I can rationalize that she's uncomfortable with being a rebel, not necessarily uncomfortable with leadership. On paper, that sounds right. But on screen, I'm just not seeing the conflict and complexity portrayed in the character. There's something off and I'm having a hard time nailing down what it is.
Oh, I don't think she's uncomfortable being a leader, I think she's uncomfortable being the leader of a small, motley group of underdogs who are trying to protect the planet from alien invaders who secretly want to kill/eat us. Meanwhile, frustratingly, most of the other carbon-based life forms she shares the planet with seem to buying into what the aliens are selling. And all this is on her head because she happened to go to a covert meeting and found out that the one person she trusted implicitly both personally and professionally turned out to be an evil alien who wanted her dead.
And, I honestly want to know, whose ass does she need to kick? And how often? She may not have chopped the head off the snake but she did just detonate a bomb that killed or maimed all of Anna's super soldier eggs. She shot Joshua, despite knowing he was a good guy. She captured and interrogated a human and then released him to Hobbes knowing he was going to "disappear." She's broken into warehouses, a scientist's apt., the V ship, and fought off a V soldier. And this is what she does in her free time. Her day job is to track down leads and launch full-scale investigations on herself and her motley group and make sure they go nowhere--all the while potentially dozens of alien FBI eyes watch her every move and know where she lives. Throw in a good-sized helping of mom, who feels guilt about the mess created between Tyler and his dad, who feels guilt over not telling her son the truth about Dad & the Vs even though he wouldn't believe her anyway, and who is petrified by Anna & Lisa's interest in him. Top it off with some illicit/unexpected warm fuzzies for a potential romantic partner and I really gotta wonder--how does this woman sleep at night? I'd be compartmentalizing like crazy, too, just to save my sanity. And, personally, I see that in spades on the show.
I don't want her to be larger than life, the situation she's in is larger than life. Next season, I would love for her to be using her FBI-honed skillset--strategizing, planning raids to get more equipment, info, and people (while also breaking the Vs equipment, spreading disinformation, and eliminating V threats when necessary). Yes, I'd like her to lead the charge sometimes, maybe even pretty frequently, but I see her as the leader of her little organization and I never expect a head honcho to be doing the grunt work and kneecap busting. Frankly, I think it's great that we have a show where the two main leads are women. Both are leaders but for very different reasons. I love watching the interplay between Anna and Erica. One is calm, cool, and collected--so sure of who she is and what she's doing. The other is a messy human who is completely the underdog right now and isn't sure about anything so she compartmentalizes and drinks a little vodka to help keep it together. I see it and I like what I see.
And, finally, I've asked this before but nobody responded--do we even know how much time has passed on the show? It's been leather jacket and hoodie weather in every ep we've seen. Nobody's broken out the parkas or the snowboots yet. Maybe all that has happened has happened within a small timeframe--which means Erica has *really* been busy to have accomplished all of the above.
Oh, and congrats to EM for the Emmy nod.
Edited by Cinder, Jul 11, 2010 @ 2:47 AM.