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Spoiler alert... that means don't read this if you haven't seen the last Xena episode and don't want to know the ending.



Oh my... I watched the final Xena episode. I'm thinkin' any Xena fan worth their salt knows that Xena's not gonna stay dead for long. And if there's anything that's true about Americans it's that we're really good at finding loopholes. So give me like five minutes and I'll tell you how Xena comes back from the dead and Gabrielle and she can be equally kick-ass together. Like on a regular basis.

I'm beginning to think that someone's got an unhealthy relationship with these characters... No, not me, I'm fine. I take my medication regularly. I'm talking about the people who're always killing them off, chopping off their parts and having them get raped by fire. I mean, come on - there's something up with that. As in, "I saw something nasty in the woodshed." - type, up with that.

And if there was any doubt left in anyone's mind that Xena was a lesbian, well, the final episode was proof! "How so?" You ask. And I'm glad you did. Was it the mushy, "I love you." echo loop? Nope. The kiss? Nice! But nope. The puppy dog eyes? Nope. In the fine tradition of cautionary tales, the queer always dies at the end of the story. It's a warning to anyone who fully embraces a lust for life and the truth - beyond here there be dragons, death and loneliness. For while Gabrielle sits and chats to Xena on the ship in the end, those of us who've lived through death and grief, know that she's either got to move through that, or become one nutty-assed chick who can't let go of the past and move on. The next step for her is a big dose of lonely.

Yeah, yeah, there's that whole noble sacrifice thing tied up in there that blunts the blow. Tell you what, I'm going to let the puppet masters have their cake and eat it too by going with the reality that they've allotted us (over the last six seasons). I'm going to say that when Gabrielle gets back from her chakram run in the Land of the Pharoahs she meets up with Aphrodite who's absolutely aghast that she's been separated from her soulmate. She'a also miffed that Gabby's eyeliner is streaked like nobody's business and she says, "Sweetie, that red nose has just got to go!" So Dite makes a deal with some Gods over in the Orient and gets Xena's soul off for good behavior and the 40,000 others are thrown in for good measure. The Warrior's dragged back into the arms of her naggin' girlfriend just in time to save her from Ares who was gettin' ideas in Xena's absence. That's what I'm thinkin'.

Usually Ume would have stepped in by now to remind me that it's just a tv show... but she's out birding or something... I'm going to give it a rest in any case.






All things..



All good things...


Disclaimer: This is an unnecessarily long thank you letter.

Disclaimer disclaimer: That I wrote before I saw the last episode and had my nagging suspicions about the show confirmed (dagnabbit). What more can we expect from a storyline about two women, produced by two men? Feel my pain.




I was on the phone with my sister one night about five years ago and she asked me if I'd seen the television show, "Xena: Warrior Princess". I rolled my eyes and said no, I had no interest in watching another piece of trash on television that showcased a couple of women's bodies for the edification of the male populace. And, oooh, what an innovative twist, we'll let 'em have their own story lines until Hercules shows back up to mollify all of the male egos out there and quell any nerves that may be thinkin' there's something unnatural afoot. My sister said, "You've obviously not been watching the show." Because I love my sister and I wanted her off my back - I swear she thinks it's her job to keep me up on all things lesbian even though she's straight - I watched it. And I haven't stopped.

Xena is entertainment. I love this show. It's got it all. It's funny, dramatic, simple, complex, sneaky, silly, insightful, you name it. And they've done everything. And if they haven't done it to quite the extent we'd all like - there's a fix for that! Fanfiction. A veritable army of viewers out there picking up stories and plot strands and running with them. People so caught up in the tensions and characters of the show, that we're willing to risk all manner of abuse from our partners and friends when we say, "Yeah, like on Xena..."

The chief reason I kept tuned into the show, besides the eye candy... alright! alright! I admit it, it was the secondary reason I tuned in, the eye candy was the chief one (damn conscience), anyway... I loved that it carried on the tradition of all of those awesome Sinbad and Hercules movies I watched as a kid. Those and the "Journey to the Center of the Earth" movies. I loved that stuff. Used to soak it up like a sponge. That's such a wonderful atmosphere. Epic and corny all at the same time. But these were women having the adventures!

There were a couple of times I almost stopped watching the show (ye of little faith). The story line seemed to turn inward and become self-destructive. But hey, you can't have everything and I figured they'd moved away from what I was interested in, so I'd move on. Ha! Didn't happen. Despite my qualms and the misogyny meter going, "ding, ding" in my head, I tuned in and watched with one eye - kinda squinty-like. And bingo, my masochistic tendencies paid off yet again. They got a sense of humor back and we were in business.

I never tried to find out the reasons for all of those bizarre and abusive plot twists. I can't imagine the amount of exhaustion these people went through working on the show. I'm sure laboring on the same project for years on end is going to create a dynamic of one kind or another that's going to make you do some wacky stuff. I'm just glad that mood passed and they got back to something I found entertaining and worthwhile. Because in the end, it's all about me.

During their bout with project fatigue, life angst, success adjustment disorder, or whatever it was, I discovered fanfiction. A whole new world of possibilities spilled into my CPU, and I had a blast. My partner began to worry that I'd lost touch with reality. It's a tenuous touch at best. But what I was discovering was a body of entertainment that I'd have died for as an adolescent - filled with hard-assed women and the fools who love them. These women got into every scrape (and position) imagineable - it's been a hoot and a great pleasure to read. And finding fanfiction meant that there was a galaxy of people out there who'd been missing the same thing I had - a comforting feeling. Xena was the lightning rod that focused that energy and made it all possible. And I'd like to add my voice to all of the voices out there saying thanks. Y'all rock!

--Brulee





Spoiler alert... that means don't read this if you haven't seen the last Xena episode and don't want to know the ending.

Oh my... I watched the final Xena episode. I'm thinkin' any Xena fan worth their salt knows that Xena's not gonna stay dead for long. And if there's anything that's true about Americans it's that we're really good at finding loopholes. So give me like five minutes and I'll tell you how Xena comes back from the dead and Gabrielle and she can be equally kick-ass together. Like on a regular basis.

I'm beginning to think that someone's got an unhealthy relationship with these characters. No, not me, I'm fine. I take my medication regularly. I'm talking about the people who're always killing them off, chopping off their parts and having them get raped by fire. I mean, come on - there's something up with that. As in, "I saw something nasty in the woodshed." - type, up with that.

And if there was any doubt left in anyone's mind that Xena was a lesbian, well, the final episode was proof! "How so?" You ask. And I'm glad you did. Was it the mushy, "I love you." echo loop? Nope. The kiss? Nice! But nope. The puppy dog eyes? Nope. In the fine tradition of cautionary tales, the queer always dies at the end of the story. It's a warning to anyone who fully embraces a lust for life and the truth - beyond here there be dragons, death and loneliness. For while Gabrielle sits and chats to Xena on the ship in the end, those of us who've lived through death and grief, know that she's either got to move through that, or become one nutty-assed chick who can't let go of the past and move on. The next step for her is a big dose of lonely.

Yeah, yeah, there's that whole noble sacrifice thing tied up in there that blunts the blow. Tell you what, I'm going to let the puppet masters have their cake and eat it too by going with the reality that they've allotted us (over the last six seasons). I'm going to say that when Gabrielle gets back from her chakram run in the Land of the Pharoahs she meets up with Aphrodite who's absolutely aghast that she's been separated from her soulmate. She'a also miffed that Gabby's eyeliner is streaked like nobody's business and she says, "Sweetie, that red nose has just got to go!" So Dite makes a deal with some Gods over in the Orient and gets Xena's soul off for good behavior and the 40,000 others are thrown in for good measure. The Warrior's dragged back into the arms of her naggin' girlfriend just in time to save her from Ares who was gettin' ideas in Xena's absence. That's what I'm thinkin'.

Usually Ume would have stepped in by now to remind me that it's just a tv show... but she's out birding or something... I'm going to give it a rest in any case.







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