Originally Posted by aprildawn
Mrs Petrelli comes immediately to mind as a strong, confident woman. And we have yet to meet the mystery woman in the photo. She could be key in these next couple of episodes.
As for the other women they are relatively young (Claire) or just coming to terms with their new-found abilities. Claire's relationship with the stalker-boy is explained by what is going on with her family, esp her dad. It seems more complicated than making it into a gender issue. She's rebelling. Niki is weak, but they've explained that by how some of the heroes personalities fracture when they discover their powers as a coping mechanism for what is happening to them.
I think one of the weakest characters is Peter Petrelli. He's dumb and goes along with whoever is influencing him the most at the time. Matt Parkman is pathetic at times, too.
Hiro is front and center almost every week representing a minority. Last season DL played a significant role.
I don't think there's much to that claim. I'd need to hear some better examples than Claire. She's a teen and that explains a lot.
I definately agree with all of this.....but I also have to disclose that I am a white woman.....so I don't think I am the best to comment on the issue with minorities. I will say though that I don't find any of the characters more important than the others....I think the idea is to have an "ensamble cast" (I don't think I spelled that right at all!!
).....which I actually think they have done very well (even though it might annoy me that there are so many story lines right now
As a woman, I don't find the female characters to be "wishy washey" or "reigned in by men". The twins story line, I think that having the man help the woman is more based on a twin helping a twin, and they just happen to be boy girl twins, the story could work either way. With Claire, I think it is deifnatley teenager issues, and think about it, she has been defying her dad this whole season......she also worked to help Peter last season, and in doing so went against her grammy Petrelli, who herself, as already stated is one of the strongest characters in the show. As far as Nikki/Jessica, I think it was hard to understand her last season, and now this season, I don't see her as much being reigned in by men, as I see her trying to do what any mother would do, which is trying to help yourself so that you can provide a stable, positive environment for your son.....which wouldn't include you running off to kick some a$$ or get stuck in mirrors at random times when your son needs you.
And, even if you do see the women as being wishey washey and/or reigned in by men, there seem to me to be an equal number of men that are wishey washey and/or being reigned in by women! Think Peter, DL, Nathan last season, Mohinder, Matt, and others
In the end I think it is more that these folks, women and men alike, are in a very unusual situation and are acting accordingly.