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

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, the...

Duration: 02:18:58

Hermes Mailbag 02 - Callisto: IN SPACE!

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"

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”

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

43: 3x21 “Sacrifice Part 1”

Burst out of your flesh cocoon and witness this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy have reached 3x21 “Sacrifice Part 1,” the first half of the epic season finale. We discuss this episode’s busy synthesis of Season 3’s many plot threads, with Dahak, Hope, Callisto, Ares, the Rift, and the kitchen sink all in the mix. Plus there’s Gabrielle’s bad angel, Seraphin, a funhouse mirror version of who she could have been; Callisto discovers nihilism (yay?); the reason gods are so...

Duration: 01:18:44

42: 3x19-20 "Tsunami" & Vanishing Act"

All hail the King of Thieves this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy watch an Autolycus double feature, because double the Bruce Campbell is never a bad thing. First we discuss 3x19 “Tsunami,” Xena’s tense, breathless take on a disaster movie, which features many excellent examples of sexy wetness, some questionable underwater science, and a whopper of a dead-Gabs fakeout. Then it’s on to 3x20 “Vanishing Act,” a featherweight ep that is really just an excuse for Autolycus...

Duration: 01:39:23

XWP Minisode 02 - Buffus the Bacchae Slayer!

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, she saved the world a lot. No, not Xena...though she saved it too (she saved it FIRST)! But in this special episode of the podcast, Vera, Katie, and Livy are taking a break from our regular schedule to analyze the hell(mouth) out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! We mention Buffy all the time, so we felt a free-wheeling discussion of all things related to the vampire slayer and her Sunnydale crew was long overdue. We talk about our histories with the show,...

Duration: 01:22:23

41: 3x18 "Fins, Femmes and Gems"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re going fishing! Vera, Katie, and Livy hang out by the lake with 3x18 “Fins, Femmes & Gems,” a frothy farce that also functions as…an advertisement for DeBeers? We discuss what could have been before the last-minute rewrites, subtext becoming text, director Josh Becker’s spilling of tea, and Rob Tapert’s perplexing love affair with comedies about fishing. Plus: hot takes on why Xena is mostly unaffected by Aphrodite’s spell (she's hardcore obsessed...

Duration: 01:03:10

40: 3x17 “Forget Me Not”

You’re lime green jello and you can’t even admit it to yourself in this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy go up against the green-eyed monster in 3x17 “Forget Me Not,” an ingenious clip show that is actually an intimate character study, re-examining what came before as a way of cunningly pushing the plot forward. We discuss Gabrielle’s painful revelation and the acting breakthrough it represents for Renée O’Connor; the symbol-heavy spirit quest that links this episode...

Duration: 01:57:36

39: 3x16 “When in Rome…”

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, all roads lead to Rome! Vera, Katie, and Livy take on the Triumvirate in 3x16 “When in Rome…”, an epic sequel to “Destiny” that introduces us to a new place, culture, and several significant new characters, all while putting Xena and Gabrielle through the emotional wringer. (Mmm, just how we like it!) We discuss the evolution of the relationship between Xena and Caesar, how amazing Xena looks in Roman finery (always a GOOD LEWK for Lucy Lawless), the...

Duration: 01:52:38

38: 3x14-15 "Forgiven" & "King Con"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re here to protect wimps and kick the crap out of jerks! Vera, Katie, and Livy are talking about the sweet, thematically rich post-Rift episode 3x14 “Forgiven,” in which baby Shiri Appleby sports a horrible mullet and bites off Gabrielle’s ear and yet still somehow manages to be lovable. We discuss whether young sidekicks are important audience surrogates or just plain annoying, Gabs as the bad cop, Xena’s mysterious punk phase, the difference between...

Duration: 01:47:26

37: "One Against an Army"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, things are getting sweaty! Vera, Katie, and Livy are swooning over 3x13 “One Against an Army,” the sweetly intimate semi-conclusion to the Rift arc. In this episode, things go from bad to worse as Gabs sprains her ankle and then gets poison-arrowed! The result is a hurt/comfort extravaganza, and we talk all about this trope’s history in fanfiction, why it’s so appealing, and the important truths it exposes about Xena, Gabrielle, and their relationship...

Duration: 02:15:20

36: "The Bitter Suite"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Buckle up, Totos, we’re going on a magical mystery tour through the land of Illusia! That’s right; Vera, Katie, and Livy have reached the musical masterpiece, 3x12 “The Bitter Suite.” Join us as we explore the rich symbolism and dense cinematic referencing of this seminal episode of television. We discuss its hugely influential place in the history of TV musicals (SIT DOWN, Once More with Feeling!), its connection to tarot,...

Duration: 02:35:33

35: "Maternal Instincts"

This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy take on a real mother of an episode, 3x11 “Maternal Instincts.” The conclusion to the trilogy begun with “The Deliverer” and “Gabrielle’s Hope,” “Maternal Instincts” picks up the dangling threads of the Rift arc and weaves them into the most devastating tapestry ever. We discuss the catharsis of a good tragedy, the Rift’s deconstruction of Xena and Gabrielle’s characters, the futility of Callisto’s vengeance quest, whether Hope was...

Duration: 02:13:45

34: "The Quill Is Mightier..."

Something smells fishy this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy discuss the final comedy before the Rift resumes, 3x10 “The Quill Is Mightier…” This episode features some of our favorite XWP all-stars, with Ares, Aphrodite, Joxer, and Minya all cracking wise to distract us from Xena’s absence from Greece (cuz she’s too busy starring on Broadway...in Grease). The presence of so many secondary characters means that a lot of new ships are launched, our favorites being...

Duration: 01:17:20

33: 3x08-09 "The King of Assassins" & "Warrior…Priestess…Tramp"

We’re seeing double this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy catch a doppelgänger double-header of 3x08 “The King of Assassins” and 3x09 “Warrior…Priestess…Tramp.” Is it weird to watch a bunch of comedies in the middle of the pitch-dark Rift saga? Yup! Are those comedies funny? ...Yup? Admittedly it’s a mixed bag with “Assassins,” but at least it features the easy-going bromance of Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi, plus the utterly magnificent Gina Torres as Cleopatra. But...

Duration: 01:31:59

Hermes Mailbag 01- Burrito Dreams

Girls just wanna have mail on this week’s XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy dip into our Hermes (Hermès?) mailbag (it’s fancy! AND delivered real fast!) to answer your Qs! Topics include: how we would reboot XWP (and, more importantly, would there be bangs??), femslash’s place in fandom, Xena's and Gabrielle's definitive Hogwarts House, our thoughts on Wonder Woman, podcasting influences and recommendations, and so much more! Plus, Xena: Warrior Podcast’s origin story! How did...

Duration: 02:02:25

32: 3x06-07 "The Debt" & "The Debt II"

Pack your bags and don your fashionable winter cloak, we're going on an adventure on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! This week Vera, Katie, and Livy travel to the kingdom of Chin for 3x06 "The Debt" and 3x07 "The Debt II." This classic two-parter has a winning combination of lush spectacle, swooning romance, and moral ambiguity. We discuss the elaborate production and costume design, and the debt (har har) to wuxia cinema this storyline wears on its elegant sleeve. And there's plenty of character...

Duration: 02:35:54

31: 3x04-05 "The Deliverer" & "Gabrielle's Hope"

Things take a dark turn this week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST. Vera, Katie, and Livy find themselves at a major crossroads with 3x04 “The Deliverer” and 3x05 “Gabrielle’s Hope.” Together they mark the beginning of one of Xena’s most ambitious, dramatic, and polarizing story arcs, one that would ultimately redefine what kinds of stories the show could tell. First we talk about “The Deliverer”’s devious bait-and-switch structure, its epic rematch between Xena and Julius Caesar that takes a...

Duration: 02:25:50

30: 3x02-03 "Been There, Done That" & "The Dirty Half-Dozen"

*rooster crows* This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are experiencing some serious déjà vu (with a side of subtext) in 3x02 “Been There, Done That.” *rooster crows* This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are experiencing some serious déjà vu (with a side of subtext) in 3x02 “Been There, Done That.” *rooster crows* This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy are experiencing some serious déjà vu (with a side of subtext) in 3x02 “Been...

Duration: 01:17:36

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