Burst out of your flesh cocoon and witness this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy have reached 3x21 “Sacrifice Part 1,” the first half of the epic season finale. We discuss this episode’s busy synthesis of Season 3’s many plot threads, with Dahak, Hope, Callisto, Ares, the Rift, and the kitchen sink all in the mix. Plus there’s Gabrielle’s bad angel, Seraphin, a funhouse mirror version of who she could have been; Callisto discovers nihilism (yay?); the reason gods are so susceptible to avalanches; the symbolic importance of zombie!Gabs; and the real star of the show, HOPE’S EYEBROWS.
All hail the King of Thieves this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy watch an Autolycus double feature, because double the Bruce Campbell is never a bad thing. First we discuss 3x19 “Tsunami,” Xena’s tense, breathless take on a disaster movie, which features many excellent examples of sexy wetness, some questionable underwater science, and a whopper of a dead-Gabs fakeout. Then it’s on to 3x20 “Vanishing Act,” a featherweight ep that is really just an excuse for Autolycus and company to don a variety of silly, oftentimes cringe-worthy disguises. We still love ya, Auto baby!!!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re going fishing! Vera, Katie, and Livy hang out by the lake with 3x18 “Fins, Femmes & Gems,” a frothy farce that also functions as…an advertisement for DeBeers? We discuss what could have been before the last-minute rewrites, subtext becoming text, director Josh Becker’s spilling of tea, and Rob Tapert’s perplexing love affair with comedies about fishing. Plus: hot takes on why Xena is mostly unaffected by Aphrodite’s spell (she is hardcore obsessed with fishing anyway!), Gabrielle reminding Xena of Lyceus (a little creepy?) and Joxer the Ape-man (somebody really needs to teach this boy about consent!). A diamond is forever!
You’re lime green jello and you can’t even admit it to yourself in this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy go up against the green-eyed monster in 3x17 “Forget Me Not,” an ingenious clip show that is actually an intimate character study, re-examining what came before as a way of cunningly pushing the plot forward. We discuss Gabrielle’s painful revelation and the acting breakthrough it represents for Renée O’Connor; the symbol-heavy spirit quest that links this episode back to “The Bitter Suite”; Ares as a manifestation of Gabrielle’s guilt, denial, and dark sexual energy; Joxer the Creepster; the River of Whoa; Gabrielle’s hero’s journey; and whether the actress playing the Priestess of Mnemosyne might be an actual oracle. MEEEEMORIIIIIES!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, all roads lead to Rome! Vera, Katie, and Livy take on the Triumvirate in 3x16 “When in Rome…”, an epic sequel to “Destiny” that introduces us to a new place, culture, and several significant new characters, all while putting Xena and Gabrielle through the emotional wringer. (Mmm, just how we like it!) We discuss the evolution of the relationship between Xena and Caesar, how amazing Xena looks in Roman finery (always a GOOD LEWK for Lucy Lawless), the vast quantities of fruit everybody seems to eat in Rome, Pompey the Bro, Vercinix the Hot, and finally the HUGE decision Gabrielle makes and the complicating feelings surrounding it. If you liked it, you should have put a ring on it!