Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Gender Swap episode

A very common episode type in many television series that deal in science fiction, magic, or supernatural forces is the body swap episode. Characters of the show, by some means that is usually reversed in exactly 30 or 60 minutes.

One subset of that is the gender swap episode. Similar to the body swap but more nuanced in that its specifically centers around how the characters involved come to terms with the fact that they are a different gender than what they started with. The SyFy original program Warehouse13 had its Gender Swap episode last night.

You ever notice that a lot of those episodes are usually:
1. Man and woman switch.
2. Swapped man and woman freak-out.
3. Swapped man and woman go nuts trying to find the way to reverse it.
4. In between trying to reverse it the swapped people go through a bit of trial and error trying to cope with being a different gender.
5. The swap is reversed. Both people admit that the other gender doesn't have it as easy as they thought before and share tips and advice.
6. The End.

Boring isn't it? I'd love to see an episode where two characters of different genders (mind you people shouldn't be required to follow the gender binary but if they want to...) and it not follow that script.