And speaking of “who needs the extra work,” I confess that apart from occasional giggles when Joxer’s luck stays delightfully bad, and from occasional satisfaction with the program’s remarkably good fight scenes, our kid has really been ready for Xena to wrap up, and honestly, four seasons of this show was good for us. Happily, episode nineteen was another mostly comedic entry, and a chance to bid farewell to Autolycus and Joxer, and episode twenty was a chance to say goodbye to two other recurring players, who didn’t make it out of the narrative alive: Ephiny and Pompey. We enjoyed the laughs in the first one – it’s a murder mystery – and the brawls in the second one, but really, the enthusiasm isn’t there. Probably should’ve stopped with the murder mystery, honestly.
Actually, the original plan had been to watch the next one, which is what the season had been building towards with Xena’s flashforwards of hers and Gabrielle’s grisly deaths. Even knowing that there would be some supernatural magic early in year five to restore them, however, it felt a little heavy, and the reviews I read suggest I’m right to table it. I like this show when it’s lighthearted and fun, with goofy supernatural antagonists and a playful spirit. So we’ll leave it there, and move on to other things.