Money goes everywhere, thousands of hands could have touched the dollar bill you currently have in your wallet. At some point, that very bill could have been in the hands of Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Adam Lanza, Dylann Roof, Ted Bundy, TJ Lane, Timothy McVeigh. That dollar bill could have been touched by a future serial killer, future mass murderer, or a future victim of the crime. Cassie Bernall, Corey DePooter, Rachel Scott. The list goes on and on.
1x24 “Is There a Doctor in the House?” unlike the typical TJ Scott-directed episode, isn’t jam-packed with cool camera angles and stylish editing. In this ep he’s strategic about when to step back from the on-the-ground intensity of the field hospital and create a beautiful image. One of those beautiful images is the above, as Xena gets her first quiet moment with wounded Gabrielle. It’s a moment for regrets and reflections, and TJ composes it with all the gravity and grandeur of a religious painting. Note the symmetry of the three windows; their triangular shape echoes the triangle of Xena leaning over Gabrielle. Also interesting is the significant positioning of the three men behind Xena and Gabrielle: obsolete Galen watching uncomprehendingly from the deep background, Hippocrates too busy to look up as he ministers to the wounded per Xena’s wishes, and Marmax right at Xena’s shoulder, trying to console her.