Okay. Now since TPTB didn't start 'putting in' subtext until 'Altered States' I'm here to point out some of the moments that people 'read into'. Since I've already done 'Sins of the Past' I'm just going to highlight the moments from the other eps. As always feel free to mention those little moments I miss.
Ahh. . .L'amour!!!!! Xena finds love with some whimpy dude farmer and Gabby falls for a Bad Boy (Now there's a switch huh? It's usually the other way around). As far as subtext is concerned there's next to nothing except for Gabby's worrying over Xena since it took her days to return for her (well, Xena had a good excuse - an arrow in her side that farmer John helped removed. I don't know if his name was John so please don't write me and tell me about it - it's just a standard name to use. Because let's face it, the only name in Xena's life is Gabrielle. Case Closed. Let's move on children, shall we?) Xena also tells Gabby upon 'meeting' the bad boy to 'remind me to talk to you about your taste in men'. Seems Gabby's mister right was just trying to kill them at the time. As an interesting side note this is one man that didn't die as a result of kissing Gabby(VBG).
Gabby gets kidnapped for her blood innocence and is put through a series of 'tests' to see if she will become Morpheus' bride. Only bad thing about this 'engagement' is Gabby has to be whacked (and by 'whacked' I'm not talking hip-hop language which means crazy. I mean whacked as in killed, murdered, dare I say . . . SACRIFICED(LOL). . .Oh okay! So I gotta sick sense of humor and the season ender this year was a real tear jerker. Anyway. . .) Gabby gets stolen and Xena flips out, racing frantically through the streets calling for her Gabby. Nobody steals Xena's bard as the shopkeeper soon finds out when the warrior pays him a visit (well not a visit really. She shoves him up against a wall and crushes his windpipe but then again. . .that's Xena!) She finds out she has to go into the 'dreamscape' to save Gabs so this mystic guy helps her out. Once there we see Xena dressed in this Geisha girl get up and Gabby remarks about how good Xena looks (Ah Ha!! We have our first view of Gabby lust(BG). Anyway to make a long story short as if you didn't know Xena saves Gabby. I know. It's a big surprise isn't it(G). Another interesting side note - in this ep we get to see Gabby's brain power more than brawn and I love the exchange she has with the head priest as to why she would make a lousy wife.
CRADLE OF HOPE
Xena and Gabby find a baby. Gabs wants to play mom and Xena wants to know why she can't shut the darn thing up. (What?! Are you holdin' it wrong or sumpthin'?!) *Side note from Absinthe: So how come she's so good with farmer boys kiddies in Chariots of War? How come she was so good with that other baby later on? What is this? Does she have maternal instincts or not???*
Xena and Gabby and their newfound friend Pandora - not the real Pandora of course, that wouldn't be believable - Oh no, this is her grand daughter who just happens to be named after her. Far be it for the Xena writers to 'play' with history or legend to fit their script(VBG). Anyway, they all go to this tavern to get some food for the baby and themselves too. When they get a few odd stares in the joint, Xena asked if they got a problem with 'our' baby. Not 'this' baby. Not 'the' baby but 'our' baby(VBG) (Ahhhh. . .Xena is so protective and paternal isn't she?) Well, it all ends happily. The baby gets a home, Pandora finds a man (a king actually so that's not bad for a first time out) and Xena and Gabby ride off into the sunset.
THE PATH NOT TAKEN
By far, the WORST EP IN XENA HISTORY. No big subtext moments - none in fact - but that's not the reasoning behind my disgust of this ep. It was just a really bad ep in my opinion (feel free to argue among yourselves now because I don't wish to debate it(G).
CONTINUED IN PART II