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lilo writes...

You said a few questions back about Megan that "She was certainly hit on by Wally, but *I don't agree that she was belittled by the boys*"... I take issue with the idea that what Wally is doing doesn't belittle her since he's basically harassing her. So far I've really like the show's take on it (especially Artemis shouting at Wally in episode 7) but I'm now a bit worried. Please tell me this doesn't mean he's going to keep getting away with it? I was really hoping for some pay off on how he has been treating her which (as someone who has been in that situation and really hated it) is quite bad.

A lot of the ineraction Megan has had has been her as "the outsider" as the "girl" of the group until Artemis showed up and like I said, while I did like the shows treatment of it I can't agree some of it wasn't belittling.

On a more positive note you were right in said question about her development over the coming episodes. She's a fantastic character!

Greg responds...

It depends what you mean by "getting away with it". I mean there will clearly be a payoff eventually, but I can't say it will satisfy you given what you've written above.

I would AGREE that some of what Wally's doing is belittling of M'gann, BUT he doesn't know that. And it's certainly NOT his intent. I think Wally actually thinks he's making progress with M'gann. That what he's doing is working. This isn't the act of a guy who knows he's not in the game but continues to harass a girl who doesn't want the attention. This is a case of a guy who VERY much thinks he's IN the game... and that in fact, any second, she's going to fall for his charms.

As for M'gann, I don't think she's as bothered by Wally's attention as you may think she is. I don't think she feels belittled by it. That's not the same as saying some of what he says and does isn't belittling, but as a literal alien to the culture, trained on Earth customs by DATED television, she's more perplexed by it than in any way upset. Some of his lame lines go right over her head. Some don't, but she finds him amusing and even sweet, considering that she isn't interested in the slightest.

I think the main problem that these two have is that M'gann thinks its so obvious that Wally's not in the running that she hasn't bothered to tell him. She assumes he knows. But he's too dense to see the obvious. I'm not blaming her or him. It's just a disconnect. And disconnects are where drama, conflict and, yes, even comedy comes from.

Response recorded on May 04, 2011

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