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The Women Of The Big Bang Theory Try Comics OR Pre-Judging A Promo

January 11, 2013

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The promos for this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory had the girls going to a comic book shop, without the guys, with a voiceover declaring that “the girls go where no woman has gone before.”  And then everyone went bananas.  Twitter and tumblr were up in arms, comic blogs were running columns, and everyone was outraged at the implication that comic shops aren’t for girls.

It may have been an overreaction.  First off, women HAD been in the shop before.  Lots and lots of times, and not just the main characters either.  Penny had even gone on a few dates with Stuart, who runs the shop.  This was just a silly promo, meant to grab our attention.  Second, the episode itself was fine, and a lot of the sites where everyone was so livid earlier this week are saying “it actually wasn’t bad” today.

The worst thing that happened was that the guys in the comic shop stared at the girls when they were there, which is a definite stereotype, but the owner helped them out politely and suggested Fables, which is pretty much the ultimate gateway comic for non-comic fans of any gender.  They ended up getting Thor because Thor is hot (it looked like Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Thor: God of Thunder #2, which is a great book) and while they didn’t like it initially, they spent the rest of the episode arguing about Mjolnir and who can pick it up, and even dug into the boy’s collection for more research.  The show ended with the girls having a lengthy argument about the Red Hulk.

So while the show engaged in some stereotypes, the ultimate message was that these nerdy behaviours, however stereotypical, aren’t male specific.  Yes, the guys at the shop ogle the girls, but then the girls pick up Thor because Thor is hot.  They end up arguing about comics just like the guys always do.  Despite some of their cracks earlier in the episodes, the girls get super into comics and we learn that comics are for boys AND girls.

The outrage earlier this week was a bad case of pre-judging.  A lot of people wrote off a 20 minute show based on a 20 second preview.  Now, The Big Bang Theory has been criticized before for its treatment of geek culture, and some people see it as the show laughing AT nerds instead of laughing WITH them.  At the same time, we’ve had several prominent examples lately of sexism masquerading as “humour”.  I can understand the sensitivity when the most well-known bastion of geekery (last night was a series high for viewership) seems to be taking a shot at women reading comics.  But pre-judging is never a good call.  There are enough actual troubling things going on with women in comics that maybe we can let a promo go until we see the actual episode/issue/what have you.  Then if it’s bad, it should by all means be critiqued, and I’ll be first in line to do so.  But yeah, wait to see the actual product.  It might surprise you.

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First Look At Erica Durance As Wonder Woman On Harry’s Law OR David E. Kelley Recycles

December 29, 2011

On an upcoming episode of Harry’s Law, airing on NBC on January 11, Erica Durance is guest starring as woman who thinks she is Wonder Woman because of some sort of pyschological snafu.  Durance played Lois Lane on Smallville, and Harry’s Law is run by David E. Kelley, the man behind the recent ill-fated and just all around awful Wonder Woman pilot.  TV Line has some pictures of Durance in her Wonder Woman garb:

So they basically re-used the Wonder Woman outfit from the pilot.  It looks to be the exact same costume.  Let’s split screen it with Adrianne Palicki:

Same weird tiara, same bizarrely large and obtrusive eagle across the chest, same super huge belt, and the same rather sensible star lined jeans.  It’s good to see that the Wonder Woman pilot wasn’t a total bust… Kelley’s recycled the outfit for his other really crappy TV show. 

Oh damn, I have a Wonder Woman blog.  I’m probably going to have to watch this episode… not cool!!  I thought I was done with David E. Kelley doing terrible Wonder Woman things!! 

Anyway, that’s Erica Durance as Wonder Woman.  There’s been a lot of live action Wonder Woman on TV lately, what with Penny on The Big Bang Theory, Heidi Marie Ferren on Bored to Death, and Wonder Woman showing up in the Spider-Man musical on Conan.  She’s a popular gal… you’d think she’d have a movie by now!!

Wonder Woman On The Big Bang Theory

December 17, 2010

Tonight on The Big Bang Theory, the guys convinced Penny’s new boyfriend to enter a costume contest with them, in hopes that he would make a better Superman than Leonard did (Leonard became Green Lantern, relegating Raj to Aquaman).  Penny was then roped into dressing as Wonder Woman:

Prompting Sheldon to query:

I’m sorry, but in what universe is Wonder Woman blonde?

Ultimately, Penny sported a wig for the contest, which they won:

The best exchange of the night came from Sheldon trying to convince Penny to come to the contest.

Sheldon: I understand why you’re upset.
Penny: Really?
Sheldon: Yes.  You’re afraid that costume makes you look fat.
Penny: No!  Wait… does it?!
Sheldon: Don’t worry.  Wonder Woman was an Amazon, and Amazons tend to be very beefy gals.
Penny: Goodbye, Sheldon. (slams door)
Sheldon: But they’re not blonde, so put on your wig!!

I love The Big Bang Theory.  It hits close to home a lot (I too have my own spot on the couch, and get very irked if anyone else sits in it), but it’s hilarious.  AND it’s super fun to watch closely when they’re in their apartment or the comic store to try and spot comics or toys that I have.  There is, perhaps not surprisingly, a great deal of crossover between my collection and that of Sheldon and Leonard. 

Of course, regular Big Bang viewers will know that tonight is not the first time that Wonder Woman appeared on the show:


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