Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the US. Apparently, having missed Mothering Sunday in March, they pretended it was deliberate and now hold out until May. However, it did get me thinking about motherhood, and how it’s presented in films, games, books and television shows. Below I pick one for each category. Please note, this isn’t a Best Mum or Worst Mum list, just interesting ones.
Films – Terminator 1 & 2
Sarah Connor is the obvious choice, but it’s because she really is such an amazing character. From the first Terminator film, she’s soft, gentle, scared, yet is also someone who learns the truth and learns how to deal with it. It’s such a testament to the actress that she chose to change herself in such a dramatic way, to become the strong, paranoid warrior John Connor needed to survive.
Dr. Silberman: You broke my arm!
Sarah Connor: There’s 215 bones in the human body. That’s one.
Games – Dragon Age 1, 2 & 3.
If the Rachni Queen from mass effect wasn’t such an obvious call out to the alien queen from Aliens, I’d have loved her. As it is, I’m naming one of my favourite characters from a game – the Witch of the Wilds, Asha’bellanar, the goddess Flemeth.
Like Sarah Connor above, Flemeth is much more innocuous when we first meet her. A hermit in rags living in a swamp with her daughter, she appears mostly harmless. The second game elevates her, we find out more about her, while by the end of the third game… well… Let’s just say she’s a vital part of the Dragon Age lore.
“We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment… and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.”
Books – The Discworld Witches novels.
People have been remembering Terry Pratchett and his books. One thing that has always stuck out to me was how easily he slipped past the ‘don’t read women’ crowd a book about women. Old women, at that. Nanny Ogg had 15 children, numerous grandchildren and lived to rule her family empire. Being a mother was important – it’s part of her name – but it never stopped her or slowed her down.
Nanny Ogg quite liked cooking, provided there were other people around to do things like chop up the vegetables and wash the dishes afterwards.
Television Shows – Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Joyce Summers had to deal with a teenage daughter. One who was known for troublemaking, disruption and even blamed for murder. It probably helped when she found out that Buffy was a slayer with a mystical calling. Joyce was no pushover, though, nor she was ever upset or ashamed by Buffy. She even struggled through being handed a younger daughter made from magical energy. She was fierce too, once hitting Spike on the head with an axe.
Joyce: I’m, uh, guessing I missed some fun?
Willow: The spirit of the first slayer tried to kill us in our dreams.
Joyce: Oh, you want some hot chocolate?