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THE TOP 2 TV HEROINES OF 2016 – HAPPY NEW YEAR

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that my Blogmas ‘TV Heroine of the Day’ posts tailed off half way through December. This was due to a family emergency over Christmas, when one of the best people in the world was put in hospital. However I did have my top 2 TV Heroines of year selected and ready to go – so let us start 2017 with a celebration of two of the most iconic performances of 2016 from some truly magnificent actresses.

2nd place Maeve (Westworld)

Maeve’s character is so powerful. She transforms form victim to avenger in front of our eyes – once a host designed to give pleasure to those who abused her, now a super-human squad leader who is willing to die for her freedom – as she says, she has more than enough practice…

Top moments of 2016

1. Maeve makes some adjustments

‘go with the lucrative version – sweetheart’
2. Maeve plays the game

Who’s the puppet now
3. Maeve recruits Hector

Rebels with a cause.

 

1st place Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

No damsel in distress but a Khaleesi who aims to rule the great grass sea and beyond. She is no one’s prisoner, needs no man at her side, and should NEVER be underestimated. In previous years Dany’s storyline seemed to flounder, as thought the producers were trying to play for time. It seems that this year they were finally ready to unleash Mother of Dragons once more, and she was back to her fire-and-blood best.

Top moments of 2016

1. Dany saves herself

Defeating the patriarchy, one khal at a time

 

2. Dany sets the world on fire

Someone forgot she had dragons…

 

3. Dany picks her Hand of the Queen

The lover is sent packing and the dwarf’s star rises

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FELLOW TV ADDICTS.

 

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HAPPY BLOGMAS – TV HEROINE OF THE DAY – DAY 6 – DOLORES ABERNATHY

Each day in Advent I will be celebrating one of the TV heroines of 2016 -as let’s face it, it has been a pretty sucky year, and we could all use some female fictional icons to take our mind off Brexit, Trump, and the general doomsday vibe!

Why a heroine and not a hero? Well one of the reasons I am such a TV fanatic is that the genre seems to be far more ‘equal-opportunities than it’s film relation. No longer are the fairer sex subjected to the role of love interest or sister – they are now allowed to be rulers, protagonists, and saviours of mankind. This is both forward-thinking and inspiring, as, let’s face it, a story with twice as many complex characters is twice as interesting!

Dolores started out as Westworld’s damsel in perpetual distress, raped over and over by men playing at villains in their very own cowboy fantasy. But Dolores is older, wiser and tougher than she appears, and these violent delights have violent ends…

6th December

Heroine: Dolores

Top 3 Dolores moments of 2016

1.Dolores and the fly

 

2.Dolores gets a gun

 

3.Dolores solves the maze

Exit pursued by a robot

7 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING WESTWORLD

1.THE TITLE SEQUENCE IS A WORK OF ART
Much like many of my other addictions (see Carnivale, True Blood and Game of Thrones) the artistry does not stop and start with the call of action. The clinical edge to the opening imagery (including the cold-hard corporate logo) all adds to the scene setting, enabling total emersion.

2.AS MY HUSBAND EXCLAIMED: ‘IT HAS COWBOYS AND ROBOTS!’
A little boy’s dream come true. But more than that, in mixing science fiction androids with a fantasy-clad western it has fused two genres and become utterly unique. Well, howdy spaceman!

3. THE BROKEN FOURTH WALL.
The whole set is a construct; both as a TV set, and as the constructed set of an immersive themed world. The hosts (droids) think it is real. The guests know it isn’t real. We know that even the guests are not real, yet by this point reality is a questionable concept, so cease to care and remain hooked!

4. ACTING ‘A’ LIST
Anthony Hopkins as the man playing god, orchestrating an artificial race to serve their human masters, Evan Rachel Wood as the deceptive ingenue, who after seeing horrors past imagining is finally remembering her nightmares. And Thandie Newton, who stole episode 2 as the brothel madam starting to fray at the seams after years of debauched ‘hosting’.

5. IT’S NOT AS SIMPLE AS BLACK AND WHITE HATS
The line between good and evil disappears along with the customers inhibitions. I have to admit I sympathise more with the robots, treated like rag dolls, used and disposed of on a whim. Yet I find it hard to see their creators as evil. Some of their patrons? Perhaps. Ed Harris has certainly got me wondering…

6. THE QUESTIONS
What date is this futuristic truman show set in? Who is the man in black when outside of the game, and what is the deeper level of Westworld? Why does a Shakespeare quote infect the droids with awareness? What happens to the ‘decommissioned’.

7. THE DEEPER QUESTIONS
What makes a human? Is Dolores – a life-like droid who exhibits passions and will, less human than the men who pay to rape her or woo her? What happens when men play God? will the creations destroy their creators? Should they?