Where the wimmins at?
December 4, 2012 10:29 AM Subscribe
I am finally all caught up on Fringe having first started watching just a month or two ago. I need some veteran viewers to answer an overarching question I have. Mild spoilers likely.
It didn't take many eps before I was wondering why there were no women among the evil-scientist-of-the-week's. After the first season it almost became like a game, and now that I have seen the latest episode, my count stands at pretty much one*.
At 94 episodes so far, the show is set to have a 1% incidence of women in STEM positions. It's pretty hard to arrive at worse than real life numbers accidentally, so I assume this is a specific thematic choice made by the showrunners, and hopefully some Fringey mefites can clue me in on what's going on.
The mathematician in season 4 episode "Time Slips". Her role is arguably passive, with her engineer husband having 95% of the agency in the episode but it's the closest I can find. There's also a woman in a white coat at one point who calls for her supervisor, but that's a stretch even for me. Astrid and Nina, while scientifically literate and competent are specifically titled as law enforcement agent and manager/administrator respectively.