All right, so I was at the gym plugging away on the elliptical when I ran across a show called Castle. Stars Nathan Fillion, who every Whedon fan knows and loves as Captain Reynolds on Firefly. I did an inward fan-girl squee because … yeah, I was at the gym on the elliptical machine and I didn’t need to throw around more evidence of my Geekdom whilst among weight-lifters and such.
Due to school and a personality that almost always has something to do, Netflix is my normal means of catching up with TV and society. (At present, I’m addicted to Supernatural — many thanks to Erick Kripke for creating such a compelling series.) So, I hadn’t actually heard of this show called Castle.
Let me first say that I do adore Fillion as an actor. I enjoyed the concept of a writer helping murder investigations because … well, writers tend to be twisted and are forced to think outside the box in order to create a work that can manage to surprise our violent and jaded society.
I even liked the acting.
But I hated Nikki’s shoes. Seriously. As a martial artist and a girl, I have to complain here. Women in heels who run for their lives generally kick those heels off at the first available moment. You can’t run in those things. Physics are against you.
Anyone trained knows you move faster without them. So a girl chasing a bad guy would naturally want more practical footwear.
And you know … I honestly thought most people knew this.
So, as much as I desperately wanted to love the show based on Fillion’s character alone … I just could not get past the high heels. (Platform heels, mind you. Not just stubby heels. I might have forgiven them for stubby heels.)
On a side note, I mentioned this complaint to my grandmother, who I was surprised to learn used to wear what she called “Tina Turner” high heels. This immediately gave me an intensely funny image of my grandmother in platforms. However, even she snerks at the idea of women in heels battling crime.
Come on. Women don’t need heels to be sexy and accomplished at what they do. They certainly wouldn’t wear them to go running into a firefight. Trust me, we’re tough enough to go all John McClane from Die Hard and kick some batoosh while barefoot.