I've been thinking a lot about this theme. And for the life of me, I can't come up with anyone besides Martha Jones and pretty much everyone from Stargate Atlantis. Martha's already been very well covered by sache8
, and I've reached a point with the SGA characters where I just can't rant about it anymore. We all know.
So why can't I think of anyone else?
Maybe it's because I've got Sanctuary on the brain, and whatever shortcomings the show and the fandom have, not paying attention to the female characters is not one of them. Even Ashley Magnus, who was delightfully unfaceted because the writers couldn't figure out what they wanted to do with her, endures as this wonderfully capable semi-super woman who always has a smart ass remark and a large gun (and a brain!).
But I think what it really
is, is that you guys have shaped (warped...whatever), my view of the shows I watch so that I do
notice the awesome female characters going around in the background...and then I seek out other people who celebrate them. Most of my lj friends are people who, when Kate Freelander walks in in a snowsuit after having been left out of the mission of the week because she was doing her own retrieval BY HERSELF, write the fic about her kicking ass up and down the Himalayas.
Stargate Atlantis really set us up for this. I have no idea who Dr. Parrish is, but his two episode stint on the show earned him a solid slash fanbase (and now I only know who he is because of Sanctuary, which I only started watching because of Amanda Tapping). We, on the other hand, have Laura Cadman, who was not even physically present for most of "Duet" and still manages to feature heavily in nearly every we write. SGA didn't give us what we wanted, so we made it, and we've continued to make it for every show since.
So I've spent a couple weeks now going through the list of shows I watch, trying to figure out who I was going to pick. And every time I came up with someone, all I could think was "But...my friends all love her!"
I know we're not a particularly representative sample, but you're all my
sample. And that's why I don't really have an answer for this theme.