the Lines (S-4, E-15)
Subtext report, Xena Fanfiction, Xena and Gabrielle
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mama!!!<LOL> Is this a great episode or what?!
I'm telling y'all (as my friend Tigre
would say ' she's a Texas gal from down
south ~spoken in a fake southern accent~), this ep had a
little bit of everything (except X and G kissing a guy
because frankly they're too wrapped up in each
other (BG)). Okay anyway, three things I learned from
this ep include: Gabby and Xena are both great
tattooists, Alti is a really nasty b*tch right down to
the core and Xena invents a symbol that stands even
today ' all because of her love for Gabby (ahhh.
. . .)
Xena are shopping. Xena is arguing about giving up her
leathers and changing her attire. Xena thinks she looks
like a turkey in her new outfit. Gabby 'ooohs'
when Xena steps out and she tells Xena her new look is
sexy (VBG) (I have to go with Gabs on this one (G)).
Xena tries a jumping kick and doesn't get tangled
up so the new dress works for her (G).
They watch a
woman being escorted to a pyre and when they throw her
on top Xena comes to the rescue. It seems her husband
has died and custom says she must follow him in death.
Xena and Gabby won't stand for that and they open
a can of whup a$$ on the village. They get the woman
into a house. Gabby barricades the front door while Xena
looks for another way out. The rescued woman follows
Xena. She shows the warrior her funky tattoos and this
funky light starts dancing around Xena. Next thing Xena
gets zapped into the future (not far. I'd say
within a century).
finds herself in front of a warrior woman and glances at
her reflection in a shield. She's an old Indian
woman. Slowly she finds out that the village
she's in has been captured by the warrior woman .
Xena learns she's Arminestra, the 'great
peacemaker'. The warrior wants to own the
villagers - life and soul but 'Xena'
stalls her until some fire ball start flying from
behind. Chaos breaks out and everyone is fighting. A
king rides in and they search for the 'mother of
peace' AKA Xena. During the battle Xena confronts
the warrior only to learn that it's Alti and Alti
sees that the 'peacemaker' is Xena.
comes to Xena's aid and has one of his men takes
her to safety. But not before the king gets pegged with
an arrow. Back in the past Gabby starts looking for Xena
and finds the Indian woman. The woman sends all these
rainbow colors around Gabby (Is that subtext too? (BG)
Kinda like a rainbow flag of ancient times (BG)).
Back in the
past Alti decides to take on Arminestra to become the
Destroyer of Nations. Gabby is getting a lecture from
the Indian woman during the light show and she tells
Gabby she sent Xena to fight a great evil in her future
that threatens to take her Karma, forever extinguishing
her 'line' in the universe (or words to
that effect). Gabby wants to know who it is but the
Indian woman doesn't know that. Gabby wants the
woman to send her to where Xena is. The woman refuses at
first but they soon have this exchange:
G: This Karma
you're talking about. Can you see mine? Can you
see how much Xena is a part of that?!
in many lives ' past and future. You are right.
said she will send her 'forward' too but
she must learn how to use the weapon she didn't
have time to give Xena. In the future Arminestra is
tending to the kings arrow wounded shoulder. They talk
and the king says he's going to give up the
village to Alti so his people will live if even
enslaved. But Xena tells him they can't trust
Gabby for her
part is learning the Mindy, Mindi or mindai (You folks
know I can't spell!!(LOL)) Anyway the mindi is
body drawings, tattoos; some kind of kinky weapon on the
flesh in some way. Anyhow, Gabby is touching the
Indian's woman arm to remember the 'path
to enlightenment, which she shouldn't
understand'. The woman put the 'Mindi
ink' in the wall so years from now Gabby and Xena
will be able to find it.
The men who
are hunting the woman begin to break through the door.
The woman tells Gabby that Alti must be brought back
here to be defeated and with that she zaps Gabby. Gabby
sees a glimpse of her future and other scenes. Next we
see the shirtless king become very modest and seems
disoriented. Xena picks up the conversation and the king
asked if this warrior they are discussing is tall, has
black hair with a particular warcry. Xena walks over and
realizes it's Gabby. Gabby knows now that
it's Xena. She tells Xena she didn't think
she would look so different. Xena smiles and replies:
"So do you." And shows her a mirror. Xena
explains to Gabby that her name is Shotse (sp?) and that
she's the leader of these people. Gabby tells
Xena she's in danger and Xena said she's
already learned it's Alti she has to defeat.
Gabby tells her the plan ' they have to bring her
back but they aren't sure how. Xena's
still got the brains but not the brawn in this life.
is back at the village ready to sacrifice a young girl.
Xena and Gabby are hiding in the bushes along with
Gabby's army and they have this exchange:
G: If this
doesn't work it all ends here. . .everything . .
.us. . .our souls.. . .
don't have any choice . .. It's funny.
Here you're the warrior; the hero.
G: In this
lifetime the Mother of Peace would be a goddess to me. .
.that's a hero to me
all concerned and worried for the Gabster) Be careful
watches as Gabrielle goes off to position
herself/himself (BG) for battle (Ahhhhh.. ..Kinda pulls
at the heart strings doesn't it (VBG) And
it's nice to see the show on the other foot. Now
she knows how Gabby feels having to watch Xena ride off.
(VBG)). As Gabby leaves Xena sends a guy off after the
box that Gabby told her about in order to fight Alti.
out and confronts Alti (who's been trying to
figure out what force has been trying to stop her). Xena
said she knows and if she wants the answer she has to
let the village people go. They talk. Alti said
she's finding a way to be even more powerful.
When Alti starts to choke Xena, Gabby goes in for the
save. Everyone fights again. Gabby's out there
hacking and slashing with some great Xena moves.
Xena's little helper dude gets shot by Alti with
a cross bow but he give Xena the box before he dies.
Gabby got knocked upside the head and both are taken
prisoner by Alti.
villain fashion Alti doesn't just kill Xena and
Gabby. Oh no!! She has to tie them to the railroad
tracks and twirl her mustache while laughing sinisterly.
. .Okay, it's not THAT FAR in the future (G). No
such thing as trains yet but if she did have a train. .
has to settle for stakes instead. She and the army go
out to make 'X' to crucify the village on.
In the mean time, Xena brings out the little box of
goodies (VBG). They get naked and have fun with edible
body gels (LOL). Okay that's a slight
exaggeration (G) but they do get partially naked and
paint each other up in a bunch of pretty designs.
Back to the
Indian woman they are getting ready to torch her up
again. Xena and Gabby are still painting each other up.
Alti comes back in and Xena and Gabby start doing these
funky hand and body movements. Xena comes behind Gabby
and puts her hands across Gabby's chest '
their different patterns on there bodies come together
and this light brings all three of them back to the pyre
where the woman is being burned.
Alti does the
mind thing again and Xena gets a real a$$ kicking. Gabby
comes to Xena's rescue when she's down but
Alti breaks Gabby's staff in two and beats the
crap outta her with it (ouchhhhh!!). She pulls Gabby up
by her hair (double ouchhhh!) and starts to show her the
vision, telling her that Xena's gonna be
responsible for her death. Xena screams at Alti,
"You Biiiiitch!!!!" but Alti breaks
Xena's legs by showing her Ceasars crucifixition
to kill Gabby by her cross hanging vision; shes dripping
blood from her hands and feet. Xena can't move
but she gets to her chakram and flings it, cutting
Gabby's hair so Alti can't hurt her. Gabby
falls like a sack of potatoes and the Indian woman comes
out. Alti tries to take her on but gets thrown across
the village. Their skin starts to glow where the paint
was and Xena realize it's not the woman but the
mandi, mindi, whatever that's Alti's
enemy. Alti is defeated (for now) and Xena and Gabby
both crawl to be next to each other across the ground
and curl up in each others arms. The women all have this
W: Thank you
Xena. You destroyed Alti at the one time when her Karma
was most powerful.
X: The one
W: Oh yes.
Her soul is not destroyed. It will return many times
filled with evil but you will always be there to meet
it. And you Gabby. . . you both walk a path together.
Think of yourselves as lines in the mindi '
separated but forever connected. Mindi contains truth.
So now not
only are Gabby and Xena connected in this life, in death
but also their intertwined Karma (Isn't that
woman turns into a big ball of light and floats away.
Suddenly Gabby and Xena are healed. Later, Xena checks
out her new tattoos while she waits for Gabby to get
back from the 'barber'. When Gabby
approaches, Xena ruffles her chopped locks and asks
Gabby what she thinks of the new 'do. Gabby said
it's okay but she wishes she had a choice in the
matter (Damn Rob Tappert! Damn him!! No'Gabby/ROC
looks very cute).
has now seen the vision too she knows she looks the same
as the vision. But still she feels Alti could be very
mistaken and that they rule their own destiny. Xena
seems like she's starting to have more faith and
thinks that maybe she and Gabby have actually known each
other for a very long time. Or maybe Xena's found
the peace that if they don't live a long life in
this 'line' they will meet again in the
next life. If that is true (that they will keep
repeating life over and over), Gabby wants to know how
she will be able to spot Xena in the future.
the ink and makes a line down from the chakram already
painted on her foot. She then puts another line
horizontal. ( In other words she's created the
female symbol). So now if Gabby wants to search for her
in the 'next' life she'll know
it's her when she finds her. (Isn't that
Not a lot of
sensual maintext in this one (I have to admit though
that the gratuitous painting were gratuitous (G) but
delightfully erotic in a way). Just lots of those little
'ahh. . .sweet' moments in this ep.
Gabby gets choked by a mean looking dude and Xena grows
four extra arms. From the previews this doesn't
look nearly as cheesy as I feared earlier this week. But
the expected loss of Gabby's staff is a bit
unsettling. Oh well. Guess we'll have to wait and
see. But so far it's Indian ep number three with
one more to go and I have to admit I'm impressed.
. .now if only they could do that every week (BG)
instead of just waiting for sweeps.