Whoosh! Issue 16 - January 1998

Letters to the Editor

To write to the editor regarding your comments, observations, and questions about Whoosh!, send an e-mail to ktaborn@lightspeed.net and mark the subject "Letter to the Editor". All letters notated "to the editor" are subject to publication and may be edited for brevity and or clarity.

Differing Opinions About the Deliverer
The Acting of Ms. Lawless
Can't Get Enough of Leick
Missing Music
Where's Poppa?
Le Morte d'Sci Fi Universe?
The Debt
Lauda Bret
Maybe the Interviews Aren't So Bad After All
Xena XPosed . . . Exposed
Still Thinking About Those Amazons!
Where's Those Updates?
Peruvian Fans!
Korean Fans!
Extraterrestrial Fans!
Xena Withdrawal Symptom Strikes Again
Re-Run Blues
Random Thought
More From Peru
Xena Rules

Letters To The Editor

Differing Opinions About the Deliverer

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997
Subject: Letter To The Editor

In the Issue 15 edition of WHOOSH, Rachel2 wrote a letter about the DELIVERER, stating:

"Even in his self-interview Mr. Sears included what he thought rape was, and to my amazement [stated] that it does not happen,"


"Again I wonder now that THE DELIVERER has aired, what is his reaction to a scene that he didn't see as rape, now is being talked about over the net as rape."

WHOOSH is not the only forum where Rachel has made statements to this effect. I would ask Rachel to go back to my self-interview, rid herself of whatever agenda she has, and reread it with an eye toward making statements that are supported by fact.

I would love to give Rachel the benefit of the doubt; that she just misinterpreted something, but I just don't see it.

For those interested in reading it, you can find it at:


Thank you.

Steven L. Sears
Co-Executive Producer

The Acting of Ms. Lawless

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997
Subject: Acting on Xena

I'm glad to see an article that recognizes the acting talents of the cast [Lucy Lawless' Acting: Is it Good? Is it Bad? Do We Really Care? by Darise Error, WHOOSH #15 (December 1997)]. I love to watch the facial expressions of Lucy Lawless. They say so much. I can watch reruns, such as BEEN THERE DONE THAT" and still laugh out loud. That is an excellent episode where the expression says its all.

Thanks for a great job on this site. I know it takes a lot of hard work.

Darlene F. Berchin

Can't Get Enough of Leick

Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997
Subject: Hudson interview!

I just wanted to say, what a nice job Bret did on the Hudson interview! ["An Interview with Hudson Leick" by Bret Ryan Rudnick, WHOOSH #14 (November 1997)] Everytime I read one of her interviews I get more and more curious! She is a fascinating woman. Bret did a great job with the Q+A. I loved it and the Convention coverage too! Keep up the good work all of you!

(big time Hudson fan)

Missing Music

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997
Subject: Xena Soundtrack Vol. II

Read your review of the new Xena music [Xena: Warrior Princess. The Second CD: A Review (of Sorts) by Bret Ryan Rudnick, WHOOSH #15 (December 1997)] and I too am very disappointed the sailing montage and the rap number were not included with this music. I can't understand why they were left off this volume. Any thoughts?



There are a couple of things that come immediately to mind.

First, for those specific pieces, it could be that Joseph LoDuca did not compose them. From time time, a series will purchase the right to use a previously composed/recorded piece in an episode for a specific purpose.

Second, there is a dance mix CD in the works. That deal is in the process of being put together right now, and it may well be that some of those pieces will be included in that particular CD. The dance mix CD involves multiple performers/composers, and is taking longer to put together than a soundtrack CD that involves fewer composers/performers.

WHOOSH! is planning an interview with Joseph LoDuca in the near future, and perhaps we'll get a concrete answer to this question.

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 21:29:50 -0500
Subject: Nice CD, volume 2 article in WHOOSH!

I got the CD, and I thought something was wrong with the last song, but I guess it's supposed to end with a quick "bum" sorta thing. I, too, was disappointed that M'lila's song wasn't included. I also got the Hercules 2 CD, and was VERY disappointed that on the covers, there were tons of Serena pic's from the Golden Hind trilogy, yet NO SERENA SONGS!!! I was wondering if you did any Hercules soundtrack reviews.



Thanks for your note and nice words about the article.

I suspected that "M'Lila's Song" wasn't included on the CD because it wasn't a Joseph LoDuca compostion. It turns out this suspicion may indeed be correct. A fan has alerted me that the music in question appears on a CD by a gaelic group called "Mouth Music", on an album of the same name (they have several out). I've ordered a copy of that CD to confirm. Of course, it's not absolutely necessary for a soundtrack album to only have one composer on it, but I have been told it can be difficult to organise all the proper permissions and authorisations from multiple sources (which is why it was difficult to put a deal together for the pending "Dance Mix" CD).

No, I haven't done any HERCULES soundtrack reviews, mainly because I don't have those CDs. But your note has got me to thinking that perhaps I should, especially since WHOOSH! is now covering things more HERC related as well.

Thanks again for noticing the article, and now it looks like I'm going to have to hunt up some HERC music too!

Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997
Subject: Music

I must agree with you on Joseph LoDuca's music. I have forced my piano teacher to arrange the first two songs on the first volume (Main Title, Warrior Princess) so that I can play them over and over again. And I just spent a half hour about listening to "At Mother's Tomb." I am also quite relieved that my CD was malfuntioning with the abruptness of the last song, it gave me a little jump the first time I was listening. You re right, those 60 songs aren't enough to quench our appetite, only tempt it more. And when my friends and I pretend to be the melodramatic newsmen "El Nino, '97" I'll go and say out of nowhere "Hard Core fishing" I _love_ the titles. Especaily "Xena kicks Bacchae Butt" and Rrwarr"


Autumn wrr@deltanet.com

Where's Poppa?

Subject: Whoosh article
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997

I finally went to Whoosh and read "Reflections of a Father " [WHOOSH #15, by Anita Silva] and I must say how true it is. The father issue is one I can relate to but more to my heart was the issue about not telling a person how special they are until it is too late.

I had a co-worker a few years ago that was such a kind and wonderful soul. She was always helpful....no matter what was going on in her life (and she had a lot of trauma going on in her *own* personal life). She seemed to always be up/cheery, had a great sense of humor (her favorite Christmas song was "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by Elmo & Patsy, to which she would sing it at the top of lungs everytime it played on the radio!). She WAS the person to "give you the shirt off her back". She became eXtremely ill one Christmas but continued to work because her family needed the money. She finally took the week between Christmas and New Years off "to rest" (she said). On January 4th - she died from complications of pneumonia. She had left a gift for me at work and I waited like a good girl and opened it on Christmas day....it was a beautiful red silk blouse. I called to thank her for such a lovely gift...she sounded tired....but she was also the type that never complained or wanted to "bother" anyone with her problems. I went on about my business.

The point of all this is that I had never once told her how special she was to me and how much I appreciated her....now it is too late. The tradition is to wear black to a funeral. I wore the red silk blouse that she had given me. I did not care if it was not "proper"....I did it in memory of her and to somehow let her know that I missed her, that I loved her..... and I continue to miss her to this day. Your message rang clear....do not wait to tell someone how you feel about them....they may not be here tomorrow.

Your issue of fathers/parents is another story....and I understood your words.

So you see....your story did make me cry....but it is ok....it is a good cry. This is probably another reason why I am not fond of this time of year. :::sigh:::

Kim TrekOz@aol.com

Subject: Whoosh article
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997

I just read your article in Whoosh, talking so deeply about Xena and her father and the idea of saying everything one has to say AT the moment, instead of putting it off to an uncertain future.

Enjoyed the article a LOT.

chita@worldnet.att.net (chita)

Le Morte d'Sci Fi Universe?

Date: Sun, 07 Dec 1997
Subject: The fate of Sci-Fi Universe

To the editors of "Whoosh!",

I just wanted to let you know that I agree with your editorial regarding the purchase of "Sci-Fi Universe" by the Sci-Fi Channel. To date, I have only read one issue of the post Altman version of the magazine, but if that issue is any indication of the direction the new editorial team will be taking, I must say that I am sorely disappointed. It seems even Mark Altman's group were not immune to the insidious aspects of corporate media.

I just received the newest issue of "Sci-Fi Universe" yesterday, and haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I have a bad feeling about it. I expect I'll be cancelling my subscription if the magazine hasn't improved from last issue.

Scott Collura


I just picked up the 2nd post-Altman SCI-FI UNIVERSE (February 1998) and I was heartened by two things. First, the letters section was filled with letters complaining about the new management and mourning the passing of the Gore/Altman regime. Second, they had an article called The Postman Always Rings Twice where they make parallels between the movie Il Postino (The Postman) and David Brin s novel The Postman (currently playing as a Kevin Costner flick). Now, the humor piece was not as snarky nor clever as I would have expected from an Altman publication. But hey, they are trying. And they did the right thing by printing all those Cancel my subscription letters. I must admit the editor s highly defensive and Aren t we great editorials are annoying, but heck, I do that too. I just attribute it to mad editor s disease. The first issue of the new management really sucked. But this 2nd issue has made some improvements. Perhaps we shouldn t write it off too soon. If it can transcend STARLOG, then I will be happy. However, I really do miss the old snarky SCI-FI UNIVERSE.

The Debt

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997
Subject: The Debt II

I'm surprised that in the comments regarding the ending to "Debt II" no one mentioned that the hairpin may have been Lao Ma's way of preventing her son from becoming a monster too big to stop. Case in point: in the episode "Debt I" there is a scene in which she tells Xena that even a hairpin can be used to kill someone (I believe it is the same scene in which she is trying to teach Xena with the vases). Then when her son is taunting Xena: "I knew she would never kill her son... she cried for peace even as I cut her heart out... oh, she asked me to give you this--" and he pulls out the hairpin. When you see Xena's eyes, you almost get the idea that it must be Lao Ma's way of making things right. She couldn't kill her own son and realized that he was a monster who would only get worse as he grew older, making her last wish that he give Xena her hairpin.

Maybe everyone caught on to that, but no one mentioned it. Instead there was a lot of commentary on Xena betraying Gab out of anger etc. I saw it as a betrayal to Gab, but at the same time it was as if Xena was following through with the last wish of her "mentor"-- seeming how she failed her before. Kind of a nice little "catch 22" situation, especially when you add into the fact that L.M. had stopped Xena 10 years earlier from killing her son. It was also a nice little piece of irony due to Lao Ma having tried so hard for peace.


Lauda Bret

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997
To: brudnick@head-cfa.harvard.edu
Subject: Your Whoosh articles

Dear Bret,
I have been wanting to send you this e-mail for a long time thanking and praising you for your excellent whoosh articles. I enjoy your interviews immensely. Your questions are well thought out and different and show more depth than the typical publicity articles we've been reading in the media on the show and its characters. I have to tell you that I would love to interview some people from the show (I am an editor for a local newspaper, which is PR oriented, a house organ publication so I'm in the field) but have no clue how to make those connections.

My interest in the field is also why I enjoy and appreciate your interviews so much. Robert Trebor sounds like a terrific person, very grounded, down to earth, and honest. That comes across very clearly in your interview. Are you planning to interview Lucy and Renee? I know you are probably working on it and I can't wait. As far as Lucy goes, I'm curious how fame has changed her life (not in the typical ways). Is it what she imagined it would be? (We know she wanted to be famous). I'm also curious about her experience on a kibbutz in Israel (something Rober alluded to). Also, when it became apparent to Lucy and Renee that they have a terrific on screen chemistry (and the PTB).

For me it came through by Altared States. I loved the cave scene with Gabrielle on henbane, and the well scene. They acted so well off each other. Also, after Xena narrowly escapes death from Ares (when he pretends to be Atrius), and Xena tells Gabrielle that their friendship ties them closer than blood. Watching it seemed so real. I felt as a viewer that these 2 people really like each other (on and off the show--it was so powerful).

Also, watching the episodes, it comes across that this is a fun show to produce and all involved in the production enjoy the experience. While I am tempted to try my hand at a Whoosh article I have been concentrating on fiction up to now. As far as analyzing the show, I can only take it so seriously (enjoying the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, their acting) or about others associated with the show. At the same time, I am definitely hooked and it is the one show I watch on TV.

Anyway, Bret, I can be more specific about interviews you've done that I enjoy (Charles Siebert--I didn't realize he was on Trapper John. He's a terrific talent, acting and directing, and has a great voice). Bret, I'm curious how you make your connections and if the people you connect with are forthcoming. Thanks again, for the terrific work you do for Whoosh.

Rebecca rgweiner@postoffice.worldnet.att.net


Thank you for your long and thoughtful note. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. Although my e-mail address accompanies the articles I write for WHOOSH!, I receive relatively little e-mail -- not that I'm soliciting for more, mind you!

Glad you like the interviews. As time has gone by, I've learned a lot about doing them, and I often solicit help from fans to get the right questions for the right interviewee. I like to think of myself as representing fans in general when doing these interviews, and I try very hard to get the information most fans would like to know about. This isn't always successful, but an attempt is certainly made!

Everyone I have talked to at Renaissance, whether production staff, actors, writers, directors, editors, etc., have been wonderful. I have not had a single bad or unpleasant experience yet. Everyone seems very much to enjoy what they are doing, and they all seem to work together very well. I am very much impressed with the "family" atmosphere, and I think this starts from the "head" of the family, Rob Tapert, and works its way down. The people at Renaissance are a very talented bunch indeed, and are a very good group of people.

To answer one of your questions, I am not planning to interview Lucy Lawless or Renee O'Connor at this time. We at WHOOSH! are not able to at the moment. There have been issues as regards certain Universal/MCA licensees, and the upshot of that is an agreement between WHOOSH! and Renaissance not to pursue interviews with Lucy or Renee at this time. This sounds more ominous than it really is, I think. Because of the unique position of WHOOSH! -- a free Internet publication available to anyone with WWW access -- some licensees who produce printed publications for profit may have felt uncomfortable with our position. In any event, we still keep in close contact with some Renaissance personnel as to what we're doing on the interview front, and they in turn are very helpful to WHOOSH! as well. It's a very positive relationship, and I genuinely like all the people there I have contact with.

This whole interview process started out very slowly and required much patience and work, but over time it has developed a little momentum of its own. And there is certainly no shortage of people to talk to! My "wish" list continues to grow.

Thanks again very much for your very kind and positive words. I shall try my best to live up to them. Fortunately, I have a lot of good people here at WHOOSH! who work with me and help me make that easier!

Maybe the Interviews Aren't So Bad After All

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997
Subject: interviews

Kym: I wrote a Letter to the Editor a few months ago stating I was not pleased with the proliferation of interviews beginning to be published in Whoosh! at that time. I guess I had been numbed by some of the interviews that had been printed in magazines and shown on TV which really did not have the depth the interviews Whoosh! has had since my letter. I want to say that I now enjoy the interviews and appreciate also the time and effort the interviewees give toward these interviews.

Nick Nayko

Xena XPosed . . . Exposed

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997
Subject: Letter to the Editor

As an avid fan of anything that has to do with Xena:Warrior Princess, I naturally ran right out and bought a copy of Nadine Crenshaw's Xena X-Posed. What a disappointing bit of reading it turned out to be!

The structure of this book is so disconcerting, I actually could not read it for too long at one sitting. It annoyingly jumps all over the place! In addition, it also sounded very familiar. If you are enough of a XWP fan to search out the written word on anything that has to do with the show, chances are you've probably already read most of what is in the book. Save your money and just read WHOOSH!


Still Thinking About Those Amazons!

Subject: An Amazon Roster
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997

Thank you very much [for the article "Brave Women Warriors of Greek Myth: An Amazon Roster " by Julie Ruffell, WHOOSH #12 (September 1997)]. I have been digging material about Amazons, the historical ones, and the list you compiled is rather impressive. From [your bibliography,] I notice that Robert Graves is one of your sources...

Although I would dispute some of Florence Mary Bennett's conclusions ("Religious Cults Associated with the Amazons", AMS Press, Inc., New York, 1967) her study is enough to convince any, I think, that Amazons were "Artemis" daughters, that is, daughters of the initial religion, that of the Primal, Great Mother, under several guises - the huntress, the birth-giver, the warrior... So, at least one of your pictures is wrong -- no altars then, but trees, sacred trees under which the women gathered to prey in unison to their Ancestor.

Nice to have tumbled upon your page. Lucky me.

[address withheld]

MS. RUFFELL responds:

Thank YOU very much! This is my first piece of feedback on work I have done on WHOOSH! Actually, I did not use anything from Robert Graves. I used a single book for my material, but that was quite awhile ago, so I cannot quite put my finger on the name. I BELIEVE it was the Amazon Encyclopedia. I went to my local library and searched. It was a great book, because it was filled with Amazons from all over the world. I cannot say much about the pictures, because those were not put there by me, but they are real pictures from Greek pieces of art and for the article I wrote, pictures would have been hard to find. I also tend to believe that the Amazons worshipped Artemis. Xena goes that way too, although all the Amazons from Hercules myths (TV show or otherwise) seemed to follow Hera. Go figure. Well, thank you for taking an interest in my work! Words cannot express how nice it is to be noticed! BATTLE ON XENA!

Where's Those Updates?

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997
Subject: Withdrawl


In the last 2 months since I've discovered your site, I didn't realize how often I reach for my bookmarks and check in on the Episode Guide for a little kick in the butt when I'm tired of working on projects. There hasn't been an update since 11/16 (which I *completely* understand since we're in the re-run zone and if you're like anyone else in this industry you're up to your eyelashes in other work), and I'm in withdrawl! LOL - for those of us who watch XWP but have little time or inclination for any of the other festivities of fandom, your site hits the spot.



Thank you for your support of the episode guide. It is a definite labor of love for me and even though I am getting a lot more help from others in running it, there are still lots of things that I do personally and I selfishly do not want to relinquish that duty. However, I am at a rather busy time in my life and the guide, unfortunately, is suffering for it. Currently I am about 60 files behind in updates. The priority files are the third season files. Eventually I will get my act together and update the entire monster. My secret goal is to be all caught up by September 1998. Wish me luck! And thanks for writing.

Peruvian Fans!

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997
Subject: Letter to the editor

I just want to thank you for your GREAT site. As a recently "converted" XWP fan I've been looking for a place like this; with complete summaries and commentaries of episodes. Places like this are almost impossible to find. Your site is excellent. It's just what I was looking for. Thank you very much.

Andrea Leon
Xena fan from Peru

Korean Fans!

Subject: Letter to the editor
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997

Hi, I am the Korean novelist, Yeungkwan Kim. The good is good. Your site is, too. Goodbye!!

From Seoul: Little cold autumn morning, dry air with no rain. My Korean to English short stories will be published in the USA soon.

Yeungkwan Kim

Extraterrestrial Fans!

Subject: Letter to the Editor
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997

Greetings, Xenasophers!

Don't be alarmed. We are Etidorhpaians, not spamming scum!

Congratulations! Your wondrous site has just been placed by us as our Number One Best Smelling Site on the Web! We Etidorhpaians come from another universe (almost as fun as xenaverse) and with the aid of our powerful Liquid Orgonomic Ray Domes we metasurf myriad webs in countless universes utilizing almost all of our senses -- but especially Smell. We have rarely smelled a web site as exquisite as Whoosh! Keep up the great work! Please, visit our web site and see your site listed as Number One with us, and learn more about how we metasurf:


We have, as well, signaled our action on our Etidorpha Updates page, which is repeated verbatim below and may be found here:



December 1, 1997 - XiaFraZkhia

Rose, lilac, sage and amber, with a hint of blood and warrior sweat, wafting over the exciting odor of hot metal, these scents and more wash lavishly through our olfactory when we immerse ourselves in "Whoosh!", the online journal of "The International Association of Xena Studies". Thus, today we have placed the wondrous web site "Whoosh!" at the top of our Top Ten Best Smelling Sites on the Web list. Although Xena herself exudes the headiest scents, there are other smells found here that are just as worthy. Notably the new mown hay, sunflowers, and Amazonian ambergris of Gabrielle, and Joxer's medley of barnyard. In point of fact even the smells that we might otherwise judge "funky" take on a fresh healthy air. These subtle olfactions are not to be missed!

Xena, being a multiuniversal hero and deep archetypal icon, is way deserving of an "International Association of Xena Studies" (aka "Xenatics"). Its creators should be justly proud of the depth of thought, knowledge and learning that are found therein. We Etidorhpaians, supposedly so "brainy", have no such organization and breathe a great sigh of relief that our posteriors have been so excellently covered. Honorable Earthlings may rest assured that a Xena wing of the Grand Kweetarn is hurriedly under construction, and shall be unveiled at our earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your kind attention!


You can find the Secret Center of the Web Home Base here:


You may contact our earthling emissary, ken ta0, here:


p.s. We realize that this is beyond the sphere of Xenalogy, but we were wondering, since we are having a hard time getting this information from other sources, if you could forward us any knowledge you might have accrued concerning the quaint earthling custom of nude bowling. Thanks!

Xena Withdrawal Symptom Strikes Again

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997
Subject: Letter to the Editor

Hi everyone at Whoosh!

Thank you guys over there for the excellent Xenarama you've been bringing us! I recently read an article in Whoosh titled "Xena Weekly Withdrawal Symptom" and laughed a LOT because I found that I had EVERY symptom mentioned. I mean, hey can anyone blame me for that?! However I was pretty distressed because there was no actual cure stated! (heee-heee)

I have also been trying to find information about Lucy Lawless' childhood and teenage years with no success whatsoever. Could you help me find some? Thank you and I love you all!!!

Kremena - a fellow Xena Addict


Thanks for writing. For the hardy there are little snippets here and there about Ms. Lawless life available from the printed media and at various websites. There will be some books coming out, official and unofficial, which will cover Ms. Lawless life in some detail. The year 1998 will see a phethora of printed and web materials on Ms. Lawless, so just sit tight. You may eventually get more information than you originally wanted!

Re-Run Blues

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997
Subject: Can you kill a show with reruns?

First I must thank you for your attempt to give a schedule for Xena reruns and first runs. Far be it that WPIX-NY or Universal would let anyone know when the show is coming or going. But-- how can any show--even X:WP survive when TBTB drag the television season into the "four seasons". Isn't it a bit much to expect the viewers(even die-hard fans like myself and my family) to follow the seemingly illogical and inane programming. To tell you the truth, the charm of this season has already worn off. If a new episode should show up I hope my VCR is ready, cause I'm not. Thanks for the work you do--let's hope X:WP triumphs despite the attempt to kill it.


Random Thought

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997
Subject: Letter to the editor

Nice page! Thanks to the mysterious "Xenameister" for turning me on to it.

Random thoughts about the page and to the writers:

Don't be closet watchers! It's o.k. to watch! I'm a male, and most of the people I know who watch are female, including my wife, now.

NO PIXELS ON ANYTHING! I watch on WGN in Chicago, and I must not have seen the re-run with pixels. Write to your station's GM if they cut or edit something like this.

We want Callisto!

Eric Forte

More From Peru: The South American Xena Experience

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997
Subject: Letter to the editor

Where to begin.... I have so many things to express about XWP I don't know what to write. My heart is pounding as I try to write this and I have only been an obsessed Xena : WP fan for a few weeks now. I seem to be the only Xenite that is actually excited about the reruns!

I'm taping all the "Rift" episodes. I've missed every episode of the first and second seasons and I regret not seeing the show's potential when I first heard about it.

I know everyone likes to read a good story, and in Whoosh! that's all I've beed doing. I read "I'm a Closet Xena Watcher" by Phyllis Schudde and laughed my way through the whole thing. Now, the reason why I'm writing this is because among all the great letters I've read, I haven't seen any coming in from South America. I feel the need to tell the world what it's like being a Xenite in a country where absolutely no one else but me is obsessed with Xena, or so it seems. I don't know if I'll do a good job since I don't have any experience writing this kind of letters, but I'll do my best but if I leave you with any doubts you can comment and ask me as many questions as you want. So finally I make it a personal commitment to make this great continent's presence, or at least Peru's presence, felt in the Xenaverse.

First of all, having read Phyllis Shudde's letter and the responses it attracted made me well aware of how difficult it is to be a Xenite among gentiles. Now imagine what it's like to be a Xenite among people who have never even heard of the show! It's insane!. It takes me back to my days as an obsessed Trekkie (which I still am, but Xena has now won it's place in my heart) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but that's another story.

It all started in Caracas, Venezuela in 1994 (was that the year Hercules began?). I saw the previews, and what attracted me to the show was it's awesome special effects. I was really amazed by them because the only other time I had seen that kind of special effects was in motion pictures and not in a TV series. So I watched HTLJ and thought it was ok overall. Time went by and I watched it occasionally, but my attitude toward the show did not evolve beyond simple enjoyment. By the way, I got cable about a year before that so I was watching American TV, undubbed and uncut.

Then Xena : Warrior Princess started being advertised. When I saw the preview for the first time I thought, "Oh please!... Xena : Warrior Princess?? As if anyone is going to watch *that*! That's the most ridiculous show anyone could think of!", I swear if I could go back in time I'd beat myself with a wooden staff.

I'm not sure if I first learned about Xena in Venezuela or Mexico because 1995 was my transition year from one country to the other. The thing is I still wasn't into XWP. I was still a diehard Trekkie. I cought an occasional XWP episode while channel surfing, but that was it. Then I finally moved to Lima, Peru, my native country and it's now, after a year and a half of living here, and after 2 years of being exposed to the Internet that I have finally succumbed to the magic of Xena and Gabrielle.

I can't think of anything that isn't related to XWP. I read all the episode synopsis, reviews and commentaries, I'm in the process of going through all the sites in the Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, and Xena : Warrior Princess web rings in the Net, and I am committed to religiously watching the show every Saturday and Sunday, I sent an e-mail to Rosie O'Donnell asking her to please invite Renee to the show ( I'm hoping that all you Xenites do the same! ), and I sent Renee an e-mail hoping she'll be able to read it.

But what made me fall in love with the show? The answer is simple: I don't know. One very normal night I just turned on the TV and accidentally caught the last third of "Gabrielle's Hope". I had no idea what was going on, but I had to find out. It was the oddest feeling because I didn't know what was happening inside my head. I just needed to know what that was all about. In the blink of an eye I was hooked. I realized that the very next day. Then I stumbled upon Whoosh!, the best most complete Xena episode summaries and commentaries on the Net. Thank you everyone in the Whoosh! staff. You made my day for a very long time.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have Internet access because the Net is my only source of anything that is related to XWP. I have yet to find another Xenite here in Lima... althought I sincerely doubt I will. My only consolation is that I will be able to communicate with fellow Xenites over the Net. That's the downside of it all, and it's what many "closet Xena watchers" who love XWP know: Sometimes you're the only Xenite around.... "ain't love a bitch"?

P.S. I got the Xena action figure from HTLJ!! I found it in a market! I'm so excited ...Do I need therapy?

Andrea Leon Vidal
Lima, Peru

Xena Rules

Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997
Subject: xena rules!!!

I have never had so much fun at a website. I'm a huge fan of Xena. I always watch the show. In other words XENA RULES!!!


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