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Oh baby this is
gonna be a good one. Not high on subtext but great on writing.
I really loved this one because it went back to the Xena basic
- warrior and bard fighting for the same thing- the greater
good with lots of team work. I was even surprised in a few
place which is saying a lot because this season as left me
feeling flat. Anyway onto the story:
Xena and Gabby
are tucked away behind a rock watching Gabby's friend get
sacrificed for the rebirth of the goddess. Of course they
think it's Callisto but soon find out its Hope. Anyway, Ares
drops by through out the ep to chat with X. At one point he
offers her an entire army to lead in the fight against Hope
and tells her she's taking things to personal.
Gabby he's right and Gabby kinda freaks in a subtle
way<G>. You can see the concern on her face - that she
doesn't want to lose her Xena to Ares but Xena tells her she
was referring to Ares comment about taking things personal.
She then comes
across the escaped Callisto. Here's something I never notice -
when someone is really angry or really aroused their
expressions are very similar. Callisto is really putting the
moves on Xena and I ain't talkin' sword play. You gotta catch
the 'toying' conversation - Callisto looks like she's pure
lust for Xena. The blonde lunatic is really obsessed with Xena
in everyway, shape and form.
She tries to
set Xena ablaze (not sexually but literally) and Ares knocks
her out of the way, taking Callistos blow.
one of the cult priest and they head to the 'Hope cocoon'
where Callisto asks for oblivion - she wants to be totally
wasted, which Hope agrees to through the translator/priest.
Xena finds the
cocoon but Ares steals it and plays lets make a deal -
protecting Hope from Xena.
Xena finds out
Ares has taken the cocoon to the Halls of War. As they try to
get to the Hall they are attacked by zombies. (Actually this
scene reminded me of the end of Michael Jackson's Thriller -
you know where the zombies are chasing his cute little
girlfriend, coming in through the windows, coming up from the
floor.) But instead of Michael we get Xena crashing through
the roof, saving the day (which of course I would choose over
MJ in a heartbeat).
Once at the
Hall Ares takes Gabby aside and tells her Xena's life line
will be cut if Xena kills Hope. Gabby knows it's really Xena's
life line when she immediately touches it<G>. She could
'feel' Xena. (Yeah. Tell me again it's not love you non-subtexters
battles the baddies to tries to kill Hope but the
Sacrificially friend of Gabby ends up getting slashed anyway
and spreads her icky blood on the icky cocoon. Xena gets ready
to delivery the death blow to Hope when Gabby leaps in on a
flying tackle on Xena. (The Detroit Lions could use old
Gabster on their offensive line. She got great timing and
Xena starts to
ask Gabby if she' outta her mind or somethin' but never gets
the chance at a reply. Hope emerges and let me tell ya - she's
got her momma's eyes. . .and nose. . . and smile. . .but the
eyebrow thing she does is definitely from Xena's side (I'm
sorry I forgot. Its not Xena's baby. I've been ready too much
alt. fan fic.)
Callisto in true Callisto form gives a chuckle of amusement.
Xena, on the other hand, looks like she's about to cry (at
least that's what it looked like to me. Watch the very end and
you'll see her twitch)
Like I said not
much subtext. Of course there's always the touchy/feely hand
on the arms hellos and goodbyes but nothing to 'blatant'.
I did say that
I really loved this ep. I can't say it was worth hell season
and there are a few incidents I didn't mention just because I
think it's better if you see them. (Like the conversation
about knowing someone - you'll see what I mean).
I really like
this ep because:
isn't the crazy lunatic that she's become lately. She actually
uses her head making her more dangerous.
2) Callisto has all the great lines (I could never write a fan
fic piece starring Callisto because I don't think I could come
up with some of the things she says)
3) The story was actually (get this) interesting. And it
worked because, thank god, the characters were 'in character'.
4) Gabby is more of a red-head in this one. (I like her better
as a red-head and I think the eps are better when she's not so
blonde. I don't know if there's a connection. It just seems
that way to me)
this one. I haven't seen a spoiler for part two but I hope
they don't sell out with another lava pit ending. The last
thing we need is Hope and Valaska together - Gabby would
really, really have a hell season next year if they both
escaped. <G> And as many of you know. . .I love Gabby
(okay I love Xena too but Gabby. . .I think it's just the
red-hair that does me in<G>)