Examining the Warrior Princess

 

 

Xena Goes to Camp: On Feminism, Anachronism, and Subversion LitCrit Press, Dec 2016.

Xena and the Heroine's Journey: Symbols, Archetypes, and Deeper Meaning LitCrit Press, Dec 2016.

Heroines have existed since the earliest prehistoric myths, questing to become the all-powerful mother goddess in an epic that has them descend to hell and pit themselves against tyrants and vicious matriarchs. Nonetheless, the nineties TV show Xena: Warrior Princess was one of the first to face this journey onscreen. In it, heroic Xena and her companion Gabrielle battle their dark sides over and over, growing into legends through their struggle. Xena and the Heroine’s Journey explores the symbolism of the costumes, the talismans, the emotional struggles, the allegories of the musical episode. It lays out the journey step by step as Xena and Gabrielle face enemies that reflect their own submerged shadow sides, then plunge into true death through crucifixion and sacrifice. Along the way they battle their evil daughter-selves and thus reconcile with their dark sides, discovering the balance that makes a hero, whatever her gender.

Part of the delight of Xena: Warrior Princess comes from its campiness – she duels with swordfish, beats thugs with a diaper, flips and spins without a thought for gravity. As she and Gabrielle spar with Santa Claus, Lao Tzu, Julius Caesar, Goliath, Beowulf, Homer, Ulysses, Caligula, Odin, and Genghis Khan, they exist in a historical mish-mash impossible to take seriously…even without the rock music and American slang. Yet hidden within the silly storylines is an immense dose of subversion. Xena rolls her eyes as she seduces warlords in a harem costume and is the first to admit her own leather dress is just as much of a performance. In each historic encounter, Xena takes no credit for revolutionizing history, toppling dictators and saving heroes. As she sneakily saves the day, her unrealistic world underscores an idealized reality – one in which women have always outperformed men.

Episode Watching Order 

Hercules - Movies
Hercules and the Amazon Women (with Lucy Lawless, first appearance of Zeus, Hera, Hercules, and Iolaus)
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom
(with Renée O’Connor)
Hercules and the Circle of Fire
Hercules and the Underworld
Hercules and the Maze of the Minotaur


Hercules - Season One
H101   16 Jan 95 The Wrong Path
H102   23 Jan 95 Eye of the Beholder (first appearance of Salmoneus)
H103   30 Jan 95 Road to Calydon
H104   6 Feb 95 The Festival of Dionysus
H105   13 Feb 95 Ares (first appearance of Ares)
H106   20 Feb 95 As Darkness Falls (with Lucy Lawless)
H107   27 Feb 95 Pride Comes Before a Brawl
H108   6 Mar 95 March to Freedom
H109   13 Mar 95 The Warrior Princess (with Xena)
H110   20 Mar 95 Gladiator
H111   24 Apr 95 The Vanishing Dead
H112   1 May 95 The Gauntlet (with Xena)
H113   8 May 95 Unchained Heart (with Xena)

Xena
Season 1
H201      4 Sep 95 The King of Thieves (first appearance of Autolycus)
101         04 Sep 95 Sins of the Past
102         11 Sep 95 Chariots of War
103         18 Sep 95 Dreamworker
H205      02 Oct 95 Outcast (with Lucy Lawless)
104         02 Oct 95 Cradle of Hope
105         09 Oct 95 The Path Not Taken
106         16 Oct 95 The Reckoning (first appearance of Kevin Smith as Ares)
H208      30 Oct 95 The Other Side (first appearance of Hades and the Underworld)
107         30 Oct 95 The Titans
108         06 Nov 95 Prometheus (Iolaus and Hercules)
H211      20 Nov 95 Highway to Hades (Sisyphus)
109         27 Nov 95 Death in Chains (Sisyphus)
110         04 Dec 95 Hooves and Harlots
111         08 Jan 96 The Black Wolf
112         15 Jan 96 Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts
113         22 Jan 96 Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards
114         29 Jan 96 A Fistful of Dinars
115         05 Feb 96 Warrior... Princess
116         12 Feb 96 Mortal Beloved
H217      19 Feb 96 The Apple (first appearance of Artemis, Athena, and Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite) 
117         19 Feb 96 The Royal Couple of Thieves
118         04 Mar 96 The Prodigal
119         22 Apr 96 Altared States
120         29 Apr 96 Ties That Bind
121         06 May 96 The Greater Good
122         13 May 96 Callisto
123         03 Jun 96 Death Mask
124         29 Jul 96 Is There A Doctor in the House?
 
Season 2
201         30 Sep 96 Orphan of War
202         07 Oct 96 Remember Nothing
203         14 Oct 96 The Giant Killer
204         28 Oct 96 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
205         04 Nov 96 Return of Callisto
206         11 Nov 96 Warrior... Princess... Tramp
207         18 Nov 96 Intimate Stranger
208         25 Nov 96 Ten Little Warlords
H309      09 Dec 96 “A Star to Guide Them” (linked Christmas episode)
209         09 Dec 96 A Solstice Carol (linked Christmas episode)
210         13 Jan 97 The Xena Scrolls
211         20 Jan 97 Here She Comes... Miss Amphipolis
H312      27 Jan 97 Surprise (with Callisto)
212         27 Jan 97 Destiny
H313      03 Feb 97 Encounter (first appearance of Strife and Kevin Smith as Ares on Hercules) 
213         03 Feb 97 The Quest (with Iolaus)
H414      10 Feb 97 When a Man Loves a Woman (with Joxer)
214         10 Feb 97 A Necessary Evil
H315      17 Feb 97 Judgment Day (with Xena/Gabrielle)
215         17 Feb 97 A Day in the Life
216         24 Feb 97 For Him the Bell Tolls (first appearance of Cupid) 
217         07 Apr 97 The Execution
218         14 Apr 97 Blind Faith
219         28 Apr 97 Ulysses
220         05 May 97 The Price
221         12 May 97 The Lost Mariner
222         19 May 97 A Comedy of Eros
 
Season 3
301         29 Sep 97 The Furies
302         06 Oct 97 Been There, Done That
303         13 Oct 97 The Dirty Half Dozen
304         20 Oct 97 The Deliverer (first appearance of Discord)
305         27 Oct 97 Gabrielle’s Hope
H405      27 Oct 97 Stranger in a Strange World (with Xena 2/Gabrielle 2)
306         03 Nov 97 The Debt (1)
307         10 Nov 97 The Debt (2)
308         17 Nov 97 The King of Assassins
309         12 Jan 98 Warrior... Priestess... Tramp
310         19 Jan 98 The Quill Is Mightier
311         07 Feb 98 Maternal Instincts
H413      9 Feb 98 Armageddon Now, Part 1 (with Hope/Callisto)

312         14 Feb 98 The Bitter Suite
H414      16 Feb 98 Armageddon Now, Part 2 (with Callisto/Xena/Gabrielle)
313         21 Feb 98 One Against An Army
314         28 Feb 98 Forgiven
315         07 Mar 98 King Con
316         14 Mar 98 When In Rome...
317         21 Mar 98 Forget Me Not
318         25 Apr 98 Fins, Femmes and Gems
319         02 May 98 Tsunami
320         09 May 98 Vanishing Act
321         16 May 98 Sacrifice (1)
322         23 May 98 Sacrifice (2)
 
Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998)
 
Season 4
401         03 Oct 98 Adventures in the Sin Trade (1)
402         10 Oct 98 Adventures in the Sin Trade (2)
403         17 Oct 98 A Family Affair
404         24 Oct 98 In Sickness and In Hell
H505      31 Oct 98 Render Unto Caesar (Caesar)
405         31 Oct 98 A Good Day
406         07 Nov 98 A Tale of Two Muses
407         14 Nov 98 Locked Up and Tied Down
408         21 Nov 98 Crusader
H509      4 Jan 99 For Those of You Just Joining Us (with Renée O’Connor)
409         06 Jan 99 Past Imperfect
410         16 Jan 99 The Key To The Kingdom
411         23 Jan 99 Daughter of Pomira
H512      25 Jan 99 Sky High (with Ephiny)
412         30 Jan 99 If The Shoe Fits...
413         06 Feb 99 Paradise Found
414         13 Feb 99 Devi
415         20 Feb 99 Between The Lines
416         27 Feb 99 The Way
417         20 Mar 99 The Play’s The Thing
418         24 Apr 99 The Convert
419         01 May 99 Takes One To Know One
420         08 May 99 Endgame
421         15 May 99 The Ides of March
422         22 May 99 Deja Vu All Over Again
 
Season 5
501         27 Sep 99 Fallen Angel
502         04 Oct 99 Chakram
503         11 Oct 99 Succession
504         18 Oct 99 Animal Attraction
505         01 Nov 99 Them Bones, Them Bones
506         08 Nov 99 Purity
507         15 Nov 99 Back in the Bottle
508         22 Nov 99 Little Problems
509         10 Jan 00 Seeds of Faith
510         17 Jan 00 Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire
511         24 Jan 00 Punch Lines
512         07 Feb 00 God Fearing Child (with Hercules)
513         14 Feb 00 Eternal Bonds
514         21 Feb 00 Amphipolis Under Siege
515         28 Feb 00 Married with Fishsticks
516         13 Mar 00 Lifeblood
517         17 Apr 00 Kindred Spirits
518         24 Apr 00 Antony & Cleopatra
519         01 May 00 Looking Death in the Eye
520         08 May 00 Livia
521         15 May 00 Eve
522         22 May 00 Motherhood
 
Season 6
601         02 Oct 00 Coming Home
602         14 Oct 00 The Haunting of Amphipolis
603         21 Oct 00 Heart of Darkness
604         28 Oct 00 Who’s Gurkhan?
605         04 Nov 00 Legacy
606         11 Nov 00 The Abyss
607         18 Nov 00 The Rheingold (1)
608         25 Nov 00 The Ring (2)
609         02 Dec 00 Return of the Valkyrie (3)
610         20 Jan 01 Old Ares Had A Farm
611         27 Jan 01 Dangerous Prey
612         03 Feb 01 The God You Know
613         10 Feb 01 You Are There
614         17 Feb 01 Path of Vengeance
615         24 Feb 01 To Helicon and Back
616         28 Apr 01 Send in the Clones
617         05 May 01 The Last of the Centaurs
618         12 May 01 When Fates Collide
619         20 May 01 Many Happy Returns
620         09 Jun 01 Soul Possession
621         16 Jun 01 A Friend in Need (1)
622         25 Jun 01 A Friend in Need (2)

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