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Xena: Warrior Podcast is a weekly show where three film school grads (Vera, Katie, and Livy) over-analyze the Hades out of Xena: Warrior Princess. This 90’s classic deserves more critical attention and appreciation within the television canon, and that’s where we come in. Watch along with us as we revisit Xena from the beginning.
 
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Queued Up
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Join Justin Buchanan and Karissa Carpenter as they discuss the TV shows (and sometimes other things) in their streaming queues. They breakdown everything from the characters, the narratives, the jokes, cinematography, and more. Everyone is welcome to join along! New episodes every Sunday. Email Justin and Karissa - queueduppodcast@gmail.com Follow Justin on Twitter @justinbuchanan and on Instagram @justinjbuchanan
 
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Mr. Robot, Oh!
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Two TV critics and a hacker review every episode of Mr. Robot, analyzing the show's themes, characters, tech, and social commentary, and sharing listener and fan feedback.
 
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Mr. Robot, Oh!
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Two TV critics and a hacker review every episode of Mr. Robot, analyzing the show's themes, characters, tech, and social commentary, and sharing listener and fan feedback.
 
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KILL BILL SIRENS, KILL BILL SIRENS! This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy journey to the Land of the Rising Sun for 6x21 “A Friend in Need Part I,” the first half of the spectacular series finale. HOOOOMG, heavy breathing… We discuss why Japan is an appropriate setting for Xena’s last adventure, the cinematic influences that ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got mail! It’s the fifth installment of our fabulous Hermes’ Hermès Mailbag, and Vera, Katie, and Livy are answering your questions! We talk about our favorite episodes and lewks, pitch alternate universe concepts, discuss S6’s use of color, mourn the loss of the When Fates Collide kiss, and examine the ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, here comes the bride! Vera, Katie, and Livy are pulling a major retcon with 6x20 “Soul Possession,” a weird grab bag of an episode that makes a tangle out of its many loose threads. We discuss Joxer as this episode’s emotional center, its puzzling decision to return to the events of Adventures in the Sin Trad ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, things are getting Sapphic! Vera, Katie, and Livy are partying it up with 6x19 “Many Happy Returns,” the show’s final comedy, which also happens to be one of its giddiest and most moving. We discuss this ep as a nonstop nostalgia fest with its many references to A Day in the Life, Callisto, Chariots of War, a ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s love at first sight! Vera, Katie, and Livy are stepping into an alternate timeline with 6x18 “When Fates Collide,” one of Xena’s most romantic episodes. We discuss how writer Katherine Fugate found her way to Xena, why alternate realities are such a popular storytelling trope in fandom, the bold revisiti ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Son of Borias, what have you done? Vera, Katie, and Livy are horsing around with 6x17 “Last of the Centaurs.” We discuss the glorious, nostalgic returns of Marton Csokas and Danielle Cormack, Xena having surrogate sons all over the place, the episode’s parallels to ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and its use of Holoca ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, life finds a way! Vera, Katie, and Livy are working some weird science with 6x16 “Send in the Clones,” a modern-day set clip show that directly takes on fan culture. We debate whether this was a good idea (spoiler alert: it was not!), discuss other depictions of fans in movies and TV (ilu Galaxy Quest), and p ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, war is hell! Vera, Katie, and Livy go once more into the breach with 6x15 “To Helicon and Back,” the show’s biggest battle epic, and the grim conclusion to the Amazons’ storyline. We discuss the many references to WWII films including Saving Private Ryan, They Were Expendable, The Longest Day, Patton, and… Ja ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, fables have never been sexier! Vera, Katie, and Livy are reckoning with 6x14 “Path of Vengeance,” an episode that goes back to the show’s roots with a plot full of Amazon justice and juicy moral dilemmas. We discuss Eve’s final appearance on Xena and how her character arc differs from her mother’s, Xena’s hyp ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST: You! Are! There! Vera, Katie, and Livy investigate 6x13 “You Are There,” a comedy experiment that stretches the show’s tonal boundaries. We discuss the forerunners of the fourth wall-breaking reporter, including X-Cops, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and of course the original You Are There, we debate wheth ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, welcome to our bacchanalia -- try the grapes! Vera, Katie, and Livy enjoy some late Roman decadence with 6x12 “The God You Know,” a messy rollercoaster of giddy highs and problematic lows. We discuss Alexis Arquette’s carefully modulated performance as Caligula, Aphrodite down and out in Rome, the parallels b ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, the hunt is on! Vera, Katie, and Livy are stalking 6x11 “Dangerous Prey,” Renée O’Connor’s second outing as a director. We discuss the strategies Renée used to beef up this episode’s weak script, the terribly-named Prince Chesnick Bloodicarr Morloch who was just the worst on screen and off, and the many bette ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, *cue banjo*. Vera, Katie, and Livy are making hay with 6x10 “Old Ares Had a Farm,” one of the show’s final, and most lovable, comedies. We discuss its use of nostalgia, not just in the subplot about Xena’s childhood, but also in its hiring of director Charles Siebert, who directed many Xena eps in the first t ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, go on and kiss the girl! Vera, Katie, and Livy are living a fairy tale with 6x09 “Return of the Valkyrie,” the conclusion to the show’s ambitious Rheingold trilogy. We discuss the complicated question of what aspects of Xena’s essence and values were removed by the Ring, Wealthea’s intriguing similarities to ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, is this burning an eternal flame? Vera, Katie, and Livy are tracking more monsters in 6x08 “The Ring,” the second installment of the show’s Wagnerian mashup. We discuss how this ep compares to the middle chapters of our favorite movie trilogies, what special qualities director Rick Jacobson brings to this mat ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re Ringing in the new year with 6x07 “The Rheingold,” the first installment of the show’s most ambitious serialization experiment yet, a three-parter! Vera, Katie, and Livy discuss the story’s roots in Wagner, Norse sagas, and Beowulf - plus Tolkien, probably; director John Fawcett’s experience with creatu ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, you’re looking good enough to eat! Vera, Katie, and Livy are hungering for some flesh with 6x06 “The Abyss,” which features three fantastic cave scenes surrounded by...cannibals and Virgil? We discuss the highs and lows: the shippiest shippiness to ever ship; the final, very satisfying return of the Rift; the ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got sand up the wazoo! Vera, Katie, and Livy discover strange beauty in the desert with 6x05 “Legacy.” We discuss this episode’s moral questioning as it returns to the wellspring of the show’s most potent ideas: the consequences of violence, the greater good vs. individual desire, justice vs. redemption ...…
 
We’ll take “Let’s Fill Up the Problematic Jar for $1000,” Alex! This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Vera, Katie, and Livy analyze 6x04 “Who’s Gurkhan?,” one of the show’s bloodiest outings thus far and the phenomenal kick-off to a Gabrielle-centric trilogy of eps that center around her ever-evolving relationship with violence. (And VENGEANCE! A ...…
 
This week Justin and Karissa chat about the shows that have been filling their streaming queues recently. Justin also chats about seeing Blink-182 in Las Vegas. Note: December is busy for us so podcasts might be posted at odd times. Thanks for your patience. We'll be back on a more normal schedule in 2019. Thank you so much for listening! Pleas ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we live to sin! Vera, Katie, and Livy wrangle with the infernal 6x03 “Heart of Darkness.” We discuss our problems with this episode, its wonky take on Xena’s character, its reductive moral determinism, and the total lack of chemistry between Xena and her new beau, Lucifer a.k.a. Lucy (?) a.k.a. Big L (???). R ...…
 
Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! This week, Vera, Katie, and Livy ain’t afraid of no ghost in 6x02 “The Haunting of Amphipolis,” the show’s Halloweeniest Halloween episode. We discuss its many horror homages including Evil Dead, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and The Haunting of Hill House; the effective use ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of season 3 of The Good Place. This week they review and analyze episodes 6-7: “A Fractured Inheritance” and “The Worse Use Of Free Will.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re baaaaaaack! Vera, Katie, and Livy are kicking off Season Six with 6x01 “Coming Home.” We discuss the show’s weird decision to change its credit sequence so late in the game, screenwriter and fan-turned-pro Melissa Good and the fandom phenomenon of BNFs, Tsianina Joelson (aka Darcy from Bring It On) kick ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of season 3 of The Good Place. This week they review and analyze episodes 4-5: “Jeremy Bearimy” and “The Ballad of Donkey Doug.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email Justin an ...…
 
Justin and Karissa discuss their favorite Halloween episodes from the Schurverse: "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Good Place." Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email Justin and Karissa - Q ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of season 3 of The Good Place. This week they review and analyze episodes 2-3: The Brain-y Bunch” and “The Snow Plow.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email Justin and Karissa ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of season 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze episodes 9-12 “The Road Trip,” “The Pontiac Bandit Returns,” “Stakeout,” and “Beach House.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It he ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s question time again! Vera, Katie, and Livy weigh in on the Xena reboot, favorite OTPs, Gabrielle’s hair, and so much more in Hermes Mailbag 4 (Part 2) – Starring Vera Farmiga as Joxer! Join us as we answer such questions as ‘What color lightsaber would Xena have?’ and ‘At what point in the series did Xen ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’ve got mail! Vera, Katie, and Livy are taking your questions in Part One of our supersized Hermes Mailbag. This week, we’re only answering questions directly to related to Season 5, so get ready as we discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes, Kurtzman and Orci’s alternate vision for the show includ ...…
 
Justin and Karissa begin their watch through of season 3 of The Good Place. This week they review the season 3 premiere episode "Everything Is Bonzer." [s3e1] Show Notes: Podcasts will alternate every other week between The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Queued Up will return Oct. 14 with Brooklyn Nine Nine season 2 episodes 9-12. Thank you ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Hope springs eternal! Vera, Katie, and Livy have reached the season finale, 5x22 “Motherhood,” which fulfills our Hopes by ending the often-lackluster Season 5 with a bang—actually many, many bangs. We discuss Athena as a sympathetic figure doing her best while everyone around her screws up; the tremendous pa ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of season 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze episodes 5-8: “The Mole,” “Jake and Sophia,” “Lockdown,” and “USPIS” [s2e5-8] Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so muc ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we have seen the light! Vera, Katie, and Livy experience a revelation with 5x21 “Eve,” the emotional continuation of Season 5’s final story arc. We discuss director Mark Beesley’s masterful use of camera movement; the dense tangle of thematic callbacks to “Callisto,” “Return of Callisto,” “Fallen Angel,” and ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, all roads lead to drama! Vera, Katie, and Livy continue our journey through the final arc of Season 5 with 5x20 “Livia.” The show makes a time jump and (surprise!) the future ain’t great, as we’re reintroduced to Eve, now enfant terrible Livia, and her two creepy boyfriends. We rank the many amazing zoom-ins ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s a trap! Vera, Katie, and Livy take on 5x19 “Looking Death in the Eye,” the tricky kickoff of the four-episode arc that ends the season. We discuss this episode’s long con and whether it works on second viewing, the framing story and its use of Old Man Joxer’s point-of-view, how authentic are the emotions ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, walk like an Egyptian! Vera, Katie, and Livy are cruising the Nile with 5x18 “Antony & Cleopatra,” a sultry and extravagant romance unafraid to show Xena and Gabrielle in a morally ambiguous light. We discuss director Michael Hurst’s use of close-ups and slow motion to visually tell a story of manipulation, i ...…
 
Justin and Karissa begin season 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze episodes 1-4: “Undercover,” “Chocolate Milk,” “The Jimmy Jab Games,” and “Halloween II.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email Justin ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we were on a break!!! Vera, Katie, and Livy find domestic bliss with 5x17 “Kindred Spirits,” a mixed bag of Joxer nonsense and Xena/Gabs amazingness. We discuss the return of our favorite tea-spiller Josh Becker and his insights into this episode’s eleventh-hour overhaul, Xena and Gabrielle renovate their dre ...…
 
Justin and Karissa wrap up season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze episodes 19-22: “Tactical Village,” “Fancy Brudgom,” “Unsolvable,” and “Charges and Specs.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Email J ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, we’re going back in time, all the way back to 1997 when Rob Tapert thought he could sell the world on ‘Selma Blair goes to Prehistoric Times to Teach the Amazons How to Dance!’ Vera, Katie, and Livy are listening to their ancestors with 5x16 “Lifeblood,” a clip show cobbled together with footage from Renaissa ...…
 
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST!!! This week, Vera, Katie, and Livy break out their bikinis and put little umbrellas in their Tiki drinks for 5x15 “Married with Fishsticks,” which according to some fans is the worst Xena episode ever made, but according to us is a work of unrivaled genius. Get ready for a Party Pod ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, it’s a battle on the home front! Vera, Katie, and Livy return to where it all began with 5x14 “Amphipolis Under Siege,” a rousing episode that marks the beginning of the show’s return to form. We discuss comeback kid R.J. Stewart’s strategic use of Xena continuity to remind the audience why they fell in love ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze season 1 episodes 15-18: “Operation Broken Feather,” “The Party,” “Full Boyle,” and “The Apartment” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, Chris Manheim is at it again! Vera, Katie, and Livy are getting hot and heavy with 5x13 “Eternal Bonds,” a.k.a. A Very Hetero Episode that is nonetheless very attuned to the characters and kicks off the quality upswing as we enter the back half of Season 5. We discuss the show’s handling of Baby Eve, poopy di ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze season 1 episodes 11-14: “Christmas,” “Pontiac Bandit,” “The Bet,” and “The Ebony Falcon.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so mu ...…
 
Oh baby, it’s time for another episode of XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy have a special delivery with 5x12 “God Fearing Child,” and ARGH get out of the way, Hercules!! We discuss this episode’s mothers and fathers, as Xena reckons with the specter of Solon just as she’s about to give birth, and Hercules reckons with his daddy issu ...…
 
This week on XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST, live free or pie hard! Vera, Katie, and Livy are horsing around with 5x11 “Punch Lines,” a clip show celebration of Xena’s comedies. We discuss how this episode fits into the tradition of Gabrielle-focused clip shows, the cinematic history of pie fights, getting laughs out of Xena’s pregnancy, the very proble ...…
 
Justin and Karissa continue their watch through of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This week they review and analyze season 1 episodes 7-10: “48 Hours,” “Old School,” “Sal’s Pizza,” and “Thanksgiving.” Thank you so much for listening! Please subscribe if you haven’t, and if you enjoyed this podcast please consider leaving a review. It helps out so much! Em ...…
 
Welcome, all you baddest mama jammers, to another episode of XENA: WARRIOR PODCAST! Vera, Katie, and Livy are rocking out to 5x10 “Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire,” the show’s second, way-more-mediocre musical episode. Season FIVE! *shakes fist* We discuss our fave jukebox musicals (of which this is not one!), the thematic cohesion (or lack thereof! ...…
 
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