Of course, when I think of a TV show that starts with the letter “X,” I think of “The X-Files.” Unfortunately, “The X-Files” doesn’t start with the letter “X.” It starts with the letter “T,” for “The X-Files.” So being the stickler that I am, I had to find another TV show that actually started with the letter “X,” and there aren’t many to choose from. But choose I must. So the show I’m going with is one I never actually watched: “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Thus, all of the information about it below was gleaned from Wikipedia and a few other websites.
“Xena: Warrior Princess” was an American fantasy television series filmed on location in New Zealand. The series aired in first-run syndication from September 4, 1995 to June 18, 2001. It starred Lucy Lawless as Xena and Renee O’Connor as Gabrielle. Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, set out to redeem herself. She was joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journeyed the ancient world and fought for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.
The show was set primarily in a fantasy version of ancient Greece., which, as depicted in the show, was largely derived from historical locations and customs, modifying known places and events to generate an attractive fictional world. The settlements were presented as a mixture of walled villages and rural hamlets set in a lush green, mountainous landscape. They were often seen under attack from warlords, and travelling between them involved frequent encounters with small bands of outlaws. All of the main towns were named after historic towns of ancient Greece, and exhibit some of their essential characteristics.
Critics praised the series for its strong female protagonist, and it acquired a strong cult following, attention in fandom, parody, and academia, and has influenced the direction of other television series.
As I said, I never watched this show, but I’d be interested to hear what others of you who have seen it thought about it.