"Now there was a time when they used to say
That behind every great man
There had to be a great woman"
—Eurythmics, "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves"
Thoust have, great Glamys, that which cries,
Thus thou must do, if thou have it,
And that which rather thou dost fear to do,
Then wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear,
And chastise with the valour of my tongue,
All that impedes thee from the Golden Round,
Which Fate and metaphysical aid doth seem,
To have thee crowned withall.
— Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
"There was a time when the true signs of war were the lavish plumage of the women; Fifth Avenue dress shops and the finer restaurants were filed with these vanguards of war. Look at the jewels, the rare pelts, the gaudy birds on those elaborate hair-dress and know that war was already here; already the women had inherited the earth. The ominous smell of gunpowder was matched by a rising cloud of Schiaparelli's Shocking, The women were once more armed, and their happy voices sang of destruction to come..."
— Dawn Powell, A Time to Be Born
"Because Walter is the show’s protagonist, there is a natural tendency to empathize with and root for him, despite his moral failings. (That viewers can identify with this antihero is also a testament to how deftly his character is written and acted.) As the one character who consistently opposes Walter and calls him on his lies, Skyler is, in a sense, his antagonist.
Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, wanted Skyler to be a woman with a backbone of steel who would stand up to whatever came her way, who wouldn’t just collapse in the corner or wring her hands in despair. He and the show’s writers made Skyler multilayered and, in her own way, morally compromised. But at the end of the day, she hasn’t been judged by the same set of standards as Walter."
"Cleopatra's career started off evil enough: She conspired with Julius Caesar to overthrow her husband (who was also her brother. It was Egypt.) and make her pharaoh. Also, at some point between her blowjobs, she talked Caesar into adopting the leap year, which, as far as evil plans go, isn't as lame as some we've seen over the past century of comic books.
But getting it on with Caesar was just the beginning of her sexy, sinister conspiracy, which eventually turned the whole damned planet upside down and did things to it that make us feel like we need to take a cold shower."
Chris: And then we find out that while Clark is too dumb to think to bring any sort of weapons to a world where he has no powers, Lois is apparently packing a Colt .45 at all times... Because she learned from Billy Dee Williams that it works every time. I think the fact that Lois has to hold someone at gunpoint to keep her from carrying out Clark’s failsafe plan because she realizes — and even says — how terrible it is and has absolutely no faith in his ability to find a way to win says an awful lot about why we don’t like this show.
David: Yeah, that’s absolutely true, and it leads to that fantastic/awful line about how Clark can fail, but as a hero’s wife, she has to never give up. Like, it’s pretty clear who the writers’ room thinks is the better character/hero/person at this point.
"Once upon a time, Tom Cruise was sane, married to Nicole Kidman, and, although a Scientologist, capable of going out in public without seeming like he's overly concerned about the Marcab Confederacy (whose capital is one of the tail stars of the Big Dipper). Part of this is Nicole Kidman, who has experienced her own flavor of precipitous career decline, having basically managed to avoid being in a hit, or, indeed, a critical darling in about eight years. (This may be related to the fact that Nicole Kidman is now 80% plastic.) Despite this, she provided something like a moderating influence on Mr. Cruise, just as he provided her the opportunity to be the classic Hollywood leading lady she apparently wanted to be instead of the supporting/character actor she is."