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07/29/17 6:12 PM
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07/31/17 1:34 AM
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I don't see any studio executive agreeing to green light a series bearing the name "Xena: Warrior Princess" if was about two women in the far future in outer space. Or two female pirates of the Caribbean. Or two men during WW2. The mere fact that the series features an OTP ("one true pairing") probably isn't enough to connect it to the original series.
NBC wants to capitalise on the "Xena" brand (or what remains of it) and the "Xena" brand is essentially a formidable looking female warrior dressed in leather who fights baddies with a sword, shamrock and annoying, younger, female sidekick who may or may not be her "partner" in every sense of the word.
Sure, once upon a time NBC probably could have built a "legacy" series. If it had green lit another "Xena: Warrior Princess" show after the cancellation of the first which followed either the idea of "Xena: Warrior Princess" (and the chakram) being passed down from one generation of heroes to another. Or if it followed the soul / spirit / personality of "Xena" as it jumped around various reincarnations on some kind of adventure. But, that didn't happen and I think they'd be hard pressed to do it now. Anyone in their right mind at NBC would simply turn around and ask what's the point in calling something "Xena: Warrior Princess" if you don't give the public what they want / expect. It has to play to the lowest common denominator.
I think there's a degree of flexibility in the concept, but I don't think we'll ever see a "Xena: Warrior Princess" production which doesn't feature an "alpha" female warrior accompanies by a "beta" female warrior / bard who travels around somewhat ancient Greece fighting evil.
IF NBC were especially desperate, I could see the "reboot" featuring Xena as a former Amazon who was expelled from her tribe because she was too war-like and who was secretly the daughter of Ares or Zeus or some other changes to flagrantly rip-off the "Wonder Woman" movie. But, even those changes don't extend too far beyond the original series which saw some Amazon tribes respect Xena, an evil Xena ingratiate herself with an Amazon tribe and which very nearly revealed that Ares was Xena's father if not for a last minute script re-write just before or during filming.
EDIT: I must say that, over the years I have occasionally viewed some TV shows as potentially being about the reincarnated souls of Xena and Gabrielle (e.g. Bo and Kenzi on Lost Girl, Dean and Sam on Supernatural and Agron and Nasir on Spartacus (obviously with varying levels of romance involved in the OTP since 2/3 of those "pairings" are not romantic)). Although I've never watched it, to my understanding, some Xenites view Jane and Maura on Rizzoli and Isles as being the reincarnated souls of Xena and Gabrielle.
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