Friday, February 26, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #51

Yet another neglected icon here at AiN. Lucy Lawless.

Like it or not, Xena: Warrior Princess was the best thing to happen to the fantasy genre since Schwarzenegger's Conan the Barbarian. Xena began as a foil in Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, and then went to her own series which ran for six seasons, ranking #2 in the ratings for its final season. Oddly, Lawless did not begin her Hercules/Xena run as Xena. She was in the made-for-tv movie Hercules and the Amazon Women (1994) as Lysia.

Aside from portraying Xena, Lawless has made a serious run at all things nerd-centric. She has appeared in a two-episode The X-Files, a bit part in Spider-man, Burn Notice, as a voice in the D&D video game Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, as Wonder Woman in Justice League: New Frontiers, Battlestar Galactica, and Spartacus: Blood and Sand as Lucretia.





13 comments:

Wings said...

She is something, ain't she?

The Vicar of VHS said...

You know, I was talking with a friend just the other day about why a Wonder Woman movie hasn't happened yet, and thought about your NGoN #50 post and how one of the problems might be that no one can live up to Linda Carter's image in the role. We tried to think of actresses who could, but came up blank. However, today's NGoN kind of answers that question, doesn't it? I think Lucy could totally be a modern Wonder Woman! She'd be damn near perfect, as long as they didn't try to make it Zena: The Movie. :)

The Vicar of VHS said...

Or "Xena," even. :P

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Wings - she certainly is. I have "Bitch Slap" on pre-order!

@Vic - I seem to remember LL being asked about playing WW when she was still playing Zima [smirk] and she said she didn't want to split the franchise. Probably smart, but true, she would be perfect.

Jamdin said...

Lucy Lawless is still one of my favorites.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

She puts me in a constant state of heat.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Jamdin - I still think Xena was pretty cool, and I like anything I see LL in. Have not watched Spartacus B&S yet. Showtime, right? Not on my tv. :-(

@Dr. Monkey - she is steel to one's flint.

aironlater said...

I'm pretty sure she's topless in Spartacus. Can't remember where I read that though.

Lorelei said...

My husband was always in love with Xena.

Nathan said...

I never had any interest in Xena, and hence never paid much attention to Lucy, but I really like some of those pictures. She makes a good redhead.

My word verification is "ashmet." Isn't that an ancient Babylonian goddess?

Darius Whiteplume said...

@aironlater - it's true. They are showing a few episodes on Fancast. I have not watched it yet.

@Loreleigh - it was a fun show. It must be on cable somewhere.

@Nathan - yeah, it is hard to pull off redhead when you are not one. She does a good job.

Lacey said...

The biggest mistake they did with Xena was to syndicate it on "Oxygen" or "WE" or one of the other "Premium only" upper cable channels after its initial run.

It basically disappeared.

Sure, hard core fans followed it, but you can only go so far with a hard core fan base. You need the casual fans also, and they will not root you out. You have to be more presentable.

Xena should have done general syndication deal. If it had, it would still be around, instead of just a legend.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Lacey - Part of the problem for me is that there is a such a strong story arc. It is hard to just drop-in on a Xena episode and expect to understand it. I think the longevity of Star Trek is that any episode can be your first. That is certainly true of the original series, and somewhat of Voyager and Enterprise. I am not as familiar with TNG or Deep Space 9, but I imagine it is the same. I think I missed some episodes of Xena and when I came back I did not know what was going on... It was not always major things, but wondering "where the hell did that baby come from?" can throw the casual viewer off.

I think the Sci-Fi channel (I refuse to use their new name ;-) used to show Xena, but now that they run professional wrestling they have no time for the classics. :-)

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