87: 6x01 "Coming Home"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re baaaaaaack! Vera, Katie, and Livy are kicking off Season Six with 6x01 “Coming Home.” We discuss the show’s weird decision to change its credit sequence so late in the game, screenwriter and fan-turned-pro Melissa Good and the fandom phenomenon of BNFs, Tsianina Joelson (aka Darcy from Bring It On) kicking butt as Varia, and Ares’ toxic masculinity meltdown. Plus: TV CPR is back to save the day, our new ship Evaria, the chakram takes a lunch break, the flippidy-flippidy doo, Lucy and Renée wrote a thing, and slo-mo mouth blood fisticuffs. The Bees is buzzing!

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Hermes Mailbag 04 (Part 2) - Starring Vera Farmiga as Joxer!

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s question time again! Vera, Katie, and Livy weigh in on the Xena reboot, favorite OTPs, Gabrielle’s hair, and so much more in Hermes Mailbag 4 (Part 2) – Starring Vera Farmiga as Joxer! Join us as we answer such questions as ‘What color lightsaber would Xena have?’ and ‘At what point in the series did Xena and Gabrielle definitely become ancient Greek wives?’ Plus: problematic ships; how to treat celebrities; Argochokes; and watch your back, Alanis, you’ve got a rival!

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Hermes Mailbag 04 (Part 1) - Let's Kill Virgil

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got mail! Vera, Katie, and Livy are taking your questions in Part One of our supersized Hermes Mailbag. This week, we’re only answering questions directly to related to Season 5, so get ready as we discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes, Kurtzman and Orci’s alternate vision for the show including Xena on the Russian steppes and Gabs as Luke Skywalker, Eve spinoff ideas, Callisto and Xena as the yin-yang, how a sympathetic Ares becomes problematic (coin!), and why Xena should have been responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire. Just do it™!   

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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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85: 5x21 "Eve"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we have seen the light! Vera, Katie, and Livy experience a revelation with 5x21 “Eve,” the emotional continuation of Season 5’s final story arc. We discuss director Mark Beesley’s masterful use of camera movement; the dense tangle of thematic callbacks to “Callisto,” “Return of Callisto,” “Fallen Angel,” and The Rift; Xena’s moral dilemma and the complexity of indirect responsibility; the biblical overtones of Eve’s redemption; the importance of naming; Joxer’s quiet death scene; and what Livia’s drinking reveals about her mental state. Plus: Gin martinis that aren’t paid product placement we swear, cry faces galore, best supporting actor: the wind, Ares talks to John Cena?, one of the coolest fight moves in all of Xena, and Gabs gives Xena so! Many! Pep talks!

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