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In which I film blog it up one final time.

Women in Television: Lovers, Mothers, and... Oh. Take 2.

As I wrote last semester, Fox's Fringe is a sci-fi procedural following the investigations of the FBI Fringe unit. Made up of Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), a half-mad scientist named Walter Bishop (John Noble), and Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), Walter’s genius son with a history of petty crime, the Fringe team look into crimes of the strange and fantastic. Essentially, picture a quirkier X-Files, with parallel universes rather than aliens. Each of the three seasons has thus far twisted the show in an intriguing new direction, but while season 2 seemed to be where the show found its rhythm and established Olivia as a complex character and independent agent, season 3 has since fallen into tired and unoriginal gendered tropes.

While by no means a feminist utopia, seasons 1 and 2 of Fringe establish Olivia as a pivotal actor. )

ngl, this season of Fringe has been so monumentally disappointing I don't even know what to do with it. I mean, there was always this undercurrent of "Olivia is a WOMAN," but the complete reduction of her character to that one trait is such lazy writing. I'm a shipper for just about every canon pairing ever, and this season lost even me. If it weren't for the straight-up-sci-fi fangirl in me, I would've abandoned ship long ago.


Jan. 5th, 2011 03:59 pm
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There is no livejournal group for Astrid/Olivia.

idk guys, maybe Doctor Who spoiled me with its multiple comm.s for every pairing ever, but my mind is boggling right now. Boggling.

...I need me an Astrid/Liv icon.
salienne: (Fringe Olivia2)
Fandom: Fringe
Title: events in motion
Rating: PG-14
Characters: Olivia/Astrid, former Olivia/Peter, an Observer, Walter, Bolivia, Sam Weiss, OC’s
Summary: If second chances came in reverse. Olivia is shown what will be.
Spoilers: Through “Marionette”
Disclaimer: Fringe belongs to Fox, the producers, the actors, and all the other professionals involved in the creation of the show.
A/N: Written for the [ profile] fringeverse Big Bang. Thank you so much [ profile] wemblee for betaing! <3
Warnings: Violence, character death; no worse than you would see in the show

(Daytime, her bedroom. Two figures lie close together beneath the covers.)
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Fandom: Fringe
Title: quicker with a smile
Author: [ profile] salienne
Rating: PG
Character(s): Peter; mentions of Olivia, Bolivia, Walter
Spoilers: Everything up to and including “Marionette”
Summary: It’s easy to excuse what you want.
Disclaimer: Fringe belongs to Fox, the producers, the actors, and all the other professionals involved in the creation of the show.
A/N: So this is a character study in the guise of a ficlet, but after Peter’s surprising lack of awareness during the beginning of this season, I felt his mindset deserved exploration.

(The funny, the sad, the truly hideous thing was, he knew.)

Help plz?

Dec. 10th, 2010 04:37 pm
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If someone with photo editing software could take this pic and somehow make a better version of my icon, I would love you for forever and a day and would give you all the internet cookies in the world and free fic!

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Peter remains an asshole.

Also, I officially ship Olivia/Astrid, and I feel like this is fic I need to write over the break. That, and Spoilers )
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I now have a new default icon. Of Olivia, from Fringe.

If you have not been watching this show, you should be.
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This summer, I wrote for a film blog at my school. The entries don't go up until this Fall, though, so I thought I'd cross-post them here.

So here we have it, everyone. Part 1 of
[ profile] salienne Rants About Gender in the Media:

Also, a special thanks to [ profile] wemblee for proofreading these and keeping me sane. <3

Women in Television: Lovers, Mothers, and… Oh.

The depiction of women in television tends to be problematic, to say the least. This is true from ensemble shows to one-character shows, from comedy to science-fiction. For purposes of brevity, I’m going to focus on three particular shows, each with a different format, topic, and genre: Stargate: Atlantis, House, and Fringe. These shows demonstrate not only the continued dominance of male characters but also the limits of gender presentation in television, especially as it relates to women.

For those of us who don’t frequent the SyFy Channel, Stargate: Atlantis (SGA) is a fairly good example of how science-fiction shows tend to treat women. )

So, what can we learn from these three shows, which, while certainly not representative of television as a whole, do demonstrate much of the breadth of female characters? For one, while still underrepresented, women do have a substantial presence on television. Slowly but surely, their interests and positions in structures of power seem to be increasing beyond loving, caring, and mothering.

That said, women’s characters remain anchored by “feminine” characteristics. Women remain love interests, nurturers, mothers first. And while there is nothing wrong with any particular woman having such characterization, the problem comes in when that is the extent of women’s representation. When men are always more interesting. When men have a greater breadth of things they can do, do do, are allowed to do.

Such inequality not only reinforces outdated stereotypes but it is also stale and boring. It leads to predictable plotlines, predictable television. And with the amount of television out there, who really wants to sit down and watch the same old thing over and over again?
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The first line of my new Fringe fic:

There’s a little girl that no one can see, and she’s already killed two people.

...I kind of love it.

Anyway, my goal is to finish said fic within the next two weeks. I will do this. My writing has just been dead for far too long, and I plan to kickstart it with a mad scientist, his son, an FBI agent turned-babysitter, and an FBI agent with long red hair. Canon-compliant. (Anyone who's seen the s2 finale will get this. Anyone else, DON'T EVEN ASK. WATCH THIS SHOW. LOVE THIS SHOW. THIS IS AN ORDER.)

Also, I apologize for just how damn slow I've been with replying to comments. Hopefully I'll have time for a real entry and real responses tomorrow.


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