Chicago Fire is usually pretty good about women, but they definitely don’t have perfect track record.
However, I do really liked the writing in last night’s episode re: Jones, not because she’s easy to support in her actions, or because the other characters treat her the way they should, but rather the opposite.
Sure, Jones is like, not a good person. Or at least so far she’s not. But you’re still supposed to be conflicted about how she’s being treated. Because she was obnoxious, sure, and we don’t want everyone to tiptoe around her because she’s a girl, but as Casey pointed out, a lot of the words being used to describe her were very much based on gender. And even when the characters that we already love give her good advice, they still end up making it about her gender, and then say it’s not. Everything Severide said when he pulled her aside was right, but then he had to tack on “Atta girl,” at the end… gosh, that made my skin crawl, it was so gross. But that’s the point. We’re supposed to be uncomfortable with the way she’s treated, because they shouldn’t act like everything she’s doing is “good enough” for a girl, but they are still having a hard time making sure their criticism has nothing to do with her gender.
My favorite part of this episode was Herrmann’s mini arc. I love Herrmann. He’s super sweet, and he definitely loves Shay and Dawson, but he was the one who had the strongest reaction against Dawson trying to be a firefighter. And in this episode, you could really see that he still has a problem with women firefighters. When he said the truck was getting “a little crowded,” it wasn’t because Jones is obnoxious, it’s because he still isn’t comfortable working with women in the truck. Yet when it came down to it, when Jones was in struggling during the high rise fire, he was the one to step up and help her, and he was the one to make sure she knew it wasn’t her fault, and make sure she didn’t panic.
Good job, writers.
I don’t think Stiles is a Nogitsune
Because we’ve seen how easily Derek recognized Kira as a Kitsune.
Had Stiles been a Kitsune of any kind Derek would have known. I assume, by extension, and because he was a born supernatural too, Peter would have known too, and I don’t think he’d have offered the bite to Stiles if he was a Kitsune.
My theory is Stiles is possessed by the same spirit Claudia was. (I’m formulating more theory but that first involves mapping everything out carefully.)
I’m thinking something similar. Stiles wasn’t always supernatural, he could use mountain ash. Also, when facing those shadow ninjas he looked nothing like the evil guy from the flashbacks (white eyes and fangs) and he beat them easily, unlike flashback-guy.
Some kind of possession seems more plausible, what with him being mostly unaware of is evil alter ego.
I like the idea of his current state being the result of him constantly mixing with the supernatural (read: magical tree stump + near death experience) much more than the sudden revelation that a kid with Eastern European roots happens to be a Japanese spirit.