802: Children of the
Is the VS writing
getting better or am I just getting softer in my ratings? This is
the second episode in a row that I think is worth an 8 (1-10
scale) and maybe a bit more, 8.4-8.5. Of course, I do have some
comments (If I didn't I'd know my mind was turning to mush.).
Teaser: In an actual
filmed episode, the initial stage directions (During their
travels....) would not, of course, be seen by the viewers. Using a
narrator to bring us up to date would work, though (with maybe a
map onscreen to mark their path).
Interesting idea -
using paint for ink. It might be hard to make fine lines, but at
least Gabrielle could keep a record of their travels.
When Xena and Gabrielle
reach the river, the script says they are a half mile away from
where Little Feather fell in. That seems a bit far to see the
details in the scene description.
I originally thought
the sign language dialogue was too complex, but when I tried to
picture how it `should' be, I realized that the person being
spoken to would almost automatically expand the few signs (if they
understood them) into the complete sentences shown.
Xena's CPR technique
seems backward. The currently taught method uses five chest
compressions, then a breath, which is then repeated, not five
breaths, then a chest compression. It also works better with a
team (Xena could press the chest and Gabrielle give
By the way, Toa (aka
Richard B. Kloesterboer, the author of this episode), it's too bad
you didn't mention which direction the river was flowing. With a
little clue like that I might be able to figure out roughly where,
within Bigfoot's generally proposed territory (northern California
to southern British Columbia, in the Cascade Mountains and west,
maybe somewhat farther east in British Columbia) the story is set
(Bigfoot is the name used for the creature in the U.S., while
Sasquatch is more common in British Columbia (I believe it comes
from a Native American language in the B.C. area.), but both are
recognized in both places.)
Act 1: Hunting Elk's
creation story is an interesting parallel to Genesis 1.
Act II: I think all the
warriors would be wearing moccasins (hunt scenes), rather than
going barefoot, and `well made' would be a more accurate
description of them than `roughly tanned'. After all, they've been
using them for centuries, at least.
Act III: I don't think
Gabrielle would refer to giants as `commonplace' in her land. She
might say `We have giants in our land, too, though not as hairy.'
Gabrielle's line `You
won't like me when I'm angry.' Isn't that what David (or Bruce)
Banner says just before he becomes The Incredible Hulk?
Act IV: I've never
heard of any creature that has a flower scent - no matter what its
Disclaimer: There is no
need for the apologetic tone toward Native Americans here. They
are depicted as real people, some good, some bad, but altogether,
completely human, which is the best any of us can hope for. Here's
No Sasquatches were
harmed in the making of this motion picture.
The XWPVS team would
like to thank Harry of Harry and the Hendersons for his cameo
appearance in this episode.