57: 4x13 "Paradise Found"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the real you is bleeding through! Vera, Katie, and Livy do their best sun salutations in 4x13 “Paradise Found,” a sexy, thinky yogafest that kicks off the India arc with its own unique mix of Hinduism, Taoism, and New Age esotericism--with some Sapphic massage and freaky body horror thrown in. This ep is a lot, you guys! We discuss director Rob Tapert’s actor-focused approach, the many visual references from Maxfield Parrish to Alice in Wonderland to Buddhist art, and how lighting, camera placement, and sound design externalize Xena and Gabrielle’s internal struggles. Plus: Xena breaks the hair scale, Aidan’s abuses of power, 69-ing on the yin-yang bed, Gabrielle’s ‘hot little number,’ so many baths, lotus symbolism, and the most psychologically fraught scene in all of Xena. It’s a TORTOISE, Vera!  

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