Your every-time-there's-a-new-episode reminder that Kalinda is horribly written but could be drastically improved with minor changes
In 5x13, Diane asked Kalinda to verify Cary’s information that the firm was being wire taped by the DEA. She inexplicably decided to do so by sleeping with him - verifying Cary’s information means she needed to go to basically anyone who isn’t Cary.
There’s no problem with her not trusting Cary - she has no reason to do so. But not trusting that Cary is telling the truth means also not trusting that Cary is lying. She needed to verify what he was saying. This storyline could have worked, and come to the same conclusion, if Kalinda had actually done what Diane requested her to do and snooped around the DEA to see if they had a wire tap. She would have found that they did not, and reported that.
Having her go to Cary, and having her sleep with him, represents everything that is wrong with how she is written. Kalinda, once again, is attempting to use her sexuality to get what she wants, instead of doing her damn job. Also, it represents Kalinda’s inability to ever learn from her mistakes, to grow and change as a character. In the episode immediately preceding this one, Kalinda got burned because she did not investigate the information Cary gave her. In this episode, she does the exact same thing. This is incredibly disappointing, and represents the writer’s ongoing inability to write this character with depth and in new and interesting ways.
the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
Blood is thicker than water The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
Meaning that relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
I don’t pay much attention to the fandom, so I am not sure which characters you are talking about. I did see some positive Lana/Kalinda posts the other day and that perplexed me. Because Kalinda should never get back with Lana, ever.
Lana/Kalinda partly (no, they didn’t just use each other, Lana abused Kalinda) and also Alicia with either Will or Peter - Peter’s more obvious (and I don’t normally see positive things about him) but with Will it is less so. In 5x5, wherein Alicia actually left the firm, Will swept her stuff off her desk, physically attacking her things as a proxy for physically attacking her. I didn’t mind the scene in and of itself, as Will was highly emotional, understandbly so, and felt betrayed, understandably so, and this was his way of expressing that. However, neither the writers nor the fandom seem to understand the full implications of what Will did - it effectively ended any chance of Alicia/Will being a better relationship for Alicia than her being with Peter. I can understand that Will was so angry he resorted to violence, but it is completely unforgivable that he directed that violence at Alicia. Now, if Will had swept the stuff off his own desk, or slammed an office door, or kicked over a random trash can, that would be another story. It was a well-done scene, but it completely ended for me any thought that Will would be an appropriate partner for Alicia.
Most of the characters in my fantasy and far-future science fiction books are not white. They’re mixed; they’re rainbow. In my first big science fiction novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, the only person from Earth is a black man, and everybody else in the book is Inuit (or Tibetan) brown. In the two fantasy novels the miniseries is ‘based on,’ everybody is brown or copper-red or black, except the Kargish people in the East and their descendants in the Archipelago, who are white, with fair or dark hair. The central character Tenar, a Karg, is a white brunette. Ged, an Archipelagan, is red-brown. His friend, Vetch, is black. In the [Sci Fi Channel] miniseries, Tenar is played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk, the only person in the miniseries who looks at all Asian. Ged and Vetch are white.
My color scheme was conscious and deliberate from the start. I didn’t see why everybody in science fiction had to be a honky named Bob or Joe or Bill. I didn’t see why everybody in heroic fantasy had to be white (and why all the leading women had ‘violet eyes’). It didn’t even make sense. Whites are a minority on Earth now—why wouldn’t they still be either a minority, or just swallowed up in the larger colored gene pool, in the future? […]
I think it is possible that some readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don’t notice, don’t care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being ‘colorblind.’ Nobody else does.
I have heard, not often, but very memorably, from readers of color who told me that the Earthsea books were the only books in the genre that they felt included in—and how much this meant to them, particularly as adolescents, when they’d found nothing to read in fantasy and science fiction except the adventures of white people in white worlds. Those letters have been a tremendous reward and true joy to me.
So far no reader of color has told me I ought to butt out, or that I got the ethnicity wrong. When they do, I’ll listen. As an anthropologist’s daughter, I am intensely conscious of the risk of cultural or ethnic imperialism—a white writer speaking for nonwhite people, co-opting their voice, an act of extreme arrogance. In a totally invented fantasy world, or in a far-future science fiction setting, in the rainbow world we can imagine, this risk is mitigated. That’s the beauty of science fiction and fantasy—freedom of invention.
But with all freedom comes responsibility. Which is something these filmmakers seem not to understand.
Well, here we are again. I really, truly thought the Peter/Alicia/Will love triangle was over, but, from recent interviews, it seems like it’s not. Before I get into the reasons this greatly disappoints me, I want to note that I’m aware that interviews, spoilers, and promotion tactics are often vague and misleading, and acknowledge that I’ve gotten unnecessarily worked up over quotes just like these in the past. Anyway, with that disclaimer out of the way, here are the top five reasons I don’t want to see the love triangle in season 5:
I wrote this six months ago and far too much of it is still relevant.
What upsets me even more than this is the insinuation that Alicia left Lockhart/Gardner to get away from Will. No - she left because she did not like the company, and so she could have more control of her life. If this was just about Will, she never would have left.
I also really don’t like the idea of Alicia having to be with anyone. She’s her own person, there’s no Will vs Peter, she can arrange it however she wants. I’d so rather the show focus on Alicia’s non-sexual relationships (not to mention Kalinda’s, but this seems to be a more general problem the writers have with their female characters and it is so unnecessary) with everyone around her, especially her partnership with Cary. There are so many story lines the show has yet to explore, including building a relationship between Alicia and Cary, comparing/contrasting the how Alicia and Cary started their firm to how Will and Diane started their firm, doing more with the contrast between Cary (a nice guy who can act like an asshole when necessary) to Will and Peter (assholes who can play the nice guy if necessary), exploring the fact that the split meant there’s a lot of knowledge that can’t flow back and forth, and how that affects clients and how people like Kalinda and Robyn get around it (this would be a great, non-sexual way to go with the Cary and Kalinda relationship, and it could also be a way to get Kalinda and Alicia interacting again).
I hate that I like my ideas and those I read on tumblr much more than the writer’s.
Computer programmers, the media and casual observers alike often debate the question of why there are so few women programmers compared to men. Indeed, only 19 percent of computer science majors are female, which directly corresponds to the proportion of programmers who are female: 20 percent.
Whatever the reasons for the gender disparity in programming, however, actual salary differences have nothing to do with fueling that gap, simply because they do not exist. According to a new study by the American Association of University Women, there is no statistical difference between female and male programmers’ salaries. The same holds true for women who go into engineering, mathematics and physical sciences.
This is what bad science journalism looks like.
Wow, that is awful. Wow. My whole brain is crying.
“I’ve spent the past couple of years thinking about the “twice as good” notion in the black community, and the bindings that we put on young black boys so that their country will not kill them. Of course “twice as good” ultimately means half as many arrive, and those who do receive half as much. Let us dispense with self-congratulation and great men. The question is not, “What did Jackie Robinson achieve in spite of racism?” It is, “How much more would he achieved without it?” An ethic of “twice as good” divorced from any complaint, divorced from history is “Go for self” and can have no effect whatsoever upon a justice system, upon voter ID laws, upon asset forfeiture, upon Wells Fargo. The masses of the plundered will never be respectable to those who plunder them. The essence of plunder is disrespect. They can never respect you. They hate you, sir.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, on Kim Novak and being “twice as good.” (via arathesane)
“He’s not the first gay guy in the NFL. He’s the first one to come out, let’s get that straight. Every team I’ve played on, there was someone… we always knew. But he was cool. That was our boy. We had to look out for him. Every team I’ve played on - five different teams - there was someone gay in the locker room.”—Retired football star Deion Sanders, who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. He is, of course, talking about Michael Sam. This is so important. (via Gay Star News)
The UnderStory - The Life and Times of North American Forests
Some really awful stats about being a woman in science, but this article also offers some solutions and directions to move forward, so it’s not the most depressing article out there. Pretty high on the list, though.