fangirl challenge : [2/15] female characters - Winifred Burkle
“I’m not the damsel in distress. I’m not some case. I have to work this. I lived in a cave for five years in a world where they killed my kind like cattle. I’m not gonna be cut down by some monster flu. I’m better than that.”
15 Women Of Whedonverse - Winifred Burkle
Can I say something about destiny? Screw destiny! If this evil thing comes we’ll fight it and we’ll keep fighting it until we whoop it. ‘Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable and nothing’s inevitable as long as you stand up, look it in the eye and say “you’re evitable!”
Fred remains one of my favorite characters in TV history. Her arc is spectacular. She presents as girly, nerdy, needy, and wholly intimidated by everything. But Winifred Burkle is more than the show’s research drone, or the shy, sweet voice of humanity to ground the violent dudes. This human being, this scientist, survived a dimension full of barbarism alone …only to return to a home that mimics that cruelty in subtler ways.
It stays with her long after she’s put on the new face her friends expect of her. Putting away her grief and mistrust and fear to make them comfortable. But she’ll always be living in that cave. The thing is that further on down the storyline Fred’s cave is hers to own, hers to expand, hers in which to choose who is invited or expelled.
Right until the end, when she becomes the cave itself with nothing but her memories, her brilliance, scratched on the walls for alien eyes to interpret and absorb.
[Graphic by Angel Confessions]
[Normally I don’t do this sort of thing, but I think it’s the sort of thing that bears saying. I don’t swing one way or another in the Fred debate, but I’m perfectly willing to let this be a forum - under Read Mores of course - for polarising issues like this as long as they are submitted with a confession. - Ed]