Sara Howard is loosely based on Isabella Goodwin, who was the first female police detective in New York City. Similarly, Sara Howard works as a secretary for the police commissioner of New York City, Theodore Roosevelt (yes, that Theodore Roosevelt!) but she has ambitions of rising above her station and her gender. Her intelligence and competence are readily apparent as soon as she becomes embroiled in the race to catch a serial killer, working alongside German-American psychologist Laszlo Kreizler, society illustrator John Moore, and Jewish-American twins and detective sergeants Marcus and Lucius Isaacson.
Elizabeth Jennings is one of the most complex female characters I’ve ever come across. She is an undercover KGB agent posing as a travel agent in 1980s Virginia, at the height of the Cold War, with her husband Phillip and their two American-born children. From the outside they seem like the perfect American couple, but in reality, their lives are full of spying, lying, betrayal, and murder. What is especially intriguing about Phillip and Elizabeth, however, is that it is Elizabeth who is the cold, closed-off emotional enigma, while Phillip often showcases vulnerability and honesty.
It was somewhat disconcerting to arrive at the final season of Salem only to realize that the entire series had essentially been Anne Hale’s Start of Darkness tale. This was not immediately obvious at all – Anne’s story is the epitome of the expression “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That is the tragedy of Anne Hale – she starts out so good, so kind, so desperate to make the world a better place, only to succumb to the darkness she sought out to defeat.
It’s somewhat difficult to talk about character development on a show as inconsistent as the CW’s Reign. Particularly in the first season, the show was a complete mess. I’m not even talking about the historical liberties taken with events and costumes. The writing was terrible. It was ridiculously fast-paced, jumping from plot point to plot point sometimes within the same episode, shipping everyone with everyone even when it made no sense, and just generally being reminiscent of a bad high school drama, complete with prom dresses, set in 16th-century France.
Daisy Johnson has one of the best character development arcs I’ve ever seen. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D itself is a very under-rated series in the MCU, and one of its better achievements is the re-imagining of the character of Daisy Johnson, who first originated in Marvel Comics in 2004. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Daisy starts out as an orphaned hacktivist who goes by the name Skye, a name she gave herself. After a demonstration of her skills, Phil Coulson offers her a place on his team.