This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, things are getting Sapphic! Vera, Katie, and Livy are partying it up with 6x19 “Many Happy Returns,” the show’s final comedy, which also happens to be one of its giddiest and most moving. We discuss this ep as a nonstop nostalgia fest with its many references to A Day in the Life, Callisto, Chariots of War, and more. Then, don your bell bottoms and platform shoes because we’re trapped in the disco inferno of “Last Chance,” Melissa Good’s script for the unproduced Sappho episode and it is A LOT!!! Plus: the best warlord ever?, a callback to good sitting, we don’t know what’s going on with Anthrax but we don’t like it, go watch Kimmy Schmidt!, Gabs gets a strap-on for her birthday, and also a sex squid!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s love at first sight! Vera, Katie, and Livy are stepping into an alternate timeline with 6x18 “When Fates Collide,” one of Xena’s most romantic episodes. We discuss how writer Katherine Fugate found her way to Xena, why alternate realities are such a popular storytelling trope in fandom, the bold revisiting of “The Ides of March” that actually manages to match the original’s intensity, why this villain team-up works so well, predestination vs. free will, and all the amazing Roman LEWKS! Plus: Neil?, fajinking, running foundation, Tipping the Velvet, Altications, soft back touching, and washing your hands in the clip!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Son of Borias, what have you done? Vera, Katie, and Livy are horsing around with 6x17 “Last of the Centaurs.” We discuss the glorious, nostalgic returns of Marton Csokas and Danielle Cormack, Xena having surrogate sons all over the place, the episode’s parallels to ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and its use of Holocaust imagery, and Gabs going murderous all of a sudden. Plus: Centaur genetics, Marton’s very extra screaming, Xena throws her cane away, does Gabs look good in hats?, shipping Belach/Xena, and oh no, not another horse baby birth scene!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, life finds a way! Vera, Katie, and Livy are working some weird science with 6x16 “Send in the Clones,” a modern-day set clip show that directly takes on fan culture. We debate whether this was a good idea (spoiler alert: it was not!), discuss other depictions of fans in movies and TV (ilu Galaxy Quest), and ponder whether the three types of fans that appear in “Clones” are true to life (ew Joxer fan!!! *coin*). Plus: Dr. Alexis Los Alamos, Xena discovers the bathroom, the difference between subtext and talking about subtext, how does Joxer fan know how to give such good haircuts, the history of fanvids, Stoogefan, Xena forgot to watch the DVD that teaches her how to say lines, and Gabs should be Ides of Marching all over the place!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, war is hell! Vera, Katie, and Livy go once more into the breach with 6x15 “To Helicon and Back,” the show’s biggest battle epic, and the grim conclusion to the Amazons’ storyline. We discuss the many references to WWII films including Saving Private Ryan, They Were Expendable, The Longest Day, Patton, and… Jaws? Plus: Michael Hurst’s decision to shift the tone from the triumph and bombast of Liz Friedman & Vanessa Place’s original draft, the references to earlier Xena eps including “The Price” and “A Good Day,” and the many hard decisions Xena has to let Gabrielle make as she takes this huge step in her journey as a warrior. To a strong Amazon Nation!