Excellent episode, Ryan! Clip shows are notoriously difficult, and you did a great job -- there's plenty of action and never a boring moment. Perfect pace, too.
One bit I got a particular kick out of was the comment about using a different actor for Haephestus, and the audience's reaction. LOL!!! Spot on.
I’d like to say that I found this episode very exciting and well written and that I had a lot of fun with all that Xena and Gabrielle bickering over having Talis with them in the mission. And I very much enjoyed the flashbacks! It was very nice to go back to some of the earlier episodes for a moment. I also loved the way you created Cerberus. I saw him as a scary looking dog that in the end is just a spoiled dog showing an attitude sometimes.