I apparently am the only person who actually likes the Maya/Emily pairing. Then again I'm so over the angsty boy toy. Yes you are hot and have that woe is me thing going on, but still I'm kinda more into the sweet enough to give you cavities Maya/Emily romance, but that's just me. (Then again I don't really care that the actress that plays Maya is like 30, she doesn't look it.)
No you aren't. I think the screenwriters have done an exceptional job of allowing the viewers to fill in the holes and in many ways it has created a very similar scenario to what Heroes did. I love that. To me it challenges preconcieved notions yet the writers have not cheated the audience imo.
A great example is Toby. Everything about the character is a joke to the point of being both a parody of the infamous misunderstood angsty boy stereotype and a critique of it. The writers don't cheat the audience though. They offer the red flag. The dialogue by Toby hints strongly that Toby's apparent sensitivity is more a case of rationalization. It was enought that I knew right off the bat he had some sexual secret. Now I thought it could be that he was gay for a bit but that did not quite work because he was attempting rationalization with Emily's situation. If it is the same thing than why attempt rationalization while mantaining distance on the subject? So it became what is Toby's secret and why is he attempting to rationalize it. I like it when scripts do that - instead of purposefully leading or misleading the writers allow viewers the opportunity to figure it out or mislead themselves (the best example I have ever seen is The Way the Crow Flies which got me).
I also like that no chemistry is established between Emily and Toby. They don't even hint at it allowing projection to fill that void which makes the revelation about Toby unsettling only if the holes are filled in. Some props have to go to the actor who basically detaches completely from Emily in their scenes (there is detachment on all their scenes). When compared with Maya and Emily, a relationship that has strong chemistry, it is intriguing. By disallowing Toby and Emily an ounce of written or acted chemistry, the screenwriters have allowed hole filling again.
Then you have Maya. She offers pot to Emily which means that a chance to take a significant leap is offered. What a brilliant move because it allows the audience to take the leap but doesn't really lead them. Then they have scenes of requited flirtation. So to see Maya as creepy or predator, Emily's say in her own life must be completely devalued. I love this because it questions the very notion of how women and their sexuality are respected (in this case a person being lesbian or bi). Haven't read the book but the next part is spoiled because I am pretty sure they will go there I think they are offering this already as a sign that Emily's Mom will not accept her say in her own life - the devaluation of Emily's being makes sense based on the way the prior scripts have been written
. This angle of devaluation of Emily is interesting in relation to how the Maya lesbian predator stereotype is upended. When asked for space, Maya completely understands. This undermines that the scarf scene is based in dominance. Emily's behavior is solely based on a fear of being outed. That Maya completely understands and ends the burgeoning romance demonstrates that Maya's gift is just that - a gift. The notion of the lesbian predator is ridiculed. To get there must mean an assignment of certain characteristics to Maya that, when viewed in retrospect, do not exist (similar to the misread by the owners in Pacific Heights to the man who turns out to be a police officer). But more so, Maya's response shows that she is not devaluing Emily's being.
This is scriptwriting that is smart because it is using preconceived notions to supply surprise while not attempting to fool those that go by the action on screen. It also questions those preconceived notions and how gender and sexuality and years of specific media images influence them. This is delicious stuff.
It helps that Bianca Lawson's age doesn't bother me at all, and to me she doesn't look as egregiously old as some seem to think.
The only friends I have that have said she looks old are those that recognize her from Buffy. I've asked friends who they think is the oldest actress and all, who are not aware of Bianca Lawson's real age, have said Spencer. When I ask about Maya, most go 20 or 21. Some women and men look a lot younger than their age. Stacy Dash was an example of that.
And yeah, Toby's angst is certainly overdone and tiresome AND he creeps me the fuck out. He makes me want Emily to stay the hell away from him.
I think it is meant to be overdone and tiresome and creepy for that matter. It is hard not to laugh at pretty much every scene with him because it is played to the hilt but then it does seem an invite to invest him with other characteristics that are not present.
Edited by Brakchi, Jul 18, 2010 @ 1:37 AM.