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60: 4x16 "The Way"

2/19/2018
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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,...

Duration:02:31:15

59: 4x15 “Between the Lines”

2/12/2018
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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...

Duration:01:54:09

58: 4x14 “Devi”

1/29/2018
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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...

Duration:01:41:56

57: 4x13 "“Paradise Found”

1/22/2018
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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...

Duration:02:29:52

56: 4x12 "If the Shoe Fits"

1/15/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:56:12

55: 4x11 "Daughter of Pomira"

1/8/2018
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s the child custody battle of the century in 4x11 “Daughter of Pomira.” Vera, Katie, and Livy discuss this episode’s major cinematic influence, The Searchers, and the ways in which this episode fails to live up to the moral nuance and ambivalence of that seminal American Western. We talk about the subtextual reemergence of Gabrielle’s Hope issues, Vanessa’s blue dress of domesticity, and Milo, who is just the worst. So many coins in the Problematic...

Duration:01:02:14

XWP Minisode 04 - "Hercules & Xena: The Animated Movie"

1/1/2018
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Come with us across the sea of time this week on Xena: Warrior Podcast as we tackle Hercules & Xena: The Animated Movie - The Battle for Mount Olympus! Vera, Katie, and Livy have a lot of questions about this feature length animated spectacular, and most of them can be boiled down to: "WHY?" Like, why are their faces this way? Why is Xena's hair red in splotches? Why is Gabrielle a bird? Why doesn’t anyone talk about the romantic Arthurian/Sleeping Beauty imagery and subtexty goodness of...

Duration:00:46:16

54: 4x10 “The Key to the Kingdom”

12/18/2017
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Oh baby, it’s time for another episode of XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! This week Vera, Katie, and Livy are in search of 4x10 “The Key to the Kingdom,” a starring vehicle for… *record scratch* Bruce Campbell? WTF, is this a joke? You’re telling us Xena and Gabs aren’t even in this one?!? After we’re done complaining, we discuss this ep’s zany spin on the Coen Brothers, its comedic undermining of Xena’s heroic persona, Joxer the Mighty Dad, and whether the new Meg revelations are consistent with...

Duration:01:03:59

53: 4x09 “Past Imperfect”

12/11/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, what’s past is present. Vera, Katie, and Livy take on the imperfect but hugely ambitious 4x09 “Past Imperfect.” We discuss this episode’s complex, emotionally ambiguous treatment of Xena and Borias, its introduction of another interesting(...ish) female villain, and its dense web of intratextual referencing, including the production’s unprecedented decision to reshoot a complete scene from “Orphan of War.” Plus: why we love Gabrielle’s angry voice,...

Duration:02:07:14

52: 4x08 “Crusader”

12/4/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, convert or die! Vera, Katie, and Livy worship at the feet of 4x08 “Crusader,” which introduces one of the show’s most fascinating antagonists. We discuss Najara as this episode’s point-of-view character, her many intriguing parallels with Callisto, and her role as a quasi-Joan of Arc, who for some reason the late-Nineties was totally obsessed with (The Messenger RULEZ). Plus: the problematic (coin!) novelty of seeing two women fight over ownership of a...

Duration:02:12:50

51: 4x07 “Locked Up and Tied Down”

11/27/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re singing the Shark Island Prison Blues. Vera, Katie, and Livy are sentenced to watch 4x07 “Locked Up and Tied Down,” the eleventh-best episode of all time! We discuss the continuing awesomeness of director Rick Jacobson the slo-mo king (long may he reign!), why Xena’s scripts sometimes explain too much, and this ep’s elaboration on some of the most important Xena themes: redemption, rehabilitation, and justice. Plus: meet Thalassa, a.k.a. Crabs...

Duration:02:00:27

50: 4x06 “A Tale of Two Muses”

11/20/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, move your body! Join dancing queens Vera, Katie, and Livy as we sashay our way through 4x06 “A Tale of Two Muses,” XWP’s joyous homage to the 80’s classic, ‘Footloose.’ We discuss the episode’s playful political satire as it takes on social conservatism, censorship, repressive religious regimes, and corrupt authoritarians -- all explored through the medium of dance. Dance? DANCE! Plus: the return of Tara and Tara’s terrible wig, Autolycus dressed as a...

Duration:01:18:58

49: 4x05 “A Good Day”

11/13/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, make love not war! Vera, Katie, and Livy don their best battle armor and take on 4x05 “A Good Day,” the most fiercely anti-war episode to date and the continuation of the series-long arc charting Gabrielle’s relationship with violence. We debate questions such as, who has the bigger dick, Caesar or Pompey (correct answer: Xena), how much of Xena’s planning is driven by her obsession with Caesar (correct answer: A LOT), and the ultimate, did Gabrielle...

Duration:01:39:50

48: 4x04 “In Sickness and in Hell"

11/6/2017
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The laughter is contagious this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy suffer through the gross-out extravaganza, 4x04 “In Sickness and in Hell.” We discuss the transgressiveness of writing poop jokes about ladies, this episode’s undercutting of Xena and Gabrielle’s heroism, the progression of Xena’s crazy hair, Gabs’s scene-stealing contortions, and why you should never ever travel back in time. Plus: foot rot, talking lice, peeling skin, the runs, numb tongue, peeling skin,...

Duration:01:10:41

47: 4x03 "A Family Affair"

10/30/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, prepare to encounter the scariest thing in the world: a family reunion. Vera, Katie, and Livy are going home for 4x03 “A Family Affair.” Half domestic drama, half gothic horror, this episode has everything, including not one but two Xena/Gabrielle reunions! We discuss the horror films that inspired this ep, the importance of sympathizing with the monster, the many layers of subtext in Xena’s relationship with Gabrielle’s parents, and the Oedipal triangle...

Duration:02:08:55

46: 4x02 “Adventures in the Sin Trade, Part 2”

10/23/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, flip right out of your bodies and join us in the spirit plane! Vera, Katie, and Livy continue their visit with the Northern Amazons in 4x02 “Adventures in the Sin Trade, Part 2.” We discuss the stylistic and tonal shifts that hinder this episode from matching the badassery of “Part 1,” namely the unintentionally hilarious kung-fu face-offs, nonstop dance-chants, and worst of all, SPIDER GABS. But who cares about any of that when the episode contains two...

Duration:01:45:13

44: 4x01 “Adventures in the Sin Trade, Part 1”

10/16/2017
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Descend with us into the Amazon Land of the Dead on this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy embark on 4x01 “Adventures in the Sin Trade, Part 1.” Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your vision; that's just the glorious return of director T.J. Scott! In the “Sin Trades” he gets the perfect showcase for his fever-dream aesthetic, as Xena journeys inward, outward, into the past, and eventually, into the future. We discuss this episode’s challenging nonlinear structure,...

Duration:02:18:58

Hermes Mailbag 02 - Callisto: IN SPACE!

10/9/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are still processing all the intense emotions from the end of S3, so to let off some steam, we’re having a party podcast where we... open our mail. (We really know how to par-tay!) It’s another installment of our Hermes Mailbag series! And yes, it’s still called that, and, as always, it’s fashionable and full of great Q’s. This time around, topics include: favorite and least favorite S3 moments, who was more to blame for the Rift,...

Duration:01:21:32

XWP Minisode 03 - "Armageddon Now Parts 1 & 2"

10/5/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we are DIIIIISSAAAAPPOINTED, because we're watching two episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In this special Patron-funded episode, we discuss the Herc/Xena crossover two-parter "Armageddon Now," lamenting the fact that this key Callisto storyline had to happen on Hercules of all places. We talk about everything traumatizing that happens in Cirra, Callisto the Terminator, and how amazing it would have been if Xena and Gabrielle had followed her...

Duration:01:18:10

44: 3x22 “Sacrifice Part 2”

10/2/2017
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This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, no more living for you! Vera, Katie, and Livy are dying from the drama of 3x22 "Sacrifice Part 2," the final plunge in Season 3’s wrenching rollercoaster. We discuss Callisto's last hurrah, Renée O’Connor’s tour de force double performance and silky hair, Hope's tantalizing glimmer of humanity, and the moving conversation between Xena and Gabrielle that puts a punctuation mark on the Rift. Plus: we talk for over half-an-hour about this episode's...

Duration:01:51:49

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