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Feb. 11th, 2009

I guess I'll have to either give up watching Being Human, or at least shut up about it, because I really don't want to turn into the kind of person that bitches and whines after every episode.

Ep. 3 It wasn't altogether awful (kind of liked Gilbert and especially his choice of music), but aside from the fact that there's barely any emotional resonance for me, I simply can't deal with how this show treats its female characters.

Watching Annie trying to be the perfect dead Heinzelmännchen guardian angel-cum-wife before she found out that it was Owen who killed her was nauseating enough (And people complained about Martha, who at least wasn't actually physically invisible to the Doctor...), but as a set up for that plot-twist? I can't define it very clearly, but it makes me feel a bit dirty.

I'd find it easier to tolerate if there was a second, stronger, more in-command female character, but there's only Lauren, who's made a victim first by Mitchell and then becomes a pawn in the game between him and Herrick, with the unspoken implication that she should or could have been stronger, tried harder - like Mitchell - and become a good, non-blood-drinking vampire too, never mind the irony and hypocrisy of the whole situation.

Mitchell doesn't give in to temptation and tries to help Lauren and George gets a (sort of) sex life. OTOH Lauren goes back to the dark side, while Annie remembers that it was her fiancé who killed her, but even then goes on to blame herself, and Gilbert the Ghost walks out on her because she helped him to find his peace. And let's not forget Nina, who's left in a rather humiliating, er, position, considering she has no idea why George dashed off.

Five minutes. Could I have not just had five minutes with the biggest news? Right. Because that's clearly what this is all about. Biggest news competition. After last episode I said to alex_beecroft that I thought the 'And I bet she liked it' line was not only problematic even when used to emphasise Tully's bad influence, but also seemed a bit out of character to me. I'm not so sure about the latter any more.

And maybe I'd be more charitable if the episode hadn't already started with bad PMS jokes.


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Feb. 12th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I ended up deleting most of what I wrote, because I realised I can't be fair to this show. I don't know why exactly, but somehow it increasingly manages to push all my wrong buttons, while barely coming near the right ones.

I do think that the whole show is about sex, the sex war, men's (and possibly women's) fear of sex and relationships. The men in the show are all trying to figure out how they can have relationships with women without turning into monsters who kill those women or turn them into needy, clingy, demanding victims like Laura. At the moment they're at the 'we'll just never try to have relationships at all then!' stage.

And the women in the show are trying to figure out how they can have relationships with men without being abused, killed or otherwise hurt.

That's very true, but almost too depressing for my taste...

I can't help feeling that Gilbert hanging around would have been an annoyance for Annie, but that it would be very helpful to her to know that she was lovable, and eve when she hadn't been trying to earn that love at all.

He probably would have been, in the long run. But what irritates me is that on top of everything else that happened to her in this episode, she is the means to his salvation, and when he got what he needed he left.

The women in this show, with the possible exception of Nina don't act, they react, their stories are more or less determined by the male characters. Lauren as a character is replaceable, she only serves to highlight Mitchell's struggle, and so is Nina. And Annie's story so far has been entirely determined by the abusive boyfriend who killed her, but who in the end she still claims loved her and was the love of her life.
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