When I was a kid I used to watch Friends every Wednesday on ABC-5.
It’s a cool show about yuppies.
And Friends’ lead-in program was Xena: Warrior Princess.
So Renaissance Pictures had two shows back then. Long before Game of Thrones, there was a medieval version of gung-ho mythological craziness called Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Because for some reason, it became a cult classic, they made a spin-off called Xena: Warrior Princess.
As a kid of the 90s packed with adolescent hormones… a chick that strong, agile, and intelligent is kind of scary.
I may find the show cheesy if I watched it now. I am not a fan of Game of Thrones (I only watched Game of Zones) but I would like their product better because Xena and Hercules are like set in a very studio-looking, well-lit room. Even their darkness scenes are… comforting. It’s like when you watch the Christian Bale Batman after binge-watching the Adam West version… or the recent Superman movies after checking out Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher's version.
It’s good, clean fight fun.
But my old self would watch it – especially in anticipation of the next Friends episode. Sure, there were odd arcs like her sidekick Gabrielle, all of a sudden, turning from a damsel in distress into Xena lite (and that one with Beowulf… which I don’t get). But it’s watchable.
It’s also a cool nod to the late 90s and early 2000s.
Lucy Lawless (I once thought of her as Chyna), did so well in this role that in some ways it typecasted her as either a strong-willed woman… or in the case of Eurotrip, a very strong-willed chick with quirky likings.