82: 5x18 "Antony & Cleopatra"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, walk like an Egyptian! Vera, Katie, and Livy are cruising the Nile with 5x18 “Antony & Cleopatra,” a sultry and extravagant romance unafraid to show Xena and Gabrielle in a morally ambiguous light. We discuss director Michael Hurst’s use of close-ups and slow motion to visually tell a story of manipulation, intimacy, and violence; the importance of Gabrielle’s reaction shots; the many nods to Shakespeare and Elizabeth Taylor; the parallels between Gabrielle and Brutus; and the infamous ‘Carnival’ scene. Because who doesn’t love oral fixations paired with Natalie Merchant? Plus: Vera won’t shut up about ancient aliens!

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