Subtext Reports
Those crazy posts about the episodes originally posted to the nutforum and saved here for posterity in their error riddled entirety (since they were written 'on the fly'). 
Homecoming Series
A series of five (not so short) stories about Xena and Gabrielle building their life together as a couple. 
Magic Series
Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find love as they uncover more writings of Gabrielle about her warrior princess. 
Conversations by Campfire Series
Set during Season Four, parts of the episodes are worked into chats between Xena and Gab, particularly the subject of Najara and the bard. 
Changes of Heart Series
My take on what happened after Gabby got Chakram'ed upside the head by Xena in the Season Five ender. 
Bonding of Souls Series
This series picks up where 'Changes of Heart' ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion of the episodes of Season Six.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
How DID Ares get stuck in that tomb from the Xena Scrolls? This story answers that question. 
The Play
Xena and Gabrielle have to play the leads in a performance for a ruthless king to save Salmoneus' neck. Unexpected consequences and confessions are the result. 
The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior
Xena leaves Gabrielle in the care of the amazons, only to have Ephiny and Gabby fall in love. Xena does return and chaos and secret confessions follow.
The Contest
Ares and Aphrodite battle over Xena's spirit. 
Loss of Virginity
Romantic musings from one of our gals. 
Moment of Truth
Gabrielle does anything it takes to keep Xena out of a battle that's foretold to take the warrior princess' life. 
Thank the Gods For Henbane
At an Amazon festival Gabrielle has one too many henbane brownies, which results in a funny and sexy night for Xena. 
As It Should Be
The Queen gets taken by the Warrior Princess at the Amazon Village.
Family Ties
Xena takes Gabrielle back to home to spend a little time with the 'in-laws'. 
Dueling Cousins
Xena's look-alike cousin, Sappho, has always been competitive but now the Tenth Muse wants the ultimate prize - Gabrielle. 
The End
Alternate 'demise' of Xena and Gabrielle based on the Season Four crucifixion. 
Truth or Dare
Sexy romp between Callisto and Gabrielle set during 'A Necessary Evil' 
November 29th, 1942
A little romance fic between Janice and Mel. 
Inside Outside
Set after the events of 'A Family Affair', it's a scene told through the eyes of four people - Gabrielle's Father, Mother, Gabrielle herself and Xena.
Something To Talk About
Xena and Gabrielle's friends are all surprised that the pair aren't lovers so they consider why not.
Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles
A 'murphy's law' comedy where everything that can go wrong for Xena and Gabby but, of course, they still end up saving the day.
All That Matters
During Gabrielle's birthday party in' Takes One To Know One', Xena reflects on her love for the bard.  
What if Gabrielle was actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good? 
Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice
A little Winter Solstice tale that's available in general (not lovers) and alternative (lovers). .
Little Moments: A Day in the Desert
A tale told through the eyes of Janice and then Mel while on a dig.  
Candy or Chaos
'Classic Xena' general Halloween story with Xena and Gabby return for the Potiedaia Harvest Festival.
Conquering Heroine
Gabrielle is the Conqueror in this piece. How exactly? Give it a read and find out. 
Watching and Waiting
Set after FIN II, Xena watches from afar as Gabrielle moves on with her life. 
Police Office Carol and Protestor Erin clash but find they're fighting for the same things. A short story based on my novel, 'One Belief Away'. 

Episode: Send in the Clones (S-6, E-16)

Author: CN Winters

Fandom: Subtext report, Xena Fanfiction, Xena and Gabrielle fanfiction

Author Note: Many of these reports are littered with errors because I wrote them quickly and 'on the fly' so I could post them quicker to the 'Nutforum' back in the day.

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Send in the Clones

Did Tapert have fun poking at the fans? He sure did (G). Did he take the right approach with this episode concept? Nope I don't think so. But keep in mind it went from a comedy to a drama to a comedy again. I think it spent too long on the drawing board but that's just my opinion, which is worth very little.

I can handle the Gab obsessed subtext fan (Gee, wonder who THAT'S supposed to be?(VBG)). I can handle the Joxer lover. I can handle the kick *** gal. But why, I wonder, why on Gods green earth could not a single one of these Xena worshipers walked up to the doctor to say, "Hey! You look kinda like Alti". I could envision Claire blundering along, huming and haaaing over how she's NOT Alti - "What are you crazy? I'm not Alti. Get outta here!" as her eyes shift back and forth hoping they'd buy it. Now that would have been humorous. But nope, nothing. 

And while I'm complaining (VBG) did they revive Meg by mistake? (LOL) Because with that much mugging I'm sure I was watching Meg and NOT the warrior princess. How did Xena learn to eat pizza and spot weld that quick? How did she know how to hail a taxi? Where did the get the 'bubbly'? How did they pay for it or did they just knock over a liquor store on 34th and Broadway? I mean…I know Xena has 'many skills' but get real(LOL). I can suspend my disbelief when I watch Xena. She REALLY CAN jump 3 stories in the air while standing still. She can. (VBG) But she can't get THAT excited about a bathroom. I'm sorry. I just can't see it.

The funniest part of this whole episode was Gabrielle who didn't do too much on the whole. But here's what caught my eye. While Xena was busy stuffing her face with pizza (Brief interlude if I may: I'd like to see these characters after 5 months of pizza, donuts
and god knows what else they are feeding them. I can see Xena sprawled out on a sofa eating bon bons and telling 'her woman' not to forget the Twinkies this time when she goes shopping. With remote in hand Xena keeps rewinding the scene from The Quest and ROTV sighing 'Alright!'). 

Anyway, while Xena is stuffing her face in that warrior princess I've been eating pizza for years way, you'll notice Gabrielle trying to use a straw. She sucks a little (insert your own subtext joke here folks). Then she looks at it and tries again. They show a few shots of the Xena geeks (VBG). When they come back to Gabby she's ripped the lid of the cup in frustration and she's attempting to drink it from the paper cup while moving the lid out of the way (LOL). I just found that scene hilarious. I just love Gabby. Have I mentioned that?

That's what I would have liked to see. More fish outta water stuff please. What was Xena and Gabrielle's FIRST reaction to TELEVISION? Could you see Gabby's excitement about having her scrolls on the screen with performers doing her stories? She'd set off to Hollywood in a heartbeat. And speaking of the 'Gabdrag' that was shown it would have been a perfect time for the producers to FIX this 'evil'. We watch Xena and Gabrielle debating about the time frame between when Gabby woke up from her yearlong nap and when Xena took her to Odin's Pad. Why, yet again on gods green earth, didn't they take THIS opportunity to have Gabby say, "You never did THAT. Yeah we fought like Hades but you never dragged me behind a horse. How dare they?!" It would have been perfect and it would have given the fans a parody of the 'producers' of Xena as well that they took too much creative freedom with Gabrielle's stories.

I was talking with Tnovan and she pointed out something that I had missed. In the beginning Alti is given two hairs that belong to Xena and Gabrielle. Both hairs are long. And both hairs are gray. Now according to some sources Sharon Delaney has said the last few episodes will give little hints or clues about how things will go down in the season finale. Some folks have heard a rumor that Xena dies. If that's the case why the gray hair? Just something to consider.

Anyway as another friend pointed out with the way Xena had her arm wrapped around Gabby, feeding her champagne it looked like later that night 'Gabby was gettin somethin that rhythms with paid (LOL)'. I have to admit those clones looked mighty cozy with
each other. (VBG). Yep, the warrior princess was gonna get lucky that night. 

To sum up: Not the best ep. Far from it. Not the worse ep. Far from it. It just fell . . . flat. Lots of lost opportunities and the sad part is it wasn't lost because of other 'content'. There didn't seem to be any 'content' to this episode. It was a thrown together clip show, which is very 'un-xenaish'. If anything, Xena has been a series that
has had the best clipshows to date…well at least until this episode. And it's disappointing because they had a wonderful concept but they just didn't seem to follow-through.

CN Winters


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