God, I hated Xena. I kept watching it out of loyalty but I hated it. Two reasons:
1. Christian preaching. This is supposed to be Greek myth, but Judeo-Christian advertising keeps popping in and out of the series as the ultimate good guy deux ex machina. I don't want to hear about Jehovah and how He's the ultimate good true while the Greek gods are just weaklings with magic.
2. Mary Sue Xena. An important facet of Greek mythos is how humans cannot go against the gods without tragic consequences, but that's what made the stories great and the characters heroes. But Xena, as a mortal, pretty much kills off the entire Greek pantheon without breaking a sweat. What the crap?
You know who's cool? Callisto. I loved that harpy. I don't remember if she became good in the end (I hope not).
Oh I so
agree! The only reason I ever watched it was to see if any of the episodes would simply be enjoyable sword and sorcery fantasy, it even failed in that regard usually because it was always so "clean" (in all meanings of that word), so slick and plastic, full of trite attempts at tough-guy comedy, and the most awful-crappy-fake looking fight sequences, and way too much reliance Eastern Martial art type fighting stuff. ugh. It was a live action cartoon.
Hercules and the Legendary journeys was bad enough, but at least he was a nice guy, which was interesting.- most hero's at that time were hard-men, as well as pricks: but "with a heart". Xena was EXACTLY
that type of character, which added to her dullness.
Ah, I've nothing to add about sexism, just wanted to agree with Mlai's comments on Xena and ad my bit.
Oh, I know! What I hate to see is any character, male OR
female who is just naturally uber magnificent at anything they do. They're experts at fighting, they look AMAZING with no effort, great hair, they have no failings, amazingly smart, have heaps of high level qualifications from the best educational institutions in the world, they're rich, amazing hackers, experts at anything they try the very first time... I HATE
those characters, making a woman like that isn't non-sexist, it's Mary Sue wish fulfilment, as Mali says: Either you want to be her or marry her, but usually no one else does. Really characters like that should only ever be villains since if you had those abilities and advantages you'd tend to abuse them or it would twist your mind and give you a god complex- most real life examples of those sorts of characters I know are either villainous or at least morally ambiguous.
-that applies to males equally in every way.
The other thing I dislike is when a female character is made out to be pretty tough and cool, top dog in one specific field, etc, and some male character just comes in and walks all over her! That's what I hated about the old Wonder Woman stuff. She'd be all tough and able, but as soon as her lovely-dovey military heart throb came on the scene... Or Be-Witched, where you have this powerful woman, who props up this ineffective tit of a man who's amazingly pathetic at everything, but when he criticizes her mother she defends him all the way, and when he tells her off for using magic to do housework or something, she agrees with him! And she still cooks his dinners etc... WTF?
Why did she even do the housework in the first place?
lol! It's not really a product of its time either, things had moved on at least a decade to twenty years beforehand.