Midge & Joel From Mrs. Maisel Are Lorelai & Christopher 2.0

Joel and Midge from Mrs Maisel along with Christopher and Lorelai from Gilmore Girls

During my binge watch of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I enjoyed Rachel Brosnahan’s fantastic clothing, Paris, the Catskills and all of the typical Amy Sherman-Palladino things that are typical of her brand. In season two, I found something also typical of my experience of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s work starting to rise up. I started shipping the wrong thing.

Watching Midge and Joel Maisel, the separated couple with unhealthy habits, a magnetic draw to one another, and two children together, I couldn’t help but think that we are getting to see Gilmore Girls’ Christopher and Lorelai all over again, but this time with the Christopher role being a real defined character and not just a sperm donor with a plot device-o’meter.

In Gilmore Girls, my favorite of the hetero-ships are Paris/Doyle, Rory/Logan, and (to the chagrin and consternation of many) Christopher/Lorelai. Okay, before the pitchforks start, the reason I enjoy Christopher/Lorelai is that 1) they have great chemistry together and 2) Christopher is written to be a plot device, and he is so inconsistent that I truly don’t think he has ever earned the ire we are supposed to feel about him within the universe of the characters. I say this as someone who really hated Luke/Lorelai after season six and a lot of Luke’s more bro-y aspects.

I don’t enjoy Christopher because I think he’s a fantastic character, I enjoy Christopher because he encompasses all the blank spaces in the timeline that exists in Lorelai’s backstory. Whenever I rewatch the show, I’m always so astounded at how what Lorelai says she’s experienced is so different from the visual evidence we get on the show. I don’t think it was until season six that I got a clear understanding of the suffocation Lorelai might have felt under Richard/Emily when Rory went to live with her grandparents after yacht-gate. Yet even that was so tainted in a lack of communication and substituting snark for conversation, that I just could empathize, but never understand.

Christopher is a part of that because he is portrayed as this deadbeat dad who had no involvement in Rory’s life, is irresponsible, and feckless in a way that is bad in comparison to the way Lorelai gets to be both incompetent and amazing within the same episode. However, while Emily and Richard get moments that humanize them and show their side of the story, Christopher is often simply brought out in order to begin drama. He’s not a real character and that makes me honestly like him because there is nothing that irritates me more than characters we are supposed to feel a certain way about, because it’s narratively easy.

Joel is a more fully realized version of Christopher. The show takes the time to highlight his insecurities and immaturity as a man married to a very independent and hilarious woman. Now while Christopher was never turned off by Lorelai’s nature, the narrative says that he didn’t mature, because not playing an active role in raising Rory kept him from having to grow up.

What I love about watching Midge and Joel’s relationship is that it is these are two people who have chemistry, passion, and a shared dynamic, but for personal growth reasons, they can’t be each other’s true love. Unlike Christopher and Lorelai, Midge doesn’t have a pre-ordained endgame-type, so her relationship with Joel is allowed to be a dramatic powerful story of two people who want to be with each other but emotionally can’t. It’s made even more interesting with the emergence of new boyfriend Benjamin in season two (played by Captain Marvel himself, Zachary Levi) who presents as a very Luke-like figure. He does everything right, enjoys the fact that Midge is weird, is totally secure in himself, and is a stud-ly giant.

Yet the person Midge goes to at the end of season two is Joel. That push and pull between the person who is “right” for your personality wise vs the person who is “right” for you in balancing temperament is something Sherman-Palladino has done well. I sadly find myself on team one. I think that while Joel is definitely not a “good guy,” especially consider the heartless way he left Midge, I appreciate the humanity and flaws of his as a partner compared to the perfection of Benjamin.

Thankfully, we have time to see if Joel will rise to the occasion, but in the meanwhile seeing Midge and Joel together make me long for a chance to see more of Christopher/Lorelai the pre-series years. But maybe that’s the star-crossed romantic in me.

Who are some of your favorite couples who weren’t endgame?

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What We Do in the Shadows Feels Like a Continuation of the Movie in the Best Way

An old photograph of vampires from the What We Do in the Shadows tv show.

Being a fan of What We Do in the Shadows has often made me feel like a vampire myself. I feel like we’re all part of a secret society of fans who love the mockumentary—following the story of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav—but clearly, with the introduction of the television version of the cult-like classic, I’m not alone in the darkness.

From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, the show has the exact same feel that we came to know and love from the movie, but with a whole host of new characters! Set in Staten Island, Nadja, Laszlo, and Nandor live in a home together, having fled Europe in fear for their lives as vampires. Here, they found their human counterpart, Guillermo, who will do anything for Nandor in hopes that he will become a vampire on the anniversary of his 10th year of employment.

To be honest, the show just feels like a fun continuation of the film, which is a good thing: the same outrageous stories of their pasts, going out in public openly dressed as vampires, and not hiding their true selves from the world. Tonally, they flow together flawlessly, which is probably due to the fact that the show is directed by Taika Waititi himself (who co-directed the film with Jemaine Clement) and was created for television by Clement, as well.

Their hands are all over it, and we wouldn’t have it any other way—unless they want to include Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav into the show, as well. That’d be a welcome change.

The first episode of the series serves to introduce us to our new vampires, brings the Baron to their home (to yell at them), and gives us a look at how the show is going to stand apart from the film while also giving us the same feel we love from the mockumentary before it.

One of the major differences, though, comes in the form of a new kind of vampire … an energy vampire.

Colin Robinson is probably the best new character in the series, just draining everyone he talks to of their energy and their willpower, being the “Toby” to the rest of his housemates. Maybe I love Colin most of all? We’ll have to wait and see how his character pans out in the show, but for a pilot, What We Do in the Shadows did a great job of giving us a healthy balance of what we’d expect out of a series followup to the film and giving us new characters and storylines to invest ourselves in.

What We Do in the Shadows airs Wednesdays on FX. If you’re a fan of the movie, this is a perfect continuation of this format, these outrageous vampires, and their fun connections to the humans (and hopefully werewolves) that exist in their world!

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The Best Depictions of the Tudor Women in Television and Film

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, Joss Stone as Anne of Cleves, Julie Richardson as Catherine Parr, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, Tamzin Merchant as Katherine Howard, Annabelle Wallis as Jane Seymour, and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Queen Katherine (Season 4)

With the announcement of The Spanish Princess coming to Starz and the trailer for it, I’ve found myself in a history nerd bubble. It had me thinking about my definitive picks for the best depiction of the main Tudor ladies. This is a post that has been in my mind for ages, and I decided I wanted to share it. This may be a post for only seven history nerds out there, but you know what—let’s have a post for those people. I have not seen every adaptation of this period so let me know your own opinions down below!

I picked each lady them based on a) how good their performance was at displaying the nuances of their historical counterpart and b) how closely they resemble that person. I didn’t go through the ladies of The War of the Roses or Henry’s sisters because it would be like trying to find gold in turds and I didn’t have the energy for that.

Katherine of Aragon:

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Annette Crosbie (The Six Wives of Henry VIII):

Of all the performances I’ve seen, Annette Crosbie comes the closest to encapsulating everything that is awesome about Katherine of Aragon. Her quiet dignity, her strength in the face of adversity, and the flirty nature that made her one of the most beautiful women in England. This production does a good job of aging Katherine with dignity and not just defaulting to making her seem frumpy. Annette Crosbie also did a great turn as Queen Victoria in Edward the VIIth. 

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Maria Doyle-Kennedy (The Tudors)

The beginning of my praise for The Tudors, I have to say I will always love that show for giving me Maria Doyle-Kennedy and her portrayal of KoA. Even though it only tackles The Great Matter era of Katherine, Kennedy is so beautiful and graceful as Katherine. I think the actress was able to bring a lot of passion and quiet rage to the role. She does so much with her eyes and tone. Kennedy feels like a queen and it was a great experience having her as my first Katherine.

Anne Boleyn:

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Geneviève Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days)

Since I first saw Geneviève Bujold in Anne of the Thousand Days no woman, not even Natalie Dormer, has been able to show such a nuanced portrayal of Anne Boleyn, the tragic second queen of Henry VIII. Bujold sells you on the independent woman who stood her ground against the most powerful man on her country in order to secure her own place in the world. She is all the fire, anger, and emotion that you think of when you think of Anne Boleyn, but without the weird trope-y “madness” they tend to give her.

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Dorothy Tutin (The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Tutin is the perfect Anne Bolyen. Smart, bold, a political savant, and with those dark eyes and the subtle sense of superiority, this is a nearly perfect performance. The only thing I knock points off for is that we don’t spend enough time with her in the early years. Still, if you could find a copy of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, it is worth it just to watch the trial scene where she slowly eviscerates the men trying to accuse her of incest and making the king a cuckold. Tutin holds her own, and while her performance isn’t as well-known, she is a fantastic Anne.

Jane Seymour:

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Kate Phillips (Wolf Hall)

Portraying Jane Seymour is a thankless position in Tudor-dom, as it largely is with playing any of the later wives. There is very little known about Jane, since she left few letters behind, and before catching the eye of the king she was largely of little consequence.

Her death so soon after the birth of her son, Edward VI, also cemented her legacy as the wife who finally gave Henry VIII a son, but little else. Yet Phillips’ performance of Jane in Wolf Hall doesn’t reduce her to a boring milk-maid or turn her into an overly cunning person. Phillips’ Jane is a sweet girl with a little bit of snark and humor, who plays well off Cromwell. When it does come time for Jane to rise up in status, she does so with the skill of someone who has seen two queens rise and fall. Jane was an expert in topping from the bottom.

Anne of Cleves:

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Elvi Hale (The Six Wives of Henry VIII)

Poor Anne of Cleves is usually one of the most screwed-over in depictions besides Jane Seymour. She doesn’t have the sexual drama of Katherine Howard, nor the political drama of Katherine Parr. Thankfully Elvi Hale gets to show the shrewd nature of Anne of Cleves. The fourth wife of Henry VIII, she was the victim of some culture shock when it came to Henry attempting to surprise kiss her under the guize of being an actor. Anne did not respond well. Henry would later go on to blame his lack of intimacy with Anne on her looks, smell and manners. When if you look at Anne’s portrait and history she is clearly not ugly, she just wasn’t raised in the upper case r, Romantic arts the way ladies in say France or England were.

Hale shows Anne as a survivor who managed to leave her marriage with Henry with a comfortable settlement, cozy access to political power as “the King’s Sister,” and she managed to eventually outlive all of Henry’s wives. Hale is charming, funny, loud and most of all, portrayed as a woman in danger. She is one of the few characters in this tale who figured out how to leave Henry’s thrall in a better place than she began, and I’m glad one adaptation showed that without having Henry/Anne sleep together later on (looking at you The Tudors).

Katherine Howard:

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Lynne Frederick (Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)):

Katherine Howard has very few good, nuanced incarnations. Most people just go full “she was a slut” and others go “she was mostly a slut” but not many actually showcase her youth. Howard was around 16 years old when she married the 49 years old Henry VIII, which is why getting eighteen-year-old Lynne Frederick to play the fallen “Rose without a Thorn” was such a strong choice.

This adaptation shows how Howard was planted in front of the King by her male family members for political gain. Frederick looks small and vulnerable next to Henry while allowing her a certain amount of dignity. She isn’t playing in the mud, swinging naked, or dealing with any of the hyper-sexualized infantilization that often happens to Howard. It’s one of the few really nuanced performances in a production that really doesn’t improve upon existing formulas.

Katherine Parr:

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Joely Richardson (The Tudors)

Joely Richardson’s Katherine Parr is a stand out because her political faith still plays a huge role in her storylines. It’s easy to put Parr into a box where she is just a mother and caregiver, but she was a political animal and one of the first female authors in England. Richardson does a great job of taking on the role of 6th wife, much as Parr did, with putting all into a role that could be seen as a throwaway, but ended up being super important. The last season of The Tudors and really everything post-season 3 was a bit of a slow drip, but Richardson was one of my favorite parts and I’m always happy to see an underserved queen get to tell her own story.

Mary I:

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Sarah Bolger (The Tudors):

Yes, Natalie Dormer is one of the standouts from The Tudors, but Sarah Bolger to me delivers an equally rememberable performance as Mary Tudor in the show. It is one of the few adaptations that takes the time to show the trauma and loss that Mary I went through growing up—experiences that would turn her into the historical villain we know today. Bolger allows Mary to be prideful, sensitive, innocent, and bloodthirsty. When Elizabeth I is usually the role you want, Bolger made a generation of people see Mary in a more complex light.

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Daphne Slater (Elizabeth R):

Elizabeth R is a great mini-series and it starts off strong, with Daphne Slater showing the zealot side of Mary I. Continuing the trend of excellent casting, Slater looks the way you envision Mary I, with reddish hair, as she slowly succumbs to the insecurity, trauma, and paranoia that has plagued her life. It’s a great performance that is emotionally nuanced when it could have just been cartoonish.

Elizabeth I:

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Glenda Jackson (Elizabeth R):

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s blasphemy, but Glenda Jackson is Elizabeth I: everything about the performance is perfect, and if you haven’t seen the miniseries Elizabeth R then you are missing out. Jackson is excellent as Queen Bess and she remains, to me, unmatched.

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Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth):

But that doesn’t mean I think Blanchett is anything to sleep on. There is a reason people believed she was robbed of that Oscar, and it is true. Blanchett embodies the role in a really magnetic way. I do think that this adaptation is a little to reverent towards Elizabeth, but it does its best to strike balance between the queen and person.

Who are your favorite Tudor women onscreen?

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On-Point “Every Tim Burton Movie” Honest Trailer Stars Many Pale Outcast Protagonists

The brilliance of Honest Trailers shines forth as they lay out their case for every Tim Burton movie boiling down to essentials that were once innovative and are now often all too predictable.

For much of my youth, director Tim Burton was hailed as the visionary director to beat, his style instantly recognizable, his aesthetics always distinct, his offbeat ideas provoking suspense and surprise and sympathy. But these days, those same themes that once set Burton apart has caused many of his movies—especially the recent ones—to bleed together into one white-make-up-splattered jumble.

Let me be clear: there are Tim Burton moves that I think are great, like Batman and Beetlejuice, and he’s unequivocally important in the history of modern cinema, championing unique effects, stop-motion animation, and showing that quirky weirdness could be successful in Hollywood. Telling outcast stories is always an important narrative to put forth, but it’s high time for him to diversify the perspective.

My issue with Burton as of late is that I think he suffers from what I term the “J.K. Rowling-George Lucas syndrome,” wherein a creator hailed as a genius and grown immensely powerful no longer appears to have checks and balances on their creations. They’re not reined in, said no to, edited for cohesiveness, told that maybe they shouldn’t write the screenplay. The results can be disastrous and, even worse, boring and forgettable. Several of Burton’s most recent movies have been kind of a mess and felt exceedingly self-indulgent. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat wondering how Dark Shadows was allowed to make it to the screen the way that it did.

Now Honest Trailers is here to have some good-natured fun with Burton’s oeuvre. “From director Tim Burton, who never met a studio title card he couldn’t darken,” they begin.

“Enter the mystical world of Tim Burton, which consists entirely of the suburbs, a lonely house sitting on a hill, or a lonely house on a hill overlooking the suburbs. And meet a Tim Burton protagonist, a pale loner cast out by society and/or their family, looking for acceptance and/ or revenge. Watch as they relive their tragic past through flashbacks.”

Before I even watched this video, I joked in The Mary Sue chat that what defined a Tim Burton movie for me now was a flighty and/or evil blonde wreaking havoc before a brunette heroine redeems womankind and/or the treacherous blonde woman is summarily dealt with.

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Honest Trailers has my back. How do you go about being the protagonist in a Tim Burton movie? “Fall in love with an ethereal blonde and finally overcome their terrible parents, all while dealing with an antagonist that’s probably wealthy, overweight, or both.”

Perhaps the most on-point observation of all: “Journey into the mind of a director who’s constantly journeying into his own mind.”

While the trailer also rightfully highlights many of Burton’s cinematic accomplishments and contributions, this further leaves you scratching your head over, well (to start):

The trailer asks another incredibly pressing question: what is it about Tim Burton and mouths? I’d skip over that segment if you have any kind of odontophobia. Speaking of which, I am upset at this reminder that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory exists and shall henceforth go back to pretending it never happened.

What do you think of Honest Trailers’ take? What are your favorite—and least favorite—Tim Burton movies?

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Of Course Avengers: Endgame Is Tonally Different From Infinity War

Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are going to be two very different movies, which shouldn’t be a shock now that we have 22 movies in the Marvel canon to work from. You can’t say that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: Ragnarok are tonally linked, but they fit in the larger scheme of the MCU.

So, the idea that Joe Russo told BoxOfficePro that Avengers: Endgame is unique and different from its predecessor isn’t exactly surprising.

“It has its own spirit that’s different than Infinity War, which is why I was keen for us to separate the movies. It’s different tonally than Infinity War, and it is told from a different point of view. It was important for us in our minds as film directors to separate those two, because we do not want to make the same movie twice, and ways that you can differentiate films are through tone and point of view.”

Maybe it’s because what I love the most about the MCU is the different feel to each movie, but I never really saw this as a question. Even taking the already existing Avengers movies, they are all tonally different because they grew with the characters. You can’t have a cheesy, innocent Steve Rogers in Endgame or even Age of Ultron, the way that they could have with The Avengers.

What’s more interesting in his statement is the idea of it coming from a different point of view. Before Avengers: Endgame, I’d argue that the point of view of these movies came from the side of the Avengers. We saw why they did the things they did, their internal fights, and very little about the villains they were taking on.

Does this mean that we’re going to get more of a point of view from Thanos? Or just that it is going to feel different from the other 22 movies we’ve all watched that … all feel different? I’m almost 90% sure Joe Russo is trolling us again, but if he isn’t, then this is going to be a new era for the MCU, and I’m, personally, ready for all the emotions that Avengers: Endgame is promising me when it hits theaters next month.

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UPS Driver’s Perfect Pictures With Dogs Go Viral

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Jay Hardesty, a UPS driver with an incredible smile and warmth that projects from the screen, started a hashtag on Instagram for the many excellent pictures taken with dogs he’s met in the neighborhood. He likely never expected the collection to go viral, but this is a treasure trove of pure joy.

On Twitter, author Jami Attenberg wanted her followers to know about her UPS driver’s Instagram hashtag, #pupsofjay, which featured more than 50 pictures of Jay posing with the dogs he encounters on his delivery route.

This has been a bracing news week even by 2019 standards, and Attenberg’s tweet about Jay and “his” pups felt like a balm unto the wounded soul of the Internet. While the combination of a lovely person and adorable pets is always going to be popular content online, I think we particularly needed Jay’s hashtag at this moment in time. The tweet went viral, and rightfully so. I’m not speaking hyperbolically when I say that Jay’s pursuit of joyful snaps with dogs is the purest thing I’ve ever seen. I needed this. You needed this.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the great Jay & pup content you can find if you follow Jay’s hashtag on Instagram. You can also follow him on Instagram @jhardesty.

 

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Congrats to my buddy @stanthemanfq on being the king of #barkus #pupsofjay #teambywater

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Jay and Kash #pupsofjay @arise_newday

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Jay and Sofia “mom help!” @sarahsofia #pupsofjay

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Jay and spot @ladyseamonster #pupsofjay

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Jay and Marty #pupsofjay

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Jay and Gidget #pupsofjay @upsdogs

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Jay and Jiggy #pupsofjay

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The reactions on Twitter were heartfelt and neatly summarized our universal emotions.

Jay’s hashtag is #pupsofjay on Instagram, and I don’t think you’ll ever regret following. Hey, UPS? Take care of this guy. He’s a national treasure. Hey, television executives? Give us Jay Meets Pups, the show. I’d tune in every day.

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J.K. Rowling Continues to Get the Meme Treatment

It seems as if we have far too much information from J.K. Rowling these days. Whenever a fan asks her a question, she tells them more than they had expected—then doesn’t follow through with that representation in her movies or novels. There was a huge LGBTQ+ community at Hogwarts, you just had to squint and write about them yourselves in fanfiction in order to see them.

It isn’t terrible that Rowling’s trying to make her work more inclusive now. That’s great! What’s terrible is that she’s doing so on Twitter and then … not doing it in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. She has the opportunity to put her talk about diversity into action and, instead, she’s too busy throwing Professor McGonagall into the films even though the character wasn’t born yet in her own canon.

So, when 9GAG posted a predictive text Rowling meme, Twitter took to it with fire and all the hot takes we could possibly want.

Some followed the task at hand, using predictive text to do the meme justice.

Others, it seems, had a little fun making their own and pretending. (Or maybe these were also predictive texts. If they were, Apple, you’re a genius.)

These kinds of memes are fun, and the argument that it isn’t ‘J.K. Rowling revealing anything’ is a little tired. If she didn’t answer the fan questions the way she does, we wouldn’t have to hold her accountable for what she actually puts into her series versus the lip service. So, until we start seeing her follow through, we can tide ourselves over by enjoying all of the memes about J.K. Rowling out there.

What will J.K. Rowling reveal next? Is Severus Snape secretly related to Sirius Black?

And while we’re on the subject, what did J.K. Rowling reveal about you?

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Things We Saw Today: We Have So Many Questions About This Woman Who Can’t Feel Pain or Anxiety

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

The New York Times has a story today that’s basically the real-life version of the movie Unbreakable, about a woman who may not be totally indestructible, but is physically incapable of feeling pain. Childbirth? No problem. Hand surgery? Keep your painkillers. She also heals unusually quickly from the injuries that must come with some frequency when you can’t feel pain. This woman is incredible and also, I hate her. Okay fine, not really, but I am incredibly envious.

Because in addition to not feeling physical pain, 71-year-old Jo Cameron also says she’s never experienced depression, anxiety, or even fear. She simply describes herself as being “very happy.”

There are so many questions here. First off, if you can’t feel depression or anxiety, can you truly feel empathy? Is she a superhero or a villain? It seems the answer to that is the former, as she’s used her powers for good. “In retrospect, she sees how her genetic disposition may have aided her at work.,” writes the Times. “After years as a primary-school teacher, she retrained to work with people with severe mental disabilities. Erratic, aggressive behavior never riled her, she said.”

Next question: How can I be like her? In reality, scientists are hoping to get some real life-changing benefits from studying her mutation. Says the NYT, “Turning a discovery of this sort into an actual pain or anxiety treatment requires many steps, many years and many millions of dollars. It’s rare for a product to emerge.” But it’s not impossible. (via New York Times)

  • This is such a great article on Shrill and “the transformative power of seeing fat-girl sex on TV.” (via HuffPost)
  • The Shazam! producer Peter Safran is not into the DC/Marvel rivalry. In fact, he thinks it’s “kind of bullsh*t.” (via ComicBook.com)
  • Two words: WEREWOLF. CATS. (via Geekologie)
  • Sandra Oh is hosting SNL and her promos are adorable.

  • I love this.

  • Mark Hamill doesn’t sound positive, but he doesn’t think that leaked Episode IX poster is real. (via Uproxx)
  • Holy moly, how have we not talked about this yet? Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to join the Marvel universe by way of The Eternals. (via i09)

What did you all see out there on this almost-Friday?

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Stacey Abrams’ Response to Those Biden VP Rumors: “You Don’t Run for Second Place”

Joe Biden hasn’t officially announced whether he’s running for president in 2020 or not, but he sure is trying to take up a lot of news space among actual candidates. The man who once co-launched a thousand delightful memes must be surprised that he isn’t receiving universal love for dipping his toes in the prospective campaign waters. It’s similar to what we’ve seen with Beto O’Rourke. Sure, both of these men have a ton of support. But many more voters are asking them to move aside to make room for more relevant candidates.

Last week, it was reported that Biden was considering adding some relevancy to his potential campaign by tossing out Stacey Abrams’ name as someone he would consider for his VP. It was a move that appeared immediately transparent–a gross attempt to catch onto the coattails of a black woman’s rising star. According to Axios, Abrams “would bring diversity and excitement to the ticket — showing voters, in the words of a close source, that Biden ‘isn’t just another old white guy.’”

As Stephen A. Crockett, Jr. wrote at The Root at the time, this sure seemed like Biden was viewing “black women [as a] prop for votes.” Abrams would have the potential to seriously attract voters of color. He’s likely also hoping she would go far to erase his horrible treatment of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing, which has been back in public discussion lately thanks to the deja vu of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh.

There were others arguing that it’s dangerous and insulting to assume that Abrams had no agency in this move, and that Biden’s interest in her should automatically be reduced to tokenism. Maybe she was on board for this announcement? After all, Axios did say that the two had recently taken a meeting together. (Of course, Abrams has been taking a lot of meetings lately, including with other 2020 candidates.)

As it turns out, NOPE! Abrams has been doing a number of interviews to promote her new book, Lead From the Outside, and this morning, when asked by the hosts of The View whether the Biden rumors were true, her response was simple, graceful, and left no room for doubt.

Her answer? “You don’t run for second place.”

When asked directly if she’s considering a run for president herself, she says she hasn’t decided, but she hasn’t ruled it out. After an unsuccessful gubernatorial race against Brian Kemp–or, let’s be honest, her real opponent: voter suppression–she says, “Part of my opportunity right now is that I have a number of options I didn’t know about before. It’s the Senate race, it’s possibly running for governor again, it’s possibly running for President. And my responsibility is to take seriously the opportunity to those who are asking me, but to make sure I’m the right person, this is the right time, and it’s the right job.”

Now that that’s settled, let’s let Biden remove himself from Stacey Abrams’ narrative. Her book tour doesn’t need to be dominated by questions about his not-even-declared presidential run, and when she’s decided what the right time and job are for her, she’ll let us know.

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Chris Evans Wants to Be in a Musical, and Make It Happen! It’s Been 24 Hours!

Chris Evans at a Q&A
Is it time? Shall we let the tap dancing wonder of Chris Evans take on the Broadway stage in a musical? Evans opened up in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about his desire to star in a musical, and this information has been out for a full day. Why hasn’t he had the offers pouring in?

As someone who considers themselves knowledgable in the world of musical theater, I’ve had a problem with about 85% of the casting choices that have been suggested for him—mainly because I’m always critical of dream casting, but nevertheless, there have been choices that I think work. One of those is the brilliant idea that, if we finally got Bombshell to Broadway, Evans could take on the iconic role of Joe DiMaggio (played by Will Chase in the show Smash).

What everyone’s casting suggestions proved is that we’re all down for a musical starring Chris Evans.

One that people seemed to like was that Chris Evans should play Bobby in Company, which I don’t think is the best casting choice, especially if we’re casting Evans in a Sondheim show. Any of the princes from Into the Woods would be a better fit than Bobby!

And while these suggestions are fun, we haven’t really heard Evans sing that much. We know a bit of his range from this scene in What’s Your Number? but that’s about it.

You know what we do know, though? Chris Evans can dance!

So … bring a Gene Kelly musical to Broadway and let Evans take over? Is that the idea we should settle on?

But if you’re not the biggest supporter of the Gene Kelly idea (or any of the other ideas out there), maybe you’d be a fan of Sara Bareilles’ perfect casting of Chris Evans as Dr. Potimer in Waitress the Musical (something I would willingly see ten times if that stunt casting happens).

Do you have a perfect musical for Evans? Should we just write him a show ourselves? Let us know what you think would fit best!

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