61: 4x17 "The Play's the Thing"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, all the world’s a stage! Vera, Katie, and Livy go to the theater in 4x17 “The Play’s the Thing,” the show’s most meta episode yet. The writers waste no time in sending up the just-finished India arc and the still-underway pacifism arc, while also making light of every criticism ever made of Xena; from its skimpy costumes and hot tubs to its gratuitous violence and subpar acting, the show claps back with a gleeful vengeance, while also interrogating its own choices and history. We discuss the importance of examining Gabs’s character through a humorous lens at this critical stage of her journey; Zehra, Milo, and this episode’s debt to meta-theatrical movies; thespians!!!; why Spartacus is SO GOOD; a salute to foley; and Buffus the Bacchae Slayer, which you may have heard is playing just across the street.

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