Of course, rom-coms are in the business of making people sigh to themselves, “I wish I had that.” But underneath the sugar-spun exterior, there’s a distinct authenticity that every really good romantic comedy needs to have in order to work.
The best romantic comedies preach that even when we are at our most genuine, it’s possible for us to be loved for who we are. Our truest selves are capable of being understood. That’s not fantasy. That’s vulnerability.
Do I have to say it? Why couldn’t Patty be any of those things when she was fat? The show shows Patty’s life when she was fat as just a perpetual “before.” It’s as if her entire life prior to being skinny was caught up in being fat. The show doesn’t allow her a real personality or interests, everything is revolved around her weight. The audience is supposed to believe that she’s unlikable and uninteresting simply because she’s fat.
Guess what! You can be fat AND happy. You can be fat AND pretty. You can be fat AND popular, and social, and wear crop tops. Your life doesn’t start at skinny.
These are characters who discovered their sexuality on screen or who have always been comfortable with who they’ve been; characters who find pride in who they are, even if it takes some time; characters who find love; characters who find acceptance from those who matter most, including themselves; characters whose sexuality is a part of who they are but is not their defining trait; and characters who received the happy ending they deserve.
Steps have been taken in the right direction in recent years to showcase the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and their relationships on television, in movies, and in books, and the list that follows is some of the characters who are leading the charge.
Moving to Amazon is the best thing that could happen to The in terms of quality. Amazon is going to throw money at the production of this show, so expect Season 4 to look even better, if that’s possible! Don’t get me wrong, Syfy does an amazing job with the budget and limitations it has for its shows; I can’t wait for Wynonna Earp to come back, for one. At the same time, I feel that networks have got to get with the times and change up the way they do things or they will be left in the dust by all the streaming platforms, with unlimited budgets and risk taking. But the good news is it looks like they are finally learning.
We live in what’s been coined as “The golden age of TV.” And this season of saves is proof as to what makes this such a true statement.
I saw the same thing happen when news of The Expanse’s cancellation came out. There was the usual disappointment, sadness, and mourning I’ve come to expect. But there was also a stream of people swearing off Syfy entirely for the infraction, which brings me to the entire point of writing this up:
Don’t give up on Syfy, guys.
In the hollowed-out heart of the last remaining fragment of the spaceship he grew up on, Bellamy Blake sucks oxygen into his battered lungs, wraps his hand around a bottle of liquor that has long been empty, looks down at the firestained Earth, and thinks of the girl who died down there so that he could live, up here.
I, like many, had an inkling of an idea that Thelonious Jaha was likely going to die in Season 5 of The 100, thanks to some not very vague tweets from his actor, Isaiah Washington, during the beginning stages of filming, but I still wasn’t prepared to lose him tonight. Jaha has been a very polarizing character for the past five seasons; most people seem to avidly hate him, but I’ve always been a fan and this episode, his final, cemented all the reasons why.
The 100 isn’t afraid to place their characters into conflicting situations, forcing them to make difficult choices over and over again. It’s a core theme of the show — good guys, bad guys, and whether they truly exist; whether or not the world is a perpetual grey area with no white or black. Over the course of four seasons and heading into a fifth, we’ve seen everyone climb through the hoops of character development, facing their consequences and making decisions both good and bad. The 100 is a character driven show for sure, with one major exception: Octavia Blake.
I started watching The 100 in 2014, and was immediately captivated by the unpredictable plot and the flawed characters. I have loved Raven Reyes since her first scene in 1x02; I was enamored by her strength, intelligence, and quick wit. She has gone through so many trials and tribulations and has always overcome them. In the dawn before Season 5, I have several hopes for her character in the season to come.