Know your Idols

Know Your Idols #30 Seven of Nine

If you are a trekkie you will know Seven of Nine. She appears in Star Trek Voyager, a borg rehumanised by Captain Janeway, she’s the Voyager answer to Data or Spock, and she’s awesome. This beautiful borg has a lot to teach us about adaptation, determination and being a tough cookie.

What’s her deal?
Seven of Nine was captured by the Borg along with her family when she was a child, assimilated into the Borg collective. Having been assimilated so young Seven has no real memory of who she used to be so when she is cut off from the collective she is utterly lost and distressed. Never the less she is tough and adaptable and with the help of Voyager’s crew she begins to recover some of her humanity and become a valued and brilliant member of the team.

She Says:
Seven of Nine: I assure you, resistance is futile.

Seven of Nine: As we approached Borg space, I began to re-evaluate my future. The prospect of becoming a drone… was unappealing.
Capt. Kathryn Janeway: Sometimes you’ve got to look back in order to move forward. Sounds to me like you’re starting to embrace your humanity.
Seven of Nine: No. But as I said – nothing is impossible.

Seven of Nine: Those orders were the result of Starfleet’s ignorance and fear. I can alleviate your ignorance. As for your fear…

Reasearch:
Star Trek Voyager

Clear, decisive and logical Seven of Nine is a survivor above all.
She does seem to end up with a series of ridiculously tight outfits but she rocks it.

Know Your Idols #29: Fox

You may not have heard of Fox. (Depending on the context, that’s not altogether a bad thing, for reasons which will be abundantly clear if you’ve ever come across Mark Millar’s “Wanted” comic.) But if you have heard of her, there’s a good chance it will be via the Timur Bekmambetov film, where she’s a completely different animal and portrayed by Angelina Jolie on top tattooed, ass-kicking form.

What’s her deal?


Fox is a member of the Fraternity – an elite group of assassins – recruited after her DA father was murdered by a mob boss. Distant and often aloof, she may not say much but she’s always watching. And when she does have something to say, it’s worth listening.

Unflappable, with a hell of an aim, she thinks nothing of climbing out of the windscreen of a speeding car just so she can get a better shot at her target. And, frankly, who hasn’t wanted to do this in a grocery store once in a while? Fast driving, fast shooting, brass-knuckle wearing… Fox is a tough one to crack.

Determined, ruthless and brave enough to stand in front of a bullet,  she’s a woman in a man’s world and one impressive lady; willing to live and die by her code of honour.

She Says:

“You apologise too much.”

“We kill one, and maybe save a thousand. That’s the code of the Fraternity. That’s what we believe and that’s why we do it.”

Research:

“Wanted” (2008), IMDB, Wanted Wiki

—Daystar out—

Know your Idols #28 Boudica / Boadicea

A historical figure once again for Idols today, you have probably heard of her, a strong British tribal leader who took on the Roman empire and, while she didn’t win, she gave them a hiding they weren’t going to forget.

What’s her deal?
Boudica’s husband was an Iceni ruler in cooperation with the Romans, until he died. Then the Roman’s saw fit to bit Boudica and rape her daughters. Rather than letting them break her Boudica fought back, gathered the British tribes and devastated the invading forces. Sadly our fierce Brit was eventually defeated, no one knows exactly where but one possible location is right in my home county Leicestershire. It was a massive defeat, the combined tribal forces were decimated and the Roman’s barely touched. This woman had sacked the Roman capitol in Britain  (now Colchester) making her a brutal legend, but now she had made a mistake and ridden everyone into an ambush. After that the Queen is largely speculated to have committed suicide, some versions simply have her falling ill and dying.

She says:
Clearly we don’t have any quotes from this warrior but this is said about her
“Boadicea was tall, terrible to look on and gifted with a powerful voice. A flood of bright red hair ran down to her knees; she wore a golden necklet made up of ornate pieces, a multi-coloured robe and over it a thick cloak held together by a brooch. She took up a long spear to cause dread in all who set eyes on her.”

Boudica wrote the book on revenge (figuratively, i know what you lot are like and no it’s not on amazon), but aside from that, here was a woman who faced with the patriarchal society of Rome and denied her inheritance not only took it back, but united the disparate tribes of the UK to follow her. She had a powerful will and was incredibly strong. She is an example to everyone that you cannot define people by their gender, or limit them because they are women. Trying to is dangerous, push women down hard enough and when they rise up you have legends like this women who sacked Colchester, London and St Albans and is believed to have left 70,000 dead in her wake, before her defeat in the Midlands.
Apocalypse Girls, take note and own your individual power.

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