Captain Raymond Holt & Diversity in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine

*Includes Spoilers and Plot Ideas

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is not an old show nor is a new one, It first aired in 2013 and is relatively funny. I’m not here to talk about the entirety of the show however, just the one of the main characters whom is represented with quite the amount of diversity.

Captain Raymond Holt, played by actor Andre Braugher is quite the doozy of a character, and especially when you look at everything he’s ever said. At the first glance he is a black police office with a no non-sense attitude. However upon further glance it is more than that, Captain Holt is a complex individual, to elaborate upon this I must first describe his story alittle, this is his first captaincy for what has been described as a lifetime of outstanding service and duty, the cause for the lack of promotions and advancement through the ranks is due to the fact Captain Holt is not just black, he is also openly gay and according to his character has been since 1987 which is during a time when being gay was not acceptable, and is happily married to his husband as well. Captain Holt’s image as a character is different than we generally see in a show, Holt’s character is represented as a serious, high-intellect male whom possesses specific tastes and particular ideas that are actually stereo-typically more identifiable with the older white male and while seeing members of the LGBTQ in media is becoming more and more common, we more often see them in stereotypical lights or even in basic character formats that aren’t all that complex. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a homosexual character who isn’t your stereotypical character, he is calm and robotic like, full of no-nonsense mannerisms that are often at odd with what the world’s stereotypes are for any stereotype you could think this character would be a part of. I praise the show for not making his life a science experiment where we go over tropes or stereotypical problems, but instead his life is simple. He has a husband (whom is also white to mention, that this isn’t just a normal relationship is a interracial one, something that we see is varying amounts in media as well.) and what would be consider a high-class and intellect lifestyle, with a hobby of collecting antiques, and retorting insults with mentions of historical figures, and listening to classical artists such as Frans Brüggen, and even coming up with some fake classical artists whom are fictionally known for their talents in the classical music scene of the 21st century, taking fencing classes and portrait painting classes, and painting over a hundred copies of the same dull gray stone ( but in different perspective each time). However to sum it all up, he is a character that defies the expectations that anyone would have for a Cop,a Black Cop, a Gay cop, and a Gay Black Cop. The shows does a great job of not only breaking our expectations but breaking the chains of stereotypes and creating characters whom are enjoyable to see and hear about. He defies our expectations, and does a good job as illustrating it. This show has created a character who is not just another gay background or foreground character, they’ve created someone who is unique in his portrayal and creation.

 

On a side note, Here are some images of the character for fun, and just humor related purposes. Tell me if you can make him fit 100% in any classic stereotype?

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A Wild Comparison of the Television show Archer using the topics of Gender, Race, Sex and Diversity.

 

Some of you may know the television show Archer on FX, It’s a somewhat comedic stereotypical spy-crime type show with a cast of animated characters whom each fit stereotypical character archetypes. Now what I’m here to discuss is that the show displays its diversity in an comedic manner but also somewhat stereotypical light, and not always positive stereotypes either. Now disclaimer this show is obviously full of satire, so the harmful remarks and attitudes some may see others display are not real depictions of the beliefs of the creators, however are works of comedy and entertainment deliver in an animated format. Now, the exact levels of diversity shown is interesting. The shows takes a modern look at peoples lives and tosses weird mixes of older beliefs and world situations coupled together to make a joke or a quick laugh often at the expense of others, but still making it a realization that most of these individuals realize they’re being jokes about and often counter with their own jokes or their own words. A prime example of the episode Diversity Hire which release circa 2010. The cast of Archer have a new agent known as Conway Stern, whom is a black AND Jewish special agent, his entire presence was entirely for the purpose of a “diversity hire” which means hiring someone of minority denominations for the purpose of diversifying the workplace. The show continues to display Conway as the butt-end of Archer whom is (the titular character) at odds with Conway, and eventually the whole cast. The episode plays out with some obviously not suitable for this environment scenes to describe, but essentially Archer and Conway end up in a small fight in a locker room and they both agree that the moment became “gay”, and Archer leaves tongue-twisted attempting to think of an insult for Conway but instead Conway retorts to the tongue-twisted Archer the name “Sammy Gayvis Jr”, which is a reference to Sammy Davis Jr. The shows continues to throw Conway as the butt of their conversations, when Lana the only black character previously on the cast gets benched for behavior she gets angry and calls him McJewson, and another cast member claims she’s just angry because is no longer the only black individual there which doesn’t end well obviously. Beyond this episode is a running hatred of the Irish, why? Its portray that the Ms.Archer hates the Irish with an irrational reason. But the shows does represent racial diversity, the cast is not limited to straight white males whom display typical behavior. We have the more side-lined male Cyril whom is white but is not typically represented as “in-charge” especially in cases of members of the other-sex, we have Lana whom is shown to be a black, liberally focused, ex-activist and she is the big diversity breaker, she is in a position of power compared to most of the cast, she is portray as being more dominant in terms of personality and defiantly fights those who discredit for gender, race or other reasons. We have has the slightly stereo-typically effeminate gay character Ray whom is portrayed as a less overly obviously gay and as more as a sassy gay. He’s often portrayed as a big stereotype himself, he can be effeminate, he can be more subservient to other around him, and sometimes more dominant. There are moments where he is portray as being a “wuss” where insult cause him to cry, and what not, but there are times when he also is shown to be less stereotypical. He’s shown despite his less masculine portrayal to be a former Olympic athlete, and more level-headed compared to the rest of the cast even when there are cases when he shouldn’t be.

The show doesn’t hide the facts that some characters are more promiscuous or less so, and it’s not afraid of showing characters whom are not straight and christian, it display the story, and the comedy and it does so in every episode without trying to focus on the diversity. It plays obviously on the real world as well. While the events of history are wildly different than those of the real world it stills portray that gays, trans and etc are all equally represent somehow in someway at some-point. We have a cast of characters whose interpersonal relationships are not defined by normal roles either, there is no leader or good or bad necessarily. The cast is the cast they all have roles and act differently, Archer is portray as a stereotypical Spy, think James Bond’s skills and suaveness with Austin Power’s comedic elements and lack of focus on his job. Lana is conceived more as a work focus woman looking to get ahead, while she is also shown to not be just another black woman, she isn’t portrayed to be manly either (although there is a running jokes that she has big hands and sometimes they’re referred to as gorilla hands or man hands in slights against her character). Now the show is also not for everyone, it doesn’t require a sense of intelligence to watch but rather the willingness to laugh at the reality and simplicity of some of the characters when Archer for example is attempting to pretend to be a homosexual to bait a homosexual spy, he goes for the most colorful, outrageous type of outfit and look, something that is almost downright disrespectful but then comes the homosexual characters whom even toss their own jokes at him, and make it clear that he is outrageous something that is a joke in-itself, he’s not gay, he doesn’t get how to be gay and being told that he looks outrageously gay to the point of being a joke. The whole show goes at it like it is just life there are prejudices yes, other characters fight them other characters accept them. It’s how life works in the real-world in a sense it makes the world and the characters relatable, even if you don’t match their entire life it’s clear each one as aspects that you can relate to. Ray comes from a small backwoods town of West Virginia, and he’s the clear example of coming from that environment and even being in the closet to his immediate family and townspeople. Lana comes from parents whom love her and are Doctors and Professors and are portrayed as being hard on her as to want more out of her life. Archer grew up with little parental guidance and what guidance he had is not good guidance. You don’t have to be black to emphasize with the environment Lana grew up in and is in the shadow of, you don’t have to be a alcoholic womanizing super-spy to emphasize with Archer’s lack of parental figures and guidance. You don’t have to apart of LGBTQ or any orientation for that matter and not find being relatable to having come from a town that is more “backwoods”. The shows does a good job of displaying casual life with over the top themes and portrayals, something Doctor Who doesn’t do in the same way, it’s portrayal aren’t always relatable in the same fashion they’re more super stereotypical rather than stereotypical in terms of a character type. I feel like if you can stomach the bad humor, take a few moments watch the show and see if you can feel a relation with any character.

 

 

#Note Sorry this is a week late, just been horribly busy, and I just saw the Blog requirement today.

 

The Doctor is a Runner, and Not the Olympic Kind.

[Preemptive Spoiler Alert]

The Doctor has always been known for his ability to give a good jog and to leave his enemies and the horrors of the universe in his dust. But that’s not the type of running I’m here to discuss, I’m here to discuss a form of running that is more familiar to most of us

The Doctor is a runner, he stampedes away from his problems. Similar to most of us he runs away from his problems and his inner demons and I’m not talking about the aliens and baddies we see him size up and seal away. I’m talking about the complex feelings that he has been carrying with him since we met the Doctor following the time-war. When I ask myself what I should discuss in this blog post, I saw at a quick glance no one has discussed his running and dismissal of his own trauma. We see him take blow after physical blow in his adventures, but we never see him truly shaken up except when the Daleks are the foes in question, or when the horrors of the time-war creep back up. When these events  unfold we see an unnerved Doctor. This Doctor is a bit unlike the one we have normally seen calm under pressure and with an unwavering amount. Let’s travel back to the TV episode “Dalek”, when we see how the Doctor becomes desperate in destroying the Dalek. The Doctor is horrified that the Dalek even exists at all, his very presence drove fear into it, but vice-versa its living existence drew the idea that some of the Daleks survived the time-war into him. At the end of this TV episode we do see that the Doctor has become determined he wants its destruction, and the look in his face is one of determined terror. It’s obvious the time-war has left its scars on the Doctor and have we ever addressed these scars? The Doctor has been avoiding that topic and he has never brought it up, it has always been brought up by the presence of Daleks, or his companions seeking to know who the Doctor is and even the Doctor is uncomfortable with telling them any of these details.

Now we’ve examined that the Doctor has scars in himself from his war, we see he runs but what now? Well the easiest conclusion is that the Doctor’s theme of running has gone inwards, it has become a plot-device that takes a literal and metaphysical sense. He is now running from himself, and his scars he never stops to heal and he never stops to stitch himself up. The Doctor runs and runs and runs, and it’s a long while before he ever becomes resolved. We have to wait until the end of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor before we see him stop and consider his actions and behavior and we see the 9th Doctor was a man motivated by fear and loss, the 10th was a runner who ran from his scars and that 11 was a man pretending to be a child as to convince himself the scars were never there, and its clear the Doctor has been running from the one thing he fears the most, his insides, his conscious, his beliefs, and the horrors of the time-war imprinted onto himself. The Doctor has began running inside his head, and avoiding the presence and existence of any of the pain that lays inside of him. We see he is doing more than physical running from his enemies and those who seek to do evil, but he also is truly running from these problems normally he runs away from danger only to come back with his signature timey-wimey sucker punch but instead he runs and runs and never stops to face why he runs in this case.

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The Lone Wanderer Not The Lonely God

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The Doctor is quite an Individual, if one takes the second to look at him we see that he is very much similar to a wanderer amongst the stars. He is not the average wanderer either, the Doctor is very much a complex wanderer he never picks a destination or who tags along behind him, or who is affected by his travels the Doctor instead is a free floating individual who is very much is like driftwood in a stream. He never really claws out a niche for himself instead letting his TARDIS take him where ever he is needed or required.  This mystical wanderer through space and time who seemingly repulses all monsters and attempts to save all forms of life, and never leaves more than a subtle imprint on the worlds he comes crashing through, and in the case of humanity he has crashed so many times through our past and future that the very idea of the Doctor, the travelling man in the blue box became a mythical being passing throughout various points in time.

Now lets take all of that information above into account, The Doctor is just a wanderer, many compare him to a God but lets be fair he has face beings who have the partial powers of a God, such as the Beast of Krop Tor whom was claimed its origins and existence were the influences across the known universe and various species as their various representation of “devil entities”. There are more cases such the Guardians of Time from the Old Who whom were personifications of various ideals;  such as order, or chaos or justice. The Doctor has faced various beings whom biologically are superior in one format, they can magically enchant thousands with their powers or control entire species with fear, or using religious dogma.  The Doctor is a man like no other, whom has experienced thousands of years worth of knowledge and experience and has a time travelling box, but this does not make him a God, he is no god he is a man with a blue box, a wanderer, a patron of time and science. These God-like beings are different as they are not driftwood in the sea of time they carve our their niches despite their actions. The Beast never had to try to do much more than exist to almost weave the universal fear of him in all beings, including the Doctor who knew his claims to existence went long before those if the material universe. The Doctor has never managed to imprint any of his ideals into anyone, not one shred of his sense of justice, or what is right or even his belief of science and time as the only constant has never been imprinted into any society he has had repeat contact with. Ultimately he is a wanderer, one that the universe forgets when it needs it most, and one that will never be a God.

 

*Off Note:* This Entry has Been Super Late and I apologize, I completely forgot to press publish.. yay me.

 

Fan Vids – Robert & Brittany

To start our quick video commentary, we have decided to show you the best one first. To set a bar extremely high and in our opinion mix two great BBC fan communities that have often wished that these two have met. We chose this not only because of the popularity of the two fandoms but also because of the power behind both these characters and the titanic. combination that they would make.

 

The bad fan video that Robert and I found was called Doctor Who song spoof | crack!vid. This video is a whole 7 minutes and 59 seconds of pure pain. There are so many songs changes within the video and video cuts that aren’t edited very well. Some clips have weird filters or a of differing quality. Many of the songs don’t fit with the clips that are played. Some parts are actually kind of funny, like the song Titanium going with the clip of the Daleks being shot at. Another thing that makes it bad is that there are random clips of dialect with no song, but they don’t really add anything to the video. Overall, Robert and I were filled with sadness at this bad video, but really enjoyed the good video that we found.

 

As a special note we would like to include some honorable mentions for all of you to enjoy, in our journey to find in our opinion the best fan video, we came across these honorable contestants the ultimately lost out to the impressive VFX work in our main video above, enjoy as we know we enjoyed these.

Humanity; Worth the Effort?

When discussing if Humanity is worth The Doctor’s effort you have to take into account all of his incarnations and especially the individuals in question. To start Humanity is not a perfect race we often do some quite damnable things. For example the Doctor realizes that Humanity is flawed, he points it out quite a bit and even when angry uses the term “Stupid Ape” to describe humans. Which for someone of his role a protector and guardian he deems his charges as “stupid apes” and make it clear sometimes the individuals and sometimes the entire groups as a whole are clear they will not change for the good or the worse.

Often a running theme in the series is the fact humanity is frail and weak in compared to greater odds but even then still manages to be belligerent and aggressive look at Henry van Statten for example from Series 1’s Dalek episode. Despite the rampaging killer robo-tank he insists on not killing it, delaying progress and even allowing 200 people to be killed in its rampage. In that episode we also had the creepy technician who tortured the Dalek in order to make it talk until the Dalek was freed and it exacted revenge, now in this episode we got a glimpse of the full firepower of a Dalek but also we got a glimpse of a common human archetype, a greedy, selfish individual who attempted to sacrifice 200 people to have a pet Dalek. Issues like this can also be seen in the next episode The Long Game, Adam Mitchell whom decided it would be a grand idea to undergo a special surgery to allow a brain information port implanted within his skull. What did he do with this new access to Satellite Five’s information archive from the 21st century to thousands of years later? He decided to transmit that data back home to his answering machine so that he could possibly go home and and change the very course of history using that data! A greedy idea which cost him his companionship with the Doctor (On a side note; You all should look up the Doctor Who comics he appears in, he gets a finished story arc with a fitting end.) I guess besides this we can also see this form of greedy and self serving behavior from Rose in Father’s Day, where rose broke continuity and rescued her father from a car accident, only to create a spatial rift in time and to unleash a group of Reapers whom proceeded to murder and destroy half the town they were in and in the end she had to watch her father sacrifice himself just to resolve the timeline issue albeit with some of he interference making a difference in history (slight but not nothing, see Season 1 Finale)

Now, why does the Doctor continue to put up with this, he chooses to protect humanity even though more often than not there efforts have shown to create rifts in the world, from people around the Doctor creating errors in the timeline or attempting to break the timeline for selfish reasons, from villains whom are the result of greed and self serving behavior that ends up putting many people at risk, sometimes hundreds sometimes entire planets or species depending on what’s going on. I understand the Doctor wishes to help but when will enough be enough? What will be the last straw? I mean it takes wanton murdering and intergalactic purging for Daleks to be vilified in his eyes, but how about the humans whom do so much of the same as the Daleks spare a few whom are not as sour as the rest? We end up with so much death and destruction and for a good portion belonging to humans who took it upon themselves for one reason or another to go and do something stupid, such as trap a Dalek in a vault.. or prevent someone who is dead from being dead… or better yet transmitting the next several centuries of technological progress to your answering machine into the past.. with intent to manufacture all of it for yourself. Thank you for indulging me in this minor rant and informative post, and remember this whenever Humans do something stupid, or dangerous; Why does the Doctor choose to help us?