104: 6x18 "When Fates Collide"

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!

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103: 6x17 "Last of the Centaurs"

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!

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102: 6x16 "Send in the Clones"

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!

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101: 6x15 “To Helicon and Back”

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!

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100: 6x14 “Path of Vengeance”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, fables have never been sexier! Vera, Katie, and Livy are reckoning with 6x14 “Path of Vengeance,” an episode that goes back to the show’s roots with a plot full of Amazon justice and juicy moral dilemmas. We discuss Eve’s final appearance on Xena and how her character arc differs from her mother’s, Xena’s hypocrisy whenever someone she loves is facing punishment, Varia’s beatdown of Gabrielle as a necessary step in Gabs’s journey, and the episode’s many parallels with “The Reckoning.” Plus: Varia’s 80’s aerobics tape; Ares reverts and it’s very problematic (coin!); Eve did it first, Melisandre!; telephone poles and cabbages; don’t get kicked by Varia, WHY IS THERE IDES OF MARCH MUSIC; and Renée flubs a take and for some reason that’s the final shot?!

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