10 Inspiring and Marvelous Women in the Sci-Fi Genre.
8. Kaywinnet Lee ‘Kaylee’ Frye – Firefly (2002) and Serenity (2005)
Firefly was not the biggest sci-fi project but boy has Joss Whedon done well! Okay, I am digressing. Coming to the point, I just want to say that I love Joss Whedon directed projects and so I love Firefly. Why? The strong female characters among others. There is more than one female character that stands out in Joss Whedon’s short-lived series Firefly. Malcolm Reynolds’ crew on board the Serenity had many forceful and well-rounded characters – be it Zoe Washburn, Inara or even River Tam.But it was Kaylee Frye who stood out for me. Her blend of scrappy DIY capability, shame-free lusty appetite and girlish naivety that make her particularly great. Then, another strong female character from the show was…
7. Dana Scully – The X Files (1993-2002)
In this particular case, I wish to distinguish between the character and the actor portraying it. I am stating on the outset that, I am going to discuss the character as a strong woman in sci-fi candidate. Dana Scully was a breath of fresh air to many sci-fi fans in the supposedly post-feminist 90s. The story is that, studio executives and how runners originally intended for Scully to be merely the show’s eye-candy. How typical. But it was through Chris Carter’s, the show’s creator, intervention that he character panned out the way it did. He made the case for Gillian Anderson to be casted after her serious and stoic reading for the role. In later years, Anderson ended up on the cover of plenty of men’s magazine of the era. But, her character on screen was not a mere pin-up doll. Dr. Scully holds a degree in physics and is qualified as a doctor. While the foil to her character, the deadpan and witty Fox Mulder puts his faith in the paranormal, she escaped the superstitious and believer of mumbo-jumbo characterization, traditionally reserved for female characters in the genre.