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The Acting You Know...and love!
xenatorres from Canada
22 September 2007
By "The Gods You Know", it had really become clear that The Powers That
Be behind "Xena" had really lost any sense of direction for the show.
They might as well just have changed the name of the series to "Xena:
Lingerie Model" or "Xena: Bath Princess". The series had begun to
reduce itself to cheap gimmicks of women in underwear or bathtubs in
Sure, "Xena" had always been a skin show, but they still always looked
tough, and it never distracted from the series. But, in season six, the
loss of some of the best writers in the series (Chris Manheim and
Steven L. Sears) had clearly taken it's toll. As well, due to the harsh
fan backlash over season five (which, in my opinion was one of the best
seasons of the series), The Powers That Be began to turn to turn the
show into what "fans wanted". The problem with this is what side of
the fan base do you listen too? Generally the loudest part of the fan
base is not the largest. As well, if you turn around and change your
show to match someone else's vision, you lose site of your own a
series must always have one person's vision at the forefront and
season six did not.
Despite the lack of direction in season six, "Xena" never faltered on
sets, costumes, music, etc. "The God You Know" features some truly
gorgeous costumes, in particular, the one worn early in the episode by
As always, the acting of "Xena" never suffers; Tydings and Smith,
regular guest stars, both provided unique and fabulous performances.
Wilkinson, ever burdened with dull dialogue and an ever whiner Eve,
still manages to deliver a performance worth noting. The scenes between
Wilkinson and Lawless are enjoyable in any episode and "The God You
Know" is no exception.
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