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.
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So, the romance. This is a show with women as leads, so they naturally must meet a dude and fall in love with him, like, instantaneously but be forced to part because the story (and the continuation of the series) demands it. I mean, it's similar to lots of television; Star Trek gave Captain Kirk a new love interest every chance it got, and by the next episode, she was nowhere to be seen because he'd already banged her, so you know, she was expendable. The difference here, though, is that Xena and Gabrielle are always emotionally invested in the men and are devastated (see above picture) when it ends, or at least sad** because they are women. I can't say that any of Hercules' episodes dealt with things that way; then again, his wife was murdered by Hera, so ... Anyway, it is just highly disappointing when a show that is as feminist as Xena is backpedals in this way.
Anyway, there's that! Now I get to go scour the city of Louisville for an apartment. Yay?
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* I'm not a big Family Guy fan for plenty of reasons, but I do enjoy the episode where Death breaks his foot and Peter goes around doing dumb shit.
** This is usually the case with Xena. In just the second episode, she finds a widower with kids and is all but prepared to settle down with him except that she's a wandering warrior and he's a pacifist and ... it's complicated, y'all.
*** This is actually from a Hercules episode, which completely takes the character of King Sisyphus developed in "Death in Chains" and says "SCREW YOU" to the audience, but whatever. I'm just glad they used the same actress instead of using a younger model, which is actually the point of the episode from which this picture hails. META.