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....okay, so this is pretty much just c&p'd from a comment I left [livejournal.com profile] bohemu, but I don't really feel like writing it out again ~fancier~, so, you know, WHATEVER.

idkkkkk, I need a show with a kick-ass lady character who's a Gryffindor through and through (SOMEHOW GRYFFINDORS ALWAYS END UP BEING MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS; I WONDER WHY THAT IS), who'll always come through and save your ass, unless, of course, you're trying to Start Something with her, in which case she will not even hesitate to kick your ass six ways from Sunday. She's tough, but still definitely a woman - and I don't mean that in the girly girl sense (though that would be okay, too [see: Lily Aldrin, if HIMYM was more of an actiony show]), but, like, if she wants to hook up with a dude, or have a capital-R Relationship, even, she'll do it, and can def get happiness out of it (as opposed to, like, ladies depicted as man-hating, ladies depicted as only capable of entering into self-destructive relationships, etc, etc).

Also, she has a dude partner/friend, who can either be as Gryffindor-y as her or not, but if not he should probz be a little Hufflepuff-y, to balance her out a little, and either way they need to end up fighting together more often than not. ...and also, I should be able to ship them (IDK IDK, I AM ALL ABOUT THE HET THESE DAYS???? but I still don't feel like having a boy-girl relationship should necessarily mean that the dude is just the action-y one and the girl is just the emotional/brainy one). SO IT WOULD ALSO BE NICE IF THEY COULD HAVE FLIRTY-TYPE BANTER AND ~KNOW EACH OTHER~ BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE AND ALL THAT.



Date: 2011-12-27 09:20 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com
Literally the only show I can think of right now with a female MC is Buffy. The women of BSG would probably be more Slytherins.
Date: 2011-12-28 05:31 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com
OMG I THINK YOU WOULD. In relation to my other comment, Buffy is EXACTLY one of those characters who, yes, is physically strong, but is also an extremely strong, well rounded and well written character. It's on Netflix; the first season is really cheesy and endearing, then it's like, fun and monster of the week, but I watched seasons 5 and 6 on Netflix a couple months ago and SHIT I'd forgotten how good it was! Joss had a lot of great season arcs going on that show. And some really creative episodes, too, like where all the sound's been taken away and everyone's silent, or stuck in their dreams, or stuck in a musical, or they become their Halloween costumes (which I feel like that happened twice, actually, but I'm kind of okay with that if it's the case.) Anyway, yes, I think you'd really like Buffy. It fully embodies Joss Whedon's style of "I'm going to give you some quirky silly characters and use them to rip out your soul."

Date: 2011-12-27 09:22 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com
This also sounds a bit like Chuck, but that show got really boring by ... the middle of its pilot.
Date: 2011-12-28 05:27 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] thefreshchuff.livejournal.com
I like Zac Levi, but yeaaaaah, I can't stand most of the characters on that show. THE ACTORS ARE REALLY PRETTY TO LOOK AT, it's just the writing and ... acting that gets in the way. Sarah's character pisses me off most of the time, because she's one of those characters where it's like, "Look, we have a female character who is literally physically strong, THAT MEANS SHE'S A STRONG CHARACTER, RIGHT?" when she's actually extremely two-dimensional. BUT a lot of people disagree with me and think Chuck's a very cute show, so don't right it off completely. I liked it throughout the first season and still watch it occasionally, but it's never been one of those shows I could really love.
Date: 2011-12-27 10:03 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] justspaz.livejournal.com
Carrie Wells on CBS's new show Unforgettable is totally a badass. And her partner Al is awesome but he definitely knows when to let her do her thing (but also when to talk to her about her more negative Gryffindor-y things, like impulsiveness and punching bad guys instead of arresting them). She's a bit of a ~wild cop in that she has trouble following the rules, but she's smart and a great cop. She also takes care of her mother with Alzheimer's by putting on sexy sparkly dresses and wiping the floor of guys in poker at illegal casinos. Al and her were together in the past but now are just recharging their UST. She remembers everything except her sister's murder from when they were younger so there's that element of whump. Plus there are great supporting characters (like ROE! <333). Carrie is also a redhead played by Poppy Montgomery, so ALL THE EYECANDY.

Basically it can be the typical formulaic CBS crime show with the Special Skills main character and such but Poppy saves it from being boring and the supporting characters are just really good characters who can be realistically awkward in their lack of social skills sometimes. Plus cool SUPER MEMORY MONTAGES.
Date: 2011-12-28 03:48 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
She also takes care of her mother with Alzheimer's by putting on sexy sparkly dresses and wiping the floor of guys in poker at illegal casinos.
wait... WHAT.
Date: 2011-12-28 04:05 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] justspaz.livejournal.com
Her mother's medical costs are so high that she supplements her cop income by going to backroom illegal casinos and using her memory skills to count cards and con people out of money in card games. So basically she's a mini con artist in her spare time, which is win, and it includes lots of dressing the part. :D
Date: 2011-12-28 04:09 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
Date: 2011-12-28 04:12 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] justspaz.livejournal.com
I knoooooow. There isn't a ton of it but the fact that it is there and even the secondary plot in an episode is good enough for me.

I actually just spend time on the Caper and the Con pages on TVTropes getting movie recs. Like, right now actually.
Date: 2011-12-28 05:57 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] justspaz.livejournal.com

CBS shows are my crack. I've just watched the first 4 seasons of NCIS in a month, and sometimes have really intense moments of tears over a character death from it that happened in s2. Which I knew was going to happen. CBS, stop giving me ALL THE FEELINGS.
I thought at first Kono and Danny were cute but then I was like ALAS, DANNY IS TOO GAY FOR STEVE, IT WILL ONLY BE A FLIRTY FRIENDSHIP.
Date: 2011-12-28 03:46 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] bohemu.livejournal.com
So... I ignored the first line, and was like I WILL READ THE MEAT OF THIS ENTRY FIRST--Wait, I've read this before? Let me read the firs--OH.

Date: 2011-12-28 04:54 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] giventofly37.livejournal.com
UMMM if you haven't seen it, it sounds like you would really like Life. She's not the main-main character, but Dani Reese (played by Sarah Shahi, who is flippin' GORGEOUS) is basically my lady-in-law-enforcement hero. She's a take-no-shit cop that's trying to impress Daddy, but she's also definitely a woman's woman. She's a recovering addict. She does what's right even if it breaks the rules. She has a great, realistic, capital-R Relationship in the second season. And the further you get into the series, the more entwined she gets in the overall storyarc (which gets a little convoluted but it ends before it totally derails). Like, even when she leaves for a few episodes (and ANOTHER kickass lady takes her place), she's still involved in the story, and basically the whole end of the series revolves around her.

...did I mention her partner/the main-main character is played by Damian Lewis? Because he's kind of fantastic too. And I personally don't ship them but I know a lot of people who do. AND THEIR BANTER IS PERFECT.

Basically I recommend this show to everyone because it does get a little formulaic in the middle but it's ~quirky (that sounds really cliche, but it's the best way to describe it!) and I think it's really interesting. But I'm especially reccing it here because DANI IS AMAZING. Yessss.
Date: 2011-12-28 05:42 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] giventofly37.livejournal.com
YESSS PICK IT UP AGAIN. There's a few episodes that are total duds, but it's only 2 seasons and the first one is short and the number of good episodes is much greater than the number of bad ones. TBH the character dynamics change a lot and I didn't really ship anyone with anyone. BUT DANI/CHARLIE BANTER. And their you're-my-partner-so-I'll-take-care-of-you almost-friendship is one of my very favorite things *_*


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