This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the pins are coming out! It’s time for The Great Unpinning, in which Vera, Katie, and Livy wrap up “A Friend in Need” by picking up all the conversations we’ve shelved since the beginning of the podcast. We discuss the fan response to the finale, the history of the harmful trope Bury Your Gays, and how Xena’s ending both does and doesn’t fit the trope. Also: brutal violence, misogyny, anti-heroes, and how Walter White is the worst. Plus: a very helpful spreadsheet, that b*tch Akemi, fairy queen Xena, the Gabs with a Thousand Faces, and the Love Boon!
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s journey’s end. Vera, Katie, and Livy climb the mountain that is 6x22 “A Friend in Need Part II,” the final episode of Xena: Warrior Princess. We discuss the challenge of endings, the visual callbacks and thematic importance of “Sins of the Past” and “The Gauntlet,” the use of sound design and editing in Xena’s last stand, Gabrielle’s hero’s journey and her culture clash with Morimoto, and the episode’s final presentation of personal desire vs. the greater good. Plus: Vera’s favorite arrow, Birds! Birds! Birds!, there’s always time for a threesome, Xena’s secretly straight hair, the sitcom beat, face squids, and move over TV CPR: we’re all about TV Water Transfers now! Don’t forget, we aren’t finished discussing AFIN II - there’s more to come in THE GREAT UNPINNING!
KILL BILL SIRENS, KILL BILL SIRENS! This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy journey to the Land of the Rising Sun for 6x21 “A Friend in Need Part I,” the first half of the spectacular series finale. HOOOOMG, heavy breathing… We discuss why Japan is an appropriate setting for Xena’s last adventure, the cinematic influences that aren’t just an homage but a full circle of exchange, and divisive new character Akemi, whose compelling mix of innocence and guile keeps us guessing. Then there’s LEWKS LEWKS LEWKS including boat bikinis, Aaliyah realness, the scene-stealing hat, SEXY SAMURAI, grown-up warrior Gabs, and more. Plus: Gabrielle’s final lesson, the surprising moment that had Katie in tears, and *Borias voice* Daddy...
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got mail! It’s the fifth installment of our fabulous Hermes’ Hermès Mailbag, and Vera, Katie, and Livy are answering your questions! We talk about our favorite episodes and lewks, pitch alternate universe concepts, discuss S6’s use of color, mourn the loss of the When Fates Collide kiss, and examine the big question that started it all, why does Buffy gets more critical attention than Xena? Plus: we give you a behind-the-scenes look at making the podcast, and flail emotionally about how close we are to the series finale. Like omg…so close.
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, here comes the bride! Vera, Katie, and Livy are pulling a major retcon with 6x20 “Soul Possession,” a weird grab bag of an episode that makes a tangle out of its many loose threads. We discuss Joxer as this episode’s emotional center, its puzzling decision to return to the events of Adventures in the Sin Trade and Déjà Vu All Over Again, Ares’ nonsensical contract, Xena’s last long con, and yet another in-show portrayal of Xena fandom. Plus: Ares’ wig, Xena’s leg slit, Jesus’s tomb, Operation Varsity Blues, souls have thumbs, Josh Becker spills tea one last time, and the show’s true end is... Joxer farting?!