Seriously. What is her purpose in this show?
Are you actually kidding? What about when she figured out the job that the first killer had? Or when she gps tracks the ambulance guy or when she fucking teaches Will how to shoot. WHAT IS HER PURPOSE? She’s brilliant and sassy and way better at her job than sassy random dudes 1 and 2 thank you.
seriously beverly katz is amazing. she’s good at her job. she makes breakthroughs, as noted above. she gets shit done and she does it while being a sassy ray of sunshine in a profession that is pretty damn bleak. she cares about will and demonstrates it by not coddling him and by making it clear that she is there for him without pushing too hard. she took a challenging shot through cover at a suspect who was holding a child in front of them and disarmed the whole situation without Will, the child, or anybody other than the suspect being hurt. if you don’t think she has just as much impact and importance as any of the male supporting characters, you’re just wrong. you don’t have to like her, but suggesting that she has no ~purpose~ is such utter bullshit and a line that you hear far, far too often about women in shows. she’s useless. what’s her purpose. i’ve never seen male characters held to this concept of having to serve some arbitrary sense of usefulness to justify their presence in a narrative, and it’s fucking stupid.
i watch hannibal not only for the aesthetic pleasures and wondrous bromance, but also because of this lady’s grand, seriously amazing sass.
My only prob with her is that she doesn’t tie here hair back when grabbing evidence or in the lab. Seriously it’s like bad, you can get ur hair caught on shit or contaminate evidence; just sayin
But I fucking love her sass and her awesomeness <3
Eeheeeheeeeeeee, my first Tumblr attack <3 This is the greatest thing to see after my horrific Bio final.
Before anyone bites my head off — I have nothing against her. The caption was mostly for the derpy face. It isn’t so much that I don’t appreciate her personality and occasional kick start in evidence and investigative skills, but I don’t feel like she is being used to her full potential just yet in means of the actual PLOT. I’m not sure if she is meant to be some form of characteristic comfort for Will or if she is simply meant to be a woman that works in EVERY FIELD in the FBI (I’m not exactly sure how the whole forensics/field investigative stuff works) that is simply inserted when they need a change of tone, or what. You know what I mean?
The short of it comes down to I really enjoy how she throws the tone of dialogue at times, but as I said on a previous post that argued with me, I think her character is being reserved to some quick quips and installations in theory about the crimes because I am hoping she will be used later for something much larger in the plot. I ENCOURAGE more development and insight on her part because I want to know more about her that fleshes her out as a more significant part of the show. It goes the same for a lot of the female characters in this show. I’m just waiting for her to be of significant PLOT use, but for now, I don’t mind her sassy, comedic wrench in the tension.
But you know what? I basically did a speed watch of the episodes in two days, so I surely missed plenty. It was the same for Sherlock. Everytime I rewatched, I noticed new things. And I’m sure it’s the same for this show — which I really, really enjoy.
I adore feedback — I do, so thank you. Lower the misogyny threats, friends. It never had anything to do with her sex, either, by the way. We don’t have to point fingers every time it’s a woman.
Thank you for the Colbert gifs. Just enjoy the funny face.
I’d love to get your opinion on the rest of the science team re: their purpose on the show & whether or not you would make/have made posts about it
I’m sensing a little tension and animosity for something that was literally never meant to have as much intention as it apparently has. I was mostly light hearted about this before, but it’s beginning to get a bit out of hand. As stated before, when I made this screenshot, I never had any sort of bitterness towards the character, nor was this ever meant to bring on any sort of challenge towards my view of strong female characters in TV shows or in reality in general. But of course, by putting up a screenshot and feeling SOME obligation to put a caption under a moment where I happened to pause my Hulu screen on a face that made me smile, I’m suddenly receiving messages that question my values.
I’ve been thinking about this post this week and I have come to the conclusion that by adding, literally, as little as TWO WORDS, I might have avoided some of this huffy response. Including taking the sentence and turning it into “Seriously, what is her purpose on this show SO FAR?” because that was my intention from the get-go. I never tried to turn this into “Female characters are terrible” or “she doesn’t deserve to be on this show” - but of course, it’s suddenly turned into a sexism issue where it really ought not.
As I said before, I really enjoy her character, but I have also already explained that though I enjoy her character and think SHE IS AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN WHO CAN HOLD HER OWN, I have yet to find her niche in the MAIN PLOT that includes Hannibal and his shenanigans WHICH I ENTIRELY SUPPORT. This is very, very similar to how I felt about Stiles in Teen Wolf (YES, A BOY) - I knew that he was going to receive a lot of air time because his character is charming and entertaining, but I was also, with everyone else, waited eagerly to see his fuller meaning and contribution to the lives of the main characters and their struggles. I feel the same way about Beverly. But of course, I’m suddenly finding myself amassed with reblogs for responses that try to translate a harmless screenshot into something that it is not.
I support and enjoy the work of strong female characters as a whole as much as any other passionate Tumblrite. Would I do the same for other characters on this show who would happen to be male and take on smaller roles in the forensics team on Hannibal? Absolutely. But you know what? Some of the other characters are even less present on screen. So I am not going to go through the same effort to talk about how “that one guy” has not found his purpose on the show just yet. How “that guy who got the door shut on him in the bathroom scene” is not living up to the potential of his character, because he has not been fleshed out near as much as Beverly.
I am not trying to be mean or angry, I simply want to get it out there that NOT EVERY POST HAS TO BE ABOUT HOW FEMALE CHARACTERS ARE DEGRADED AND INSULTED IN TELEVISION. SOMETIMES IT IS OKAY TO QUESTION THE QUALITIES OF A CHARACTER DESPITE THEIR GENDER.
I’m not trying to attack anyone, this is just a lot of what has been stewing over the last week since this post has taken off. Thank you.