I disagree w/Tricia about the "truth" of how characters are written. Has Anna ever been raped before? No. We have no idea how she would react under such violent circumstances. Remember, this is NOT 2014. Anna is a woman, a servant, and this is the 1920's. Rape was still considered a "he said, she said" crime, with the benefit of the doubt being given to men and anyone in a higher station. Many women & girls in the same position react the same way even today, by pushing away people they love & internalizing their pain, especially when they've been violated by an acquaintance or someone who knows their family. Many times that makes it even harder for them to report the crime. Also, where did you get the idea that the crime of rape is overly dramatic like a "soap opera?" IMO, it's more fictional and contrived that rape would *never* occur in a locale like DA, an estate the size of which would require at least 80 servants living & working completely separate from the family, and many of those not even seeing the main family. If you were to do some research about what life was like for many of the servants in this decade, you'd know it's a lot more accurate than the rosy fairytale you apparently wish to see. Rape, unfortunately, became more common in this time after WWI due to social reasons. Won't bore you with all the details. Suffice it to say that assimilating back into normal life was difficult for many men who had been soldiers, and there was a lot of resentment toward middle & lower-class women who were working at more jobs & not staying home "where they belonged." Violence toward women was not just in large cities. There was plenty of it at grand estates, too. And, don't tell me it would have been better to show a character being raped who "deserves" it. That was EXACTLY the point. If you felt it was excessively brutal, uncalled for, and horrible - GOOD - because that's what the crime of rape is.
I'm behind in my 5-0 viewing. But, I just had to add that this is why I keep H50 in my rotation of must-watch crime shows - because they alone consistently address certain cultural aspects of American history like no one else. They aren't afraid to do it, and IMO they get better at it every time. LOVED this episode.
OTOH, if the rumors about an AGENT CARTER series are true, they could be going another way. Those 2 references to the CAPTAIN AMERICA-branch of Marvel (Bucky Barnes, Hydra) might be a way for them to interweave some things we'll see this coming April. It's always cool when they connect stories to the past & futur e simultaneously.
Because that's life. Women get raped for no reason at all. Married women. Single women. Young, old, rich, poor...that's the point. There is NO logical reason for rape. It's violent. It's a crime. It's a brutal invasion of a woman's safety and security. Yet it happens for NO GOOD REASON. I think people are upset because mentally they still equate happy endings w/"goodness" and unhappy developments w/"badness." Life isn't that black & white, cut and dry. Bad things happen to good people, and DA has shown that in all its 4 seasons.
Edna Braithwaite is the ONLY part of this season I don't like. Tom is letting his loneliness get to him. I think Sybil's family has done all they can to make him feel welcome and involved in the estate. He needs to stop making so many comparisons, and get a sense of humor about all the silly rules & customs.
I liked this episode of DA. Felt like the first season, which also had a house party and equal amounts of comedy and drama. O'Brien and Thomas were particularly vicious in Season 1. So, I can't understand why so many people are "offended" at Anna's rape. Really? Why? Is rape only something that's supposed to happen in London, in the poorer parts of town? Or do people just think DA portrays dreamy world of parasols and butlers? I'm pretty sure servants were raped on grand English estates, especially female servants. Yes, it's was ugly. But, we don't want DA to become a boring, stodgy series where we just watch the staff plate meals and do a lady's hair, do we?
Going to use this space to give a thumbs up to Ming-Na Wen. Her depiction of Melinda May is one of the best parts of the show. If anything from it goes to the big screen, it should be Coulson *and* May because she's as intimidating a bad-ass as Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill IMO. I've played some of her fight scenes in slo-mo because, frankly, the shoot them too tight IMO. I can never tell who is hitting whom. Anyway, that's Ming-Na in a lot of her fight scenes; not a body double. She is great in this role & I hope the Whedons (and Disney) take note.
Really enjoying how WONDERLAND has developed. It's hard to believe we're only half way thru the episodes because so much has happened. Also, why does it feel like OUAT is starting & ending @ the same times as WONDERLAND when it's supposed to have 10 more episodes? Weird... Completely surprised about Will! Now, Alice will have to work with Anastasia as they both try to get him back.
WONDERLAND was never supposed to be an ongoing series. All its marketing says it Is a "limited-run" series, designed to end after 13 episodes. I think ABC is trying out its version of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, meaning an anthology series with different takes on fantasy stories. Much like AHS does different takes on the horror genre. Time will tell. But, I think WONDERLAND will end this year, and next year we may see OUAT IN NEVERLAND or OUAT IN ATLANTIS.
The voiceover for the March preview said something like, "Look who is coming to Storybrooke." Then, there were scenes of the Doctor in the hospital, and Belle was standing up in a group of Storybrooke-dressed people. So, I agree. It will be back, either in flashback form or plopped in another reality.
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