jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (BSG Six)
Three days 'til surf camp! So excited, both for the vacation and the surfing (and the fact that the weather here is finally warm). Now I just need to get my [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang fic wrapped up before then...

Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show:
Sharon "Athena" Agathon from Battlestar Galactica

Sharon is in my top five favorite characters, period:

1. She. Just. Kicks. Ass.

2. She's a Mama Bear: "Ordinary moms don't play when it comes to the safety of their children, let alone trained warrior alien robot moms." (standard tv tropes disclaimer)

3. She puts up with so much shit from the Colonials, and still remains loyal because she thinks that's the right side to be on.

4. She wasn't afraid to use her Cylon abilities, despite the fact that they continued to mark her out as different from the rest of the BSG folk.

5. New Caprica. All of it.

6. Sharon and Helo have the healthiest relationship in the entire show, even if it isn't always easy.

7. Her call sign is the coolest Greek goddess of them all.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Like a shark driving an assault vehicle)
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show:
Debra Morgan from Dexter

Debra doesn't have it exactly easy. She's one of the few woman in a rather testosterone-driven Miami Metro Police Department. She has a (maybe) psychopathic brother who murders people regularly. She has rotten taste in men - probably stemming from the fact that her father focused all of his attention on teaching her brother how to murder ethically (yes, I know) instead of spending any time with her.

So she curses like a sailor, puts up a tough front to the world, and loves her brother as fiercely as she can. Girl's got steel ovaries.

Rest of the days )
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Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show:
Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

Video explanation:

The End.

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jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Smallville Clark)
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time:
Chloe Sullivan from Smallville

I only watched the first few seasons of this show before tuning out with the disgust at the waste of what was an amazing premise. There were a lot of things wrong with this show, but one of the ones that rankled the most was the utter misuse of Chloe Sullivan, Ace Reporter of Smallville High and genuinely awesome gal. She was funny, actually seemed to have a brain in her head (unlike the rest of Smallville's denizens), and it certainly didn't hurt that Allison Mack was pretty smoking. And the scenes with her and Lex (the other candidate in the running for Most Misused Character)? Completely full of win, even if I didn't ship the pair (much).

I have no idea how they've treated her since I stopped following the show, but I don't have much any faith in the show's producers. I hear she's, uh, married to the Green Arrow? And maybe runs the Watchtower or something?

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Rainbow Dash)
This was the easiest day of all to pick.

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

I wasn't quick to join the new My Little Pony bandwagon. I saw it sweeping through some of the forums I read in February, but kinda rolled my eyes at the whole thing, thinking it was some sort of ironic hipster joke.

Then I watched an episode.

The animation is adorable. The songs are fun and catchy without being earworms unlike the entire Backyardigans' repertoire. The jokes, while not operating on two levels like most of Pixar's, are indeed enjoyable to both children and adults. But the real joy of MLP, at least to me, is the cast of characters and the perspective the writers show in using them.

See, this show is like crack to children. I have a niece and three nephews living close by who I babysit on occasion, and an episode of MLP is the ultimate reward now. All of them - from the almost-three-year-old to the seven-year-old - adore this show and its characters. They relate to these girl ponies and their lessons about friendship. Rainbow Dash is a favorite among the boys, of course, but, you know, everyone loves Rarity too. My niece, the oldest of the bunch, has mentioned more than once that she's going to go look something up in a book "like Twilight does". That alone would endear this show to my heart forever, but I already love it 'cause it's just so much fun.

No extra bits today - go to Equestria Daily for all your pony needs.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (City Sounds)
Hoo boy, I really need to get serious about finishing up my reverse bigbang, like, now.

Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show:

Nyota Uhura from Star Trek

This feels like a gimme question - one of the easiest to answer of the whole list. (Why, yes, I planned out my answers for each day - how else would I assure no repeats, I ask you?)

I grew up watching TNG and DS9, mostly, but TOS reruns were also watched, and I always liked Uhura for at least being on the testosterone-heavy Enterprise. Looking back now, I love her for being pretty kick-ass for a female character of that time and also for the absolute daringness of being the first interracial kiss on television - only a year after anti-miscegenation laws had been struck down by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Viriginia. (Yeah, it took until 1967 for it to be legal throughout the US to marry someone of a different skin tone. Loving Day is coming up - June 12th!)

Zoe Saldana was a great casting choice for the reboot, but Nichelle Nichols will always be Uhura for me.

A couple of pieces of Uhura media )

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jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Chris Pine Live Long and Prosper)
I butchered a spreadsheet today, and then passed the resulting mess on to a colleague. Feel a bit bad about that, especially since I spent a week last year cleaning up the previous version and writing out a really nice ReadMe. But deadlines are a-loomin', and since they're court-ordered we don't have any wiggle room.

Thank god I have a week's vacation coming at the end of the month.

Day Four: A female character you relate to:

Temperance "Bones" Brennan from Bones

Halfway through watching season one of Bones with the husband, he turned to me and said, "Jac, you know, you're really like Bones."

About 50% of this comment was inspired, no doubt, by the hope that I would respond with a similar statement about him and Booth - the David Boreanaz mancrush had taken root by the tenth episode. But the other 50% was probably due to the fact that I am rather like Temperance, although I am not a genius (sadly) or a forensic anthropologist (thank goodness).

Like her, I really struggle with emotions - both expressing my own and reading others' appropriately. That's actually why I became an economist; you get to study people's behavior through clear, lovely quantitative data and then write an equation to describe what you're seeing. Brennan understands people through bones, I understand them through math.

Also, we both have the same unusual jawline that can look weird at certain angles.

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jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Gaila Academy)
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love

This one is tough. First off, I don't generally bother to waste my emotional energy enough to hate on anyone, real or fictional. Just ain't worth it. And second, what sort of fictional character is the type you ought to hate, anyways? Villains? They're often the ones who make a show worth watching. Poorly written, stereotypical characters? Blame the writers, not the written, I say. Boring characters? I'm too apathetic about them to muster up hate.

So I'll cheat a little and name a character I have strong, very mixed feelings about:
Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I'm pretty sure my feelings about Buffy have way more to do with me than her. While her character certainly changed quite a bit as the show progressed (we were all meant to dislike her a bit in Season Six, right?), my character was changing as well. Oh, the teenage years... So sometimes I'd come home from high school, flip on the TV, and then get irritated at ditzy, wannabe-cheerleader Buffy because she reminded me of my annoying lab partner. Depressed!Buffy angered me like no other because I (like so many teenagers) was a mess of emotions, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer was suppose to be my escapist television, damnit! But kickass!Buffy was, well, kickass, and that's what Buffy always returned to being when she save the world yet again. I love kickass Buffy.

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jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (I heart)
Digression here )

Favorite Female Characters

Day Two: Favorite supporting female character:

Natalie Hurley from Sports Night

Oh, Natalie. You're Dana's kickass second-in-command and also her best friend and support. You know what needs to be done before Dana, Casey, or Dan can even mention it, and you'll give them shit if that's what the situation calls for. You can run the show if needed, though, AND make the right editorial calls when doing so. You get one of the best geek guy ever, and you two are adorable together. You're not afraid of taking heat and criticism to do the right thing, either. You're wrong sometimes, but you're willing to face up to that and get your act together. I totally want to be your BFF.

Rest of the days )

Also, this is related to nothing, but the fanmix I recced on my rec journal today? I'm on my third time through, and it's still rocking my socks. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. (The related fic & art are also wonderful, but you can't really look at stuff while doing household chores.)
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Better Off Ted)
Some Fridays are just... craptastic. Yesterday was one of them. I'll spare you all the white whine (although, really, they're first world problems combined with general work craziness). Instead here's the fun meme that I stole from [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose!

Favorite Female Characters

Day One: Favorite lead female character

Veronica Palmer from Better Off Ted

My love for actress Portia de Rossi knows no bounds - she is hot and hilarious and has played an awesome character on my two favorite comedy TV shows ever, Arrested Development and Better Off Ted. Both shows were cancelled, of course. *grumble*

Now, to understand why Veronica Palmer in particular is so awesome, you have to know a bit about the show. Better Off Ted is sorta like the The Office, except replace awkward-humor with completely cracktastic-humor. The setting is the research & dev department of a massive corporation (Veridian Dynamics: Life. Better), headed by Ted, the titular character & generally straight man to all the craziness around him. 
Veronica Palmer is the boss of Ted - in most every way. She's entirely comfortable with her ruthlessness, emotionally detached, more than a little socially awkward, and doesn't mind telling mothers that their babies are ugly... but somehow she's also incredibly endearing and sweet. It's, err, hard to explain. She's also completely comfortable with her sexuality, which is awesome to see on mainstream television. And a snappy dresser. And has most of the best lines of the show. I wouldn't want to be Veronica, but watching her fills me with glee.

 If you haven't watched this show, you're really missing out - it's just fabulous. And  now I leave you with some Better Off Ted frippery that I've found & made -


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