Thursday, January 4, 2018

TV TROPES on Grant Ward and Bobbi Morse


I have been aware that a good number of Marvel fans have been in a tizzy over the Grant Ward character from "AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.". But I had no idea that this "celebration of masculinity" would lead to some misleading views or "facts" about him. 

What brought about this article in the first place? It all started with the website known as TV TROPES. While reading the website's page for "AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.", it had this to say about Ward and his encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird in the series' Season Two episode called (2.22/2.23) "S.O.S.":

"(Ward) Has killed the most named protagonists on the show, including Victoria Hand, Eric Koenig, and Rosalind Price. Furthermore, he successfully tortures and comes very close to killing Bobbi, likely the team’s biggest badass (and Hunter as well, for that matter). While he ultimately fails in killing her, he succeeds in heavily injuring her to the point of breaking her morale in her job. It’s unlikely Bobbi has ever faced anything else like that in her career."

Wow! Talk abut a worship of uber masculinity! Apparently, the writer of this passage failed to remember that Ward who great difficulty with torturing Bobbi, let alone handling her. At least on his own. TV TROPES also failed to recall that despite being a beaten prisoner, Bobbi managed to take Ward by surprise and attempt escape from her imprisonment. Ward had great difficulty in putting her down and she nearly kicked his ass. He needed the help of his brainwashed girlfriend, former S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Kara Palamas/Agent 13 to finally defeat the wounded Bobbi during their fight. Aside from Melinda May, Ward probably never met anyonelike Bobbi Morse. And TV TROPES failed to realize this. 

I do not know if the TV TROPES passage had been written by a man or a woman. Whoever wrote it, was obviously impressed by Ward’s testosterone level . . . to the point that it led to memory loss.

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