86: 5x22 "Motherhood"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Hope springs eternal! Vera, Katie, and Livy have reached the season finale, 5x22 “Motherhood,” which fulfills our Hopes by ending the often-lackluster Season 5 with a bang—actually many, many bangs. We discuss Athena as a sympathetic figure doing her best while everyone around her screws up; the tremendous pathos of the usually comic Aphrodite finding herself in a tragedy; the good, the bad, and the ugly god deaths; the importance of Gabrielle’s quiet seething rage, how editor Rob Field’s use of cross cutting builds narrative tension, why that chakram throw was the best mistake Rick Jacobson ever made, and the plot twist we always Hoped for but never dreamed we’d get! Plus: Questionable desert lewks, Fury Faces, Nor Beast, Gaphrodite returns, so much dragging, Eve’s favorite cocktail, why Artemis why, and we Hope you love pain cuz we sure do!

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