Ephiny is tragically killed in battle protecting her Amazonian tribe, and avenged by Gabrielle.
Borias and Xena were partners in literal crime as well as lovers, and have a son, Solan, between them.
As it turned out, when I arrived and heard little whispers that there was a role that he might be right for, again, I just thought, yeah, sure.
Naturally, Xena comes to the rescue by resurrecting Aphrodite and Ares, and thus restoring world order.
One's entertaining and one is just tragic and banal and ugly, brutish, and stupid.
It's the same show in a fresh environment.