Because ohmygod I absolutely looooove "Here She Comes, Miss Amphipolis," and Robert Trebor's Salmoneus is a big reason for that. Not the main reason, which I'll explain below, but he's so hilarious in this episode that I thought it beared mentioning.
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Secondly, I love how woman-positive "Here She Comes" is. Even Xena initially dismisses the women competing in the pageant as "underdressed, overdeveloped bimbos in a beauty contest," but she (and the audience) learns there is much more to them by the time the credits roll. They were all trying to improve their kingdom's situations or their own lives and were all talented and beautiful in their own ways. The men throughout the episode are portrayed as woefully unaware of things, including the women they supposedly loved. They weren't necessarily dumb; just preoccupied with proving their own badassness. This episode is actually one huge commentary on toxic masculinity. Lord Clairon, the guy who runs the freaking pageant, has been sabotaging it (and trying to kill the contestants) so he can profit from war (again, long story - just click over HERE to read a summary), and the women were involved in the first place so their boyfriends would not go to war with each other.
This is where Xena nearly always excelled: pairing the goofy with subtle seriousness that wouldn't necessarily be noticed upon first watching it. Casual viewers can easily dismiss the show because of episodes like "Here She Comes," where a silly premise like "Xena goes to a beauty pageant" seems like pure fluff. But underneath it is some deep, deep shit.
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