With so many news shows this fall, it’s been hard to narrow down what I want to watch and what I don’t. There is just too much to see and not enough time to see them all.
When it comes to military dramas, we’ve had to really think had about what we wanted to cover. The Brave and SEAL TEAM are our go to’s, but I also started watching Valor. I will be frank – I hated it. But I refused to give up on it.
Because it had a female lead. I am all for championing female leads, especially in military dramas. Why? Because we all need people to look up to. But in not giving up on Valor, I have suddenly found myself liking the show. I have found myself invested in the characters.
Here’s five reasons that I am suddenly starting to like a show I didn’t at first.
A Strong Female Lead
I love military dramas. I always have. I think that there is something about them that makes us think more about the men and women in uniform, what they do through, and all the things that we don’t see everyday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have always known that military dramas are not real, but it never mattered to me.
Now if you read Fangirlish, you know that we’re obsessing over The Brave and SEAL Team, for good reason. We’ve had kind of a rocky start with Valor and that’s because it was too dramatic. It started out with some action, but then became instantly to focused on a love triangle, and we cringed.
A woman doesn’t need to be diminished to a piece of a triangle.
But we’ve watched the character of Nora grow. She refused to be diminished. Instead she stands up and fights for what she believes in. She’s not willing to back down. Now, some of the shit she does is so stupid, you want to smack her, but she’s fighting.
And she reminds us not to give up, not to back down, and just because she has a vagina doesn’t make her inferior.
Action, Action, Action
I have to give credit where credit is due – it’s not boring. Valor gives us action at every turn. It doesn’t just sit there and go “look at us, we’re on a base.” Nope – it brings you out into the action. It shows you the missions. It makes you feel like you are in a copter with them.
It knows that people want to see everything. They want a TV show to make you feel alive. Valor is doing just that.
It’s drawing you in.
We Get To See What’s Happening From Multiple Angles
With so many things going on, I wondered if I would ever be able to care about all these characters. That’s an important part of fandom – emotionally investing.
With so many storylines, with so much going on, how would I grow to give a fuck about these characters? Well, somehow I just did. And I think I have figured out why… because Valor shows me what is going on in all the places. They make me see what all these characters are going through. They make me feel bad, happy, sad, and angry. They make me want to see people rescued.
They make me want to see people be okay. They make me want the happy ending even when I know people will not always get it.
Lord help me, a man in uniform has always been a weakness for me. But staring at Captain Gallo every week has not been a disappointment. Though, man is a freak in the sheets and I couldn’t keep up with that.
But I digress.
Men in uniform.
Women in uniform.
The CW never lets down with the pretty.
It’s Not Always Predictable
Now, from the beginning we knew that two people were in POW’s. We don’t know the whole story, but we knew that there were a lot of lies being told. We’ve known that the CIA is covering up something. We’ve known that Nora and Gallo are lying through their teeth.
We’ve known it all.
But we’ve known nothing. You can’t figure it out. Nothing is as simple as it sounds. Everything is just one WTF just happened after another.
And I love that. I’m tired of being able to figure all the secrets out easily. I am tired of thinking that I can figure it out. I haven’t figured out shit. I just know that something is going to be thrown at me that i don’t get.