here’s to the ladies who get pushed aside, who aren’t wielding swords and words and even femininity like weapons of war, who are rarely the protagonists and even more rarely the antagonists and even more rarely noticed at all. here’s to the girls that fandom prefers to ignore, who aren’t celebrated like their equally excellent peers but sit on the sidelines, who can also be selfish or petty or mean but also kind and quiet and understanding. here’s to the girls who believe in fairy tales and freedom and watching from the sidelines, who endure abuse and worse as patriarchal narratives see them as plot instead of characters, foils instead of people. here’s to the ladies who are called “whiny” and “passive” and “boring” for watching the story play out and getting swept up in it because they don’t have the ability or even the drive to be the ones calling the shots. here’s to the rival love interests, to the observant children, to the women killed off before they have a chance to shine. here’s to the ones reviled for loving someone they shouldn’t or sacrificing more than they should. here’s to the ladies out there who are never called special or stanned or remembered by more than a few.
here’s to the ladies who are rarely your favorites but who have stories- all rich, most untold- all the same.
THEY’RE QUOTING EACHOTHER!
Well, fuck this whole situation… I’m out.
Okay so I’ve seen a bunch of people complaining about and criticizing the Community premier, up to and including the people who wrote it, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to say - I loved this episode, wholly and without reservation. To me, it embodied all the things I adore about community - all the characters and the chosen family aspect, people trying to work out who they are and who they want to be, the really clever use of meta that operates within the show as well as nodding at what’s going on off-screen (seriously, the laugh-track joke had me in stitches, although maybe that was just because I really hoped they’d do something like it but didn’t expect it), and above all the genuine warmth of the show.
It’s not that I think complaints are invalid, the episode wasn’t perfect, but to me at least it felt more “like community” than some season 3 episodes and it resonated with me a lot more than some of the episodes I eventually came to love. Should the story have been less weird and more consolidated? Maybe. But I found it clever and funny and nice, and just extremely reassuring. For me, it was definitely a good start to the season.
So yeah. Basically my feelings can be summed up as: OH MY BEAUTIFUL SHOW YOU CAME BACK TO ME. <3