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The Bechdel Test has long been the barometer of women-friendly films, but Pacific Rim fans say it doesn’t give the movie’s female lead enough credit.
It’s no secret that Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s $200 million love song to Japanese pop culture, was a risky venture from the start. With a multicultural cast, Tokyo used as the main setting instead of New York or L.A., the only real star being a Black Brit many Americans had never heard of, and a storyline full of borrowed tropes that many anime fans felt were ripoffs rather than homages, the sci-fi action flick has fought an uphill battle to draw attention.
But despite what seems to be an infatuated, deeply loyal fanbase—last weekend saw an entire online fan convention, JaegerCon, complete with an appearance from del Toro himself—Pacific Rim has encountered trouble from an unexpected source: the Bechdel Test. ….
In the process of running down numerous arguments for why the Bechdel Test can’t and shouldn’t be the only measurement by which feminist films are judged, Tumblr user chaila has proposed the Mako Mori Test, “to live alongside the Bechdel Test”:The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story.
Having watched the flashback episode Visionary, I was left with a very uneasy feeling. The narrative, the narrators, the tale that we saw and that we were told. Nothing made sense, it did not add up. Something was not right.
Derek Hale supposedly got his steely blue eyes after having fallen in love with a girl. After falling in love with a girl and then being responsible for her death. This is supposed to have happened when he was in sophomore year, when he was 15 according to Peter. However, we do know that the Hale fire took place right around this time. Effectively, we’re invited to believe that Derek, having been so emotionally traumatised by his actions surrounding his first love that it physically changed something about his body, less than a year later thought it was a swell idea to jump into bed with an older woman asking weird questions about his family. What indeed, is wrong with this picture?
I simply cannot believe that this is what happened. It makes no sense, plotwise, for Derek to go through this compounding amalgamation of devastating crap. It overwhelms the viewer and dulls our emotional response to what is happening to the character.
It makes no sense for Cora to never have heard of this. No matter how small the time frame between Paige and Kate, Cora would have at least noticed something about her brother, would have had some sort of idea of him changing afterwards. She said Derek wasn’t like this when she knew him, but how long was the time span between Paige and Kate? Did she not know him then? Talk to him at all?
It doesn’t add up and I do believe Derek was closer to Cora than that.
So what’s going on here?
This was a by-the-book example of the fridged girlfriend trope:
- Female character is introduced as an object of desire, usually with some kind of ~quirky detail to fill in for the fact that there’s no time to give her a personality or life of her own. In this case, it’s playing the cello.
- Male hero immediately falls in love with her, because of reasons.
- Montage of idyllic love scenes. (In this case located in an abandoned distillery, because Derek Fucking Hale.)
- Girlfriend is promptly murdered, giving the hero ample reason to either angst forever (because it’s “his fault”) or to go on a revenge-fuelled killing spree and/or bout of manly alcoholism.
Now, everyone go watch this multifandom fanvid about manpain and the fridged girlfriend trope, and try telling me that Paige Nolastname’s life and death were even remotely meaningful. And don’t even get me started on Young Derek Hale as a gross, douchey example of “romantic bullying” in young teen romances. HE DOESN’T EVEN ASK IF SHE WANTS THE BITE. — Teen Wolf, “Visionary”.
I don’t grasp why the writer of this review keeps calling Derek a murderer when it was consensual attempted suicide. They knew she would die anyways and she was in pain.
Also it was Peter that pressure Derek into that bite, and while he was always manipulative and creepy he wasn’t a psychopath? Idk why you’re generalizing? This review is pretty garbage in itself.
I hate it when people write like that can come up with better plot points. While the examples were interesting they weren’t ‘better’ and you’re not a better writer. Get over yourself.
The reason why I refer to it as murder is because Derek colluded to have his girlfriend KIDNAPPED BY A VIOLENT, FRIGHTENING STRANGER, and then MUTILATED IN THE HOPE THAT IT WOULD MAKE HER STAY WITH HIM FOREVER. And as a result, she died.
Yes, from a ~legal perspective, this is probably something more like manslaughter than “murder”. Or at least, it would’ve been if he hadn’t “assisted her suicide” after she asked him to kill her… as a result of wounds that he indirectly inflicted via the Alpha’s bite. The two options were: die slower and more painfully, or die quickly at Derek’s hand. But I wouldn’t describe that as “assisted suicide”, unless it counts as “assisted suicide” to stab someone in the lung, then ask them if they want to bleed out for a while or if they’d prefer you to twist the knife and get it over with.
Yes, Derek was definitely influenced and manipulated by Peter, who was without a doubt far more “evil” in this scenario, and actually wanted to do wrong. However, if Derek really cared about Paige as an individual, he wouldn’t have conspired with two adult men to have her bitten — which, at best, would have HUGELY changed her life and forced her into being involved with him and his family for the rest of her life, not to mention involving her in an ongoing conflict with the hunters.
Lycanthropy is often used as an analogy for illness — previously mental illness, and more recently (in Harry Potter), HIV. Now, I’m not saying this works 100% for Teen Wolf, but it’s worth thinking about. Derek was worried that Paige would leave him if he found out about his lycanthropy, so instead of telling her about it or asking her opinion, he chose to infect her against her will, which subsequently led to her death.
I’m withholding judgment seeing as how the whole story was effed and told by Peter…so I imagine episode 2 is actually going to show what really happened.
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Today In History
‘Dr.Mae Carol Jemison became the first black woman astronaut on this date June 5, 1987.’
(photo: Dr.Mae Carol)
I was looking her up recently because she was in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation directed by LeVar Burton, and Nichelle Nichols visited the set! So awesome. First real astronaut on Star Trek.
Who cared that, in reality, every U.S. astronaut was white and male at the time? She looked no further than the USS Enterprise. After all, right there on the screen, week in and week out, who could miss Lt. Uhura, the starship’s stylish, self-assured communications officer – and a black woman, no less. For little Mae, a child of the ’60s, the make-believe image was more potent than any dispiriting fact of real life. “Images show us possibilities,” the Stanford graduate says. “A lot of times, fantasy is what gets us through to reality.” A quarter of a century after Lt. Uhura boldly went where no African American had gone before, her protegee returned the favor. Before blasting into orbit aboard the Endeavour in 1992, Jemison, the first woman of color in space, called actress Nichelle Nichols to thank her for the inspiration. And then she made a promise: Despite NASA’s rigid protocol, Jemison would begin each shift with a salute that only a Trekkie could appreciate. “Hailing frequencies open,” she could be heard repeating throughout the eight-day mission. [x]
Stephen Fry, the closest thing there is to a deity in my life.
i wish more people would understand this.
he’s an atheist, which is weird because i often think he may be a god.
I’m glad someone else has said this. Someone people listen to.
June 18, 1983: Sally Ride Becomes First American Woman in Space
On this day in 1983, at the age of 32, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Her voyage came 20 years after Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. After the voyage, Sally Ride received many honors for her contributions to the field of science and space exploration.
In May 2012, Sally Ride became the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
On July 23, 2012, Sally Ride died at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Visit PBS NewsHour to learn more about Sally Ride.
Photo: Courtesy of NASA
Today Feb. 26th marks the 1 year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, R.I.P young man. Move on, never forget…
Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin. Union Square NYC. March 21, 2012
Photo by J. Quazi King
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