Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Just friends' with Gabrielle

I have added Gabrielle from "Xena: Warrior Princess" on Facebook and am curious about her relationship status.

I really haven't seen Gabrielle since 2001 and am wondering where life has taken her. The two of us are "just friends" - and will always be "just friends" - but I felt we shared a special bond from 1995-2001, when "Xena: Warrior Princess" aired.

Watching "Xena" as a young adult brought moments of confusion to me. In the end, I totally "got," and liked, the show, but looking back at it, the first few years of the show were the best when I didn't totally "get" it.

Xena once had a romantic relationship with Hercules on the show "Hercules." Then she got her own show and forged a relationship with Gabrielle. In the beginning, I saw the two simply as Batman & Robin types, working together, then as the show progressed, I thought, "Hey, wait a second. I think there's something going on here!"

By the final season, Gabrielle had real short hair, and the duo kissed. I could be mistaken, but they had a love affair going on amid their swashbuckling.Some lesbians have championed "Xena: Warrior Princess" as a gay rights Tour de Force. That's a good cause, and I'm all for warrior princesses. But I preferred the show when Xena and Gabrielle had more of a subtle romance. Perhaps I liked Gabrielle's innocence because I had that innocence too.

I can't wait to send a couple e-mails to Gabrielle on Facebook and see if she's still together with Xena.

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