Rings of She-Hulk

Watching two very different TV series at the same time can be educational. At the moment I am in the middle of both She-Hulk and Rings of Power.

On the one hand, you could say it’s hard to imagine two shows more different in tone or purpose or overall outlook. On the other hand, I am seeing interesting parallels.

At their core, both shows are about a woman, a powerful warrior with uncommon abilities, who simply wants to fight evil. Her agenda is very straightforward and not hard to understand.

But in both cases, she is surrounded by people who just don’t get it. They don’t deny that she is more powerful and more capable than pretty much everyone else put together, but they have other concerns on their minds. Those concerns are far more trivial, and therefore more important to them, then the central question of how do we save the world and stop the advance of evil.

So in a sense, both shows are about a familiar feminist dilemma. Men get to be heroes and nobody has a problem with it. But put power for the forces of good in the hands of a woman, and everybody gets all up in her face.

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