If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Arrow, there’s an interesting conversation about gun control that happens between Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards], Curtis [Echo Kellum], and Rene [Rick Gonzalez]. Rene argues that guns can save lives, Curtis suggests that guns create more violence, and Felicity’s discomfort with their confrontation leads Curtis to argue that, on a national scale, we need to be able to have the hard conversations in a civil, respectful manner. This had me thinking about some of the other powerful, political (or semi-political) stances we’ve seen in fandom TV lately. Here are a few:
- Supergirl: Alex Danvers [Chyler Leigh] and Maggie Sawyer’s [Floriana Lima] beautiful and touching relationship, and Alex’s emotionally resonant coming out.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: The continued persecution of the Inhumans — those seen as “other.“
- Supergirl: J’onn’s [David Harewood] recognition of the fact that M’Gann’s [Sharon Leal] ethnicity doesn’t automatically make her evil.
- Legion: The pointing out of misconceptions about mental health.
- The Walking Dead: The proposition that Negan’s [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] leadership by bullying won’t stand — that arrogant, self-interested leaders will not be tolerated.
- Gotham: Bruce [David Mazouz] continuing to solidify his philosophy that the people of Gotham are basically good — in stark contrast to the much more cynical philosophy of Jerome/the probable future Joker [Cameron Riley Monaghan].
These are just a few examples. But it’s very encouraging to see that, given the current political climate, our favorite shows are tackling some of these difficult topics and offering us a more optimistic outlook.