Everything Wrong with TV Shows, Part 1
This planet has surely evolved. Look at all the animals, plants, people and that wonderful-oh-wonderful technology. We live in a world of new things, new possibilities where everything is in your reach, the world where you can accomplish everything you want if you just put your mind to it. So let me ask you this, how come no one thought of creating more interesting female characters when it comes to TV shows? I am talking about the one who carries the entire show and is not boring as hell (I am looking at you, 90% of female population in TV shows).
[Disclaimer: This is not yet another feminist post about gender equality, this is a harsh reality]
Ask yourself, when was the last time you saw a female character who really blew you away (and not by the way the actress looks, because that is a whole other story). Imagine the world where we could turn the cards and have Mr. Robot with Elaine instead of Elliot, have Breaking Bad with Wynona and Jessica instead of Walter and Jesse, etc. (I really do apologize for these lame names, but so not the point). The point is that you probably wouldn’t want to see that show. You would say ‘oh just some lame chick-flick’ and that’s the truth. Somehow we expect female characters to be graceful, nice, badass (but not too much, just enough of that sass), kind, friendly, lovable, etc. While on the other hand, when it comes to men we expect to see everything, because why not, that is interesting.
Lori Grimes from The Walking Dead. Photo: AMC
Whoever saw The Walking Dead knows what I am talking about. Lori Grimes is one of the worst characters in the history of television. Every time she would show on my screen I had the incredible urge to become a zombie and kill her myself. I couldn’t bring myself to understand how such a well-written show can allow itself to have such a basic, plain character being one of the main characters (until the ding, dong, the witch is dead moment).
[I would like to talk about Tara from Dance Academy as well but no one saw this show but me (and my friends whom I violently made to watch this show) so I will just let it be]
I will admit this, we do have TV shows like Scandal, Orphan Black, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones which do have an incredible specter of amazing female characters (Orphan Black alone has dozens of them all played by the same actress, still blows my mind). But let’s take for example, Cersei Lannister. You probably hate her guts or at least hated her guts, but to me, she is such an incredible character. She has such depth and she is plain mean and there is nothing wrong with having that kind of character. She is damn interesting and I could watch her all the time. The case with Olivia Pope (Scandal) is the same, she is a strong female character who makes you want to be her even with all her flaws and weaknesses because she knows what she wants, she will fight to get it and not be all mushy about it along the way. Even the aforementioned The Walking Dead has its good moments, they have incredible Michonne, they also found something called ‘character development’ and they did exactly that with Carol. They made her awesome when she was incredibly boring with nothing interesting to give us.
Cersei Lannister from The Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
I will stop my rant here, but close your eyes for a second, think about it - when was the last time you saw a female character who really blew your mind away? - and you will know that I do have a point (sometimes).