Okay, so we've got a few corrections.
First the last report was numbered wrong. That
one was Part 2. THIS one is Part 3.
The softball teams were named The Amphipolis
Warriors and the Potidaean Battling Bards. I didn't hear about
the game until after it was played. And all I heard was someone
saying "The Poteidaen's lost." I hadn't heard the name of the
Amphipolis team at all. Also, they raised close to $2000, not
The baby shower the girls were talking about at
the end was most likely one Renee threw for Lucy for Julius, not
one they threw for Renee when Fin wrapped and she was pregnant
with Miles. We THINK that's right.
Post appearance thoughts.
Both Lucy and Renee and/or the characters they
played, separately and individually have huge followings in the
fandom. But these two on stage together are pure catnip to many
of the fans. For a lot of fans, it's that "The whole is more
than the sum of the parts" thing-even with such delectable parts
as these grrls got.
In any TV series, relationships between the
various characters are always at the heart of the show. Watching
two people interacting is what we want to watch. No matter what
narrative surrounds them or the individual stories that each are
living through, it's the intersection of person to person that
draws us back each week. With ensemble casts, it's all the
relationships whether friend, foe or lover and how they present
the bond of this set of people that creates a fulfilling and
absorbing other world that we enjoy visiting.
But most often, there is one core relationship
that defines the show and what it's trying to tell us. Couples
like Cagney and Lacey, Kirk and Spock, Fox and Scully, Kate and
Ally, (speaking of Ally as in McBeal, my favorite couple on that
show was the Biscuit and Fish), and my latest favorite
relationship, Bones and Booth, these are all core relationships.
And people feel that these characters are real and that the
viewer really knows them and in a way is really hanging with
them each week-say Thursdays at 10.
So when a core relationship duo gets up together
on stage-it is for most fans a very, VERY satisfying experience.
And these two Xena chicks are an onstage team
It's always fun to experience these two on stage
together. They egg each other on, tease each other, tease us,
protect each other, Renee sometimes has to defend Lucy from some
of us, inspire memories about each other that enhance their
answers, tell little stories about each other regarding their
real lives, not just things that happened during their show
lives, often answer questions for each other before the person
being questioned gets a chance to answer and then have little
arguments over some of the answers.
For some reason, I always find it funny when
they answer for each other.
They're also very comfortable physically with
each other, standing close, sometimes holding hands, like when
Lucy is dragging Renee to the other side of the stage so fans
over there can see them and get pictures, Lucy often drapes her
arm across Renee's shoulder and Renee then slips her arm around
Lucy's waist. It's so obvious that these two women love each
other and share a special bond, one forged in the heat of, well
the daily battle of trying to get an exceptionally challenging
TV show into the can, on time and within budget. And managing to
wind up with a hell of a lot better finished product than many,
many, many other shows.
I think one of the best things about the two of
them being onstage together is that then we've got two brains
digesting our questions and figuring out what the hell we're
talking about. Lucy can never remember episodes. Renee usually
does. Lucy talks a lot about what was going on the day they
filmed it, the weather, the temperature, the place they were
filming, who else was on set. Renee may remember all that, but
when talking about the series, she talks more about Gabrielle
than about herself.
Sometimes there's a pause after a question and
they kind of just stare at the questioner for a moment or two.
Then they look at each other, obviously hoping the other has a
clue. And then one of them (sometimes with screamed help from
us) will figure out which episode, which situation, which story
and tell the other one "Oh-she's asking aboutů" and then one or
both of them answers the question. And then sometimes bring up
other things the answer reminds them of.
Funny thing just struck me. Just about all of
the other stars get asked, "How did you like working with Lucy
and Renee?" But I have never heard Lucy and Renee be asked how
they liked working with one of the other stars. I do remember I
think it was Renee talking about how Hudson tended to sit by
herself when not in a scene-but I can't remember if it was at a
con or on a DVD or maybe a Coffee Talk tape? And I don't
remember if it was in answer to a fan question or not.
I enjoyed that some of their personal friends
and work partners outside of X:WP were there to see them. I
think Renee was talking about her projects and then gestured
towards a spot in the audience, pointing out Dawn Higgenbotham,
the woman whom she worked with on Diamonds and Guns. Laura
Sperrazza, the woman who played Gloria last year in Lucy's
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome" Roxy performance was also there
with a friend.
One last thing about their joint performance. I
really, really liked Lucy's advice. "Be good to your kids". Two
things-it's outward directed. It gives you a task beyond
yourself, makes you reach out and be a force for good in the
world. And also, kids who have good parents are more likely to
be good people. And maybe someday good parents themselves. So a
thing like that just continues to roll on down the years. And
heck, even if they ain't your kids, be nice to kids anyway.
There are literally the future of the world. Butter `em upů