So enjoy this joke and relieve this pain. A Virgil-free “fan”vid for Season Five. This one’s for you, Katie, Livy, and Vera.
This is my least favorite trope. Character finds something good and it all goes wrong. I always feel betrayed1. Having Paradise Found and Crusader so close together is gut-wrenching. But so important for Gabrielle’s journey. And ours. I want goodness and peace for Gabrielle. I want her to feel belonging and love. I want her to be forgiven.
Chris Manheim is totally forgiven. What a great episode.
Anyway, I’m naive, I didn’t know there was any controversy over Conqueror Fic. Which I always thought was weird, because it’s so dark and this is a fandom where people lost their shit over the Gabdrag. The ladies set me straight in their Armageddon Now podcast, where they give a frank, balanced discussion of Conqueror fic and its origins, and name-drop a few classics.
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. 😉
I didn’t think I would have much to contribute to this episode, because usually the really good ones only inspire me to cheer and give a thumbs up. But “One Against an Army” is so good because it’s so good. Like future powerhouses (#3 and #4 on Whoosh’s Top 12 list), I “oooo” just as much as I “awww.”