Saving a television show in a time of earth wide upheaval and scattered mass murders, natural disasters and tragedies which could have been avoided – doesn’t seem like a cause that would or should be at the forefront of so many people’s minds. This past year the Cubs won the world series for the first time in 108 years while a solar-powered airplane flew around the world.
There is a plethora of original programming being broadcast or able to be streamed every second of every moment. With all that is going on this planet, you would think a cancellation of a specific program would be easy to swallow.
Some information on myself before I keep rambling for another paragraph or so. (I have only watched up until the New Year’s episode.) I am a straight, married man with five offspring – one of whom is married to a lady I consider as if my own. I am a creative person who has been writing original stories for my own cathartic purposes and for a lottery chance of being read and published. I love a good book, become married to good music and love watching television; especially the new crop of shows from the past several years or so.
I am also someone who loves the excitement of a newsroom – even though I have never worked for a news organization. When a story breaks; tragic or celebratory; I feel the need to know more and to be able to box it in and try to understand the usually incomprehensible. So I can imagine the newsrooms I have seen on the screens – big and small.
My wife and I like to watch shows together – I think she uses me because I know how to find the shows and how to turn access them. It’s OK – I feel less guilty sitting on my butt watching and I also enjoy her sitting adjacent to me on the couch to my right.
So when we began to watch Good Girls Revolt together we both knew right away that it was a thought-provoking show with elements of sexiness and the fight for women to be looked upon, not as mother’s providing for the men, but as equals providing the stuff that the world is made of. It makes me laugh when I see the men sitting at their desks waiting on the “Girls” to provide them the information in order to write the story they have been assigned. The girl does all the work while the man gets a cigar a scotch and all the accolades.
Patti Robinson, played by Genevieve Angelson is an intelligent, curious, woman – who seems to believe that rules across the board do not apply to her. It’s a flaw and a strength of the young who feel invincible and stubborn. In most worlds it would not be as endearing – but in a world where suppression has been the norm for the majority of women it’s a defiant fist in the air which is so refreshing. Not because of the actual story-line – but because so many these days have fallen lazy into the meadow – conforming and following while stoned or worse – sober and complicit.
There is Jane, played by Anna Camp, who projects one person – her mother’s daughter, while suppressing another person, who she wants to be. It boils over at times and then safety net of defined roles pulls her back. She knows there is a changing world and has been missing out on the conversations in the bathroom and around the globe about change – perhaps on purpose.
Cindy, played by Erin Darke, who is married to a seemingly effeminate man who may or may not be aware of it. (again I have only watched several episodes) Cindy seems about to be on the verge of discovering a whole new world where she can throw off those glasses and reveal herself.
There is Douglas, played by Hunter Parrish – who knows full well that Patti is the brains behind his words. It seems as if he pushed her away because he loves her more than he admits and knows he is keeping her behind the bars of suppression and wants her to live a life only she can.
Then there is Finn, played by Chris Diamantopoulos and Wick, played by Jim Belushi; they represent, to me, the old world and the new world. Time magazine vs. Rolling Stone. Finn is fighting for change while Wick is trying to stay in the comfort of the past, where, again, the roles and the ethos are safely defined.
The acting across the board – Odelya Halevi as Finn’s wife; Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron and Joy Bryant as Eleanor; the directing and the old New York scenes are so real it brings back memories each time.
The year is 1970; it’s a time of earth wide upheaval and scattered mass murders, natural disasters and tragedies which could have been avoided. The year before a miracle occurred on a baseball field in Queens while a man walked on the moon.
The old school thinking that only men were qualified to excel was still going strong in 1970 – but the times were changing and it was time, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, “ to get out of the new world if you couldn’t lend a hand.”
Bring back Good Girls Revolt – there is so much to be told to the generation which feels that everything is entitled to them. The opportunity to excel was not always available to women; even today there are bias’ which stifle the careers of women. Progress must continue – hearing whispers that Roy Price did not like the premise of the show runs counter to the progress made.
There was a time, not so long ago, when women actually had separate bathrooms than men…