This week I was reminded of the infuriating fact that, even though she is more powerful than 75% of the active members, Wonder Woman was actually only given an honorary position as team secretary.  On the one hand, it’s a pretty progressive move for 1941, but on the other, she’s much more bullet-proof than Hawkman and earned her place with the team.  It’s not the only moment in my favorite stories that hasn’t aged well: Witness Jim Kirk’s insistence in ‘Turnabout Intruder’ that women just can’t be starship captains or the treatment of Sir Tristan in ‘Camelot 3000’ or even the fact that Daredevil’s crime-ridden home neighborhood of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is now the gentrified hub of actors and Wall Street dudes called Clinton, leading to today’s ever-changing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually prefers that these moments be glossed over or soft-retconned, but admits that fixing the errors of the past generations in-story can lead to some interesting drama, asking: How would you prefer modern storytellers deal with a story element that hasn’t aged well?


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1 Comment

  1. Malone_hasco on

    It depends on subject and story its trying to tell. Sometimes, showing or pointing out not so fine moments in history is important to acknowledge, but if it serves no purpose, then it may be best to just remain forgotten.

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