Make no mistake Nohbody, it's still very much a very intriguing idea. It may simply be that a concept like this takes a while to gel. I very much plan to keep on watching.
I happen to remember that you like the movie Crimson Tide
. As a fellow Tide
fan, I can assure you, you'll find a lot to like about Last Resort
Are you implying that semi-nudity interferes with this?
Not quite. I'm saying semi-nudity before she's uttered a full paragraph of dialogue doesn't really scream "Serious, dynamic character over here." Listen, there are some amazing female characters and amazing women that played them and they weren't hindered by showing some skin.
But it's just about the way she's introduced. The scene didn't begin with her already in bed, groggily reading the text, and then bolting awake, dressing, and walking out the door, with her lover saying something like "Where're you going??", and her walking out without even acknowledging the question. In my mind, that would've been a powerful Establishing Character Moment
. Even without knowing she was a defense contractor, or that she's the designer of a powerful submarine cloaking device *
, it would've suggested this was no cheap floozie, but rather a woman who has a life, and a sex life at that, but whatever's going on, she's deadly serious when it's business.
Instead, the character I saw in the episode comes off as that stock character of the foxy lady reporter, always on the run for a scoop, and willing to use her good looks to get it. I remember actually being surprised she
was the designer of this top-secret, high-tech system. She's yammering on about its specs more like an amazed schoolgirl and less like the scientist, or tycoon, behind it. Think about other female characters like Colonel Carter, Dr. Weir, Agent Ziva David, Detective Benson, et al, and you see why I find Autumn Reeser's character so lacking.
Further, observe how she approaches Admiral Shephard when she learns the news. Before she reveals the truth of the Colorado's
demise, he's ready to dismiss her like some insignificant shrew. Think about the same scene with Cherry Jones (the President from the last few seasons of 24
) in that scene. I couldn't see anybody, even some hotshot Admiral dismissing her that way.
edited 2nd Oct '12 9:13:32 PM by TheStarshipMaxima