10 Spooky Feminist Halloween Television Show Episodes

Here are ten Halloween episodes from some of the feminist television shows that I have posted about. I have listed episodes that are Halloween themed, scary, and/or have monsters in them. Watch these spooky delights to get into a Halloween mood:

  1. “Blink” (Doctor Who Season Three Episode 11)
  2. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (Xena Warrior Princess Season Two Episode 4)
  3. “Fear, Itself” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Four Episode 4)
  4. “Resident Evil” (Veronica Mars Season Three Episode 5)
  5. “Bad Blood” (The X Files Season Season Five Episode 12)
  6. ” The Rocky Horror Glee Show” (Glee Season Two Episode 5)
  7. “Objects in Space” (Firefly Season One Episode 14)
  8. “Scar” ( Battlestar Galactica Season Two Episode 15)
  9. “Greg Pikitis” (Parks and Recreation Season Two Episode 7)
  10. “Welcome to Wherever You Are” ( The West Wing Season Seven Episode 15)

Boo! What are your favorite Halloween themed episode?

3 Bad Ass Women Characters that are Inspired by Buffy Summers

have written about how many of Joss Whedon’s female characters share certain traits, but it’s also important to note that Buffy Summers has inspired many creators. Without Buffy there wouldn’t be characters like Kara Thrace or Bo Dennis. Here is a list of three female characters who would not be here without Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the reasons why:

1.Kara Thrace (Battlestar Galactica): The gleaming trait shared between the two talented warriors are those one-liners that the pilot uses to bruise her cadets and fellow viper pilots. Like Buffy Summers, Kara Thrace has problems with authority figures. In the first few scenes of the pilot of Battlestar Galactica, Starbuck decked out Colonel Saul Tigh who is second in command of the battleship. Buffy Summers has Rupert Giles as her father figure and mentor. He remains one of the few people who she will listen to. Kara Thrace’s father figure is Admiral William Adama they have the same relationship as Buffy and her Dad. Finally, both Buffy Summers and Kara Thrace have a destiny to fulfill. Starbuck leads the fleet to “Earth”, which the Cyclons’s prophets had predicted.
2.Bo Dennis (Lost Girl): Like the famous vampire slayer, Bo barbs her fae enemies with brilliant one-liners before they fight. In the pilot of their series, Bo Dennis and Buffy Summers are both reluctant to accept who they are: a succubus and the slayer. The succubus along with her human and fellow fae friends solve mysteries around the supernatural very much like Buffy Summers and the rest of the Scooby gang. Bo ran away most of her life like Buffy did during one summer. Both Bo Dennis and Buffy Summers are brave women who turn into the leaders they were always meant to be.
3.Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars): Veronica Mars and Buffy Summers both started off as popular girls, then turned into the school rejects. Veronica was scoffed at because her father arrested her best friend Lily’s dad. Buffy was rejected because she burnt down her old school’s cafeteria. Plus the fact that she is a vampire slayer who carries around stakes. Both Buffy and Veronica have a biting humor. Veronica Mars solves mysteries or crimes for her fellow high school students. Buffy Summers does the same thing, though her fellow students do not ask to be saved. Both teenagers have difficult complicated love lives.

I would like to point out that all three of these complex female characters all share another trait with Buffy Summers. Kara Thrace, Bo Dennis and Veronica Mars all have natural talents and major pain that they hide with humor. What other bad ass female characters do you think were inspired by Buffy Summers?

Ten Reasons Why Alicia Florrick is a Complex Female Character

Here are the ten reasons why I believe Alicia Florrick is a complex female character:

  1. Alicia Florrick is a highly principled person though she does at times blur moral rules so she can properly defend her clients at court.
  2. Florrick is an excellent lawyer who can craft law in such a way to keep her client out of jail or have a larger settlement.
  3. Alicia graduated top of her class at Georgetown.
  4. After a few short years back prancing law at Lockhart & Gardner, Alicia Florrick became one of the partners at the firm.
  5. Alicia Florrick is a protective mother of Zach and Grace who does her best juggling home and work life.
  6. Alicia has a knack for comforting and reassuring her clients.
  7. Alicia Florrick is a reserved person who rarely shows her true feelings to anybody, but is super competitive.
  8. Alicia stays married to Peter, so mostly he is able to run for political office. She is a independent person.
  9. Alicia Florrick was close to becoming State’s Attorney. A large scandal ruined her credibility in many fronts and ruined her changes of winning the election. Alicia was forced to open her own one lawyer practice from her living room and be a bond lawyer.
  10. Florrick remains a kind well meaning person even with all the scandals surrounding. Alicia became hardened from practicing law, but never lost her grace or true kindness.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

New Zealand film, Heavenly Creatures(1994), directed by Peter Jackson is about two teenage girls Pauline and Juliet who murder one of their mothers. The tale of the best friends turned lovers and murders is based on events that happened in 1950’s New Zealand. The screenwriters Frans Walsh and Peter Jackson based the film on the diary of Pauline Parker. In the film,  Pauline and Juliet are driven to murder by conservative society. The two girls are unable to properly communicate their love so they must find other ways to do so by delving into their own imaginary world outside of the heteronormative world.

Heavenly Creatures  have different modes of communication that allows them to exist in a queer space. Pauline and Juliet’s alternative language is their story about the magical kingdom. In the scene after Pauline learns that Juliet has tuberculosis and will be isolated, this new mode of communication emerges. The two girls write to each other as the King and Queen of their make believe kingdom of Borovina. Through these letters, they act as a heterosexual married couple; the girls finally can express their same sex romantic attraction. The murdering son that they create in Borovina is an expression of Juliet’s desire to free her self from heteronormative society. Pauline uses the love letters to voice that normative family life no longer fulfills her.

I would recommend the early Peter Jackson film to my readers who are interested in alternative modes of communication, lesbian romance, subversive heteronormative society, New Zealand Cinema, horror stories, and films about constricted women exploding in the 1950’s.

Please check out Heavenly Creatures! If you have seen the film please tell me what you think about what I wrote.