In our second recorded session, we sat down to talk about the history of bad girls, the female anti-heroes we love and loathe, primarily focusing on film and television. Looking back to origins in mythology and classic literature, our conversation worked its way to the modern “bad girls,” from the tough action ladies and Blacksploitation film heroines, to evil Disney queens and stepmothers, to current television characters. We talk about how content creators still fail in their portrayal of female anti-heroes, as well as share our personal favorites and examples of getting it right, so to speak.
This episode isn’t too heavy on specific plot discussions of TV shows, but things may get spoiled for you if you haven’t:
- gotten to the point that you actually know who River Song is and her background (season 6 of Doctor Who reboot)
- don’t know who Nikki is on Misfits
- haven’t watched Battlestar Galactica as far as the Battlestar Pegasus story arc
- you’ve never seen Kill Bill (what!?)
You may listen to this latest episode in the embedded player below, or download (right-click save)/stream directly from this link. As always, remember that we are available via iTunes, so find us and subscribe! Also, please comment and let us know if you have any discussion themes you’d love to hear us take on in some of our upcoming podcast episodes.
Included also are some videos to supplement the podcast:
The birth of Harley Quinn
Catwoman’s first night out on the town
O-Ren Ishii knows how to make an entrance
Bonus! Eartha Kitt singing “I Want to be Evil”