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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 1x14, "A Fistful of Dinars"


Renay: Straight off the last episode full of stock footage of Xena being awesome and Gabrielle discovering more of her voice, we're tossed directly into the action as Xena interrupts a fight and inadvertently gets dragged into a hunt for the Treasure of the Sumerians in order to find the Ambrosia said to be tucked away with it, lest Disreputables eat it and become gods themselves. Her past also gets dredged up, as she and Gabrielle join up with two gentlemen of dubious reputation with clues to the treasure, one of which who happens to be Xena's former fiancé. 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 113, "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards"


Clare: In the twenty-first century, genre television has developed some discreet methods to cover up a lack of budget, scheduling conflicts, and pregnancy, among other obstacles. (But, like, don’t deal with a pregnant actor the same way Joss Whedon dealt with Charisma Carpenter? That’s not cool.) “Midnight,” widely considered to be one of the best Tenth Doctor stories, has little to no Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and takes place almost entirely on a bus.

But don’t ever accuse the Xena writers of being as subtle (ha!) as Russell T. Davies and company. I can’t find a specific reason as to why “Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards” is a honest-to-Bowie clip show, but age-old speculation is that it was to save money and give Lucy Lawless a break. So it’s up to them to cobble together an episode out of the ever-game O’Connor, New Zealand’s finest extras, and old movie clips. 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 112, "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts"


Clare: Xena tackles the Trojan War with tact, dignity, and a Trojan Horse built out of wicker lawn chairs, according to the disclaimer at the end of the episode. Hector is transformed into the villainous Deiphobus, the ships comment feels awkward since we're pretty clearly quite far from the shoreline, and it turns into a story about Helen's agency, which is amazing.

Renay: This episode reminded me of a low-budget school play where the production did the best they could with what they had and they decided that gutting the story and making everything about Helen ~finding herself~ was the best decision. I can't disagree. This was excellent Trojan War fanfic. 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 111, "The Black Wolf"


Clare: And now for today's episode, which is actually a pretty standard jailbreak episode. I was very concerned that it starts off with our ladies separated—like, what was Gabrielle up to before she came across Argo at the farrier's? Whoosh posits that this might be part of Gabrielle's newfound independence, but I think they're taking a breather from "Hooves and Harlots," with their relationship mending when Gabrielle joins Xena in the dungeons and Xena introduces her as her friend to Salmoneus. 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 110, "Hooves and Harlots"


Clare: Of course, right before I moved out of a place with cable to one without, I discovered this movie channel called movieplex, which is where all the stuff Starz has rights to go when Starz proper gets bored with them. I turned it on to have something to listen to while copy editing and discovered that it was playing Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, one of the first television movies in the Xenaverse that, incidentally, features Renee O'Connor as Deianira in her first appearance in the franchise. (Lucy Lawless was in the first one, Hercules and the Amazon Women, as the Amazonian head of security.) Deianira is similar to Gabrielle, in that she's chatty, headstrong, and quick on her feet: she takes every misadventure as proof that her destiny is just now something else. But she is meant to be annoyingly so until the very end. 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 101, "Death in Chains"


Clare: And just after Xena saves humanity from needless death, Xena proves that we don't need to fear the Reaper. Who, luckily, is personified by a calm woman with a candle that can kill with a touch. Having an episode begin with a woman responding to threatening sexual overtures by killing a man? It can only be XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. 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 108, "Prometheus"


Clare: Despite the relatively simple rescue mission, there's a lot going on in "Prometheus." First and foremost, we get a guest spot from Hercules and Iolaus, stars of Xena's mother show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The closest I've gotten to Hercules is seeing Kevin Sorbo in the Dragon*Con parade in high school, although I anticipate an urge to watch it when we close out Xena. (Hercules and Iolaus were, in Greek mythology, lovers, so that slash fandom must be intense.)

Renay: I found this episode legit chilling because right off the bat I was terrified Gabrielle was going to get hurt and was on edge the whole episode. SURPRISE IT TURNED OUT TO BE IOLAUS INSTEAD, WHICH, WHEW. Funnily enough, I sort of resented having Hercules and Iolaus there because it took away from my Xena/Gabrielle adventures. 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 107, "The Titans"


Clare: Basically, this episode is about Gabrielle feeling inadequate in Xena's eyes, which is not true at all. Luckily for Gabrielle, she wanders into a religious ceremony where she frees three Titans and gets command of them, so, for once, she's technically more powerful than Xena. Gabrielle's little change in expression from "OH MY GOD THOSE ARE TITANS!" to "oh yes of course I am a goddess do my bidding" is lovely. The episode does end by Gabrielle apologizing for being power hungry, but she doesn't come off as power hungry, just luxuriating in new power that is, of course, new agency. 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 106, "The Reckoning"


Clare: Why is Teracles' girlfriend a Viking? I realize that ancient Greek clothing is quite, uh, diverse in the Xenaverse, but that girl is wearing a Viking dress and sporting two perfect blonde braids. That girl should be raiding somewhere way more North. Although the villagers in this episode do sport a black guy, so Xena!Greece is mildly diverse! Yay. 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 105, "The Path Not Taken"


Clare: Okay, that's it, I'm totally in. Xena and Gabrielle's comedic patter is a lot of fun—"Did you ever notice that we never have a problem getting a table?"—as is Xena casually punching out every dude who looks at her funny in the tavern. I continue to be astonished by Lawless' firebreathing. 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 104, "Cradle of Hope"


Clare: This seer is not terribly good at her job, is she? She could have avoided this entire episode by framing Gabriel as the reincarnation of the king's deceased son or as fate giving him another chance or having him just straight up adopt the baby. It was a pretty obvious, if really nice, way to end the episode, but I suppose that's some of the charm of camp: knowing exactly where we'll end up, so we can focus on the character development. That's the appeal of procedurals (be they monsters of the week or hapless town of the weeks), as my love of Elementary can attest.

Renay: The could have solved some of the plot problems here by giving the Evil Advisor less screen time and trusting the viewer to connect more of the dots. Part of the problem with the seer is that she's spelling out the resolution in the very first scene of the episode. If the child had been more secret, i.e. if the servants had overheard the prophecy, then gotten rid of the baby, and then in a following scene the evil advisor goes "A CHILD WAS BORN HERE LAST NIGHT" it would've been way more dramatic. But what do I know about television writing, right? ;)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 103, "Dreamworker"


Clare: Well, after we complained about the "YOU'RE DANGEROUS! YOU NEED TO LEAVE!" reception Xena and Gabrielle are getting, we get an episode where they're simply treated as interesting new strangers and then the saviors of the town. Ha!

Renay: INTERESTING STRANGERS...who can maybe serve as sacrifices. XD At least we've broken the trend of people yelling "get out!" Let's hope it stays broken for a few episodes. :) 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 102, "Chariots of War"


Clare: Because "Chariots of War" doesn't have any worldbuilding or character introduction to do, there's a little less territory to cover here. Xena discretely deposits Gabrielle in an inn before wandering off to do… something? Because of the camp nature of the show, I tend to riff when I watch the episodes, so riff!Xena clearly abandoned Gabrielle. But I'm not sure what actual Xena was up to before she wandered across the peaceful village.

The episode's character development reaffirms the basic Xena and Gabrielle dynamic: Xena is hard and closed off, Gabrielle is soft and open. But they both get love interests this episode to prove these things. Darius is a father and a committed pacifist, representing the domestic sphere that Xena wants but can't allow herself to have just yet. The best way to represent these conflicting emotions, of course, is for Xena to put on his dead wife's dress in soft lighting and bad weather. (Also, dressing a woman in your dead wife's clothes is not going to convince anyone that you're not sleeping together.)Read more... )
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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 & Renay's Adventures in: Xena


Xena: Episode 101, "Sins of the Past"


Clare: As I've mentioned, I did not watch Xena: The Warrior Princess growing up, what with being raised by Anglophile French wolves. I did give the pilot a shot a few years ago in college, but I found Gabrielle so annoying that I couldn't make it into the second episode. Luckily, that changed this time around!

Renay: The most I knew about this show is that two of my friends were in love with it and wrote lots of self-insert fic about it, and later, I would discover, lots of Xena/Gabrielle fic that was SUPER GAY but they were always like "no! they're just friends!" even though by that time I was already pretty deep into slash fic and going "wow, this is SO GAY, guys!" I never watched the show because a) I didn't have the right channels and b) I was really bad at serialized shows. I'm better now because of DVD boxsets and Netflix/other streaming, because as all the shows I'm watching now are proving, I'm still REALLY BAD at serialized shows. Waiting is THE WORST. Read more... )

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