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.
One of my favorite shows as a kid was Hercules: The Legendary Journeys starring Kevin Sorbo, mainly because of my mom, who thought that Sorbo was quite possibly the best thing since Elvis Presley*. We watched it nearly religiously, and I fell in love with all of the recurring characters, like Bruce Campbell's Autolycus and Kevin Smith's Ares. But when Xena showed up on screen, I was enthralled. Unlike Herc, she was a mortal, gifted with strength and military prowess just because of who she was, not spouting from a godly heritage, and her attempts to repair the damage she had done through her "evil**" ways really resonated with me. It's not like I was going around and burning towns to the ground, but my youthful self was rather ... impulsive and occasionally destructive.
Once I got into Xena: Warrior Princess, I very rarely watched any of Hercules' adventures. I had all I wanted: a badass bitch, fighting warlords and gods with her best friend/lover and righting wrongs across Ancient Greek, Rome, China, and Japan (don't ask). Hercules just didn't do it for me any longer, and I found myself wanting to watch more shows that featured women as the leads. Xena is responsible for getting me excited about Buffy the Vampire and the revamped Battlestar Galactica (Starbuck as a woman? HELL YES) and even inspired my own writing.
Alright, that's it for today. Tune in tomorrow for more Xena: Warrior Princess!
* I personally found Michael Hurst more attractive, which is strange because I am not normally attracted to blonde men, but hey, whatever.
** I say "evil" because, like so many well-crafted villains, she had a purpose for her actions: she became who she was to protect her people but was seduced by the power that came with it.