I know I said that I would calm down with all the Criminal Minds stuff….
….but there’s something I need to get off my chest.
So apparently, Maeve is indeed dead. Now I may be in denial at the moment, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
Anyway, during the live chat Breen explained why he had Maeve “killed” (like I said I’ll believe it when I see it). While the episode was awesome, emotional, heartbreaking, shocking, everything that entails an excellent episode and story, something bothers me about it…and it’s this.
This really reeks of the whole “Women in Refrigerators” habit of storytelling seen in comic books and in other forms of media.
What is “Women in Refrigerators” you may ask? From good ‘ole Wiki
Women in Refrigerators is a website that was created in 1999 by a group of comic book fans. The website features a list of female comic book characters that had been injured, killed, or depowered as a plot device within various superhero comic books. Also, the site seeks to analyze why these plot devices are used disproportionately on female characters…..
Women in Refrigerators Syndrome describes the use of the death or injury of a female comic book character as a plot device in a story starring a male comic book character. It is also used to note the depowerment or elimination of a female comic book character within a comic book universe. Cases of ‘Women in Refrigerators Syndrome’ deal with a gruesome injury or murder of a female character at the hands of a supervillain, usually as a motivating personal tragedy for a male superhero to whom the victim is connected. The death or injury of the female character then helps cement the hatred between the hero and the villain responsible. Kyle Rayner is a particularly cited example of this case, due to the common tragedies that befall women in his life.
The practice of treating female characters in this manner is contrasted with the work of writers who are felt to exhibit feminist sensibilities, such as Joss Whedon.
These writers basically introduced a love interest just to kill her off in a few episodes in order to initiate character development, and so they can tell a bigger story. But this been done so many times, especially for male characters and their female lovers. In fact in C.M., this has been done once before with Hotchner when his wife was killed. And correct me if I’m wrong, but the only main female character on the show in a relationship - JJ - was able to have her husband survive a major ordeal by the end of an episode (I don’t know whether she saved him or not, I only started watching C.M.). Yet two female characters who were in a relationship with two of the leading male characters, were killed.
I understand that Breen wanted to take this story and turn it on its head; to tell a story of the hero not being able to save the day; to have an episode that did the unexpected. I respect that, I really do. But to introduce a female love interest, just to kill her off suddenly doesn’t sit well with me, or a WHOLE LOT OF FANS for that matter.
I don’t know, it just hurts how that episode ended.