Whoosh! Issue 70 - July 2002

LIFE AFTER XENA
By Virginia Sanchez and Lourdes Sanchez
Content © 2002 held by author
WHOOSH! edition © 2002 held by Whoosh!
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Residual Caution (01-02)
Post-FRIEND (03-04)
Xena in Hollywood and Beyond (05-08)
Links
Articles
Biography



LIFE AFTER XENA



Spoiling the mood, Gabrielle wonders aloud if she left the cookfire burning back at camp
Instead of going off into the sunset, Xena and Gabrielle just kind of stare at it.

Residual Caution

[01] The month was October, year 2000, when we wrote our very first article on Xena: Warrior Princess that was posted at the Whoosh! site in celebration of its 50th issue. We ended that article with: "We just wonder what our lives will be like when it really ends. When they bring the curtains down, when the last note is sung, when the last dialogue is spoken...."

[02] It has been months since we last saw a new episode of Xena. Part Two of A FRIEND IN NEED was last aired in the week of September 18, 2001. We still could not bring ourselves to watch it again, though we watched Part One that aired a week before. Then, last December, a Xenite friend gave us a copy of the Oxygen version of A FRIEND IN NEED. We watched it, although we knew we would not feel any differently since it was first aired. The damage was already there.


Post-FRIEND

[03] What have our lives been like after Xena? Simpler. Mundane. No more looking forward to and getting excited for Saturday afternoons. No more setting up the VCR and triple-checking if the record button is working. No more running out of blank tapes. No more online discussions on new episodes. No more Xena.

[04] Well, not exactly. Xena still rules our everyday lives. Our bedroom and office/computer rooms are still "Xenatized" so Xena would not likely be forgotten or replaced just yet or, on second thought, ever. We looked forward to Lucy Lawless' guest appearance on the ninth season premiere of the X-Files, to Creation's Xena Kit #5, and upcoming conventions. We are still visiting the same, favorite Xena sites, and getting as much info as we can on the lives of Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, and the great supporting cast. We do not have the passion and drive to watch new shows because visions of Xena and Gabrielle always fill our minds.


Xena in Hollywood and Beyond

[05] To fill our Xena void, we did a Xenite friend (Shawna, Adrienne Wilkinson's fan club president) a favor. She wanted us to take pictures of her Xena doll at different places. She wanted to collect pictures of Xena's adventures. She has other Xena fans from Canada, Australia, England, Los Angeles, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Rhode Island who are taking her pictures. Since we do not have a loose Xena doll figure, she sent us hers.

[06] We brought Xena down to Hollywood. Since parking was hard to find, we needed to take Xena's pictures fast. At home, we had been practicing Xena on how to pose, stand, sit, and we learned that she could not kneel. It felt weird taking Xena's pictures with all the tourists around us, but it was fun at the same time. We did not mind them. Most of the kids looked quizzically at us. Our dad, who was waiting in the car, said that he noticed some men looking at us and at what we were doing because Xena kept falling down. Maybe the men were thinking what are these two kids doing "playing with their doll?" in Hollywood! There were a couple of times, too, when I (Virginia) was about to click on the camera, then Xena would fall face down. Maybe we were nervous because we could not make Xena stand. Or maybe it was the wind. There were a couple of times, too, that we were asking each other, "Was she (Xena) looking at the camera?", laughing, and shaking our heads.

[07] Last Halloween, we decided to dress up as something Xena-related. We dressed up as Xena and Priestess Leah as Hestian Virgins from WARRIOR...PRIESTESS...TRAMP. At the last Annual Xena Convention in Pasadena, we dressed up as Gabrielle and Aphrodite as Bruna and Hilda from LITTLE PROBLEMS, and placed third in the costume contest.

[08] Although the show has already ended, Xena is very much a part of our everyday lives. There will always be a place for Xena in our lives, now and forever.


Links

Xena dolls pictures
Our Halloween pictures
Our convention pictures


Articles

Virginia Sanchez and Lourdes Sanchez. Xena, Like Milk, Does a Body Good. Whoosh! #50 (Nov 2000)


Biography

a twin of mystery Virginia Sanchez
I was born first on September 23, 1972 to our Filipino parents. My twin sister and I enjoy being twins. We are single by choice and loving it.


Favorite episode: BETWEEN THE LINES and LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE
Favorite lines: Xena: "But I want you to know that I still think you are the best thing that ever happened to me. You gave my life meaning and joy and you will be a part of me forever." SACRIFICE II. Xena: "It's strange -- the one I love most in all the world and the one I hate -- look exactly the same." SACRIFICE II
First episode seen: No recollection
Least favorite episodes: MORTAL BELOVED and THE PATH NOT TAKEN

Biography

a twin of mystery Lourdes Sanchez
My twin sister is just three minutes older than I am, but I do not let her boss me around. We are both very shy, but somehow Xena gives us the courage to reach down inside ourselves and do things that we are not capable of.


Favorite episode: BETWEEN THE LINES and LYRE, LYRE HEARTS ON FIRE
Favorite lines: Xena: "But you're my source, Gabrielle. When I reach down inside myself and do things that I'm not capable of, it's because of you. Don't you know that by now?" from ONE AGAINST AN ARMY. Xena: "You always said that I was the brave one. Look at you now. If this is to be our destiny, let's see it out together. Even in death, Gabrielle -- I will never leave you." ONE AGAINST AN ARMY
First episode seen: No recollection
Least favorite episodes: MORTAL BELOVED and THE PATH NOT TAKEN

 

 

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