Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Wonder Women": Girl-Powered Series Worth Watching

by Kristin Baer, E-Services/Web Marketing Librarian

The new Wonder Woman movie is making quite a stir, inspiring women across the world and reminding everyone that "girl power" is far more than just a catchphrase.

However, the Amazon princess is actually in pretty good company: there are quite a few wonder women, in pop culture and real life, if you know where to look for them. If you need some great small screen heroines to tide you over, while you await Wonder Woman's next film appearance (at least a couple years away!), I recommend checking out these series--all available through FCPL!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

No list like this would be complete without mention of Buffy.

Buffy Summers is fairly average, a mediocre student--more street-smart than bookish--and she doesn't quite fit in, but--thanks to a quirk of fate--she's also pretty much the most important person alive, at least in Sunnydale, where she keeps vampires and other supernatural forces at bay.

Buffy helped pave the way for other highly-relatable female pop-culture heroes, like Katniss Everdeen, who show us that women can be extremely tough as well as emotional.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete First Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Second Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fifth Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Sixth Season
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7


Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels


From take-charge, stoic, veteran soldier, Zoe Washburne, to the endearingly sweet but practical and competent Kaylee Frye, it would be an understatement to say that the women of Firefly are equal partners with the men in the crew's common fate. For instance, Kaylee may be enthralled by floofy dresses and yearn for a boyfriend--stereotypically "feminine" behavior--but as the ship's mechanic, she quite literally keeps Serenity running, and much more successfully than the man she replaced. Each of the women on the crew, even the clearly traumatized River, is capable of saving herself and the lives of many others into the bargain.


Firefly: The Complete Series


Can't get enough of Serenity's crew? After the movie finale, Joss Whedon continued their story with the Serenity graphic novel series.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson may be the team's nominated lead, and there are a number of smart and powerful men in this series, but Melinda May (a.k.a. "The Cavalry"), Skye/Daisy Johnson/Quake, Gemma Simmons, and the other female characters bring their own hefty share of brains and brawn to the mix, more than evening the score. These women are truly forces to be reckoned with, for good and for evil.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Complete First Season
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Complete Second Season


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Coulson Protocols
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Under New Management


Is it possible to get much more super than Supergirl?

Kara Zor-El has hidden her superpowers for years, the better to blend in with her adoptive Earthling family, but just as she has finally built the ultimate "normal" life, living in National City and working for a media mogul, she is called upon to help protect the city's citizens--and she must again tap into these abilities and learn to embrace them as part of herself.


Supergirl: The Complete First Season


Supergirl graphic novels

Warehouse 13

Here's one you may not have heard of.

If you find it fun to imagine entire vaults of dangerous, "powered" artifacts, hidden away from us for our own good, then you'll love Warehouse 13. In this short-lived, but much-beloved Sci-Fi series, a covert location in South Dakota, Warehouse 13, houses supernatural objects collected over several centuries, and Warehouse agents have their work cut out for them, investigating reports of unusual activity and retrieving lost and new artifacts that could spell trouble if they got into the wrong hands.

Among quite a few powerful female characters in this show, geeky, sarcastic, Claudia Donovan, computer hacker-extraordinaire and inventor, is probably my favorite. Initially assigned menial work in record-keeping and inventory, she begins tinkering with standard-issue equipment and developing entirely new inventions to amuse herself. While these "improvements" aren't exactly welcome at first, the others come to appreciate her ingenuity and even rely on it.

To say much more would be to give away plot points, and who wants spoilers?


Warehouse 13: Season One
Warehouse 13: Season Two
Warehouse 13: Season Three
Warehouse 13: Season Four
Warehouse 13: Season Five

Anyway, those are a few of my recommendations. What are yours?

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