Do the wrong thing for the right reason.
The Mary-Greer interaction in 1x03 is a great example of how thoughtful Reign is concerning its female characters. I have seen similar setups on many shows, and what often happens is that the difference in narrative status between the two women (both because Mary is Greer’s queen, and because Mary is the central character of the show whereas Greer is a secondary character) would lead to the scene shafting Greer in favor of Mary, or at least allowing the audience to shaft Greer in favor of Mary in its interpretation. That is, the scene would most likely end up being a showcase for Mary’s magnanimity, and What A Good Friend Mary is to Greer, at the expense of Greer herself. The show would have Mary speak platitudes like, “You’re a wonderful girl that any man would be lucky to have,” and/or have Mary encourage Tomas to go after Greer, making Mary’s validation the main factor in the (ostensible) resolution of Greer’s issues (when there’s actually be no real resolution at all.)
Just to be clear—I am NOT decrying the idea of girls genuinely affirming each other. Stories like that are wonderful. What I am saying is that often, it seems to me that fandom gushes over girls supposedly affirming each other in a way that erases one of the girls from the equation—and the girl who gets erased is inevitably the one who’s less privileged, by the text and within the text. I’m just irked by fandoms talking about Mary-Greer type situations in a way that revolves around Mary, and mentions Greer only with respect to The Wonderful Thing Mary Did For Her, and considers only the aspects of her POV that can somehow be related back to Mary. I feel like fandom often (unconsciously) treats the girl in Greer’s position as a subordinate, a mere device for illuminating the Awesomeness of the girl in Mary’s position, rather than a person in her own right. That’s not genuine affirmation at all—and it’s pretty easy to tell the difference.
Reign actively pre-empts this kind of interpretation by foregrounding Greer’s voice—even though she’s probably the most politically inept girl in the regular cast, so the show could have justified letting Mary dominate the situation on the grounds that it would be in-character. But the way Reign CHOSE to do it was also plausibly in-character, and not only is it the more original choice by far, it also has the effect of forcing the viewer to respect Greer in this situation. Which, given what I’ve seen in other fandoms, is very unusual and no mean feat. TBH I don’t have strong feelings about Greer one way or the other—she’s not one of the characters I watch for. But I still appreciate the construction of these scenes so, so much. Greer does almost all the talking. She doesn’t hug it out with Mary. She isn’t comforted by anything Mary says—in fact, Mary barely says anything. Greer’s issue doesn’t get “resolved” through Mary, she works through it on her own, in separate scenes that are about her and her problems and her outlook on life. The two girls have a genuine reconciliation the next morning, when Greer is emotionally ready for it—and once again, Greer does most of the talking and gets the self-analytical, introspective dialogue.
Basically, this story is constructed in such a way that despite Mary being more socially successful and privileged than Greer, Greer simply CANNOT be appropriated as a prop for Mary, even if anyone were to try. I think that’s fucking awesome.
I’ve got the rest of the week off so I can really focus on Reign tomorrow *dances around*
"She had skinny legs, a missing front tooth and strong opinions."
make me choose:
greer of kinrossor lady kenna?
who writes these lines?? who is the smartass fucker that writes these?? it makes me sick
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Skye in 2x01