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TV Thursday – Letter S (Part 1)

Star-Crossed (2014)

About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009)

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith. – IMDb

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates. – IMDb

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Source: Stargate Wiki.

Links: Redefining Disability, Feminism, Diversity and Science Fiction

Links: Redefining Disability, Feminism, Diversity and Science Fiction

Anastasia Dualla. Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Anastasia Dualla.
Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

 

A Thank You + Links: Feminism, Science Fiction, Writing, Redefining Disability

Thank you very much to Tricia Barr for including my Star Wars video Be Everything You Can Be (featuring the movies’ female characters) in one of her recent posts! This video means a lot to me so seeing it in the post touches me. Thank you!

Zoe Washburne. Source: Firefly Wiki.

Zoe Washburne.
Source: Firefly Wiki.

Links: Feminism, Science Fiction, Writing, Redefining Disability

Why I Don’t See Emma And Regina As A Couple In Once Upon A Time (But Hope That Mulan And Aurora End Together)

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

While I tend not to be deeply involved in fandom these days, I still am interested in reading analysis and fan reactions. I started watching Once Upon a Time end of last year, and could binge on the first two seasons and early third one in a row. I loved this show and I can’t wait for the fourth season now that I watched the most recent finale.

There is one big thing in the show that I don’t see: Emma and Regina as a couple.

And it feels from some things I’ve read that if you think this, it is likely because you don’t want to see a same-sex couple relationship brought to the forefront of such a mainstream story. I don’t like generalizations.

I was (still am) hoping that we would see more of Mulan and Aurora and I’m crossing fingers that since Believe was sadly cancelled that Mulan will be able to return to this show, along with seeing Ruby/Red Riding Hood more again (with Intelligence having also been cancelled). It was all the more a surprise for me to root for them so much, because I am a huge Sleeping Beauty fan and always loved Aurora and Philip, but in the show, Aurora/Mulan was obvious to me and I hope to see things evolve in the upcoming seasons. I even think that if Mulan had been around Aurora when the people from the Enchanted Forrest returned, she wouldn’t have sold them to Zelena.

I would love to see more same-sex couples featured in main cast in TV shows and movies, and see them raising families together. But to me Emma and Regina ending together would look extremely forced, because I never saw any sexual or romantic chemistry between them. Many people see it, but I don’t, so I can’t imagine them together. This isn’t specific to Emma/Regina, as I have issues with some mainstream ships in media productions, such as Sheppard/Weir or Teyla/Ronon in Stargate Atlantis, Buffy/Spike in Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Jaina/Jag in Star Wars, to name a few.

To me, Emma and Regina being together as a couple would only be due to Henry. And to me this isn’t a valid enough reason to put two characters together, just as putting two characters together because they are the two gay/bi/pansexual ones in a given setting (office, school, university) isn’t easily enough.

I liked how Emma started as well, but as the seasons have gone on, I have liked her less and less. Many characters in the show went through very difficult times, but I still like many of them. Emma? Not so much. Regina, just like Neal or Hook, isn’t perfect either. Being able to develop flaws to make characters credible is very important. Yet, save for a few moments, I’ve not really cared for Emma, so maybe this is why in the end, I don’t ship her with anyone.

I found her history with Neal interesting and that it brought a lot to the show, but first of all the love triangle with Neal/Emma/Hook annoyed me, but once again, this is nothing special to this case, as I have never been a fan of love triangles.

I’ve felt sorry for Hook more than once, especially given how patient he has been, how dedicated to help he has become. I am not saying that Emma should have just fallen into Hook’s arms after Neal’s death, but she didn’t always have to treat him the way she did. In the finale of the third season, some things begin to hit home in Emma’s mind, but as great as it was, I can’t help but wonder whether this new revelations will last.

Regina started as a villain, and became more and more layered as time went by, to the point she became an actual hero in the third season. I love how she has evolved and I love her character even more than before. She has also cared more for Henry than Emma in my view in the third season. While Emma’s want to return to New York makes sense because she wants to protect Henry, she doesn’t seem to think one moment about how she is taking Henry away from his other mother and his whole family now that the boy shows how well he has grown fond of Storybrooke again now that he has his memories back.  (On a side note, I also love how when Hook interacted with Henry to look after him, he also mentioned Neal on a few occasions, showing that he being for Henry wasn’t just a ploy to conquer Emma).

Regarding Regina’s relationship with Robin, I think it was really well handled, despite introducing him in the third season, especially the second half. Between the omen that Tinker Bell gave earlier on, and working with the missing year in flashbacks, I like how Regina and Robin’s relationship evolved, and I also loved how they could relate to each other as parents. They both walked towards each other, in a more significant manner than Emma did with anyone (at least in present time, as I’m not talking about her past history with Neal). One thing that angered me in the finale of the third season was bringing Robin’s wife back from the past. This was gratuitous drama that was totally unnecessary in my view. It was the one big thing that peeved me in the season finale. And Regina’s horrified and hateful reaction to Emma is quite understandable, although Emma is certain she did the right thing (which technically was as saving innocent lives is the right thing).

I also like the idea that two beings who can wield supernatural powers aren’t necessarily drawn together. For example, I love how Han and Leia are to me the greatest couple in Star Wars, and she is Force sensitive and eventually trained while he never had this gift. Even as they raised three Force sensitive children together, Han wasn’t made any lesser because he didn’t have it. In a more recent example, I loved the idea of Astrid and John in The Tomorrow People even before John lost his powers, because Astrid wasn’t a lesser being either because she was a regular human.  While the series narrative crumbled, I also used to love Max and Logan in Dark Angel, though she was a genetic prodigy and he was a human who ended in a wheelchair.

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

I am giving a lot of examples here but as I mentioned above, the main problem I have is that I’ve liked Emma less and less as time went on, and in my view the show could benefit from having her die in an epic fashion (as she is the Savior). It would throw her family and close ones through turmoil and give possibilities of character development to them, but I would really like to see that. And I am aware of how unlikely this is to happen.

To me both Emma and Regina could perfectly be bi or pansexual, and if Regina was presented with a female love interest with whom I saw chemistry when watching the show, I would be happy, but as much as I recognize that her relationship with Emma is special, I don’t see the sexual and romantic chemistry at all. I tried to see it, looking back, or seeing whether I was missing something on my screen that many other people saw, but I can’t see it, no matter how I try. I don’t necessarily see strong relationships with a romantic lens either. For example, I mentioned how I never considered Sheppard and Weir as a couple in Stargate Atlantis. I loved them both as friends/enemies/mentor and student; and liked their bond a lot, but I never saw romantic chemistry either.

So, I’ll keep watching Once Upon A Time, rooting for Regina and Robin (though I have no idea how they will get out of this new mess) and cross fingers for Mulan and Aurora. And while I don’t dislike Emma/Hook, I honestly wish Hook to find someone else, but I know that unless Emma died, this is unlikely to happen. I would like to like Emma again, but I’m not certain that this will be the case, though the show is welcome to surprise me in a good way.

Star Wars, Paper Ideas, Links, More Writing And TV To Watch

I can’t even begin to express all the emotions Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions brought out of me. It went beyond everything I had expected for this final season. I love how they tapped into the Star Wars mythology on such a deep level. There were so many feelings. I am so grateful to the whole team of talented people who worked on this. It was Star Wars at its best and it made me want to rewatch all of the previous seasons (+ the movie). I also realized I never rewatched Episode III: Revenge of the Sith since watching The Clone Wars. I am already dreading the day because I believe that I’ll cry even more (knowing I could barely stand after the first time I saw Episode III on the big screen).

There are so many things I want to write about in future papers about The Clone Wars within the Star Wars universe. I already landed a new paper idea, thanks to Rose who fed my muses (Star Wars and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic cross study angle, knowing I already have an idea for a comparative analysis between some aspects of The Lion King and Star Wars).

Speaking of writing, I have started the afterword for my book Women in Science Fiction Television today and did 1,400 words out of the 2,000 planned. I’ve already mentioned other shows I didn’t study in the actual chapters in it and I can’t help wanting to make a series and not just a one shot book. Time will tell, of course.

While looking up a random detail about the Stargate franchise for the Afterword, I suddenly wanted to try Stargate Universe out. I love Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, but I had always refused to watch Universe, because of all the mess that surrounded the production and then how Atlantis got cancelled. I liked a few of the cast members, and since the original Universe airing, I got to know even more of them. And now I want to try the show out. I am the first surprised! Oh well, that only means two seasons to check out (in case I like it).

I also just found out that executive producer Howard Gordon (The X-Files, 24…) has a new show coming up: Legends. I don’t need more shows on the to watch list, but I am a huge fan of Sean Bean, and of Gordon’s work, so I will have to check it out when it comes on TV this upcoming summer. And it’s labelled as a mini series, so how am I supposed to resist?

Links: Women, Media, Science Fiction and Writing

Flavors of Science Fiction

Those days, I tend to catch up on a lot of TV shows, including older ones that I never had the opportunity to watch for real before. I am now in the fourth season of Babylon 5, and am in love with the shows. For the time being, I find that every season is better than the previous ones, and I’ve enjoyed all of them for the moment. The good thing about my complete box-set is that I’ll have the spin off, all movies and the Lost Tales to check once the main series is finished. I will study the show more in comparison with others, for my book project on Women in Science Fiction Television. Once again, I can state how much I enjoy space operas. There were some characters in Babylon 5 that I originally didn’t bet much on, but I found myself appreciating in the end. Overall, there is no one from the main cast that I can’t stand, which is always a good thing. I also have some video ideas already, since my means muses don’t want to hear about the fact that I didn’t want to vid TV shows those days, because of the lengthy material.

I also finished Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as I still had the later seasons to watch. I was surprised that a few things I had issues with that I already knew about, actually worked for me in the narrative. Even some characters who get on my nerves at times (Dawn, Cordelia, Anya, Spike) got decent character development and had moments when I really engaged with them. I enjoy how most of Whedon’s works works feature such strong female characters and overall layered ones. It makes things always more interesting. I found some villains not so much, especially in season six (and Glory in season five was more than annoying), but I loved the final arc with the First in the last season and the finale. A show with a solid ending really is a pleasure, as it is far from always the case. Now I’m curious to read the comics out of curiosity and because I enjoy the universe. I hope to be able to watch Angel in the near future.

The next TV show I want to finish the final season of Stargate Atlantis (I was up to 5.09 from a few years ago). It is nice to be able to delve back into universes I like so much. I still boycott Stargate Universe, but Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis are still TV shows that I appreciate a lot.