Take a stroll with us through (Tartarus) the Elysian Fields on this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy laugh it up at the first purely comic Xena ep, 1x15 “Warrior...Princess,” a Mark Twain mash-up of mistaken identity and courtly intrigue. We discuss Xena’s performance of femaleness and the apparently really elaborate tests she’s been administering to Gabrielle behind the scenes?? Then it’s on to 1x16, “Mortal Beloved,” which marks the glorious return of BFOTW Marcus, who, despite being dead, still looks damn good without his vest! We discuss this episode’s two grand romances: Xena and Marcus’s love connection that crosses the boundaries of life and death, and Gabrielle’s unspoken devotion to Xena that leads her to wait (and wait and wait) for her beloved’s return.