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Teen Wolf 6A Was A Study In Wasted Opportunities

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Teen Wolf delivered its mid-season finale exactly a month ago. It seems like enough time has passed to be able to look back with at least a little bit of perspective, so let me try to do that. The title is harsh, I know. Especially as it‘ s likely that there were some last-minute changes to the plot – if it was not changed entirely – in response to Dylan O‘Brien‘s injury and lack of availability. Still, looking at the half-season as it stands, on its own merit, it’s hard to miss.

Ghost Riders In The Sky

First, let’s look at the main plotline itself. It had potential. You may remember how I enthused about the sheer drama included with the threat of people being forgotten. And at the beginning, it delivered, too.

Stiles’ disappearance and the struggle of everyone left behind to remember him made full use of this, but almost immediately afterward, it started to go downhill.

It began with Gwen, whose frustration at everyone forgetting her sister was well done and heart-wrenching, but whose own memory was a little too easily retained. It would have added another layer of drama had she struggled with her memory as well. But fine, let’s say they did not have enough room to devote so much time to Gwen. She is a tertiary character, and her storyline still worked as it was.

All the other people taken by the Hunt, though…

No one forgets any of them.

Or maybe someone does, but we never see it on screen.

Gwen herself. The people taken on the lacrosse field. Corey. Melissa. Hayden and Mason. They are all remembered perfectly fine, taking away a good deal of the terror of the Hunt. As it is, the Riders are downgraded to sort of “temporary killers.”

Hand in hand with it also went the decrease of their power. At the beginning of the season, they seemed unbeatable by any means at the disposal of the pack. When the party was attacked, the entire sophomore pack wasn’t able to handle one rider, and they needed Parrish to arrive to (temporarily) save them.

A few episodes later, Liam was wrestling with them like nobody’s business.

So the only menacing thing about them remained that their bullets worked on werewolves as well as humans, but then again, the Riders forgot they had the guns half of the time – as the plot demanded it – so it wasn’t that much of an issue.

Given that the Hunt was presented to us as something almost akin to a force of nature at the beginning, that’s quite a downgrade. In addition, the potential terror of them gradually taking away everyone in Beacon Hills was pretty much entirely missed because there was no gradual danger. Instead, one day we just learned that everyone was gone. Completely out of the blue. Instead of creeping horror, there is just a surprise because of the suddenness.

The Riders were not bad antagonists exactly, but they could have, and should have, been so much more.

This goes for the entire business with Claudia Stilinski, too, both her original apparition and the Rider pretending to be her at the end. Regardless of the inconsistency of her depiction I kept complaining about, more should have been done with that storyline. The Sheriff was over her death in seconds, effectively, and Stiles barely seemed slightly bothered by her apparition at the end, because he did not have enough time to be.

This was a storyline that had even more heartwrenching potential than the Riders themselves, and even less was done with it.

Heroes and Villains…

Then there were the redemption arcs. And I use the word arc very loosely.

Peter was first, so let’s look at him.

Let me do a brief overview. We know very little about Peter Hale before the Hale fire. He slept with the Desert Wolf at some point, and his sister took the memory of his daughter out of that union from him. We don’t know why. Then he was in rather agonizing pain for a few years, and pretty much out of his mind for at least some of them. This ended when he killed his niece. There are differing opinions about his lucidity when he did that, so I’ll treat it as an unknown factor.

He became an alpha, and started to kill people responsible for the fire. Plus, apparently, Scott’s friends – or he wanted Scott to kill them, anyway. At that point, he was certainly at least partly in control of himself, though whether we’d term him in his right mind is another question.

He was killed by his own nephew, and resurrected. After the resurrection, he managed to pretend to be a mostly sane person and give help to the pack on occasion, and take care of his other niece. But it was also revealed he had issues about not being an alpha anymore. He decided to resolve the issues by tricking Scott into getting killed, and have Kate Argent, the last surviving perpetrator of the Hale fire, killed as well. He failed, and was locked up in Eichen House without a trial to face perpetual mental torture.

So stood the story before season six. It hardly makes Peter a hero, but it does contain some legitimate reasons for compassion, which make me understand why Peter might seem like a character worthy of a redemption arc.

Now when building a redemption arc, it’s good practice to start with the morally good side of the character in question and have that lead them to redemption. Another option is having them see the consequences of their actions, but even that often ties into the first – they need to have some good side to be moved.

In the past seasons, Peter definitely showed that he cared for Cora, and that he was at least interested in Malia. I hesitate to say that he loves his family in general, because of what happened to Laura and Derek, but there is the doubt about his sanity. So he loves some of his family at least and doesn’t feel completely indifferent to the rest, given that he never tried to kill Derek to gain alphahood. I know, a low bar to clear, but still. Peter was absolutely willing to kill for alphahood, so it’s relevant to know he wasn’t willing to kill Derek.

In any case, his love for his family was a good point to start, and given that Malia is the only Hale left in Beacon Hills beside him, it was obvious it should be her.

So that’s why we opened this arc with a scene that had Stiles and Peter together.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved that episode. It was my favorite this half-season. But given the lack of time they apparently had to devote to Peter, I question whether this was the most logical point to start. Because we had Peter decide to risk his life and incredible pain to get back to Beacon Hills when he realized the Hunt would take everyone one by one. He wanted to save his daughter.

That is a storyline that had much potential. Really, it did, though it would have worked better if they had more than three scenes together two seasons ago.

Put fine, Peter’s interest in Malia and his desire to be at least on tolerable terms with her was established in those scenes. So let’s say it’s enough to be going on. Enough to make Peter’s decision to risk himself work.

The problem is that the only thing we see from him for the rest of the season is making this very same decision again, three more times.

He gets points for perseverance, I guess?

Beginning his story at the point where he was willing to sacrifice himself for Malia meant we didn’t need to see that story anymore. On the contrary, that was the point of departure. From there, there were two things of interest to depict. One, Peter’s gradual coming to terms with the idea that Malia will not leave her friends, and that if he wants to save her, he has to honestly work with them and help save Beacon Hills. Two, Malia coming to gain some respect and affection for her father. The two, naturally, would be interconnected.

We saw neither.

Well, no, to be fair, there was the smallest glimpse of Malia coming to appreciate Peter when she went to fight for him in the final episode. I loved that. But it was simply too little too late, and there was nothing of Peter’s journey. He just did the same thing over and over again, with no development, until Malia finally decided it was worth her notice.

This is not a way to make any story compelling, let alone a redemption arc of sorts, which should be very character-centric.

The thought of what this storyline could have been, if it had been done well, makes me want to scream in frustration.

…Er, Sorry, Heroes As Well

Now to Theo.

There I find it more difficult to understand why anyone felt the need to give him a redemption arc. Unlike Peter, he wasn’t one of the show’s constants. He was a one-season villain. Not even a particularly memorable one, at least not compared to the repulsiveness of Kate, Gerard, or even the sociopathic charms of Peter.

What we know about him amounts to relatively little: as a child, he was dying, and to save himself, he cold-bloodedly murdered his own sister (standing on the bridge and watching her slowly drown and do nothing – it doesn’t get much more cold-blooded). Then he entered into the service of the Dread Doctors, and on their payroll infiltrated Scot’s pack with the intention of breaking it apart. He rather cruelly emotionally manipulated everyone involved to that end. He also killed people who considered him their friend in order to increase his own power.

Where exactly are the redeeming points about him that made someone want to write a redemption arc?

But, to be fair, there are at least some reasons for compassion. Learning that you’re dying when still a child sucks, and the years he worked for the Doctors were probably no nice gig either. Still, there was no indication anywhere in season five that Theo was anything but a wholly repulsive human being. Even those can suffer, and we might not wish it on them, but it doesn’t mean they’d be better people if they only got a chance.

Still, the showrunners clearly thought he deserved one. But not too much of it, or that’s how I interpret the complete lack of care or consistency.

The only sign Theo shows in season six of having changed in any way since the jerk he used to be is his trauma from the time he spent underground, tortured by visions of his sister killing him over and over again. And that bit was well done. But…nothing tied into it in any way, until he suddenly decided to sacrifice himself in an over the top situation when it wasn’t even necessarily called for. (And we still don’t know how he beat those impossible odds, by the way.) That’s not character development, that’s two separate points on the show doing something with his character.

His flashbacks were powerful and had potential, too. I understand they didn’t have enough space to develop them into something more, but then why include his redemption arc in the first place? Why resurrect him at all, if you can’t give us an interesting story? Or even a story at all, really?

Love Is in the Air…

To make matters clear: I’m not a Stydia shipper, but I absolutely see the attraction.

The only reason I don’t ship them is the uncomfortable dynamic that results from Stiles clearly being interested in Lydia and Lydia equally clearly not reciprocating in early seasons. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to say they should be together in spite of her wishes. But otherwise, yes, absolutely. Their scene at the end of season one – the “Field’s medal” one – was awesome. That is what I find attractive about the notion of their relationship. They are both very smart, Lydia more so. Just like she and Jackson were a social power couple, she and Stiles could be an intellectual power couple. She would enjoy that, I think. Stiles would enjoy that. I would definitely enjoy watching that.

So of course, we saw nothing of that dynamics and everything of what is problematic about it.

I’ve complained about this already in my review of the first episode of his season, but I will shamelessly repeat myself. Because context really is everything. Yes, it’s a pity they haven’t seeded Stydia better in the previous season at least, but it could have been salvaged. If Stiles and Lydia acted differently towards each other from the very beginning of this season, if we saw the chemistry between them, if we saw more of that “intellectual power couple” dynamics, leaving everyone else (except for Mason) in the dust and people looking at them and rolling their eyes, clearly thinking of them as a couple in some ways already…yes, I can see that. And then the panicked realization that they thought they had all the time in the world, but now Stiles was going to be taken and they had none and the last-minute confession.

That would have been a moving story.

Instead, we got the identical friendly dynamics from previous seasons. We got Stiles kissing Lydia against her explicit wishes (how did they shoot that? I will never get over that), reinforcing the uncomfortable dynamics. We had Stiles saying he never stopped obsessing about Lydia, so instead of separating their mature mutual love from his teenage unhealthy obsession, they reinforced the connection.

Honestly, were they trying to hit all the wrong notes?

Their meeting again in the final fared better, and if it wasn’t for the unfortunate intro, there would have bene nothing to complain about. But the first episode cannot be unseen, and it makes it hard to be happy for them when Stiles sappily says that everything has changed.

…And It’s Quick-Acting

Stiles and Lydia weren’t the only ones to get lucky this season. There was Melissa, too, and her whirlwind romance with Chris.

And by whirlwind, I don’t mean passionate. I mostly mean it came out of nowhere and nobody knows where it is headed.

I quite like the idea of the pairing, really. It has potential. But, as per the theme, it was not even tapped.

Instead, we had Melissa randomly decide to go out on an adventure with Chris, contrary to all her previous character tendencies. Looking back, it’s obvious it was forced to get them enough time together. The writers were clearly clueless about how to make their romance natural in any way.

In fact, I struggle to come up with what was even the point of their storyline this half-season, except giving him an opportunity for an out of the blue romance. Chris came with the knowledge that someone was stealing pineal glands. That could have been relevant, but wasn’t. It led nowhere. And the rest of his presence was even more useless.

He gave the pack a bunker for use, where the Hale vault could have been used equally easily (and probably with more success). He then ran around for a while, got whipped, led Hauptmann to Parrish (seriously??) and was taken by the Hunt. His Western moment was nice, but hardly enough to outweigh all this. Except for the bunker, he never worked alongside the pack, always apart, so that he could have private time with Melissa. It went against all plot logic, and didn’t really do much to build intimacy or any kind of rapport between them. Speaking from a Watsonian point of view, I would probably assume Melissa kissing him was just a reaction to all that adrenaline, and that it wasn’t leading anywhere. Because it wasn’t coming from anywhere.

Oh well. At least the Mason/Corey romance was handled well, as far as I can tell. Hopefully, the next half season of Teen Wolf will have fewer missed chances.


All images courtesy of MTV.

Barbara is a religious studies grad student who uses fandom to avoid working on her thesis.

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This was an excellent summary and retrospective, I found myself nodding and saying YES EXACTLY over and over ’cause it mirrored so much of how I felt about 6a. The premise/plot of 6a was so interesting and had so much potential to be great and captivating. But then the season started and it all fell flat. So much of what happened didn’t feel well thought/planned out like they hadn’t written down the rules for how things should work. Like how the Ghost Riders marked and took someone wasn’t consistent, it was different each time. And when someone was erased, some… Read more »

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To All The People We’ve Loved Before: Black Lightning 2×02

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Black Lightning, Anissa, and Jennifer with the phrase Get Lit

Hello fellow Black Lightning viewers! Welcome to this week’s episode, featuring old flames, new flames, hard truths, sad pod people, and a literal round of applause for Thunder. Well-deserved, imo.

Last week, we met Issa Williams, who was killed by police but came back to life and ran away from the family that was now scared of him. Now he’s been captured by Creepy ASA Agent Guy and handed to Lynn to figure out what to do with. Lynn continues to be the real MVP of this show, which is very cool because she’s one of the only main characters without ‘powers’ (except the power she wields over my heart). She’s already dealing with a lot because somehow, a pod kid woke up and broke out of his pod. He killed a lab attendant and himself, and set free a girl named Wendy Hernandez, who can control wind. She runs off, clearly terrified and, as Lynn puts it, having a psychotic break. So, with Wendy creating hurricanes around town and Issa suddenly in her care, Lynn has a lot on her plate.

We also find out that when Issa looks at people, they tell the truth but usually just in a mean way. This leads to very un-fun dinner conversations in the Pierce household, which is temporarily hosting Issa. It’s sad because Issa can’t control anything; he’s just scared and confused and misses his family. On top of that, turns out he could either die really quickly or choose to be frozen in a pod until they figure out a way to stop whatever breakdown is happening in his body due to Green Light.

However, Issa and Jenn have a very sweet bonding moment on the roof, which is cute. Another thing that happens on the roof is that Kahlil shows up trying to apologize-ish to Jenn for being under the control of Tobias and I guess win her back? But when he touches her, she starts to light up, so she turns away and tells him to leave. Poor house-arrested Jenn is really going through it these days.

Luckily, she has a fabulous older sister, and these two have some of my favorite scenes in the whole series. There’s a great one in this episode where they bond over dating and how their period cramps have gone away since they got their powers. Jenn teases Anissa, saying she needs to get back out there, and Anissa DOES.

We learn in this episode that Anissa is very smooth with women, which is fun to watch. However, she comes on a little too strong with uber-rich musician Zoe B, who plays a house party or something where Anissa stands front and center making heart-eyes at her through her entire set. Not even three sentences into talking to this woman and Anissa suggests she play a song for her naked. Um, ok? Y’all know I’m 200% here for queer content but this line feels like some dude wrote it.

Regardless, it’s implied that they sleep together because the next morning they’re both at Zoe’s house, complete with rooftop pool and promises of private jet rides for dinner in NYC. Anissa plays it too cool (and is too busy) to take Zoe up on this insane offer, but they’re very cute together, I’ll give them that. Later, at another party, Grace (!!!) appears in a catering uniform with a tray of glasses, and is none too happy to see Anissa with a new bae.

This. storyline. has not. been given. enough. attention!

Anissa apologizes for not having called in a minute, and I’m over here like, what is happening?! Last we saw Grace they were cuddling in a library, which is the cutest gayest thing in the world! And now we’re just supposed to guess that they had a relationship and/or a ghosting situation? Does Anissa just get bored with relationships easily?

Anyway, Thunder and Black Lightning have to save the world from/help out Wendy Hernandez, who’s still on the loose. Thunder saves a cop trapped in a car in the wake of some destruction Wendy left behind, and everyone cheers for her, which she gleefully indulges with a bow and a bunch of high-5’s. I really like that she’s so excited about how cool she is, but Jefferson thinks it’s more important to be humble and concentrate on the selflessness of their acts. It’s Jefferson who finds Wendy and ends up shocking her, which snaps her out of her psychotic episode. She gets returned to her pod, where Lynn promises that she will work hard to find a way to save her and the other pod people.

Finally, Jefferson finds out that he’s about to be replaced as principal by a white guy, which of course is upsetting for everyone except the white school board. He makes a resignation speech at the school, saying he’ll stay on as a teacher, and is given a standing ovation of support from all the students. It’s very poignant and sweet. Time will tell if the board changes their minds about the principal thing, but either way looks like Jefferson will still be involved with Garfield High.

That’s it for this week! What did you think of this episode? Are you also here for everything the Pierce sisters do together? What do you think of Anissa’s new bae and the situation with grace? Let me know in the comments and see you next week!


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Archie and the Whole Cell Block Rock on Riverdale

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This week on Riverdale, Archie adjusts to his new life in the Big House (Josie’s words, not mine), while Bughead return to their detective roots in “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes.”

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Bbetty and Jughead

We open with Archie’s juvie admission. You know, your usual public undressing, some hosing down, etc. But since it’s Riverdale, it looks more like a Men’s Health photoshoot than anything else. Also no classic squat & cough, cause I guess that’s not sexy enough.

Before getting to his cell, Archie has a brief chat with warden Norton who gives him a, “Don’t rock the boat and we’ll be fine” speech. He also mentions they have a musical room Archie can use so, uh, that’s nice? In the cell, Archie meets his short-spoken cellmate, Mad Dog, who clearly enjoys some privileges in this place: he has a tv, a record player, and some sweet pin-up posters.   

Back at home, the Cooper ladies deal with last night’s drama over some breakfast. After her seizure, Betty was taken to the hospital, where Dr. Patel estimated it was probably caused by high stress. Alice and Polly also assure Betty the levitating twins was nothing but her mind playing tricks. The discussion is cut short by a call from Jughead, who informs Betty that Dilton didn’t make it, while Ben remains unconscious and in critical condition. Later, in school, Jughead tells Betty everything about the Gargoyle King and suggests they investigate the whole thing together.

Meanwhile, Veronica informs principal Weatherbee she’s gonna be taking over Archie’s presidential duties for the school council since she wants to keep everything in place for his return. Unfortunately, Archie’s place has already been taken by Cheryl. Veronica finds her at the locker room where they, along with Josie, have a very convenient argument in their underwear. Cheryl makes some valid points about how just because Veronica is Archie’s girlfriend, she is not entitled to his spot.

Back at juvie, Archie follows his plan of joining the Serpents. It seems to be going ok, until Joaquin—long time no see, buddy!—calls him out on his bullshit. Juvie Serpents apparently are just as tired of their “King” letting all his pals into the gang just as we are. They need Archie to prove his loyalty by shivving a Ghoulie. Archie refuses, and without their protection, gets beaten up by the Ghoulies as a result.

Betty and Jughead bribe a coroner to find out the cause of Dilton’s death. It turned out to be cyanide, mixed in with blueberry soda, which resulted in both boys having blue-tinted lips. They also get a better look at the mysterious symbols carved on Dilton’s back.

While on her way to the hospital to visit Ben, Betty meets the new girl at Riverdale High, Evelyn Evernever, the daughter of the Farm’s leader. Evelyn mentions she was there when Betty had a seizure and promises to keep it a secret. Betty gets out of there as soon as she can.

Evelyn Evernever

Evelyn went to Mona-Lisa school of not being suspicious.

Someone call the news, cause Kevin and Moose are getting a storyline! Their make out session is cut short before even starting when Moose informs Kevin his dad is the new RROTC instructor and is roaming the school corridors. They need to be careful with where they get their PDA on. Kevin feels like Moose is drifting away, continuously ignoring him in favor of his new RROTC pals. As a way to keep close to Moose, Kevin decides to join RROTC as well. What can possibly go wrong?

At the hospital, Betty and Jug find out from Ben’s mother about how friendship with Dilton made him secretive and sneaky. When Jughead notices some creepy Blair Witch doll hanging on the door, Mrs. Button suggests the nice girl with a bow in her hair (aka Ethel Muggs) must’ve left it there. The conversation is interrupted by the news of one of Dilton’s Scouts going missing.

With a little push from Cheryl, Veronica takes it upon herself to involve the Innocence Project in getting Archie acquitted. She asks for Hermione’s mayoral facilitation and the latter begrudgingly agrees.  

Ethel tells Bughead that she’d been dating Ben all summer, spending their free time at the Dilton’s secret bunker in the woods. She promises to show them where it is, but when the couple arrives at the designated meetup place, there’s no Ethel in sight, only the giant creature from the Dilton’s drawing. Fortunately, it’s not very fast, so Betty and Jughead manage to escape.

At juvie, Archie, tired of the gang rivalry and his ass getting kicked, gives a motivational speech to the rest of the boys about sticking it to The Man, and solving all their problems and prejudices with the power of… football? The ever quiet Mad Dog gives him his support and hell, it actually works!

Archie at the juvie

What team?! Wildcats!

Archie mentions the match to Veronica during her visit, so when it’s finally game time, she decides to bring the Vixens for a special cheer performance of Jailhouse Rock. The fun, however, gets interrupted by Hiram, who arrived on the warden’s request. He informs Veronica she’s been banned from Archie’s visiting list and after a subtle nod to the warden, the guards start attacking the boys under a pretense of stopping a nonexistent riot (while the Vixens just kinda… stand there). After getting back to his cell, Archie finds no trace of Mad Dog or his stuff, so he asks a guard about it. The latter informs him that Mad Dog died during the “riot.” That’s what he gets for supporting Archie earlier, I guess?

Betty and Jughead discover Dilton’s bunker, where they find all kinds of stuff: the now infamous roleplay game, Gryphons and Gargoyles, the cyanide, and oh! A missing Scout! The kid is a little out of it and seems to be as obsessed with the game as Dilton and The Crew. Later, Betty and Jug confront Ethel in school, but just as she seemingly starts to crack, she starts having a seizure. Not too different from the one Betty was having herself. While Jughead runs away for help, Betty notices a similar face in the common room. It’s Evelyn Evernever! Just standing there, staring, still not being suspicious.

Cheryl yet again comes through with an advice for Veronica and helps her to find a new way to visit Archie. As it turns out, all you need is a fake id and a cheap ass wig (seriously, how dumb are the people working there?). After Ronnie’s visit, that night Archie gets another, less pleasant one. It’s warden Norton and apparently, he’s so impressed with Archie that he decided to make him his “new Mad Dog.” Whatever that means.

On the other side of the town, we get an actual interesting development. All the major parents, including Fred, Alice and FP, Sheriff Keller and Sierra McCoy, Hiram and Hermione, and even Penelope Blossom, are gathered in the mayor’s office for some unknown reason. Hermione explains that now that the Scout kid is found, he’ll probably start talking, and whatever he says might lead back to them and to the secret from their past. Some of the parents seem a little confused, but when she finally tells them about how Ben and Dilton were found in the woods with blue lips, it’s clear the shit just got real for Riverdale Parents.

After taking Ethel to the hospital, Betty can’t help but think that both of them having out-of-nowhere seizures can’t be just a coincidence. She and Jug decide to check on Ben while they’re there, and to their surprise, he’s awake. They find him sitting at the window sill, speaking nonsense about flipping coins, ascending, and joining Dilton. The episode ends with Ben jumping from the window to his death.

Thoughts

The juvie storyline feels just as contrived and unnecessary as I assumed it would be. The show continues struggling with tone, having trouble deciding if it’s Shawshank Redemption or Cry-Baby. It better not last longer than a couple of episodes, cause I’m bored already.

The Gargoyle King stuff… I’m officially hooked! You already had me at supernatural murder mystery but apparently, parents are now involved?! Sign me up! Can’t wait for the flashback episode! And even more, can’t wait for some Sabrina!

Maybe I’m alone in this, but Kevin was frustrating this episode. Or rather, his writing was. He just seems so oblivious! Moose is obviously not out, his father is obviously no Sheriff Keller, and I think it’s safe to assume the cadets of RROTC are not building a pride float anytime soon. Kevin, sweety, read the room.

This is minor, but Veronica’s fight with Cheryl about the presidency was so ridiculous. The entitlement of it all! But at least they got to argue in their underwear, and it was #confirmed Cheryl owns only one bra.

Speaking of bras, is it just me or the nudity quota was seriously raised for this season? The boobs and pecs keep popping up in the most unexpected places.

Next week promises more Farm stuff, the return of Toni, and some Falice sexy time!


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In Scorpion, I like my women…oppositional

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Scorpion had many flaws and there were plots that could have been handled better. Thankfully with a small exception they were able to write decent female characters which gave us a variety of characteristics and strengths. While leaving the characters on opposite sides of the spectrum.

The waitress liaison

When we meet Paige she’s a waitress at a diner who’s barely getting by. She works two jobs and everything she earns goes to her son Ralph.

We know very little about Paige. There were just a few details that we know. Her father died and her estranged mother is a con women. Their relationship wasn’t the best but they managed to repair it. (Although Veronica leaves at the end of episode 3×14.) Not without leaving some cash for her daughter and grandson. It’s clear to see that Paige tried very hard not to become a mother like her own. She’s very attentive to Ralph’s needs and even though she isn’t aware that he’s a genius in the beginning, she tries very hard to connect with and understand him. She protects her son fiercely.

Paige is a college drop out. During the show she took some night classes in European history to finish her education. Although Paige isn’t a genius, she often contributes some useful ideas to solve problems or offers a comment that helps the others to find a solution.

Throughout the course of the show, she starts understanding and learning more of the science. Her main area of expertise is communication with clients and other people that the team meets. That’s why Walter hired her. She’s supposed to be their liaison to the normal world. She also often takes charge and helps the team to refocus as their minds tend to wander. Paige isn’t a mom only to Ralph—she has to take care of the whole team as they do things like forget to eat.

The waitress had some problems fitting in at the beginning. She didn’t really know her place or role, but with time she became a natural at her job and solidified her position on the team. She did have some trouble with Happy, but they worked it out while dangling on a broken cable in the air.

As wonderful as she sounds, Paige is only human and has flaws like any of us. She is stubborn to a fault and doesn’t like to admit defeat, which doesn’t always sit well with Walter. She can be overprotective of Ralph. Paige has abandonment issues. They can originate from her mother or Drew leaving her when Ralph was little. She was also cheated on. Even though she had abandonment issues, she often used her own fear against Walter who has the same problem. She left him at the end of season 1…which was understandable since Ralphs life was in danger but after that she did it again. Sometimes she lets her emotions cloud her judgement.

Paige is the epitome of a struggling single mom who pushes trough no matter what. Most of her actions are dictated by her heart and the love for her son. Although flawed, she is an excellent example on how to master life’s challenges

The mechanical prodigy

Happy Quinn is a genius mechanic with a rough exterior. She often seems as if she doesn’t care or feel. It’s not true because under the tough shell hides a loving women.

She grew up in a foster home after her mother died. She didn’t see her father until she grew up and found him. Her dad (Patrick) has an Auto repair shop, which can be viewed as the source of her mechanical talent. Repairing stuff is also how she bonds with him.

Her father isn’t the only special man in her life. She shares a profound bond with Cabe, who has kind of stepped up to the role of her father. He was the one who gave her away on her wedding.

Although she may not seem like it, she cares about a selected few very much. Especially team Scorpion. She nursed Walter back to health after he spent some time in the rabbit hole, showcasing her gentle side. She even married him so he didn’t get deported to Ireland.

Happy shared a special relationship with Toby. They got married after she divorced Walter and planned to start a family together. They tried to get pregnant but even then they met another obstacle. Sadly we’ll never know how that plot ended because of the shows cancellation, but I digress.

What I find special about their relationship is the strong foundation in friendship and how well they know and trust in each other. Toby is the only one who didn’t abandon or betray her.

Happy is a representation of every women who makes it in a field dominated by man and was hurt by life. Regardless of that she, was able to build a family and gain success.

The new chemist on the block

We meet Florence as the new chemist who moves to the building next door to the garage. She isn’t a genius, but she’s very smart. She started her own company but lost it. She then moved to start a new business venture.
She can’t really get along with the team in the beginning. Within the course of the show, however, their relationship starts to get better.

Personally, I didn’t enjoy this character. She was created to be a competition to Paige and to show a really smart individual who isn’t a genius but has the same problem as them. Sadly the character comes off as inexpressive and bleak. Her story and problems didn’t manage to get my attention or interest me.

I enjoyed her growing relationship with Sylvester, but it went down the drill since Flo had to have a crush on Walter. The character had potential and maybe with time she could grow on me but alas we’ll never know

The genius whispering sister

Megan was Walter’s older sister. She was a sickly child with a happy attitude. She was one of the few people who understood or tried to understand Walter and build a relationship with him no matter how different he was. She was very ill. She had multiple sclerosis (MS), which eventually killed her.

Even though she was deadly ill, she soldiered on and always saw the glass as half full. She was always kind and lived her life to the fullest. Megan inspired everyone around her, and comforted them when needed. This included Walter and Sylvester in the same episode, at one point (1×12).

She always supported and stood by Walter. Megan was her brother’s biggest cheerleader. Being ill didn’t stop her from having her own opinion. She didn’t want to be on a respirator and she got her way.

Something worth mentioning is her relationship with Sylvester. This particular romance was sweet like a middle school one—the feeling was strong and build on a foundation of trust. Megan gave Sylvester enough strength and courage to go against Walter’s wishes and marry her. Even if they only had a short time together, they were very happy and Megan died having lived a full life.

Megan was the character that showed us that even in the darkest times there’s always hope and a chance to be happy.

Although the woman of Scorpion are on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are united by one characteristic. Strength. Every female character showed strength in her life and soldiering on, making them prime examples on how to handle obstacles.


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