73: 5x08-09 "Little Problems" & "Seeds of Faith"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are in the soup with 5x08 “Little Problems” and 5x09 “Seeds of Faith.” We discuss what these two episodes have in common: reflective surfaces conveniently placed everywhere you need them! We also discuss how these episodes differ: one is a fairly serious meditation on belief and sacrifice, the others is about Gabrielle and Aphrodite impersonating conjoined Scandinavian twins. Check out those moosels! Plus: our fave ships Gaphrodite and Gares, Gabrielle’s fall from grace gets cut for time, a new vision of all-female family, the Rift Part 2, and forgiving your enemy means loving them like they’re your child (because they actually are your child, plus they’re also the father of your child, yes it’s confusing). TOUCHING!

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72: 5x07 "Back in the Bottle"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, you spin me right round baby right round! Vera, Katie, and Livy put up a force field to protect themselves from 5x07 “Back in the Bottle,” the staggeringly lazy, tone deaf conclusion of the Chin two-parter. And you thought “Purity” was bad! We discuss the terrible script, so busted that the writers tried to save it with the last minute addition of...Ming T’ien? Also: Gabs has her first Boyfriend of the Week in YEARS and the sparks aren’t exactly flying, Voldemort and Quirrell stand on a Roomba, Genghis Khan subscribes to the Green Dragon newsletter for some reason, romantic psychic links, and the cowardly awfulness of having your hero declare she has “no choice” in a beyond-serious moral dilemma. The Problematic Jar is overflowing!!!

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71: 5x06 "Purity"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST -- ugh, next slide! Vera, Katie, and Livy take on 5x06 “Purity,” the first half of the show’s misguided return to Chin. We discuss the shallow characterizations of new characters Pao Ssu and K’ao Hsin, Joxer’s blatant racism, and the writers’ infuriating retcon of “The Debt” -- seriously, since when has Lao Ma been Xena’s MOM? Plus: Gabrielle is really good with her feet, Be Less Gay :(, YAAS, Rick Jacobson uses his powers for evil, that’s not how the Force works!, and we give up covering these episodes in a single podcast halfway through. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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70: 5x05 "Them Bones, Them Bones" Live at Xenite Retreat!

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, welcome to the doghouse! Vera, Katie, and Livy are proud to present 5x05 “Them Bones, Them Bones” recorded LIVE AT XENITE RETREAT 2018! First we give you the deets on our pre-Retreat brush with celebrity and we introduce our special guest for the live show. Then we break down this episode’s experimental visuals, its exploration of identity and belonging, and the behind-the-scenes staffing transitions that affected its production. Plus: Gabs goes way beyond Test Day, Xena embraces motherhood, the glorious return of TV CPR, hat bangs, Amarice’s confusing secret, Yakut’s private heartbreak, the mechanics of skeleton fights, and Alti can’t decide whether she wants to be Xena’s lover or her baby. Paging Dr. Freud!

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69: Xenite Retreat 2018 + 5x04 "Animal Attraction"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy clip on their deputy’s badges and prepare for a showdown with 5x04 “Animal Attraction.” We discuss the show’s baffling decision to reveal Xena’s pregnancy in a rom-com western, pregnancy coat homages, 90’s lady gunslingers, and what ‘race you to Greece’ really means. But before we break down the episode, we give you the play-by-play of our own adventures at Xenite Retreat 2018, including our die-hard allegiance to Callisto’s Cut-Throats, our many leaps of faith, howling at the moon to Katy Perry, the recording of our very first live show, and meeting Steve Sears while dressed as cows. Moooo! (Note: "Animal Attraction" begins at 58:00.)  

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