Xena Warrior Podcast 40: 3×17 “Forget Me Not” / 41: 3×18 “Fins, Femmes & Gems” Notes

Xena Screencapture: Xena and Lao Ma in "The Debt"

I want to state clearly a thing that happened in “Forget Me Not” that I never realized before the podcast pointed it out.

Gabrielle imagined Xena having sex with Lao Ma. That’s what got her all, well, hot and bothered (I just listened to the Fins commentary so I’m all about sex puns!). Gabrielle was so jealous of Xena having sex with another woman that she went Rift-tastic. It’s there. In all this flying fabric metaphor that the podcast is helping me understand. I’m learning new language to talk about an old thing.

A very old thing. 😉

(So sorry).

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Notes on the Bard in Xena

“Around the hero everything becomes a tragedy; around the demigod everything becomes a satyr-play.” – Nietzsche

In the “The Quill is Mightier” episode of Xena Warrior Podcast, the ladies bring up James Boswell. He was once called the greatest English-language biographer of all time. This is a great irony, because while James Boswell’s biography, The Life of Samuel Johnson, has survived, Samuel Johnson himself is largely lost to history. Meanwhile, James Boswell became a fascinating figure in the 20th century as a diarist. It’s his life we look to, not Samuel Johnson’s. Similarly, Anais Nin wrote of Henry Miller and DH Lawrence, yet her diary endures.

I’m not saying Xena herself isn’t important. As a hero-mythological figure in classical antiquity, she’s a stand-in for strong women of that era overlook by history, and a feminist icon that’s becoming more ageless and symbolic as the problematic ’90s culture slips away from time and leaves her bronzed.

But the show isn’t about her. It’s about Gabrielle, the Bard. She’s writing Real Person Fiction about Xena, the hero-archetype.

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Xena Warrior Podcast 35 – 3.11 Maternal Instincts – Notes

Bulleit Bourbon

Mainly posting to pimp the PATREON. Go support Xena Warrior Podcast and get more minisodes and analysis! They’re already going to do one on “Armageddon Now” and it’s going to be so amazing. If you listen regularly, a token of $1/month supports about four episodes.

The podcast referenced this Two Dinars Deb7’s Maternal Instincts Review. Her email didn’t bounce back, so, fingers crossed. Also, props to all the research that goes into this show.

No commentary from me this week, just from Aristotle’s Poetics (which is an amazing document and he talks about Medea, which was referenced in this podcast. Probably not a coincidence.):

“[Tragedy] should come about as the result not of vice, but of some great error or frailty, in a character either such as we have described [heroic/good]… Tragedy is events inspiring fear or pity. The circumstance which strike us as terrible or pitiful [is] when the tragic incident occurs between those who are near or dear to one another.”

Edit: Take the poll! My favorite dead children are from Macbeth.