Today, I'm doing Sci-Fi ladies in general. Joss ladies excluded, since they got their own!
""Out-of-the-box" is where I live."
"It is funny. You know the President says that we're saving humanity for a bright, shiny future on Earth. That you and I are never gonna see. We're not. Because we go out over and over again until someday, some metal motherfrakker is gonna catch us on a bad day and just blow us away."
"No seriously! Very sweet. You love me! No, you love me. You can't take it back. There are no take backs."
"Yeah, unlike me. I love Sam, I hate Sam. I love Lee, I hate Lee. Gods, I have to cheat just to keep the pieces all nice and neat."
Kara Thrace is screwed up. She's damaged, she's combative, she screws up in massive, fucked up ways. She keeps fighting and she keeps going, even when she doesn't understand what the hell she's doing. I still don't understand the end of this series. I probably never will. But I also don't care because STARBUCK.
Starbuck is my kind of girl. She's the Faith of the BSG universe, and that's the kind of girl I fall for all the time in shows. The one who fights so hard, all the time, and half the time the only thing she's really fighting against is herself.
She's the best damn pilot in the fleet, and she knows it. She's smart, she figures things out, and she never gives up, and she will forever be one of the Sci-Fi ladies I love best.
"I'm in my wedding dress; it doesn't have pockets. Who has pockets? Have you ever seen a bride with pockets? When I went to my fitting at Chez Alison, the one thing I forgot to say was "Give me pockets"!"
"Rocket. Blimey, a real proper rocket. Now that's what I call a spaceship. You've got a box, he's got a Ferrari."
Okay, with Doctor Who ladies, it's really hard to pick. I loved ALL the companions in different ways. Even Amy, my least favorite, is growing on me now. I was pretty much set to not like Donna when she started, because I enjoyed her in the Christmas special as a one off, but I thought she would be really, really grating long-term.
I was so wrong! Donna was a refreshing change from the previous companions, with her utter lack of romantic interest in the Doctor, her every-woman ingenuity, and her motormouth. Donna was fabulous and funny and I STILL think the one thing in Doctor Who that I have the biggest issue with was how Donna was handled, because it broke my heart in ways it still has not recovered from.
Donna countered the Doctor in ways that Rose and Martha hadn't. She grounded his ego, even though it was still ginormous, and brushed him off when he was being ridiculous, and she did it all with impeccable comic timing. (I don't actually find most of Catherine Tate's skit comedy that funny, I admit, but the woman can deliver the hell out of funny scripted dialogue.)
"Genetics are a bitch."
"You know what I love about you guys? Even when you've evolved into the ultimate indestructible killing machines, you're not above self-examination and improvement."
"Listen, Kyle said. Listen and understand. The machine is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever. . . until you're dead."
Sarah Fucking Connor. She's SARAH CONNOR. Sarah was my action hero growing up, and I loved her in her badass, Terminator asskicking awesomeness. For a lot of people, it was Ellen Ripley, but it was Sarah all the way for me. When they announced a TV version, I was deeply dubious because HOW CAN YOU HAVE SARAH WITHOUT LINDA?
And it took me a few episodes to come around on Lena's Sarah, but I came to love her. She's softer than Linda's, which I think was necessary to carry a whole show, but she's still screwed up and fiercely determined. She loves her son, but she's sometimes clueless about how to talk to him when it's not about saving the damn world. She GETS SHIT DONE, and she doesn't let anyone tell her that the future can be anything other than what she makes it.
She's Sarah Goddamned Connor! What else needs to be said?
"You have to come back because you belong with me!"
"I happen to know someone who is fluent in gobbley goop."
"With all due respect, Agent Harris, I have done my due diligence."
"Can you just cut the Yoda crap and tell me what's happening to me?"
I feel like I shouldn't include Olivia because I'm so new to the fandom. But SHE IS AWESOME, so I don't care if I am late to the party.
Olivia is capable and smart. She's strong and caring without the show ever feeling like it needs to undermine the strength to show her vulnerable side. She can be both. She's nuanced and the actress playing her conveys a lot with just a cant of her head or the look on her face.
While the series starts off because Olivia is trying to save her boyfriend, it moves away from that. While her and Peter's relationship is always something simmering on the backburner, the show is, largely, not about that. It's about the weird worlds and situations, and while Olivia has the help of a team behind her, it's usually HER who saves the day or figures things out just in time. She's the impetus of the story, most of the time, and she handles things with strength and grace.
There are a lot of runners-up in these, because there are a TON of kickass ladies in Sci-Fi, but I didn't want to load up on multiple characters from the same show or the like.
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