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Saturday, September 22, 2012 

The attempted gang-rape in the new Amethyst story

According to this, the new take on Amethyst has 3 high school hoodlums threatening to commit a gang rape of another female student at a school. Although there was a similar scene in the original miniseries from the mid-80s, with 2 ogres tasked with either bringing Amethyst to Dark Opal or eliminating her altogether trying to do that before she fought them off with her amulet's power, this is so "real-world" by contrast that maybe it doesn't belong, because it gets in the way of the fantasy themes.

But the main problem, I think, is the reaction of the girl who was almost a victim:
Back on Earth, Amy turns up at the football field to, sure enough, she finds Beryl attacked by Tyler and two of his buddies. Amy puts her training to good use and drives them off, but Beryl, in a panic seems to blame Amy for what has happened.
I think that's the real problem here: she's blaming the savior rather than be angry at the aggressors and the lying leader. All the writer, Christy Marx, is doing is a poor job with a serious subject when the girl herself seems to realize what could be about to happen. And do they really have to be so obvious in what they'll recreate from the original?

Update: Tangognat has some better pictures available from both the old and the new miniseries, and there's quite a contrast to how things were done then and now. Good grief, Marx and company had to go that far, unlike the original, which was much more restrained? This is a dismay.

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