It might not have the campiness, but it sounds like NBC's upcoming reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess might finally embrace a storyline only implied in the original series.
In a post on his personal blog, Xena producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach was asked about the recent LGBTQ controversy surrounding The 100 (a show he also works on) and how Xena might handle the lingering subtextual relationship between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor). It was sometimes implied the two were more than just friends, though the series always left that piece of the story ambiguous.
But, once they get the reboot off the ground, Grillo-Marxuach hinted that’s a storyline he wants to embrace in all its narrative glory:
“I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on The 100 – and my work on The 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. It will also express my view of the world – which is only further informed by what is happening right now – and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”
Considering we obviously live in a different era than the 1990s, when Xena had its first run, it’s encouraging to see the creative team is interested in further exploring a story that was always a part of the original series. It could also play a key role in increasing representation on the small screen, by telling that story in a buzzy, high-profile project.
Do you want to see this story explored in a deeper way, or should they stick to the subtext?