We can’t catch every episode of every show, so it’s a good thing we’re not the only people on earth getting sick of some of the messages TV puts across.
This week, hsapiens informs us that Stargate has actually found a way to sink to a new low, as Sam Carter gives an enemy (Ba’al) everything he needs to wipe out all life in the galaxy because otherwise he says he will kill one person. Jack would have called Ba’al’s bluff. Daniel would have at least tried to trick him. But Sam’s a Girl with Girly Feelings so she can’t rationalize that the guy Ba’al’s threatening to kill is going to die in either scenario. Girls have trouble with that sort of logic, the poor dears. Fortunately, General Landry assures her she made the right call. Yeeeah. That sound you just heard was your suspension of disbelief whizzing out the window like a popped balloon.
But wait – Sam didn’t used to be that way. As Hsapiens points out, she’s been tortured, experienced someone else’s torture via alien technology in order to rescue her dad, shot and killed a man she cared for because he’d been brainwashed to kill someone else. The writers could have written this episode so that Sam had no choice, or at least tried to trick Ba’al with false information. They chose not to write it that way. And we’re supposed to pretend this doesn’t send meta-messages?
This episode should be retitled to, “How Sam Misses Every Clue and Gives Away Tip Top Secret Data but the Men Pat Her on the Head Anyway.”
Sounds like more than a few viewers thought in the end what she handed Ba’al would turn out to be a trick – not the real data. They were that convinced that Sam still has a brain. Silly viewers. Learn!
And I took a look around for comments on Sci-Fi’s new highly-rated show, Eureka. From TelevisionWithoutPity, we get reports of gender imbalance: the men are all geniuses with skills, the women are mostly brats, ball-busters, and an evil double-agent posing as a sex therapist with prominently displayed breasts. And one poster points out:
“So, the only woman on the show to display some frankness about sexuality turns out to be evil. What a surprise.”
Another poster reports feeling disturbed by a young underage girl character (“cast as too young to be the “hot daughter”) being shown gratuitously in a bubblebath, when she could’ve been doing anything else in the world for the scene to work. So now female characters don’t even have to be eighteen to be exploited in subtle but powerful ways. While I don’t hold TV producers responsible for the rapes their viewers commit, I do think calling attention to young women as sex objects is akin to throwing kerosene on the fire.
Evidently, another plotline finds a male scientist who split with his wife because she wasn’t ready for kids and he was. He somehow made a genetic copy of his wife and had a kid with the copy (guess he fixed the, ahem, “flaw” that kept her from yearning for motherhood). Then somehow the real original wife shows up and somehow gets stuck with the kid – I guess she’s unwilling to ditch a child in need just because her ex is a psychopath. That’s fine, but it sounds like other characters are endorsing what the husband did, and in the end the wife is, too. Guess she learned the error of her ways in refusing her rightful place as baby machine! And you other females better go to your rooms and think twice about doing the same thing, too! As one poster reports:
If someone cloned me, kept the clone somehow sequestered from the rest of the world for seven years (I don’t want to know how he kept her from visiting her friends and family outside Eureka, or for that matter, do anything else that might draw attention to the fact that there were two of her – like, say, pursuing any kind of distinguished career in science, which the original apparently did), used the clone to produce a child, then left me to take care of the kid when he and clone died / were murdered / stuck between seconds / whatever, I sure as hell wouldn’t be smiling and snuggling “our” son when I discovered that he wasn’t quite dead. I think I’d be calling the cops and a lawyer. And if someone told me, “Yeah, sure, he cloned you against your will and seriously screwed up your life for the past few days, but that’s a cute kid, right?” I think it’d be more shocked and appalled than touched and veklempt.