This statement is old. As is calling people haters. You can dislike aspects of a show and still want to tune in. You can want to tune in just to watch your favorite actor(s). You can want to tune in to see if the show will get better. You can want to tune in just to see if McGarrett is wearing yet another blue shirt. Telling people to stop watching is ridiculous, shortsighted, and completely unnecessary. Especially when there are handy features like ignore and mute so you don’t have to keep seeing the people who don’t love the show the same way you love the show.Because that’s what it all boils down to, right? Someone doesn’t watch the show and get entertainment from it the same way you do so they aren’t a “true fan” and therefore need to stop watching it entirely.
But yes, let’s continue to belittle fans and be assholes to real people over a fictional show and its characters. And let’s chase even more people away from the ever dwindling online fandom. Online fans (which are a tiny portion of viewers, I know) are FREE advertisement for the show. You want the show to continue for many more years? Stop telling people to quit watching and focus your energy on promoting the show itself and filling the tags with love.
Doing Teilor’s make up on the set - November 11, 2013 (x)
To keep it short and sweet…
if Catherine was written out of the show right now, it wouldn’t “fix” a thing. Yes, it would probably make some fans happy and yay for them. But until the writers, Lenkov, and TPTB learn how to balance stories and screentime for all their characters and start focusing on plot pacing, characterization (ex: remembering that Danny is an experienced detective and therefore might, just might have good theories once in awhile), continuity, and pesky little things like not forgetting that they stabbed someone in the season finale, season four (and the show in general) will still be full of issues.
I don’t really think the issue (fans against Catherine’s spot on the team) has anything to do with fans practising sexism but perhaps that’s each of us (those who believe this to be the case and those who do not) reading the posts through the film of our personal points of view. I think the issues with Cath joining the team are three part, all stemming from a single core problem in the writing, two of which have little to do with the actual Cath character. Imo, it breaks down like this:
1. Face/story time. We as a fandom were sold a story that hasn’t been delivered and many are quite put out about it. We were hooked by the story of ohana. It grounded every bit of the show, the beautiful, difficult, funny, complex and yes, badass tale of four people whose shared loyalty, trust, skill and dependence made them a new kind of family none had experienced in quite the same way before. Then Season 2 rolled around and about midway through, two of those team/ohana members began to be very clearly pushed so far into the background that by the end of Season 3 their stories had been whittled down to mere landscaping. The cousins became the Native Americans of Dances With Wolves, tossed in there to give the real story a sense of foundation but apparently never intended to remain more than a passing element to remind us where we were. Some of us resented that and resent it still.
2. If there is sexism to be found in the anti-Cath sentiment it lies with the practices of Lenkov and company. It wasn’t the fandom who said there couldn’t be more than one female functioning with any sort of equality on the team. That fact was established by the writing and management when they made it an annual practice to swap in and out female sub characters like dirty laundry for clean. Imo, this was done in S2 and 3 more with Kono than with Chin on an episode by episode basis.
Many of us did and still do resent that practice and the fact that it gave the appearance, from the beginning of Jenna Kay, to Lori and on to the expansion of Catherine’s character, that show management was always looking for a potential team replacement for Kono. If they had been looking for a simple additional female member they would have endeavored to develop any kind of relationship at all between the female characters instead of reducing Kono’s (and Chin’s for that matter) face/story time to try and attach viewers to something new. It’s impossible that the same group of writers & management who are responsible for Steve and Danny don’t know how to do this for characters with vaginas as well. So if we’re going to talk about sexism I believe those who view it thusly are well right to place that ball where it belongs, in Lenkov’s court. It isn’t the fans who don’t feel it can be done; it’s the show that won’t do it.
As a side note on the show’s sexism, why is it that this apparently very capable woman cannot find a job that isn’t handed to her by a man she’s slept with? She’s so lost and unsure of how to make the transition from military life to civilian but Billy had a plan before he left, Steve’s awkward transition phase was treated with a season of comedic juxtapositions and, discharged with prejudice, Joe seems to be getting along just fine. This slight is all show.
3. I believe that the real heart of this and many matters of discontent among many fans is the imbalance in the character and story development that has been allowed to become cancerous in the Five-0 canon. Again, we were baited on a line that implied a promise of four good stories with one being the lead of those and therefore having somewhat more screen time. Once reeled into the boat we found it was a ship named The Story of A Guy And His Two Favorite People. The script is too Steve-heavy. Don’t get me wrong, love me some Steve, but it’s true. Even Danny’s story has been reduced to his relationship to Steve and a once in a blue moon conversational reference to or snippet scene regarding immensely important Danny character arcs. So the writing boils it down to this, this is Steve’s story and if you’re not banging him or beering it up as his best bud you’re largely out. That’s not fans being inconsiderate of one another or whining about the Big Kahuna’s dish, that’s legitimate shafting of great characters and thereby the audience.
That’s a tough pill to swallow for those who really enjoyed following the stories of those now ancillary characters. It isn’t at all outrageous, inappropriate or anti-h50/anti-Catherine for those persons to feel slighted or concerned about this new development given the show management’s history of handling everything and everyone not directly central to Steve as disposable.
Without getting into the problems with Catherine’s character writing and issues of the actresses fit for the role, that’s it. I’m voicing the opinion, not to argue or fuss, but because I genuinely do not believe that the majority of those upset with the situation developed that feeling out of a sexist mentality. I think people are weary of seeing their favorites pushed out by management decisions in favor of a part that doesn’t make as much sense as those being reduced. This includes Chin whose story has taken a massive hit in favor of the use of Catherine. It’s quite frustrating and has made Rollins’ an unwelcome face to some and this team member development an irritant.
This. All of it. Pretty much every single reason I have a problem with Catherine. And the other reasons have nothing to do with her getting in the way of my ship and everything to do with the way the character is written and with actress who plays her and her behavior towards fans who didn’t like her fictional character.
Here’s a novel thought… if the post isn’t tagged with any of the fandom tags and there’s a very clear warning (see photo) that there is *gasp* negativity after the “read more,” maybe you shouldn’t read it if it’s going to offend your sensitive fangirl heart.
Posting my opinions (especially when done outside the squee tags and giving people plenty of chances to you know, not read it) about a fictional show and fictional characters doesn’t make me an asshole. Calling me an asshole for doing so however, does make you one.
I’ve been accused of hating women characters because I’m not a Catherine fan. Which, really? People are going to assume that I hate all women because I happen to dislike one character on a TV show? So let me start this by saying: I dislike poorly written, two-dimensional, cliche female characters. I also dislike poorly written, two-dimensional, cliche male characters but that’s not what this post is about.
So here are three shows that I’m currently watching (and LOVE) that feature women who are strong, intelligent, kick ass, gorgeous, snarky, tough, flawed, broken, amazing, have depth, and who don’t exist solely as a love interests or to further the plots of the men on the show.
Good morning, Tumblr. Have a cute photo of Steve and a baby.
possible issues with the clip aside, he does look oh so adorable with that baby! Well, they all do <3