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You were ridiculous and you had all the failings typical of soap operas (razor thin motivations, characters who turn from good to evil to good on a dime, why do anything simply when there's a Rube Goldberg alternative, etc), and you never had the courage of your convictions (really, this should have been a story about Emily getting progressively darker as revenge poisoned her soul).

That said, I'm going to miss you and your unsmiling heroine, who controlled her own life and the lives of everyone around her.

Revenge

Apr. 16th, 2015 07:35 pm
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I love it when a show that I'd lost interest in suddenly makes a comeback.

*she says, addictively catching up on this season*
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but here are my general observations.

Male protagonists are permitted to go on violent sprees to avenge the harms inflicted on female loved ones, but not on themselves. They often may have endured horrible tortures personally, but their violent vendettas are rooted in harms to women who they must protect.

Villains, however, frequently base their vendettas on harms to themselves, rather than loved ones. Silva in Skyfall, or Lex Luthor in some Superman versions, are examples. It is a sign of vanity and weakness if one goes on a vendetta to avenge harms done to one's own person.

Unless you are a woman, because female protagonists - unlike male protagonists - are permitted to avenge themselves. Which I take to be a subtle suggestion that women are expected to be vainer and more self-centered than men.

Generally, when heroes - male or female - avenge others, those others are female. Both women and men may avenge mothers, female lovers, daughters, female friends, sisters - but not men. Presumably, this is because women are viewed as uniquely vulnerable and helpless; men are expected to care for themselves, and so harms done to them, while tragic, are not worthy of vengeance by heroes (though they might be by villains).

There are exceptions - I can think of several off the top of my head. Khan avenged his wife; Maggie Q's Nikita avenged her male fiance. Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke is sort of avenging her father, although she's also largely avenging herself so I'm not sure how much that counts. Nonetheless, I believe these are decently accurate general rules.
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I've completely lost track of the plot, but we're shipping Patrick and Charlotte, right?
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Emily VanCamp of ‘Revenge’ Tagged for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
According to Deadline.com, Emily VanCamp, best known as Emily Thorne on the hit TV series “Revenge,” will be playing Sharon Carter, the female lead in the comic-inspired adventure, which is said to pick up in Marvel multi-verse where “The Avengers” left off.

VanCamp’s character in “Captain Avenger: The Winter Solider” will be romancing Steve Rogers, the alter ego of Captain America; while Alison Brie, Felicity Jones, and Anna Kendrick were among the actresses said to be in talks for the role, Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming Jr. reports that VanCamp is to be confirmed to play Carter.
Yes, Revenge has gone seriously downhill since Nolan stopped being Emily's chief confidant and they moved into separate storylines (the show shines for those brief moments when they plot together, the rest is meh), but this news still pleases me.
giandujakiss: (Josie)
Song: The Count of Monte Christo by Noisettes
Fandom: Revenge

Summary: The revenger's tragedy.

Sizes: 32 MB (540 x 360 .avi), 16 MB (420 x 280 .wmv)
Length: 3:21

Download: Monsters from the Vids.

Download from Sendspace: The .avi file is here and the .wmv file is here.

Embed under the cut )

Thank you so much to [personal profile] rivkat for beta-ing.

Comments welcome.

(Crossposted to LJ)
giandujakiss: (vidder malfunction)
Dolphin noises and clapping. Dolphin noises and clapping, especially through the first half hour. Oh my god.

Except for the part where the final sequence used the song I was just starting to vid.

Umm, oops.

My bad for planning Florence and the Machine, I suppose. It's okay, I have a backup.

Rambling incoherence under the cut! )

Randomly

May. 15th, 2012 10:35 am
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I am amused to just notice that the Revenge creators really telegraphed -

Read more )
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I have a question, possibly I did not watch last night's episode closely enough.

Stupid question about last night's episode )
giandujakiss: (Default)
Did anyone ever explain why Daniel's best friend guy who used to be on Nikita doesn't want Daniel to date whats-her-face? Is he in love with him? I don't understand what the objection is.

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