Okay so since yesterday I’ve been feeling filled with creative energy so I’m declaring today a Writing Day.
But before I go off to be a creative I have to point out that I’m super pissed at Ron Moore’s new show Virtuality. This is one of the new sf/f shows coming up that I wanted to try out until I read spoilers on io9.com.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD:
This is particular pisses me off:
2) The crew are all spending time in virtual reality “modules,” including everything from a restful seaside scene to a Civil War battle where Confederate troops attack Union soldiers, only to fall into an ambush. In all their “modules,” a mysterious figure known as the Green-Eyed Man shows up and kills the humans in gruesome ways. (Unlike in The Matrix and other scifi classics, being killed in VR doesn’t harm you in real life, but it’s jarring.) Is the Green-Eyed Man a hack by one of the crew members? A computer glitch? Or something else? Everybody suspects Billie, the computer geek — until she’s raped by the Green Eyed Man, in a brutal and horrible scene. (io9.com)
Seriously, Rom Moore? Seriously?!? Didn’t we already do the gratuitous rape scene in BSG with Athena? Yes it was cut from the broadcast version but it’s there on the DVD set. What is up with you and rape? It’s super-skeezy and the same old misogynistic shit we see all the time. Making her the computer geek just serves to reinforce the message, it doesn’t matter how powerful you may be (and when one of the storylines of the show is about virtual reality the computer geek is pretty damn powerful) you’re still vulnerable to this. It’s an old and tired sexist trope to bring the strong woman down with rape and it makes me nauseous. Yeah I was thinking of watching this show when it premiered, now I don’t know if I can stomach it.