The more I think about it, the more I am disturbed that Grace Hanadarko (in Saving Grace, reviewed yesterday) is a member of the police force.
If she is in indeed a model of how a woman of the 21st century can be — tough, compassionate, comfortable with her sexuality, more than the equal to any man — why is she enforcing the laws of an unjust society?
There is a scene in the second season when Grace and her police detective buddies are watching TV in a bar (a usual hangout for Grace) and cheering as the newscaster announces that a bad guy is about to be executed. Really? This is a good thing?
I spend a lot of time in prison, evaluating bad guys. Many of them have severe trauma in their background, mental illness, brain damage, parental neglect and mistreatment. Where is the compassion for thy neighbor? As long as we split off the shadow and project it on to others, we are not much different than those folks who drove the scape goat off the cliffs to rid the tribe of evil.
Saving Grace is still good drama, and the opening scene with the tornado still sends chills down my spine. But if Grace is representative of where the culture is presently, she needs some serious rehabilitation.