line of the day from Gab.
You let yourself be killed without telling me.
I don't want trouble withyou.
Then you'll tell me how to bring my friend back to life.
She's dead. Get used it.
Gab and Akemi chit chat.
You had a great impact on her, too, Akemi. She's come all the way back here for you.
No. Not for me.
Well, you and to save Higuchi from being destroyed.
You're wrong. Xena came back for herself.
EXT. SLOPES OF FUJI
Gabrielle climbs up toward the summit. We see an owl land on the ground in front of her. Gabrielle moves forward with resolve. She becomes aware of something in the bushes besideher. She turns to see Xena looking sadly at Gabrielle.
Xena, what's the matter?
You should turn back, Gabrielle.
Turn back? I have to take your ashes to the fountain.
But you can't.
What are you saying?
The reason Yodoshi was able to suck up the those souls is that they died unavenged. Killing Yodoshi will only free them his grasp. But they'll still be be unavenged.
Gabrielle is beginning to piece things together.
And your death avenged them.
And if they're going to be redeemed, I have to stay dead.
Off Gabrielle's horror and Xena's sorrow, We: FADE OUT. End Act Three.
Then we'll have to figure out some other way to redeem those souls.
Gabrielle, there is no other way.
It's some law spirits and gods set up. We can beat it.
I can't take that chance. I must redeem those souls.
Xena, do you realize what you're asking me to do? Tonight at sunset, I lose you forever. I won't accept that I can't.
Xena gives her friend an understanding smile.
No. I won't say good-bye. We'll talk about how to redeem those souls around the campfire tonight.
Gabrielle starts climbing up the slopes. A moment later, an OWL flies over her heard and on up the slope.
Gabrielle is walking toward the fountain. By now, a nice little pool of water has formed. Gabrielle opens theurn and prepares to pour the ashes on the water. Suddenly, Xena appears before her blocking her path to the fountain.
You're not going to let me pour these ashes?
Oh, Gabrielle. You don't know know much I want to choose life, to be with you, to travel with you, to lie down with you under stars and to wake up next to you and see the dawn turning your hair gold.
(Get your minds outta of the gutter)
Listen to you. You could have been a poet yurself.
Gabrielle lets the ashes fall to the ground. They rush into each others arms.
I love you so, Xena. I don't know whether I can bear to go on without you.
You must. You know I'll always be with you, in your heart and in your soul. Always, for ever and ever.
Xena and yoshi fight.
Xena joins Gab on the boat...
HOw's it feel?
Wonderful (looks at Gabrielle) Have I told you lately that I--
You don't have to. I know it, my friend.
And as they lean on each other....
My thoughts. This script was really altered during the filming. In fact, Kenji is ALIVE and KICKING at the end of the script. In the episode, he was decapitated.
Some of it, really explained things better. But not like that'll make any difference to anyone.
The "water-kiss" I can see how LL and ROC could get confused. There was no thing more than -- dump water water into Xena's mouth.
A thought crossed my mind as I read that part: a baby bird with it's beak wide open, waiting for mamma bird to drop a worm in.
And there were a LOT of typos in this script. God RJ, do you not proof read? Double words, misplaces articles, conjunctions, eek. And editor's worse nightmare
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