POC I'm Watching: Christina Moses

Neo-Prodigy previously asked me what I thought of Dana Winters, the female Guardian on Nikita, and I took a while to think about it, going back and rewatching her episode.

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.







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  1. I just don't understand why her significant must be white? Hell, that's happened a lot, lately. It's like, "LOOK THIS CHARACTER CANNOT BE A SUCCESSFUL CHARACTER OF COLOR, UNLESS THEY END UP WITH SOMEONE WHITE. WHITE!" I mean, can't they have a sexy, chocolate boyfriend or a fine-ass Latino?

    Nope, they must be white. I don't get me wrong, I have nothing against whites, it just gets boring after a while. Where's our blasian relationships or black/Native American pairings (I hate it when writers try to act like those relationships never happened).

    Other than that, that was a pure fail on the Nikita writers part, a pure fail. I also won't be surprised if she dies in the future. 'Cuz, you know, can't have too many black people on a show. -rolls eyes-

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  2. 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.

    YEAH! I mean, women can be tender and all that shit, but when it comes to viciousness, ain't nothin' worse than a woman. What's with all the tears and talking bullshit? I HATE THAT! She's gonna get offed quick, fast and in a hurry.

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  3. Nikita's beau is white. She had a crush on Russell Wong's character for a minute, but we learned he was evil.

    There was also an ep where a blonde Russian agent dies. Turns out, she was in love with a (seemingly) Asian/Hispanic bartender who was good-looking as hell.

    Then, there was the Bianca Lawson ep. The Guardian was white, he chose a Black woman, she ended up dead.

    And Jaden apparently died simply because she was fine. As hell.

    Now we have Dana Winters. She and her man, and his son, get to live - for now anyway. She may very well end up dead in the future, or we may simply never see her again, along with the epic ass-whooping she owes her audience.

    Okay. We get it. White guys are desirable. Um, so are other men, and we'd like to see them too, please...if it's not too much trouble.

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  4. "Okay. We get it. White guys are desirable. Um, so are other men, and we'd like to see them too, please...if it's not too much trouble."

    Please? I'm so bored of the BW/WM pairing that I pounce like a crack fiend when something rare and different comes along. I'm serious; even in original fiction archives, that's all that's out there. Boo, man. Boo.

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  5. Wouldn't mind if Adam Rodriquez played that role.

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  6. I'm gonna have to agree with this. I was waiting for her and Nikita to throw down epically and it never happened.

    The only saving grace was at the end when there was the big standoff between Division agents and Nikita. And while Nikita was busy trying to negotiate, Dana was pretty much like "Fuck this shit," pulled out her piece and took all of them out in like three seconds.

    I remember thinking, FINALLY! THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US WHY SHE WAS A GUARDIAN.

    That and the fact it turns out she was working with Percy the entire time.

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  7. spaceinvadah said...
    I just don't understand why her significant must be white? Hell, that's happened a lot, lately. It's like, "LOOK THIS CHARACTER CANNOT BE A SUCCESSFUL CHARACTER OF COLOR, UNLESS THEY END UP WITH SOMEONE WHITE. WHITE!" I mean, can't they have a sexy, chocolate boyfriend or a fine-ass Latino?

    If you inject a brother into the story whites won’t care. They'll lose interest and scan the dial for other white stories. A standard response would be, "It was never about him being black; the character just lacked chemistry." If whites don’t care they won’t watch. If whites don’t watch the network generates less revenue. If it’s an all-black vehicle then it becomes a niche series. Whites aren’t drawn to black drama; moreover, they have little empathy for a black character. Minorities are cast for one reason; to support the white hero.

    A white actor gives whites something they can relate to; someone they can empathize with. Black men, (that is to say) black sexuality is threatening to whites. Penis envy remains alive and well in the common white male. Especially if it involves miscegenation; a centuries-old fear of the black man ravishing a blond blue-eyed damsel. If there's going to be any swirling, then let it be on the white man's terms. That's why they don't mind watching a black woman succumb to white masculinity.

    It’s sad, but it says a lot about the racist nature of whites. It’s distressing to know that a black woman’s measure of success is when she’s cast opposite a white man. Denzel is adequate yes; but Tom Cruise could launch your career.

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  8. That and the fact it turns out she was working with Percy the entire time.

    A HUGE disappointment. It's so much better when Guardians go rogue.

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