Home sick again today. Better than yesterday, but I figured that staying home and continuing to rest was the better part of valor, and indeed I am going back to bed soon. However, I wanted tea first, and having discovered yesterday that one of the cartoon series that I enjoyed watching as a kid, Voltron
, was up on Hulu, I picked an episode at random and watched it as I drank my tea.
Wow. Talk about gender stereotyping and massive inefficiency, not to mention bad science.
In the episode that I picked, "The Lion Has New Claws," all five of the lions are piloted by guys. (Admittedly, one of them is some random kid, but still.) The Galactic Council is all
white males. The good guys and bad guys appear to have one token interesting female each - the princess on the good-guy side (who will, in fairness, end up piloting one of the lions) and the witch on the bad-guy side. (And the princess has an Older White Male to advise her, of course.) There are other women on the good-guy side, but they're all effectively peasants and mothers, no figures of power. Because the bad guys are aliens (and this particular episode showed very few of them) it's hard to tell whether there are any non-powerful women at all.
Inefficiency: Why do the pilots (1) have a drop-tube down to their individual transit vehicles, which (2) then take them to the lions? Wouldn't it be more convenient to park the lions on the palace grounds? (3) Why do they go through announcing the procedure of forming Voltron every time? Why not just do
it? Everyone knows which part they're supposed to be. Oh... It's so the writers have to come up with that many fewer seconds of actual plot!
Bad science: Yeah, it's sci-fi/adventure, I know. But nonetheless, you have to laugh in disbelief when the witch tells her monster-of-the-day "It's only ten million light years to Planet Ares. We'll be there in a matter of moments."
I think my brain just lost a few IQ points. Now, will I risk further damage by picking up what will no doubt end up being further horrendously stereotyped episodes of those gotta-buy-them-all cartoons, He-Man and She-Ra, also currently up on Hulu?