7 Female Roles that were Written for Men Apr28

7 Female Roles that were Written for Men...

Men might be the harbingers of action and combat in many sci-fi movies, action shows, and video games, but some writers are stepping up to challenge these notions. Taking over a role that was originally intended for a man is one way to break the mold, and make us wonder why we need molds in the first place, since so many are lying about in pieces at these women’s feet. Here are seven roles originally written for men, but portrayed by women instead. 1. Samus Aran, Metroid The plot twist at the end of the first Metroid game reveals that the person in the armour (who you’ve been kicking ass with so far) is, in fact, a woman. But a lesser known fact is that the game developers hadn’t planned this surprise from the start and decided to add it in halfway through development, creating one of the most iconic women characters in video games today. “It is true that in developing the original Metroid, we were partway through the development processes when one of the staff members said, “Hey, wouldn’t that be kind of cool if it turned out that this person inside the suit was a woman?” So that’s how we decided on that. We’ve tried to express her femininity a little more without trying to turn her into a sex object.” —Yoshio Sakamoto 2. Toph Beifong, Avatar, the Last Airbender Known as the tiny blind girl who can throw boulders around with her earthbending prowess, this Avatar: The Last Airbender star was originally intended to be a large, muscled jerk. They even elude to this in the episode “The Ember Island Players,” where Team Avatar attend a play about their journey so far, and Toph is portrayed as a buff man. She was...

TV themes that we never skip May15

TV themes that we never skip...

Since May is our music-themed month, we will be regaling you with fun playlists every Friday. These are the geek television intros that we never skip, because the music is so good. Either that, or our love for the show is so great that we associate it with the theme. We’re not sure which. Futurama Not sure if the Futurama theme is awesome or super awesome. Firefly I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, no power in the ‘verse can stop us listening to this theme with nostalgia. Warehouse 13 This theme was nominated for an Emmy in 2010, but it would have been put on a shelf and ignored forever. The IT Crowd With all due respect, I have it on good authority that if you listen to this theme more than once, you can break the Internet. So please, no one try it, even for a joke. It’s not a laughing matter. You can break the Internet. Battlestar Galactica This theme music has happened before, and it will happen again. So say we...