Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Latham Gaines & Paul Norell on "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995)

Latham Gaines' (Anton Mercer/Mesogog, Dino Thunder) fourth and final appearance on the blog for "Xena: Warrior Princess" is actually his very first appearance on the long-running series. Gaines played his first role (of four) in the fourth episode of the show titled "Cradle of Hope." Gaines portrays Castor, a loyal soldier of King Gregor who is told by an oracle that a newborn child will take his throne. As a result, all babies become targets. When Xena & Gabrielle rescue one of them, they protect it from soldiers like Castor. Xena also goes undercover as a harem dancer to retrieve Pandora's box, which the soldiers steal in one of their raids. Gaines appears in several scenes, but his character is mainly seen in the background. Also appearing in the episode is recurring Space Patrol Delta actor Paul Norell (Fowler Birdy, SPD) who plays a street vendor whose cart is destroyed in one of the raids. Norell appears in one scene.

Latham Gaines

Paul Norell

Season 1 of "Xena: Warrior Princess" is available on DVD

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