POC I'm Watching: Christina Moses
Allow me to start with the good. For those of you who aren't currently watching Nikita, and haven't the foggiest clue of who's what, where, and why, understand that the "Guardians" are the deadliest of all the assassins on the show. They're former "Cleaners"; they used to get rid of the bodies and they kill off any problems or distractions, such as the loved ones of their colleagues. They kill without hesitation, and they are faster and stronger than all the other assassins at Division.
In short, bar patrons, you do not fuck with Guardians.
The first time we see Nikita go up against a Guardian, we see her get her ass kicked. It surprised both Nikita and her audience, because up until that episode, there wasn't anyone she couldn't take. So I was really excited that a beautiful actress of color, Christina Moses, was selected to play the Guardian Dana Winters.
I also liked that while on her deep undercover mission, Dana had reclaimed her humanity, was in a seemingly healthy relationship (BW/WM, of course), basically just living her life. Of course, Devon Sawa's character tried to do the same, and we all know what happened there. So I worried for Dana.
But while I worried for her (she and her loved ones live, by the way), other problems surfaced for me. Guardians, as you now know, are supposed to be bad-ass. I spent the whole ep waiting to Dana and Nikita throw down. Instead, there were tears, and talk, and blah blah blah the Faux Action Girl trope strikes again. Where was the epic, Xena-type ass-beating a character like hers is honor-bound to deliver? She's the first female Guardian we see on the show, and she just...talks? And...cries? And worries for her hubby & stepson-to-be? Um...fail much?
I get it, I get it...women are supposedly sensitive beings who represent the human conscience - whatever. It's the 21st Century, peeps. When I'm told about the bad-assery of "Guardians", and I'm shown a female Guardian, I expect to see the most vicious, most deadly of all Guardians.