Xena Is Back And Gayer Than Ever
Cult LGBT fave Xena: Warrior Princess is getting a reboot from The 100 writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Xena’s lesbian relationship with her gal “pal” Gabrielle is going to be the focus of the show.
Grillo-Marxuach told fans during a Tumblr Q&A that “There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.” (That Q&A is also littered with spoilers for The 100, be forewarned.) He elaborated on this idea in an interview with io9:
“Xena and Gabrielle represented something that, just plain did not exist in TV at the time… it’s hard to imagine that 1995 was before the phrase “The Bechdel Test” was part of the mainstream critical vernacular, and that single-female-led shows like Alias were still some six years away for the major networks. Even for someone like me (and I can’t say that at the time “feminism” was the first thing I looked for in my first run syndicated action-adventure-fantasy) it was clear that this was something different, and that it offered not just the thrills and sex appeal, but also a genuinely different and, frankly, enlightening relationship at its core. Xena helped a lot of people—myself included—finally embrace the potential of female-driven shows in the genre space.”
He also wants to assure fans that, yes, Xena will have a Chakram (“Of course she’s gonna have a Chakram, what am I, a monster?”).
The show was ordered by NBC and is in development now. Not only do queers have FOX’s Rocky Horror to look forward to — now we have a faithful, super-gay Xena too!