I love drama. Not your typical, everyday, “You stole my man so let’s fight!” drama. I mean, REAL DRAMA!!! The CSI’s and NYPD Blue’s… even Dallas (both old school and the new show). However, I have an extreme love for a certain type of drama in particular. Every time I see an advertisement my heart skips a beat, literally. What’s that you might say?
We’ve all seen them. To name a few Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed… Highlander! I love the mixture of action, adventure and magical forces. It’s a sensational feeling. There is one in particular, that will always have my heart. It’s been a long time since its series finale, yet I still find myself watching DVDs of all six seasons, making sure I didn’t miss anything the first time. That show is Xena: Warrior Princess.
A lot of people may consider that a historical drama. That’s true. The show was based in the times of Ancient Greece and Rome. There was, however, an extremely good amount of Greek Gods throwing fireballs, trips to Tartarus, and bringing Xena back to life. Everything about the show was perfect to me, except for one thing. Many won’t agree with it, but we’re all entitled to our own opinion. So I ask you, what was Gabrielle’s real purpose on the show?
I understand she was the innocent little girl turned sai carrying poetic warrior. It is true, that she kept Xena’s inner evil grounded and became a good traveling companion, but… Did Xena really need her? Let’s look at the facts. Before Gabrielle came along, Xena was kicking butt left and right. The only person she really needed to be accountable for was herself (and Argo the horse). Then, the blonde village girl comes along and pretty much, always, gets Xena in situations that she doesn’t have to be in. How annoying is that?
Gabrielle was that one friend that everyone hates to have. She was too opinionated, too chipper, too friendly and just plain weak. Honestly, I would’ve written her off in Season 3, Episode 13, “One Against An Army”. Or better yet, in Season 2 Episode 19, when Velasca tries to kill her… I would’ve let her go. Sorry, but she’s slowing us down. Some might argue that if there was no Gabrielle there would be no show, because Gabrielle brought a lot of drama. Not necessarily true. If you look at Xena’s history, you will see that Xena already had a drama account built up with pretty much half of the living world, Underworld and Mount Olympus… even Valhalla. So, I’m pretty sure the show would’ve been just as great with no nagging Gabrielle.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh though. Maybe I shouldn’t just kill off Gabrielle. She can live. She can pop up every now and then, but as for riding on Xena’s coat tails and bringing down my drama inclined morale. No, it’s unnecessary. We have Joxer for that.