Tuesday, May 24, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Gabrielle Outfit

More outfits! Except this time, it's definitely a tie for my favorite Gabrielle outfit. Xena changed costumes pretty regularly, but Gabby transitioned a lot more than her pal, especially during that first season.

Monday, May 23, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 23: Favorite Xena Outfit

You know, I am kind of glad I planned my challenge this way so many months ago, because I could really use a bit of a breather right now. So yay for picture answers to challenges!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 10: Favorite Episode

I cannot tell you how many times I have watched my favorite episode of Xena: Warrior Princess. Seriously. And I'm not even going to hide it behind the break. "Hooves and Harlots" from Season One is amazing. You've got Amazons, a dude with a swirly beard (think even weirder than Wes Bentley's manscaped facial hair in The Hunger Games), war profiteering, centaurs, horse poop (I'm not kidding), and fights to the death. And Gabrielle is only kind of annoying!
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There is nothing about this episode that I do not love. Well, except for Lucy Lawless' makeup. They were going to natural, but that lipstick just looked terrible on her.

Ahem. Moving on.

Friday, May 6, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 6: Favorite Season Three Episode

Okay, so Season Three's entire storyline almost put it in my least favorite season, because ugh, magical demon pregnancy and drama between Xena and Gabrielle and ... I really could go on, because parts of it were really bad. And to be honest, my favorite Season Three episode has a lot of the parts that were awful, including some uncharacteristically bad acting from Lucy Lawless, but once you get past the opening - which I'll admit was one of the worst things I've ever seen - it gets incredible.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 5: Favorite Season Two Episode

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Oh, Salmoneus, you are equal parts one of the best and worst aspects of the Kiwi productions of Greek non-history. Every time you pop up, I am both delighted and annoyed because, to be honest, the character is borderline racist but also amusing, so ... toss up here, really. But then again, he appears in so many of my favorite episodes of both Xena and Hercules that I am almost ready to forgive him for existing.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 4: Favorite Season One Episode

Happy May the Fourth, my lovelies!

Today brings me to the portion of the challenge in which I annoy you with my favorite episodes! The reasons why they are so close to my heart vary - they're fun, emotional, well-done, etc. - but don't necessarily have to be the best (although they sometimes are perfect examples of what makes the show great). So without further ado, here's my pick for the first season.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 3: Least Favorite Season

Now, this? This one's a little harder than yesterday's challenge. Why? Because, for all its flubs and silliness and awful CGI, Xena was an amazing series with mostly well-done episodes and a real heart at the center. But I gotta pick one, I suppose.

Also, spoilers ahead, if that matters to you, although this aired nearly twenty years ago, so ...

Monday, May 2, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 2: Favorite Season

Whenever I do this particular challenge post, it's usually a lot of hemming and hawing, reading back through plot summaries and watching various episodes, and while I do like to be a little dramatic and make it seem like it's the equivalent to Sophie's Choice, I can't say that making the choice is really that difficult. Season One isn't the best season* but it most definitely is my favorite.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge, Day 1: How I Was Introduced to Xena: Warrior Princess

I'm going to be incredibly honest here: I was *thisclose* to postponing this challenge. Considering what's going on in my life right now, it really did feel impossible that I would be able to complete the challenge - especially since I haven't finished my Cowboy Bebop challenge from February yet - and I went back and forth for a bit. God, it just sounds so childish, even now as I am thinking about just deleting this post and replacing it with, "Hey, guys, this is gonna come later," but that's kind of how it is right now. Every little decision I make is difficult, even simple ones like "do I write blog posts" or "what do I eat right now because I'm not even really hungry but I haven't had a meal all day and it's 7:30 PM."

But then, I thought, "What would Xena do?" She would roundhouse kick the shit out of things and do what she needed to do. So, I'm going to tackle this challenge with the same gusto of the warrior princess herself.

Friday, April 29, 2016

31 Day Xena: Warrior Princess Challenge

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Last year, when I decided I was going to do a Xena challenge, I was a wee bit overwhelmed because I knew I was going to have to watch the entire series again. Thankfully, it was on Netflix, which makes it easier (I only have had the opportunity to buy the first two seasons on DVD), but that's still six seasons to go through and take notes. It was hard enough when I rewatched 4.5 seasons of Battlestar Galactica and 5 seasons of Miami Vice. But I knew what I was in for with Xena: being from the mid-90s, there was a lot of bad acting and even worse SFX, and I needed to be prepared to sit through it.

But here's the thing. I loved every single minute of it, and over the course of the month of May, I'm going to share it with you.

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