Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 6 Episode 13

You Are There

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2001 on

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  • The explanation for this episode's schtick

    Reading the previous reviews makes me feel really old. ;-)

    The episode is titled "You Are There" because it's a parody of a show of the same title, that Walter Cronkite hosted on television in the fifties and that had been on radio with other hosts the previous decade. The premise of "You Are There" was that the show would dramatize a historical event, such as the crucifixion of Christ, and report on it as if it was actually happening with modern-day news reporters on the scene.

    It was revived briefly in the early seventies, which is how is how I happen to have been exposed to it. The episode goes a step further by making the reporter into a Jerry Springer style of talk show host and putting the characters onto his show, in a reversal of the theme of the original. The reporter appears to also be intentionally made-up to resemble Roland Headly, Junior from Doonesbury, the reporter who periodically embarked on weird adventures like the infamous "trip through Reagan's brain". Going into the past to interview a famous person with no particularly good explanation of how it was accomplished would be all in a day's work for him.

    As to the episode itself, this is one of my favorites. From Eve's profanity laden outburst to Ares' plaintive cry of "Oh, sure. See what the god of war is reduced to!" while he dejectedly guzzles his beer and Xena tries to fend off accusations of seducing him to the final denoument that reveals what she's really doing, the whole thing is a great sendup of the television culture of "investigative" hack journalism and the problems that plague celebrities from paparazzi and cuthroat reporters looking to make a name for themselves by smearing someone else.

    Everyone is great in this episode, and of course the final gag is the best of all. Big thumbs up on this one.
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