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73: 5x08-09 "Little Problems" & "Seeds of Faith"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are in the soup with 5x08 “Little Problems” and 5x09 “Seeds of Faith.” We discuss what these two episodes have in common: reflective surfaces conveniently placed everywhere you need them! We also discuss how these episodes differ: one is a fairly serious meditation on belief and sacrifice, the others is about Gabrielle and Aphrodite impersonating conjoined Scandinavian twins. Check out those moosels! Plus: our fave ships Gaphrodite...


72: 5x07 "Back in the Bottle"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, you spin me right round baby right round! Vera, Katie, and Livy put up a force field to protect themselves from 5x07 “Back in the Bottle,” the staggeringly lazy, tone deaf conclusion of the Chin two-parter. And you thought “Purity” was bad! We discuss the terrible script, so busted that the writers tried to save it with the last minute addition of...Ming T’ien? Also: Gabs has her first Boyfriend of the Week in YEARS and the sparks aren’t exactly flying,...


71: 5x06 "Purity"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST -- ugh, next slide! Vera, Katie, and Livy take on 5x06 “Purity,” the first half of the show’s misguided return to Chin. We discuss the shallow characterizations of new characters Pao Ssu and K’ao Hsin, Joxer’s blatant racism, and the writers’ infuriating retcon of “The Debt” -- seriously, since when has Lao Ma been Xena’s MOM? Plus: Gabrielle is really good with her feet, Be Less Gay :(, YAAS, Rick Jacobson uses his powers for evil, that’s not how the...


70: 5x05 "Them Bones, Them Bones" Live at Xenite Retreat!

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, welcome to the doghouse! Vera, Katie, and Livy are proud to present 5x05 “Them Bones, Them Bones” recorded LIVE AT XENITE RETREAT 2018! First we give you the deets on our pre-Retreat brush with celebrity and we introduce our special guest for the live show. Then we break down this episode’s experimental visuals, its exploration of identity and belonging, and the behind-the-scenes staffing transitions that affected its production. Plus: Gabs goes way...


69: Xenite Retreat 2018 + 5x04 "Animal Attraction"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy clip on their deputy’s badges and prepare for a showdown with 5x04 “Animal Attraction.” We discuss the show’s baffling decision to reveal Xena’s pregnancy in a rom-com western, pregnancy coat homages, 90’s lady gunslingers, and what ‘race you to Greece’ really means. But before we break down the episode, we give you the play-by-play of our own adventures at Xenite Retreat 2018, including our die-hard allegiance to Callisto’s...


68: 5x03 "Succession"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, may the odds be ever in your favor! Vera, Katie, and Livy get their Hunger Games on with 5x03 “Succession,” a high-concept, small-scale gem and Steve Sears’s final credited contribution to the series. We discuss the episode’s intriguing triangulation between Xena, Gabs, and Ares, the tension that Gabrielle’s battle prowess puts on her relationship with Xena, and how these character dynamics might have evolved if Steve had continued writing S5. Plus: if...


67: 5x02 "Chakram"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, our prayers are answered! Vera, Katie, and Livy take a spin with 5x02 “Chakram,” an episode with an inspired premise and a less-than-inspiring execution. We discuss its disappointingly reductive take on Xena’s morality and identity, the sketched-in origin story for Xena’s iconic weapon, and the shifting power dynamic as Gabrielle steps into the role as Xena’s protector. Plus: the good, the bad, and the ugly new lewks; why hair beads tho?; Kal Kal Kal Kal...


66: 5x01 "Fallen Angel"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, oh no, we’re going to hellllllll! Vera, Katie, and Livy take flight in 5x01 “Fallen Angel,” the spectacular season premiere and the most technically audacious Xena episode yet. We discuss the then-cutting edge digital effects, the religious art that influenced the look of heaven and hell, and the importance of the realistic B-plot in bringing this otherwise outrageous episode back to earth, with especially big props to Ted Raimi for his restrained and...


XWP Minisode 05 - Queerbaiting (and Why Xena Isn't!)

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, queer fans deserve better! Before Vera, Katie, and Livy embark on S5, we’re talking about Queerbaiting (and Why Xena Isn’t), the topic chosen by patrons in our Patreon poll. From Supernatural to Supergirl, Rizzoli & Isles to Sherlock, Once Upon A Time to The 100, we examine how creators sour their relationships with fans via manipulative advertising, false promises, recriminations, insults, and other harmful and exploitative behaviors. We also look at...


Hermes Mailbag 03 - Transcendent Luuurv

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got mail! Vera, Katie, and Livy (along with special guests, Borias and Satrina!) celebrate the end of Season 4 by answering the questions you sent to our ultra-chic Hermes Mailbag! Discussions include: whether we’d have been satisfied with “Ides of March” as the series finale, the importance of Gabrielle’s pacifist interlude to her overall arc, desert island seasons, Xena and Gabrielle’s favorite subscription services, what is transcendent love,...


65: 4x22 "Déjà Vu All Over Again"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, become your breath, and on the count of ten, think yourself back to Ancient Greece! Vera, Katie, and Livy clarify their remembrances of 4x22 “Déjà Vu All Over Again,” the inexplicable Season 4 finale and Renée O’Connor’s directorial debut. We discuss why this clip show/bottle episode maybe wasn’t the best assignment for a first-time director, its nostalgic use of Season 1 clips, the many layers of texts and meta, how Harry is the worst even though he’s...


64: 4x21 "The Ides of March"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we choose the Way of Friendship. Vera, Katie, and Livy fulfill their destinies in (beware!) 4x21 “The Ides of March,” the sorta season finale, the culmination of several major long-running arcs, and a perfect expression of the ecstatic emotionalism Xena is capable of. We discuss why Callisto is so well-suited to the role of stage manager in the Last Temptation of Xena, Caesar and Brutus as the bizarro version of Xena and Gabs, what being a vessel of...


63: 4x19 "Endgame"

In our village, every Monday we listen to a new episode of XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy play for keeps with 4x20 “Endgame,” where shit gets real and major characters who’ve been part of the show for YEARS get killed...in the teaser!? We discuss how they done Ephiny dirty, the final Brutus and his sexual chemistry with Gabrielle (at least according to Renée), Amarice’s hat, Pompey the capitalist, can Gabrielle be a pacifist and an Amazon queen?, Xena’s many surrenders, plus...


62: 4x18 "The Convert" and 4x19 "Takes One to Know One"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, get your aloe vera ready because the Queen of Sick Burns is back! Vera, Katie, and Livy go up against Najara again in 4x18 “The Convert,” discussing her Greatest Hits and whether her characterization in this episode is consistent with the woman we met in “Crusader,” plus actual character development for Joxer, vines!?, and Gabrielle working through her emotions via bad salads. Next, it’s 4x19 “Takes One to Know One,” which tries to solve the mystery of...


61: 4x17 "The Play's the Thing"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, all the world’s a stage! Vera, Katie, and Livy go to the theater in 4x17 “The Play’s the Thing,” the show’s most meta episode yet. The writers waste no time in sending up the just-finished India arc and the still-underway pacifism arc, while also making light of every criticism ever made of Xena; from its skimpy costumes and hot tubs to its gratuitous violence and subpar acting, the show claps back with a gleeful vengeance, while also interrogating its...


60: 4x16 "The Way"

Watch out, because this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST we are armed and dangerous! Vera, Katie, and Livy have found 4x16 “The Way,” the final episode of the India arc, and it is SOMETHING ELSE. We discuss the backlash that led to this ep’s temporary removal from syndication, and the cultural identity issues and prejudices on both sides of the debate. Something tells us we’re gonna need a bigger Problematic Jar for this one... But despite its missteps, we agree that “The Way” is a bold,...


59: 4x15 “Between the Lines”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, karma’s a bitch! Vera, Katie, and Livy move on to the second episode of the India arc, 4x15 “Between the Lines,” and good mother, we’re afraid we don’t understand a lot of this. So many questions, like how does the mendhi work? Like really, how does it work? What happens to Arminestra and Shakti’s consciousnesses when Xena and Gabrielle inhabit their bodies? What is Naiyima’s deal? What is Alti’s favorite Terminator movie? How is the female gender symbol...


58: 4x14 “Devi”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the power of Eli compels you! Vera, Katie, and Livy take a passage to India in 4x14 “Devi,” the lushly produced first stop on Xena and Gabrielle’s tour of the subcontinent. Ready the Problematic Jar because we kick it off with a whole montage of Indian stereotypes as Xena and Gabs do their best impressions of ignorant tourists, and a white lady becomes a savior only to find out that the real savior is (gasp!) a white man. But hey, despite its missteps...


57: 4x13 "“Paradise Found”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the real you is bleeding through! Vera, Katie, and Livy do their best sun salutations in 4x13 “Paradise Found,” a sexy, thinky yogafest that kicks off the India arc with its own unique mix of Hinduism, Taoism, and New Age esotericism--with some Sapphic massage and freaky body horror thrown in. This ep is a lot, you guys! We discuss director Rob Tapert’s actor-focused approach, the many visual references from Maxfield Parrish to Alice in Wonderland to...


56: 4x12 "If the Shoe Fits"

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful podcast called XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST. And on this podcast there were three maidens named Vera, Katie, and Livy who lived in a little house in the woods where they did nothing all day except watch episodes of Xena and talk about them. One day, they watched 4x12 “If the Shoe Fits” and had a lot of things to say about it. They talked about the relative merits of outdoor showers, why Xena sleeps with rope, Gabrielle’s excellently tailored sack,...