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Old February 8 2013, 03:49 PM   #1
Dal Rassak
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I think Keiko gets an undeservedly bad press!

O.k. so she comes across as unsympathetic sometimes, but it is unfair to the character and indicative of a lack of observation to make her out to be some kind of harpy.

She's essentially sacrificed most of her personal ambitions and fulfilment to her husband's career, and she lives in a place she can't stand that offers her few compensations.
If I did that for someone I love, even if it was my choice, I'd still end up feeling resentful if that generosity was taken so much for granted.

Basically Miles is where he wants to be doing what he wants to do. She's every bit as passionate about botany, but all she gets is the occasional field trip to some planet and her husband talking down to her about her job when she gets home.
Or else he's childish enough to feel slighted when, exhausted from an uncomfortable journey and with a sick child in tow, she hasn't immediately got romance on her mind. And speaking of romance, there's a point where he wants to set up a workshop in a corner of their bedroom, for goodness' sake!! The one place she's meant to have him all to herself and he wants to take his work even there and then has the nerve to complain to his best mate about how unreasonable she's being???!!

Plus, I don't see them having a hired help, so it's presumably Keiko who keeps the apartment spotless and looks after the kids all hours while he's busy with his job. When he's not doing that he's away on dangerous assignments where all she can do is sit there helpless fretting about whether he's going to come back in one piece, while most of his spare time is taken up with his best friend (and she still has the graciousness to encourage him to see that friend when she sees how he misses the company).

So, yeah, she gets a bit narky at times - that's because she's a real person and real people do that. If she's occasionally unreasonable I reckon she's earned the right to be!

It really annoys me that even in this day and age, apparently any female character who isn't always all sweetness and light and dares to get p****d off occasionally is still classed as a bitch.
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