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For all the liberals saying that the shit in Ferguson is going off because the police are so militarised, you have it backwards.
The police are so militarised because the American ruling class has been preparing for shit like this.
They are arming themselves for a civil war, because they know that people can only take so much exploitation and violence before they rise up.
Ooh! I really like this ask! And I immediately had an answer, so even though I’ve thought of a few more great shows since, I’m sticking with my original three.
3. Defiance (x)
Defiance is a Syfy show with all the usual trappings; a pseudo post-apocalyptic world, aliens and spacecrafts and tech (oh my!), and even the usual middle aged white male lead. However, it also has a better-than-average premise, including an interesting look at a failed colonialism with Americans on the receiving end, for once, a lot of interesting explorations of culture and race and tradition, and all the diversity you’ve been dying for on the last ten Syfy shows you watched. For everyone who has been complaining about how our media is willing to imagine an entirely new future but can’t imagine one where sexuality isn’t a huge problem, this show has finally done it. There’s a healthy helping of bi representation in a positive light, as well as lots of lady loving (involving Jaimie Murray, and you really can’t go wrong there). Beyond that, the show is decently racially diverse, and has even started exploring mental illness, all while the plot just keeps surprising me with how not-terrible it is. Is the show perfect? Hell nah, but the cast is brilliant, the premise is good, and it’s worth your time to catch up.
2. Wentworth (x)
Some of tumblr has already happened across this show in the lull following Orange is the New Black, as it promised to fill the lady-loving-ladies-in-prison niche everyone was stuck in. I know that’s how I found it. However, I stayed for better reasons than just everyone’s favorite prisoner-governor relationship. Where OitNB is funny, lighthearted, and amusingly gritty, Wentworth is dark, raw, and dangerous, but I think all the better for it. As much as I love OitNB, there’s more than a touch of unfortunate romanticizing that pushes some bad buttons. Sure, Alex Vause is a hottie, but too many people are walking away thinking “damn, dealing heroin is sexy.” It’s the age-old adage: tragic backstories can explain characters’ actions, but they don’t excuse them. And Wentworth does it right. These women are in maximum security and they are there for a reason, so even as you grow to love them, flaws and all, no one leaves thinking being an alcoholic parent and nearly running over your child is something admirable. Also, for everyone out there who has insisted that it’s time for a lesbian villain: a villain who’s villainy has nothing to do with her sexuality, well, let’s just say season two comes very close to offering this, and in quite a powerful way.
1. Les Revenants or The Returned (x)
There are only eight episodes to catch up on for this one, so you have no excuse not to have watched it. Unless you can’t stand subtitles, in which case I’ll give you a pass. This French thriller is definitely the most unique take on the undead I’ve happened across, and don’t let that word deter you. No zombies here, just the eerie, too-small setting of a small mountain town unsure how to react when people they believed long dead start turning up again, perfectly healthy but untouched by the time that has passed. This show has all the delicious European grittiness that polished American shows lack, and the sheer human reality is almost painful to watch. It’s incredible. Also, there is a particularly heartbreaking pair of ladies to root for and cry over, and a season one cliffhanger that continues to eat away at my soul to this day. Run, do not walk, to this show.
So. That’s my picks. Not that there aren’t many, many more amazing shows out there, but these three are particularly delicious and in desperate need of a bigger fandom backing here on tumblr. Each (x) will link to the episodes, though I strongly recommend adblock. If you need a new fix of something where the femslash is canon and the plot is worth chewing on, pick one of these, and bon appetite!