But even more than secret agencies, I enjoy a strong, super-skilled laconic hero. Or heroine.
In the first few episodes, she was more of a whispered presence than an actual character and I think that worked to the character's benefit. Someone with her skill level and history would be a legend within the agency. Showing us that legend rather than telling us made it feel more real. From the first moment she walked on screen, we believed that Agent May could be sent up against any force, from petty thugs right up to Agent Romanov, the Black Widow herself, and Agent May would win.
|Release the Calvary.|
Maybe that's why she resonates so strongly with me. No matter how much crap life throws at her, she doesn't waste time feeling sorry for herself. She gets on with what needs to be done and never gives up until she's accomplished what's necessary. In my own life, I often feel as if I'm struggling to cope with the curve balls of fate. It may not be "fighting-a-guy-with-a-table-saw" level of challenge, but I can still see some parallels.
|Guns? I don't need guns. There's a perfectly good table saw here.|
In doing this series, I've been impressed with the range of heroines currently out there. When I was young, heroines fell into two categories: damsels in distress or token female character. Neither were particularly strong and even the token females ended up needing frequent rescue. Now there are all different kinds: witty, laconic, cheerful, brooding, sweet, sexy, powerful, stealthy, manipulative, straight up and all the possible combinations. No matter what kind of woman a girl wants to look up to, there's a heroine out there for her to emulate and admire.
I'm feeling a little nostalgic and ready for a change of pace, so next month, I'll be looking at CC Bloom from Beaches. Bold, brassy and demanding, but still with a heart of gold.