Bomb Girls is a Canadian drama set in a munitions factory (Victory Munitions) during World War II. The six-part miniseries began airing in January 2012 and has recently been confirmed for another season. The third season has been cancelled in favor of a two-hour miniseries which will wrap everything up, and air in 2014. It's a primarily character-driven show, exploring a wide variety of themes such as love, grief, feminism, infidelity, honesty, and following your dreams.The show focuses primarily on four women:
Lorna Corbett (Meg Tilly) is the floor matron at Victory Munitions. Her husband is a war veteran who was left crippled after fighting in World War I, and their relationship is strained due to this. She is very patriotic and firmly believes that sacrifices are necessary to ensure happiness for everyone. Despite her firm attitude while at work, however, she cares very much for the girls on her shift.
Betty McRae (Ali Liebert) is the tomboyish one of the group and one of the girls who has worked the longest at the factory. She is a skilled worker and is often held up to an example to the other girls, being chosen as the "face" of Victory Munitions. At times very blunt and abrasive, behind her tough exterior Betty is plagued by a lack of self worth and confusion over her love for Kate.
Kate Andrews (Charlotte Hegele) is a runaway who came to the factory to escape her abusive, religious father. Shy and sweet, she struggles to leave behind her past and to start a new life for herself. She admires Gladys' glamorous lifestyle and is best friends with Betty, who introduces her to many new things. Kate is also a talented singer and dreams of doing it as a career.
Gladys Witham (Jodi Balfour) is an upper-class socialite who initially starts work at the factory as an office girl, but then ends up working on the floor with the other girls. Intelligent and headstrong, if at times naive, Gladys strongly believes in equality and doing what's right. At first an outsider due to her wealth and social standing, she eventually becomes good friends with Betty and Kate.
A floor worker, Donald, tries to rape Kate in the storeroom. He's stopped by Leon.
Betty and Sergeant Teresa Hill are walking arm-in-arm down an alley when a man accosts them and after being shot down, goes after Teresa. Betty gives him a good right hook.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Gladys displays this in her role as covert investigator of a saboteur at Vic Mu. While she occasionally makes a few false moves, she shows a flair for getting the right answer in the end.
Blatant Lies: In the movie finale, Gladys, as part of her spy cover, has to tell some real whoppers to keep the truth from leaking out. For example, she tells Lorna Corbett that she was pregnant, which was a deliberate and manipulative tactic. In another scene, she baldly claims that her boss, a Jewish man, is having an affair with a Christian woman, instead of revealing that he is quietly agitating to get the Canadian government to officially take notice of Nazi Germany's labor and death camps.
Chekhov's Gunman: When Lorna has a miscarriage, she is taken to the hospital where her daughter works and is treated by a seemingly inconsequential East Indian doctor. A later episode reveals that her daughter is dating him and he is a recurring character for the rest of the show.
Rollie Witham's speech at the Victory Calvacade: both he and Gladys are clearly aware of her affair with Eugene, but to everybody else it's just a rousing, stirring speech about a young engaged couple deferring gratification, which is what the theme of war bond drives often emphasized.
Kate's song after the speech. It clearly resonates differently with Betty than the remainder of the crowd.
Dramatic Irony: In her Armistice Day speech, Lorna talks about how married couples never know what the other person is up to. This is while she is having an affair with one of her co-workers.
Another episode has Lorna mention to her daughter that one of the female workers is pregnant, saying to be careful as there are some mistakes you can't fix. Her daughter doesn't realize that Lorna was talking about herself.
After a German POW figures out that Betty is of German descent, he attempts to win Betty's favor by saying that back in Germany, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Betty would be treated like a queen. The closeted lesbian Betty is less than amused.
Green-Eyed Monster: Lorna turns into one when she starts having feelings for Marco and sees him with other women.
Heroic Sacrifice: Inverted. Vera, who had been collecting sleeping pills to commit suicide with, ends up making the difficult choice to them to give them to Archie who was dying a slow and very painful death.
Harbinger of Impending Doom: When James is talking to Gladys on the phone from England he mentions that he will moving to the front line and this might be the last time they'll talk until the war is over. Soon after, Gladys receives a telegram that he died during an air raid.
Humble Hero / Ignorant of the Call: Betty. Though Lorna sees her as a role model and Kate outright says she's a hero, Betty doesn't believe she's anything special. She's even chosen to be the "face" of Victory Munitions, much to her chagrin.
Spoiled Sweet: Gladys, who is also Non-Idle Rich after declining an office job at Victory Munitions to work on the floor with the other girls.
Spy School: In a way, what Gladys has been doing since she met Clifford. He recruits her to formally attend "The Farm" in the series finale. It sounds like being an Agents Dating scenario is waiting in the wings.
Stay in the Kitchen: The majority of the men in the show believe women should not be out working in bomb factories.
Surprise Pregnancy: Completely subverted. When Lorna starts experiencing symptoms of morning sickness, she knows exactly what's going on. So do most of the other girls too.
The Mole: Helen Buchinsky and Mr. Davis, both cooperating to sabotage necessary antisubmarine warfare devices.
These Hands Have Killed: Eugene, who is suffering from PTSD, rationalizes his self-destructive ways by stating that he's killed people, so already he's "not normal" anymore.
The Spymaster: Clifford, followed later by Jakob with Gladys as deputy to both.
Throwing Out The Script: Gladys' father turns her charity event for The Red Cross into the launch of Witham Foods' new brand. Gladys is told to give a speech announcing a comparatively modest donation from her parents to the Red Cross, but instead gives her own stirring speech — in which she publicly announces that her parents will give more than double what they originally intended.