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Author's Comments Regarding XENA'S FAMILY: WHO ARE THEY?
by Debbie White (horse@prairienet.org)
WHOOSH #04


01-29-97

First, I want to apologize to Kym and the readers of WHOOSH! for the quality of some portions of "Xena's Family: Who Are They?" It was done when I was ill, under a lot of stress, and without my Xena episodes to double-check quotes. I should have waited until I had the time to do this article full justice.

There was a mis-quote I want to fix. In DREAMWORKER (#03), Xena's dreamscape quote actually reads "You attacked my village. You killed my friends, people I grew up with." I was using the quote to help prove my theory about the missing third brother, but now it does not fit. However, there is an interesting quote from DEATH MASK (#23), where Toris says, "I mean, I cared about you, Lyceus, and mother..." He lists all the known family, so either the third brother is dead already or not in the reach of harm at that time.

I have also received several letters from people pointing out that Xena did lie to Iolaus, so I still had not convinced them Xena was not lying about the number of siblings she had. Xena wanted sympathy to completely win Iolaus to her. One way she got it was by telling him her father and all her brothers were dead. That would have been enough to make him sympathetic, but she adds an 'in battle' to make it even more tragic. She has Iolaus' complete sympathy now. Adding on another sibling that did not exist would not make much of a difference in sympathy at this point. Xena is also too smart to use a lie she might get caught in if it is not necessary to the cause. She preferred to bend perceptions of the truth rather than outright change of the facts. For example, there was a real Petrakus, Xena just bent the truth about him being a warlord. He WAS one of the enemy who actively tried to stop her at one point.

Also, the fact she said her brothers and father died in battle and not all of them are dead is one of the main reasons people refuse to believe anything from the statement. We probably will never know if Xena really thought her brothers were dead in battle. I was simply trying to show that Xena could have backed up her claim if need be, and maybe even did believe her brothers were dead at the time she said that statement. This was an attempt to get readers to consider that parts of the statement might be valid, or at least not an outright lie.

Deborah White (horse@prairienet.org)


Reaction to CALLISTO: ARCH-VILLAIN EXTRAORDINAIRE
by Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.edu)
WHOOSH #04


01/05/97

Bret,

I read your article on Callisto. It was magnificent. I just wanted to complement you on an excellent job, well done.

Matt Callahan (bearhawkx@earthlink.net)

01/05/97

Brett-

Great Freudian-analysis! I never thought that I would see the day when there would be constructive psycho- analysis on the Callisto/Xena rivalry. I found very little disagreement with you in the article, "Callisto: Villain Extraordinaire." I, too, am also intrigued with the Callisto character's persona (narcissistic, beautiful, and extremely spiteful), and would like to see further development in the character's future exploits against Xena (an exploit which could wear thin rather quickly). Perhaps, Callisto will come to discover that other methods of conquest (such as conquering and toppling gods and empires) would equally satisfy her thirst for wanton aggression. This anger would not necessarily be aimed directly at Xena, but it would most certainly provide an outlet of 'diffusion.' It would also give the Callisto character a new direction which would still, no doubt, bring Callisto in contact with Xena and Hercules both.

Remember, at the conclusion of INTIMATE STRANGER (#31), we discovered that Callisto was not entirely devoid of guilt. After her brush with the underworld dead, I doubt if she will return in the manner in which we've seen her in the past. Just the mere fact that Callisto does possess a modicum of compassion, will most likely steer the character in a slightly different direction (yes, she will still have hate for Xena). What do you think of these propositions? Please respond if possible, and thanks for your interesting analysis.

Sincerely,
Regman2@aol.com

MR. RUDNICK RESPONDED:

> Great Freudian-analysis!

Thanks, but I wasn't really thinking Freud or Jung or anyone else at the time. Just me. (:

> I never thought that I would see the day when there
> would be constructive psycho-analysis on the
> Callisto/Xena rivalry.

I was kind of annoyed I hadn't seen one. So I made one. (:

> I, too, am also intrigued with the Callisto
> character's persona (narcissistic, beautiful, and
> extremely spiteful), and would like to see further
> development in the character's future exploits
> against Xena (an exploit which could wear thin rather
> quickly).

Well, Callisto is coming back in an episode to air in a few weeks [A NECESSARY EVIL (#38), to be released 02/10/97]. We'll see what happens there.

The problem we get with characters when scripts are written by multiple authors is continuity. I hope future bits with Callisto preserve the Callisto-ness of the character.

> Perhaps, Callisto will come to discover that other
> methods of conquest (such as conquering and toppling
> gods and empires) would equally satisfy her thirst
> for wanton aggression.

If Callisto were about wanton aggression I'd agree. But it seems Callisto is just out to get revenge on Xena, however her twisted mind perceives it. If Callisto thought empire-building was a way to do it I don't doubt she'd start right away. But also, if she thought the best way to do it was by other means, she'd apply herself equally in that direction too.

> Remember, at the conclusion of INTIMATE STRANGER > we discovered that Callisto was not entirely devoid
> of guilt. After her brush with the underworld dead, I
> doubt if she will return in the manner in which we've
> seen her in the past.

We'll find out sometime in February. (:

> Just the mere fact that Callisto does possess a
> modicum of compassion, will most likely steer the
> character in a slightly different direction (yes, she
> will still have hate for Xena).

I'm not sure that "guilt" necessarily equates with "compassion". Personally, I think Callisto was just caught a bit off-guard with the appearance of her mother's spirit. I don't think she'd make the same mistake again.

But also, who can say what the show will do with her? I hope it doesn't "redeem" her -- that would just make another Xena clone. Rather, I hope they would use that character to bring to light some points they have deliberately avoided doing with the Xena character.

> ...thanks for your interesting analysis.

My pleasure. It was a lot of fun. And thanks for the compliments.


Reaction to THE KISS: XENA AND GABRIELLE
by Anita Louise Silva (LoisAnne@concentric.net)
WHOOSH #04


01/02/97

"Each kiss each was beautiful and given with care and tenderness."

Beautiful, Lois,

Thanks for the Whoosh article, perfect depiction.

Arlene Bolton (boltona@wwics.com)


Reaction to XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS -- THE CD: A REVIEW
by Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.edu)
WHOOSH #04


01/04/97

Hi Bret!

Thank you, thank you for the review!!! You wrote exactly what I have been feeling since I received mine (and I have played it over and over.....)!!! The liner notes are limited and I wanted to know about the Glede Ma Glede piece, i.e., traditional for what country. YOU answered!!! The singers and choral group-what language? YOU answered! These pieces, by the way, make every hair on my body stand on end!! The Ladder Fight is my favorite. This CD is meant to be listened to on the loud side in my opinion, because for me it is very motivational and INTENSE! I agree that there should be a sequel and I hope there will be. For myself, I hope the music from GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN (#28) episode will be included also.

Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your review and your information!! :{}

Kim (TrekOz@aol.com)

01/10/97

I recently read your review of the XWP c.d. and couldn't agree more, it's wonderful! I also agree that an almost complete lack of liner notes is downright maddening.

Elisa M Deyneka (edeyneka@juno.com)


On Seeing THE TITANS (#07)...One...More...Time


01/06/97

After having seen the dorky THE TITANS now rebroadcast more than any other XWP episode and still asking myself "why", I've also tried to see some good in it. The opening scenes gave Xena a chance to knock about some bad guys and the music and scenery she rode through after the teaser was nice. Is it just me or does the makeup for Xena and Gabrielle in this episode look more...well, tarty...than in later episodes? And frankly, I liked Gabby in the outfit she wore in this episode, as opposed to the later tops that reveal more and more of her belly as time goes on. Hasn't anyone told her to do the washing in *cold* water to avoid shrinkage? (:

Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.edu)


IAXS at the Convention


01-14-97

Hi Kym, Diane, and Betsy!

Just wanted to drop you 3 gracious hosts a big "Thank You!" for opening up your room to all for the whole weekend (during the Con.) It was a nice haven and local get-together for all...I felt like you allowed me to make this room my home (other than the room I actually slept in) away from home. Hope you all had as great of a time as I did...which I know you did!

Hope you all made it back to your respective abodes without weather problems. What a thrill and joy I had this past weekend and Saturday night was a special night for me...I felt that I had found my other family (here in cyberspace)...seeing (even though it wasn't all from the list) made everything a reality...which I hadn't felt before this past weekend.

Again, thank you for all you did for the xenites!

lilac (yos@ucla.edu)


Reaction to Fait Accompli? Or Just Fate? Ruminations on REMEMBER NOTHING
by Bret Rudnick (brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.edu)
WHOOSH #03


01-12-97

Bret:

You are my hero!!

After reading your article about the REMEMBER NOTHING (#26) episode of XENA I was thrilled!! How refreshing to see an interpretation of fate that is realistic. The fact is--fate is. Although REMEMBER NOTHING is my favorite episode because of the time travel, fate-altering content, I do believe that fate "is". If time travel were available, we'd all forget about living wouldn't we? Time would be spent correcting. Thanks!!

(Yes, this is all assuming that fate does exist.)

Darci Schirmer (dartech@fuse.net)


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