Posts tagged tv shows
Posts tagged tv shows
Why are so many mainstream shows where the main relationship involves two men they have to have misogynistic undertones in an effort to prove the main characters don’t have romantic feelings for each other?
Formula for typical mainstream show with ‘bromance’:
-Men have pretty healthy relationship but of course there has to be the jokes.
-One of both men happen to be in unsatisfying relationships with women or the woman pines endlessly after the man and he might still be sleeping with her/flirting with her but he rarely looks happy around her.
-Women have little to no screen time.
-The women that are liked or popular with fans or those whose main purpose is to endorse the main male relationship or happen to be interested in someone else.-
-Then when this get’s old which is around season three or four, some shows start this up in season two; the two male leads characters get little to no screen time with each other and the relationship grows stagnant.
I would like more male and female relationships without sexual attraction; women who actually have significant relationships with women; more female equivalent of the ‘bromance’, less bromances that last a season for ratings, less het couples resigned to UST hell forever, stop killing/destroying happy couples or any of relationships becaause don’t you know, HAPPINESS IS BORING. Meh….
I happen to watch quite a few shows who do all the above and all I can say is that I would enjoy them more and stick around longer than one season if writers just budged more on their rigid heteronormativity and gender roles. That isn’t too say that the story or characterization can’t justify what I was complaining about I would just like to see it treated properly and not some side-effect of baiting fans for ratings. I think a lot of it stems from lazy writing too.
Who so far is doing a lot right IMO:
Person of Interest
Game of Thrones
**it physically hurts me that I had to remove NCIS LA from my list of shows that treat women awesome until they fix the potential mess that lies in Sam’s family life and Jada. The pattern of women in Sam’s life who are either dependents/people he feels responsible for and lies to, etc… is becoming uncomfortable and the show better fix this shit in season 4 because Sam up until 3x09 was so far removed from fixed gender roles it made my heart soar. Until now:(.**
**I know some people are taking breaks from Sherlock fandom and for the record I still love Sherlock but yeah their women are awesome but the men treat them like after thought and I hate it. Still love a lot about the show though.**
**I know I am missing a lot of shows that are doing a lot right but I have so much on my plate I haven’t had time for them.**
NCIS. It was long overdue; it’s stuck in procedural hell. (i.e endless UST and characters that never change.) All procedurals that I watched in general were dropped except NCIS LA, I really hope they return to being a spy show again, basic cop procedurals are not my cuppa.
Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn’t in 2011? Why?
Downtown Abbey – looks great, can’t wait to try it out.
Which TV shows do you intend to check out in 2012?
Common Law & Alcatraz
Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?
NCIS:LA. –Shane’s two biggest shockers or developments i.e Hunter and Sam’s fake family went nowhere and as I predicted, writers are trying to either ignore it for now or completely sweep it under the rug as neither developments did anything for the characters. I’ve been waiting for the second half of the season since episode two since 2012 is where shit happens. Finally….
Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?
White Collar- they have no idea what to do with Neal and they have forgotten the family and trust themes that were pivotal to Neal’s development. Also, tossing random love interests at Neal really showing the writers are floundering. But season 3 is bad for all North American shows apparently.
Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?
Game of Thrones for sure. Followed by Revenge, Person of Interest and Grimm—dynamics and mythology/story-telling is pretty tight. Grimm needs to avoid the filler eps though.
Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
No such show exists, if its crap everything I love about it becomes null and void.
Your main fandom of the year?
Your favorite film you watched this year?
Edit: XMFC and anything Marvel. I really enjoyed Hanna as well.
Your favorite tv show of the year?
Game of Thrones
Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Can’t think of one.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Ending of Game of Thrones was epic.
The most missed of your old fandoms?
Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
The movies, I am cautiously optimistic for TV since it has a short shelf-life in terms of quality. I just want season two of Game of Thrones, if the rest is good that would be great.