Hail to the Queen, Baby!

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">So I’ve been linked to a lot of “Men’s Right’s” posts condemning Mad Max: Fury Road. I haven’t’ seen the flick yet, frankly I think the only thing I dislike about it so far is the fact that Max (Tom Hardy) is the one doing the voice over in the trailer. I’ll go into that in another article, but it’s an artistic opinion. I wonder though, how many people, both with these alpha males and cheering Charlize Theron on understand how long Sci-Fi/Fantasy has had strong lead or supporting female characters.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">As long as I can remember most sci-fi and fantasy movies had a good strong Female Character in them. Some of them are outright classics. Ever since I was born I saw strong women in the movies I watched. The first and foremost being Princess Leia. Granted, she had to be rescued in the first Star Wars movie, but she didn’t let that stop her from making sure the boys knew they were assisting her. It kept going through Empire, where EVERYONE needed to be saved, and into Jedi. Don’t let that Gold Bikini fool you, she’ll choke a Hutt with the chain he uses to bind her the moment his giant slug eyes are turned.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Then there was Sarah Connor. She started out as your typical Eighties waitress. She wasn’t what you would call a bad ass or anything like that, just a normal everyday girl. Then some guy named Reese shows up saying, “Come with me if you want to live.” She spent the next few days being hunted by a cyborg looking to kill her before she did something that all women have the power to do. Give birth to a person who would then lead humanity in a world much worse than the one she lived in.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">And while Reese didn’t survive, she did, and grew stronger.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">Then we come to Ellen Ripley. Just your average pilot on a Wayland-Yutani mining ship. She just wanted to get back to Earth to her Daughter’s birthday when they are diverted to a seemingly dead world. LV-248. She survived the destruction of her ship, only to float through space for seventy years. Then had to go back, and ended up taking on the big QUEEN Alien. Get away from her you bitch indeed.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">And for all those people who thing a character like Furiosa from Fury Road is the first of her kind in a Mad Max movie, all I have to say is go and freaking rewatch Beyond Thunderdome. Tina Turner was the queen of her little kingdom of Bartertown. Anyone who looks at Charlize Theron’s role in the new movie and thinks it has no place in a Mad Max film has completely ignored the series, and forgotten Aunty Entity. Bust a deal, face the wheel.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">And we see it in almost every really good sci-fi/fantasy movie of my generation at least. A Strong female character, or a female character who stats out like everyone else but gains strength from the events she finds herself in. Hell, we see it in MOST good movies, the coming of age type of films where the protagonist, hero or heroine, grown into the fighter, the scientist, the leader they need to be to save millions of others. I haven’t seen it yet but Jupiter Ascending follows the same setup really.

#000000" face="Calibri" size="3">So anyone who thinks that Fury Road isn’t a real Mad Max movie? Boy are you Stupid.