30 November 2019

Xena's "A Solstice Carol" Revisted by Gizmodo

It's that time of the year again when we get the old favourites being shown on TV. I love Christmas movies; they make you feel good. One of my all time favourite books is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens from way back in 1843.

LOVE this story about redemption and it's never too late to change and I've read it many times. I also enjoy watching the various versions of it being screened in TV Movies and/or episodes.

Gizmodo has a look at some (naturally) and the Xena episode based on the novel is also featured. A Solistice Carol was a cute episode. A Solstice Carol was in Season 2, Episode 9.
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7. “A Solstice Carol”

On this festive 1996 episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, the Winter Solstice stands in for Christmas, and Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) portray the Three Fates rather than the usual ghosts. Their mission: to convince a cruel, Scrooge-like king not to shut down an orphanage after the kids are caught making merry—which is extremely against the law, of course. Xena’s ready to kick some royal arse, but Gabrielle insists that storytelling could be just as convincing. (That said, she agrees “if the plan fails, we punch faces.”)

With help of the sympathetic king’s clerk, a mischievous donkey, some disguises, a whole lotta improv, the sudden re-emergence of a long-lost face from the king’s past, and a climactic fight using all manner of toys, bells, baked goods, feather pillows, and other random stuff—look, a few faces were obviously going to get punched here no matter what—glad tidings are restored. The king becomes a nice guy again, the kids are saved, and the last line of the episode is Xena saying “Gabrielle, you are a gift to me.” The true reason for the season!


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