Season Four of Xena is… not very good. This is especially noticeable because the okay to mediocre to terrible episodes are loaded up quite heavily in the first half of the season, while the best episodes are left teetering right at the end, which is not very helpful when most of your audience has strained their eyeballs due to rolling them too hard.
Mostly, I found this one a slog. The India episodes are mostly not that bad, but I was well and truly over the spiritual quest by the time we got there.
Having said that, I admire the fact that Gabrielle’s trauma from Season 3 is addressed rather than swept under the rug. Her relationship with Xena may have been healed with a song back in The Bitter Suite, but the tragedy of Hope and the after-effects of Gabrielle’s repeated sacrifices have taken a toll on her.