A character like Joss Carter dies, and I get reminded about the unfairness of life all over again.
Person of Interest starts out with 4 leads, 3 white males and a woman of colour. Over the past 2.5 seasons, they have developed all 4 characters well, and Joss has especially come into her own, making her own decisions and striking out on her own path. Over the past 2.5 seasons, we have also gained another female lead, who is a person of colour but can pass as white, and a lead female antagonist. These are good.
Joss makes a decision that defines the first half of season 3, and she is being awesome and kicking ass. She is a detective and also a single mother, and she is brilliant at both roles. She has grown in the past few seasons, and her character goes beyond her gender and race. Her character is complex and well-developed, a great role model for women of color who watch TV and see themselves there. In a word, she is fantastic.
But the showrunner made the decision to kill her off. out of the original 4 leads, they chose to kill off the character that is visually a representation for a group of audience. This problem lies beyond just the showrunner. The network that POI is on (CBS) is known for being problematic regarding women. And the whole industry itself is problematic, that there is a lack of such a character like Joss Carter in other shows, that we feel so strongly about her death.
When will it be a time when women don't have to die to further the storyline of white males? White will it be that people of colour don't lose their representation on TV for the sake of drama? I understand if the show's main cast is getting too huge. But they could have promoted her after the solved the big case, put her in protective custody to prevent the fall out, heck, even get shot, but still pull through. But to die? To be doomed to that tragic character never to triumph and be the hero? It is such a waste, such a sense of loss for this wonderful character.
3 white males, and the woman of colour was the one to go. A rich, flavourful character that has captured the heart of many viewers. And a loss of desperately needed visual representation.
This sucks. This really sucks. And it is going to make POI 10x more problematic that it usually is. ARGH.Dreamwidth Post: http://allopenstar.dreamwidth.org/163389.html