Friday, October 14, 2016

31 TV Shows for 31 Days of Halloween Season: Day 15


Series: Xena: Warrior Princess

Episode: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, in which fanged bloodsuckers terrorize a town and Xena and Gabrielle swoop in to save the day like a couple of Van Helsings. The twist is that the villains aren’t vampires; they’re the minions of Bacchus, the God of Wine (a dead ringer for the demon in Fantasia). The thing is, they’re totally vampires. I’ve always wondered how directly involved “executive producer” Sam Raimi was in Xena. This episode has a real Evil Dead feel with its babbling severed head, Army of Darkness-style Dryads, jerky editing, and heroes who get infected by evil forces. Nothing is as evil as the episode’s hip-hop bacchanalia, though. Try not to cringe yourself to death watching it. I always considered Xena to be the missing link between Batman and Buffy. Since yesterday’s show was Batman, you can probably guess what tomorrow’s will be…
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