Entertainment Weekly does lists all the time, and one of their latest is entitled “22 Butt-Kicking Babes”. The list counts down, in order, the top 22 bad ass women of all-time in film and television. The point of these lists is to incite discussion, which I understand, but I think that any TV fan is going to have some major qualms with some of the women put on the list and some who were left off. Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski
just barely made the list, pulling in at number 22 for her portrayal of CIA agent Sarah Walker. Michelle Ryan
hit up the list at number 15 as NBC's new Bionic Woman
. Shouldn't those two be given, I don't know, a full season before we anoint them two of the most “butt-kicking” women of all-time? Aren't they jumping the gun a little bit?
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Other recent TV females to make the list were Ali Larter
for her work on Heroes
(#20), Evangeline Lilly
as Kate on Lost
(#15), Summer Glau
(#10), and Katee Sackhoff
as Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica
(#4). Sackhoff and Lilly are both great and, yes, bad ass. I can't argue with their inclusions. Glau is a fan boy favorite and I'll have to go along with it, despite never having seen Firefly
myself. Ali Larter is Ali Larter, and I'm not going to complain about that. The number one selection was, or course, Sigourney Weaver for her work as Ripley in the Alien franchise. She always gets the top spot for anything involving bad ass women, as she probably should.
For me, there were two massively egregious omissions on this list, and I think any real TV fan can agree with me. Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and Jennifer Garner
as Sidney Bristow on Alias
were nowhere to be found. Placing Michelle Ryan and Yvonne Strahovski on this list over Gellar and Garner is blasphemous. Not only are Buffy and Sidney more “butt-kicking”, they did it for multiple seasons. Bionic Woman
have been on the air for four episodes each. What was Entertainment Weekly thinking?
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of NBC)