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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Did I mention last time that the greatest part of Xena is that it supplies its own tropes? Well, Xena continues that trend, as Xena and Gabrielle go undercover at a beauty pageant (beating Miss Congeniality by three years) in order to suss out a would-be killer.Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: When I was a kid, my parents bought me this LEGO set called "Sphinx Secret Surprise." They bought it because I was crazy for Ancient Egypt as a little kid, but it was part of the Adventurers theme (as different lines are called in LEGO parlance), which was an homage/rip-off of Indiana Jones. Since I had no clue who Indiana Jones was, it sailed over my head. Even when I acquainted myself with the trilogy later, there was something vaguely mid-nineties about the whole proceedings, despite being produced and released in the eighties, all because I associated it with putting together this LEGO set.

While I sold all my LEGOs ages ago (although I kept a solid selection for Wolfboy and Little Fang), I still have the sphinx and the sarcophagus. They stand proudly stands proudly next to my curated collection of lady LEGO minifigures including a Warrior Woman minifig who looks suspiciously like Xena.

All of that is to say that seeing an Indiana Jones-inspired episode of Xena from 1997 made perfect sense in my head. Flashing forward to 1940 from… let’s go with ancient times?, Dr. Melinda Pappas joins Dr. Janice Covington on a dig for an artifact that will validate Janice’s father’s thieving reputation—the Xena Scrolls. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Happy Christmas, kids! It’s the holidays and time for one of Xena’s favorite activities: playing fast and loose with Christian mythology!

Renay: *puts on some jingle bells on* Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Do not adjust your sets, folks! Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Renay: Wow, this episode changed tons of my feelings about this series so far and my reaction to it was basically "?!?!?!?!". Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.
Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Okay, kittens, let’s talk about vampires. Specifically, lesbian vampires. As we all know, vampires are a remarkably potent sexual metaphor (thus Interview with the Vampire), but Carmilla, the ur-gay lady of the night, actually predates Dracula by over twenty years. The lady vampire as subtextual queer predator has a long and storied history. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Renay: Continuing its tenuous relationship with history and mythology, Xena: The Warrior Princess reaches into the Christianity grab bag again and pulls out the story of David and Goliath. Oh, writers, never stop telling your wild Bible fanfic! I am vaguely familiar with this story from my aborted adventures into Sunday School, but I have more of a secular background with David as the teeny underdog and Goliath as a tough adversary David has to defeat to show the even the little guy can triumph! So it was neat to see the show embrace the part of the story that I came to later, that the fight between David and Goliath was more about David's divine right to become King. Predictably, a lot of the religion stuff went over my head! Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: You know, I never thought we’d get the equivalent of those episodes on Friends and Will & Grace when they flash back to the eighties, and yet, here we are. Not that Xena necessarily goes back in time, but rather sideways, into a timeline where she and her family never stood up to Cortese and started her down the path towards becoming a vicious warlord, thanks to a wish granted by the Fates. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Did everybody have a good summer of 1996? I hope you did, because the second season of Xena goes from zero to sixty in no time. Back in ye olden days, before Netflix and chill (ask your parents), season premieres had to be able to appeal to both regular viewers and reel in new viewers. (I mean, they still have to, but it was imperative back then.)

What makes Xena a compelling television show? Well, there’s Xena’s ongoing quest to to atone for her sins during her past as a ruthless, near-genocidal warlord. There’s snarky but kind Gabrielle, now with added bo staff action. There’s their beautiful love affair friendship. And then there’s the bizarro kind of Greek myth world they inhabit and its hysterically bad special effects. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: I’m moving the Femslash Alert to the very top of this discussion because I’d explode if we waited until the end to wail on it like the Enterprise in contested space. Because this episode? Did I say that "The Greater Good" was a hurt/comfort fic? I was lying, because "Is There a Doctor in the House?" is. THEY MADE OUT, FRIENDS AND COUNTRYWOMEN! If inventing CPR to save your dead girlfriend counts as making out, which totally does.

Renay: No, "The Greater Good" was hurt/comfort fic and this episode is the sequel that everyone demanded from the author after loving that episode. I'm glad to know after the disappointments of the last episodes, the writer are back on point delivering us amazing femslashy goodness. I forgive them for saving it all up for this episode so we could both be OVERJOYED. I squealed at my iPad, no joke. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Gabrielle has really come into her own, hasn’t she? I mean, we’ve been watching Gabrielle develop her fighting skills over the last twenty-two episodes, but this is the first time, I think, that we really see her confidently charge into battle alongside Xena. I mean, we’ve seen her waste dudes because Xena was (temporally) dead, but this is different. This is new. And I really like it. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Xena: Episode 122, "Callisto"


Clare: Renay, do you think Xena and Gabrielle finally made out between this episode and the last? You know, in the throes of "I'm so happy you’re not dead"? Because their dynamic in this episode is so much more affectionate and emotionally honest. I am loving it.

Renay: If this coda doesn't exist by another fan writer, it's a horrible oversight and I should write it, right? It can open with Xena being impressed by Gabrielle and Argo's closer relationship and then devolve into feelings from there. Y/YYY? Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: Obviously, Xena is a femslasher’s paradise: we’ve been thrilling to hints and innuendo since we began this project. But "The Greater Good" is the first episode where the word "love" is used, if only obliquely. Apparently, according to Renee O’Connor in an interview with the now defunct Dreamwatch, this was the episode where the writers discovered that Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship was exceedingly fertile ground.

And we’ve all benefited from that.Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Cut for spoilers! )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: "Altared States" opens with perhaps the greatest opener we’ve seen so far: we go from gay subtext (a naked Xena to a naked Gabrielle, bathing in a pool: "Come on, you’ve been wanting to try this for ages!") to Xena emerging from said pool to punch a man in the face to Xena, now in her underdress, beating the living daylights out of five or more men with a string of three fish.

And Xena is cackling with glee the entire time. My queen. Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: After Gaby freezes during an ambush, she decides that she’s too much of a liability (the ever-present danger for an action heroine’s girlfriend) for Xena and decides to go home to talk things over with her sister. Xena demolished my heart with her tentative little wave goodbye to Gaby. NO, GABY, NO! Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: First things first: XENA’S HAIR. It is no secret that I am madly in love with Xena (like Gabrielle), but something about getting rid of that headband braid and roughing her hair up a little makes her look like a mighty, avenging lion. Gosh, she’s just so intimidating and powerful <3 <3 <3 Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Clare: MARCUS! This episode was mostly fascinating to me because it walks a fine line between a explicit straight relationship and an implicit queer relationship. While Gabrielle doesn’t have much to do in contrast to the A plot, it kind of speaks volumes that she waits for Xena. I mean, we’ve seen Gabrielle wait for Xena before, but she usually has stuff of her own to do while waiting or we just don’t see her (as in the previous episode, "Warrior... Princess".) We have not gotten shots of Gabrielle longingly waiting for Xena to come back from the war from the dead yet. Really devoted waiting is a very wifely thing in Greek literature. I’m not sure if this is intentional—the Xena writers have a shall we say loose interpretation of what counts as Greek mythology—but it makes my heart happy. I mean, when Xena comes back, Gabrielle shyly tells her that seeing her after getting knocked out was "a pleasant sight." Read more... )
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.


Renay: This episode tosses us right into some weird action, as Xena approaches a castle and everyone immediately starts deferring to her. This is followed quickly by a assassination attempt, and honestly, my first reaction was "omg Xena you JUST GOT HERE, how can you already have made enemies mad enough to KILL YOU???" Since I hadn't read the episode blurb, walking in cold turned out to be supremely weird. Did you know we'd be getting amazing 90s green screen adventures? Read more... )

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