Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Who Do You Love? by Mark Troy

It's no secret that I love women in mysteries and crime stories. Women who are smart, sexy, tough, I'm there. Here are a few of the women I love on television.


Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, the diminutive, witty head of the NCIS Los Angeles team, not only has to battle enemies of the nation, she has to keep her group of alpha males and an alpha female working as a team. Hetty, played by Linda Hunt, is like a female Yoda with managerial skills. 
"Wushu is the Chinese Martial Art with 18 arms or weapons. I prefer the steel whip or the Meteor Hammer. But you have to stay in practice with all of them."


Kensi Blye would be an alpha female in any unit, but in the NCIS-LA unit, there is room for only one A-F. With Hetty in charge, Kensi (Daniela Ruah) has to take a second role, but not second to the other agents. When the team needs infiltration, it's usually up to Kensi, but she can handle a weapon and kick ass like the male agents. 
"I'm a text book example right? Girl who can't commit because every man in her life dies."


Fiona Glenanne is the chaotic, trigger-happy, ex-girlfriend of Michael Westen in Burn Notice. She is a former IRA operator who knows explosives. Played by Gabrielle Anwar, she is a complement to Michael and his equal in most respects. Where most women would be afraid of what Michael does, Fiona actually seems turned on by it. For Fiona, violence is foreplay.
"Hitting someone with a brick takes a lot of skill."


Detective Olivia Benson of Law and Order SVU has slugged through the wreckage of human lives for eleven years. It's a wonder she can maintain her emotional balance, much less her dedication to the job and compassion for the victims. Her personal life is in shambles. Her past is a disaster. The child of a rapist, she never knew her father, but struggles to suppress her violent heritage. Mariska Hargitay gives Olivia a tough exterior with a sensitive core. Who better to have on your side? Who worse to have against you? 
 "'Stand By Your Man' sounds much better when Tammy Wynette sings it."


Kono Kalakaua, the rookie member of Steve McGarrett's special Hawaii Five-O unit is a former world-class surfer. The team is supposed to be made up of elite investigators so what's a fresh-from-the-academy cop doing on the team? Anything she has to, and very well, too. Like Kensi, she takes on the infiltration roles, but she's also adept at dispatching bad guys with a gun, a punch or a kick. Grace Park plays Kono. 
"Think twice before you drop in on someone else's wave."

So who do you love?

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9 comments:

Mark W. Danielson said...

You're forgetting Detective Kate Beckett on Castle. Her character is brilliant.

Mark Troy said...

Yes, I've heard that, but it conflicts with Hawaii Five-O. Now that I have DVD, can catch them both.

Jean Henry Mead said...

I'm with Mark Danielson on this one. "Castle" is my favorite show, but not because of Kate Beckett. :)

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Never watched CASTLE and don't watch SVU and its many variations.

The other choices work for me as do the babes on CSI Miami. But, hands down is ZIVVA from NCIS because she is smart, beautiful and could drop kick everyone else to the curb.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Aw, my favorites have already been mentioned. I love Fiona ("Why can't we just shoot them?"). Beckett is great. You really need to check out Castle. And Ziva David is as kick-ass as they come.

Mark Troy said...

I went home and set my DVR for Castle. Ziva was an oversight. I agree with Kevin and Linda. Has anybody seen the new Nikita? So many drop-kicks, so little time.

Earl Staggs said...

Mark, I know you know I fell in love with Val Lyon, your heroine in "Pilikia is My Business." Running a close second is Ziva of NCIS, followed by Mary on "Out of Sight." And speaking of NCIS, I wouldn't mind being locked in the lab with Abby.

Morgan Mandel said...

I don't get to watch too many detective shows these days, but I remember watching Remington Steele ages ago and Stephanie Zimbalist was great in her role, and Pierce Brosnan was easy on the eyes.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Morgan Mandel said...

I don't get to watch too many detective shows these days, but I remember watching Remington Steele ages ago and Stephanie Zimbalist was great in her role, and Pierce Brosnan was easy on the eyes.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com