Hermes Mailbag 05 - Vera's Virgil Vitriol: On Sale Now!

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.

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106: 6x20 “Soul Possession”

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?!

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105: 6x19 “Many Happy Returns”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, things are getting Sapphic! Vera, Katie, and Livy are partying it up with 6x19 “Many Happy Returns,” the show’s final comedy, which also happens to be one of its giddiest and most moving. We discuss this ep as a nonstop nostalgia fest with its many references to A Day in the Life, Callisto, Chariots of War, and more. Then, don your bell bottoms and platform shoes because we’re trapped in the disco inferno of “Last Chance,” Melissa Good’s script for the unproduced Sappho episode and it is A LOT!!! Plus: the best warlord ever?, a callback to good sitting, we don’t know what’s going on with Anthrax but we don’t like it, go watch Kimmy Schmidt!, Gabs gets a strap-on for her birthday, and also a sex squid!

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104: 6x18 "When Fates Collide"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s love at first sight! Vera, Katie, and Livy are stepping into an alternate timeline with 6x18 “When Fates Collide,” one of Xena’s most romantic episodes. We discuss how writer Katherine Fugate found her way to Xena, why alternate realities are such a popular storytelling trope in fandom, the bold revisiting of “The Ides of March” that actually manages to match the original’s intensity, why this villain team-up works so well, predestination vs. free will, and all the amazing Roman LEWKS! Plus: Neil?, fajinking, running foundation, Tipping the Velvet, Altications, soft back touching, and washing your hands in the clip!

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103: 6x17 "Last of the Centaurs"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Son of Borias, what have you done? Vera, Katie, and Livy are horsing around with 6x17 “Last of the Centaurs.” We discuss the glorious, nostalgic returns of Marton Csokas and Danielle Cormack, Xena having surrogate sons all over the place, the episode’s parallels to ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and its use of Holocaust imagery, and Gabs going murderous all of a sudden. Plus: Centaur genetics, Marton’s very extra screaming, Xena throws her cane away, does Gabs look good in hats?, shipping Belach/Xena, and oh no, not another horse baby birth scene!

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