For years, women in TV action shows were, shall we say, 'ornamental'. Not often given much by way of character and what they had often revolving around the hero of the show, they were there to be pretty and give the largely male audience something to look at - or to just be secretaries. The heroes? Some were rugged, admittedly, but others could be old and tired, obsese or even one-armed.
Come the 60s, women began to get something to do, thanks to the likes of Cathy Gale and Emma Peel in The Avengers and Honey West in the eponymously named Honey West. What didn't happen for a long while was for men to become the eye candy for female viewers, the add-on to the heroine.
That took the 80s and with CBS's Cover Up, women who had been holding out for a hero finally got what they wanted.
In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts 20th September In the UK: Acquired by E4
There is a law, apparently, than whenever one refers to Zooey Deschanel and in particular her performance in her new Fox sitcom, New Girl, one must describe her as adorable. Am I a law-breaker?
So New Girl sees adorable hipster Zooey Deschanel come home from work early to surprise her boyfriend, only to discover he's cheating on her. She moves out and finds an apartment on Craigslist that's shared by three guys. When they discover most of her friends are models, she's given a quick invite to move in, and before you know it, the adorable, clueless-about-men Zooey is being taught how to pull and date by her new friends as they help her get on her feet again. And in return, they learn a little something about women from her, too.
Is there a big problem with the show? Well, one maybe.
In the UK: Saturday 3rd September, 7.10pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer In the US: Saturday 3rd September, 9pm/8c ET/PT, BBC America
I would review this, but basically I've already reviewed it when it was called Fear Her. Okay, it was a lot better. The direction was better. The writing was better. There were some great lines of dialogue, including Rory's "We're dead – again." And Matt Smith was very, very good.
But it was still Fear Her in plot, Macguffin and more or less everything else (Doctor investigates alien cuckoo child in suburban estate who can shape reality with its mind, gets trapped by alien and relies on outside help to get saved). And it still wasn't that good, although I imagine very young kids might have wet themselves.
Essentially, a big set of things that seem scary on paper (and in the case of the life-size dolls, scary on TV) or that were scary when they were last seen in Sapphire and Steel when they were done well, it failed to connect emotionally or hang together properly. With most adults, at least, it failed to scare or engage. The trite ending – "dad must rescue son by telling him he loves him unconditionally" – was as poor as the attempts to add social realism, which were largely thrown away. And above all, It failed to make sense – kid fears getting rejected by parents so distorts reality, causing his parents to think about rejecting him.
It was a lot better than Gatiss's last effort, Victory of the Daleks, but still a bit of a wasted chance for the plot of Fear Her to redeem itself. Not awful, not bad in places, but still an also-ran episode.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.