#ThrowbackThursday- “Xena: Warrior Princess”

"Xena" portrayed by Lucy Lawless
"Xena" portrayed by Lucy Lawless

 It is a no longer a secret that some women fight better than most men. For us kids of the eighties and early nineties this was reinforced into us every Thursday night when Xena dominated the small screen. The “Scandal” of her times, this now iconic show defied every stereotype you could think of. Whether she was taking down some warlord, wooing some hardened king, or going toe to toe with the gods themselves this warrior woman was always making the impossible possible!

Besides major butt kicking we saw the unlikely love story of Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle unfold. Growing from an annoying blonde bard, to a ferocious stick fighter, and later a full fledged warrior this little lady at times stole the show. It was generally understood the pair were an item, but the writers of the show did an awesome job encoding their lesbian relationship. They even had a daughter via “immaculate conception.” All and all, her signature weapon, the Chakram, is still one of the most memorable fantasy weapons to date. In my opinion, only the Sword of Omens, the Power Sword, and Batman’s utility belt amaze me more.

Another thing that I find interesting about the show are the villains. The Warrior Princess went up against Caesar, Callisto, and Ares just to name a few. The show also introduced us to other ancient cultures and other pantheons of gods. To put it simply it’s time for a reboot! Xena deserves to return back to television and eventually the Big Screen.

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Throwback Thursday- “Passions”

Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald and Ethan Winthrop
Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald and Ethan Winthrop

Growing up with my Nana soap operas were a mainstay of her household. Like clockwork, Monday through Friday she watched “All My Children” at one o clock, “One Life To Live” at two, and then at three, “General Hospital.” For years I never understood her fascination with them. In my opinion characters like “Erica Kane,” had no real world value. Even more importantly how could a teenage boy such as me relate to all this gushy romance. Then one day, as I lay propped up, sick and half dead, “Passions,” came on. Initially I wrote it off as just another soap opera, but then I noticed two unusual characters–a witch and a talking doll! I found myself engrossed in the show’s supernatural storylines and found myself greatly enamored with Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald. As the show’s main heroine she fought for, and won, the love of Ethan Winthrop. Then there was Alistair Crane–a television villain so evil he puts J.R. Ewing to shame! The show also launched the careers of heart throbs like Justin Hartley and Jesse Metcalfe, and introduced us to Eva Tamargo.

Apparently I wasn’t the only guy addicted to the show as it had a high male fan base and sparked a cult following! The show routinely appeared on VH -1′s “The Best Week Ever,” and became a pop culture phenomenon.  For nine seasons audiences laughed, cried, hoped for, and fell for the citizens of  the seldom harmonious town of “Harmony.” Still, there was a lesson behind the show; a happy life has to be fought for and vigilantly defended. As much as you would like to think things will work themselves out you alone hold the power to achieve that outcome! Cheers to “Passions!”

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Throwback Thursday-”As Told By Ginger”

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Anyone born from the mid-eighties to the early nineties grew up watching NickToons. Nickelodeon was our third parent. From the Rugrats we learned to overcome self-doubt and be adventurous, and Hey Arnold navigated us through elementary school and our first unrequited crushes.  Finally, Doug and the gang walked us t through the front doors of middle school still gonna be amazing cartoons prepare the score what was to come with adolescence and ultimately becoming a teenager like “As Told By Ginger.”

“Someone once told me that life is much greener on the other side. ..” still echoes in minds to this day.  Ginger and her friends were realistic and deeply in tune with that awkward phase where you’re no longer a child,but still far from grown up.  The show dealt with more mature topics like death, peer pressure, parental abandonment, and divorce. Even more interesting is the characters actually aged on the show, the queen bee is actually likeable, teenage girls and their parents can get along, and nothing is cookie cutter. Ginger and her friends actually work hard to reach their goals.

Ginger Foutley is that unsure, but brave person every adolescent and teenager is at some point during their development. This show made the journey of growing up, or being in between, worthwhile.

Get in touch with your childhood and catch all the episodes of “As Told By Ginger” by print the link below in your browser.  Enjoy!

Watch “As told by Ginger – The Party (1998)” on YouTube