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Xena: Warrior Podcast is a weekly show where three film school grads (Vera, Katie, and Livy) over-analyze the Hades out of Xena: Warrior Princess. This 90’s classic deserves more critical attention and appreciation within the television canon, and that’s where we come in. Watch along with us as we revisit Xena from the beginning.

Xena: Warrior Podcast is a weekly show where three film school grads (Vera, Katie, and Livy) over-analyze the Hades out of Xena: Warrior Princess. This 90’s classic deserves more critical attention and appreciation within the television canon, and that’s where we come in. Watch along with us as we revisit Xena from the beginning.

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United States

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Xena: Warrior Podcast is a weekly show where three film school grads (Vera, Katie, and Livy) over-analyze the Hades out of Xena: Warrior Princess. This 90’s classic deserves more critical attention and appreciation within the television canon, and that’s where we come in. Watch along with us as we revisit Xena from the beginning.

Language:

English


Episodes

Minisode 32: Xena Fanfiction

3/30/2021
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s a bard’s tale! Vera, Katie, and Livy have their quills out and ready for Minisode 32: Xena Fanfiction. First we discuss our own fanfic histories as both readers and writers, and unpack the vital role fanfiction plays in fandom. Then we dive into Xena fic: its evolution as the show aired; its many genres and subgenres including alt, gen, Uber, Conqueror, and FIN fix-its, and the profound effects fanfic had on the TV show’s production, the lesbian...

Duration:01:32:28

Minisode 31: Coming Out of the Corset

3/3/2021
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, care to join us for a Clandestine Glove Lunch? Vera, Katie, and Livy are pining and yearning in Minisode 31: Coming Out of the Corset, a discussion of Hollywood’s hottest new genre: Lesbian Period Dramas! We take five recent examples: The Handmaiden, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Ammonite, The Favourite, and Carol, and explore their similarities in structure, tone, symbols, and themes, as we wrestle with some burning questions like, why are these women...

Duration:01:33:43

Minisode 30: Whoosh.org!

2/7/2021
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, what’s that sound? It’s Minisode 30: Whoosh.org! Vera, Katie, and Livy talk about the sprawling Xena website central to the fandom when the show was airing, and which continues to be an information hub today for fans both old and new. We discuss our own experiences using Whoosh.org to research our podcasts, and we also share the experiences of Whoosh webmistress Kym Taborn, who has seen everything there is to see in Xena fandom! Plus: the breadth and...

Duration:00:41:24

Minisode 29: Wonder Woman

1/7/2021
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the world of men do not deserve her! Break out your Lasso of Truth for Minisode 29: Wonder Woman. Vera, Katie, and Livy are talking about both of director Patty Jenkins’s big screen takes: Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984. We discuss the original film’s unique WWI setting, its mythic depiction of Amazons and their secret island of Themyscira, and the character-driven storytelling so rare in a superhero film. Then we move on to WW84, debating whether its...

Duration:02:09:42

Minisode 28: Sorry Buffy, Xena Did It First!

12/9/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, she saved the (known) world a lot! This week, Vera, Katie, and Livy return to Sunnydale in Minisode 28: Sorry Buffy, Xena Did It First! We explore the many thematic elements shared by these two series in an attempt to solve the ultimate mystery: was Joss Whedon watching Xena and just how much stuff did he steal from it? Our evidence includes: Faith as Buffy’s dark mirror much like Callisto is Xena’s, Ares and Spike as reformed baddies in leather pants,...

Duration:00:51:50

Minisode 27: Fins, Femmes, and Fractions

11/17/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the data tells the story! Vera, Katie, and Livy are crunching the numbers in Minisode 27: Fins, Femmes, and Fractions. We re-evaluate an episode of Xena we’ve never given many kudos to, based on the rating system devised by two of our generous patrons! Will we appreciate it more if the data supports it? We’ll see! Plus: objectivity and subjectivity, cold nineties lipstick, how does math work?, are we evaluating Xena or are we evaluating ourselves?, Xena...

Duration:01:04:24

Minisode 26: Resident Evil

10/30/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, ZOMBIIEEE-EEEE-EEE! Vera, Katie, and Livy sink their teeth into Minisode 26: Resident Evil. We discuss the video games that started it all, the surprisingly still good original film, the fantastic early aughts trend of mid-budget female asskicker movies, all the iconic setpieces, lewks, characters, and femslash ships. Then: we talk about some of the horror films and TV we’ve been watching this spooky season! Plus: under my umbrellaaaa, our little...

Duration:00:52:44

Minisode 25: Spartacus

10/6/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, kill them all! Vera, Katie, and Livy enter the arena with Minisode 25: Spartacus. Don’t judge this Starz show by its bawdy bloody reputation -- it’s a modern TV classic that combines the best of Xena and Buffy. We discuss Spartacus’s grand ambitions, its distinctive visual look, its deeply human characters, and its playful use of language to evoke the past. Also: did we mention Lucy Lawless is there, giving her most indelible performance since Xena? Plus:...

Duration:01:23:04

Minisode 24: Our 25 Favorite Xena Things!

9/4/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Happy Xenaversary!!! Vera, Katie, and Livy are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sins of the Past in Minisode 24: Our 25 Favorite Xena Things! In which we make a very scientific list of all things we love about Xena, including Xena’s murder smile, Gabrielle’s plot-motivated haircut, SPLISH SPLASH, patented soft voice, BOOB TOUCHES, doppelgangers, ABS, the way Xena says ‘Ares,’ flipping it out, and GOONS! Happy 25th!!! The power, the passion, the...

Duration:00:51:33

Minisode 23: Killing Eve

8/18/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, sorry baby! Vera, Katie, and Livy are dressed to kill in Minisode 23: Killing Eve. We discuss all three seasons of the hit BBC America series, a genre-bending boundary-busting queer feminist comedy thriller, the galaxy-brain ideas of head writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer’s career trajectories, and our fave scenes, lewks, and kills. Plus: the dame-off that never happened, Livy’s least favorite trope, “British hot,” do villains...

Duration:01:09:38

Minisode 22: Subsext and Soultext

7/29/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the subtext here is rapidly becoming text! Vera, Katie, and Livy are rounding up all our favorite Xena/Gabrielle moments in Minisode 22: Subsext and Soultext. We discuss the fan terms “subtext” and “maintext,” the differences between these two forms of queer storytelling, and how the show evolved over time until it became the big gay poem of our dreams. Plus: the return of Lil Prawn, fisting a fish, forgiveness threesomes, Callisto slips in a kiss, and how...

Duration:01:12:33

Minisode 21: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Mount Doom

7/15/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Volcano Maaaaaan! Vera, Katie, and Livy are watching an episode of *record scratch* Hercules?! It’s Minisode 21: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Mount Doom, in which we discuss 5x12 “Sky High” with special guest star Ephiny! We celebrate our favorite centaur-loving lady, her magnificent hair, and her new reed-dart throwing powers. Then Vera has an announcement to make: she has finally watched an Indiana Jones movie that isn’t Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!...

Duration:00:48:58

Minisode 20: Legend of the Seeker

7/1/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, command us, mistress! Vera, Katie, and Livy journey to the Midlands in Minisode 20: Legend of the Seeker. We deep-dive into RenPix’s mid-aughts return to syndicated fantasy television, discussing our favorite episodes, the Ayn Randian source material, the gorgeous visuals (especially SLO-MO KAHLAN HAIR) and the many Xena actors and directors involved in bringing Seeker to the screen. Plus: you always need a funny wizard, Panis Rahl is a dick, Cara...

Duration:01:03:30

Minisode 19: The Power of Vidding

6/16/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we live to vid! Vera, Katie, and Livy are exploring every aspect of fanvids and vidding in Minisode 19: The Power of Vidding. We journey through the history of vidding from Star Trek slideshows to VCR vidding to the digital revolution to Instagram edits, not to mention our own vidding histories (or in Livy’s case, lack thereof). We discuss how a good vid combines source video and a song to create a brand-new art object with its own argument and narrative....

Duration:01:33:52

Minisode 18: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

5/19/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, malakas! Vera, Katie, and Livy explore Ancient Greece through the eyes of superhuman assassin Kassandra in Minisode 18: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the video game with major Xena vibes that is helping us survive quarantine. We discuss the queer romances, the historical realism, the immersive worldbuilding, the unexpected bursts of comedy, and the woman at the center of it all whose muscular arms can move mountains, mountains she climbs and jumps off. Plus:...

Duration:01:04:28

Minisode 17: Xena Comics (Road Warrior)

5/6/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s time for some comic relief! Vera, Katie, and Livy are dipping their toes into the exciting world of Xena comics in Minisode 17: Xena Comics (Road Warrior), in which we talk about the new run of Dynamite comics and the VERY IMPORTANT PANELS the fandom wholeheartedly embraced. We discuss our own (limited!) history with comics, how supplementary media factors into the ‘what is canon’ debate, and the awesomeness of opening up the world of Xena to female...

Duration:00:56:47

Minisode 16: Gentleman Jack

4/21/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, put on your top hats, sink your coal pits, and be sure to pack your largest thermometers! Vera, Katie, and Livy are off to Yorkshire in Minisode 16: Gentleman Jack. We discuss all things Anne Lister: the historical figure, her coded diaries, the academic who decrypted them, and the HBO/BBC period drama that brought her trailblazing story to life. Plus: Anne the capitalist, what a time this was for lewks, so many Ann(e)s, the swagger, crumpet acting, queer...

Duration:00:47:35

Minisode 15: Seven of Nine

4/7/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, resistance is futile! Vera, Katie, and Livy are assimilated and loving it in Minisode 15: Seven of Nine. In another of our special minisodes no one asked for, we discuss our newest obsession, our fannish histories with the Star Trek franchise, how Seven is the quarantine heroine we deserve, and the evolution of the character from Voyager to Picard. Plus: the many parallels between Janeway/Seven and Xena/Gabs, is Seven’s catsuit problematic?, Janeway’s ‘up...

Duration:01:13:03

Minisode 14: Modern AU Pitch-a-thon!

3/24/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re breaking into showbiz! Join us for Minisode 14: Modern AU Pitch-a-thon! where Vera and Livy role-play as a Hollywood writing team pitching a truckload of modern-set Xena stories to development executive Katie. Will she greenlight the show about Xena and Gabs as members of the US Women’s National Soccer Team who find love on the path to Olympic glory? Or will she give the go-ahead to the show where Xena is a moody teen with dyed black hair who must...

Duration:00:53:57

Minisode 13: Best Xena Eps of Xena (a.k.a. We Hate Lists!)

3/3/2020
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy’s friendship is sorely tested as we force ourselves to pick the ten best Xena episodes of Xena (as opposed to the best Gabs eps, which we picked in the previous podcast). Join us for Minisode 13: Best Xena Eps of Xena (a.k.a. We Hate Lists!) as we argue over what makes a Xena episode a Xena episode, why fake trilogies are not allowed, and why any episode with Cyrene is automatically best. Plus: are bunny teeth an automatic...

Duration:01:21:05