I thought I would give you my thoughts on the major points of Jason’s review. For the most part I agree, but then I got to thinking. His major gripe is that Lauren just gives up. That she chooses not to be “Stub” that she is known for. Here’s why I think that it is was such an amazing choice for Lauren’s character:
This is the only life she knows
You find out very early on that she comes from a long line of soldiers. She even marries a solider. I think that part of her motivation for the decision is that very fact. She grew up around the military and feels a duty to keep up the long line of soldiers.
This is her career
I suppose that I could have lumped this with the first point, but it is sort of its own point. In the first episode, we find out that Lauren has a young daughter. I think another part of the motivation is that she has to take care of her daughter and this is the life that she has chosen for a career. I think that she feels as though this is all that she can do.
When given the choice to continue fighting, she has a revelation
When Masters gives Lauren the choice to take her case to the press, she chooses not to continue fighting. This a major turning point for her as a character. We aren’t sure how old she is, but I can’t imagine her being much older than 30. Probably in her mid 20’s. I believe that she realizes that not everything is worth being stubborn about. This wasn’t the place or the time.
I suppose you’re wondering what I would do if I was in her shoes now that I said that she her choice was a moment of growth. I think that I’m very much like Lauren. I, like her, am very stubborn. Almost to a fault. That being said, I think that I would have taken my case to the press and jepordizing my career. I would keep fighting until the men who raped me were brought to justice. Then again, personal experience may be coloring my decision.
Anyhoo, I’d like to thank Jason for sharing his feeling on the show and making me think more about the series.