REVIVAL WATCH: XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS

Because every generation needs a princess who fights epic battles in skimpy armor?



WHAT WE KNOW? Well… we know that Lucy Lawless is not in it. And when the reboot was first announced there was talk of a “modern day Xena”, which briefly made me think it could be a “Xena, takes New York city” scenario. Luckily, they have made it clear that by modern Xena, they simply mean “for the new generation” or something along those lines.

We also know that Xena will have her Chakram [which I like to call deadly Frisbee] and that “soul mate” Gabrielle is still part of the equation. They are also thinking of making her outfit a bit more… realistic because we live in a “post-Brienne of Tarth world”.

And we know who is in charge: Javier Grillo-Mauxuach, who wrote a few episodes of Lost back in season one and created The Middleman, a sci-fi show I vaguely remember hearing about at some point in my life [at least I think it is sci-fi]. So… not sure that’s enough to convince me.

Finally, they are thinking of making it more serialized [and that I think could work].

WHERE AND WHEN? NBC, 2016[7?]… maybe.

LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT: LOW… I think

I am actually not sure how I feel about this remake. To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot about Xena [In my defence I was 10 when it first aired]. From what I remember, Xena was a kick-ass woman with a very campy, yet fun, show which belonged in the 90s [Seriously, it was SO 90s]. My initial reaction after hearing the rumors of a reboot was to ask: “WHY...?”

I know Xena is a big part of pop-culture, but I was under the impression that people were more about remembering it fondly, rather than wanting it back. Then I started thinking about the changing TV landscape. Back then, a super-hot amazon running around epic lands was uncommon and interesting. We were ready to ignore the cheesy episode-of-the-week plots and low budget battles. But we are on a post-Game of Thrones era. Everything has changed. Or maybe they ARE trying to ride the GoT wave… and if they are… are they going to try to cast Gwendoline Christie [because that would be kind of cool but also kind of weird].

As you can see… I am slightly confused on what all of this means. Nevertheless, there is something to be said about Xena: it is an important part of TV history.

I wasn’t really thinking about it at first, but as I read some articles and interviews about the show I realised the impact it had. Back in the 90s we didn’t have a lot of strong female leads. Xena was the ultimate badass and in a way it paved the way for shows like Dark Angel, Alias, Veronica Mars and Jessica Jones. The fact that I had to jump from Veronica to Jessica Jones is an indication that ‘girl-power’ is still not the norm on TV. So maybe this remake/reboot or whatever it is, is more justified than I initially thought…

… or maybe it is just a terrible idea. I really don’t know yet. My logic keeps telling me this is not going to work, but I could also envision a situation in which they come up with a decent script and assemble an interesting cast… I guess it could work.


So… I am going to wait for now. 
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The TV Empress is a Media Management graduate, screenwriter in the making (and financial engineer in the meantime). She has serious plans to take over global television. You can follow the TVEmpress on twitter @TVRepublik

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