Listener Feedback: Troy Ray
01 Apr. 2016

Listener Feedback: Troy Ray

We received an amazing email this week that we didn’t have a enough time to read on the podcast. So we wanted to showcase the email on our website. Hope you enjoy the read and send your Legends of Tomorrow thoughts to our email:

Hey, everybody!

I love the show. The nature of my work means I spend hours and hours on the road and away from home every week. Podcasts are my life’s blood and The Legends of Tomorrow Podcast in addition to all the other shows in the DC TV Podcast family are a staple of my listening habits. I look forward to your show every week. I love Kat’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the source material. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I love getting educated in the nuances of DC characters unfamiliar with me. I love Moragn’s sense of humor in all her commentary. Praise and criticism are so much easier to digest when given with a dose of the funny. Amy Marie and Lauren’s outrageous theorizing and thoughtful analysis of every scene, character or episode keeps my imagination firing on all cylinders and really helps to keep me alert and focused on my long drives.

I think Night of the Hawk was a great episode to illustrate how much times have changed. They took the edge off of issues that might be sensitive or touchy subjects and were able to say, “See how awesome things are today?” without being too preachy. The Supergirl TV show deals with similar issues but in a much more prickly manner. By contrast, Legends of Tomorrow just put it on display that their show is as diverse as things come — the cast and characters! Neil Degrasse Tyson said once that our space program gets sort of ignored because space exploration has became an ingrained part of our culture. He said you can tell it’s a part of our culture because it goes unnoticed, it hardly makes headlines. Tolerance, acceptance, and inclusiveness is a part of American culture… we don’t even realize it until they pitch our characters into a different time period where it wasn’t as so! :-)Rip Hunter, Ray Palmer, Mick Rory sort of represent that standard “we’re white guys on a TV show.” But Rip Hunter kind of makes it cool to be a loving father and husband. Ray Palmer makes it cool to an all-American boyscout that stands for truth, justice, and geekery. Mick Rory, along with Captain Cold, represent that those guys out there who are ex-cons trying to turn over a new leaf, or struggling with those old felonious habits.

Jax isn’t the troubled, endangered Black youth that a lot of actors in his position get cast to play. He’s as all-American as Ray Palmer and from his first appearance on the Flash has made it cool to be a blue collar hero.

You have an openly gay actor in Victor Garber portraying Dr Stein.So, although his character might be the walking embodiment of white male privilege, the character certainly isn’t.

Caity Lotz is playing a (mostly) lesbian character. I’m not sure if having been in a relationship with Oliver Queen makes you bisexual… The Sara Lance’s portrayal is that of a lesbian in both Arrow and Legends.

Ciara Renee is a woman of color who gets to play an awesome character that makes it cool for girls to feel like they can beautiful, kind, and kickass.

And Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold is the guy for me, the one I look to because he represents all the biracial folks out there like me. We’re folks that come from two cultures and sort of make our own identity. With his father being Black and his mother being White, Wentworth Miller grew up in a loving family but probably felt like he was being asked to choose which world he belonged to. Maybe that’s why one of his favorite quotes is from Toni Morrison’s Beloved: “Definitions belong to the definers — not the defined.”

And I see him breathing that life, that concept into Captain Cold, a man who won’t care if you define him as hero or villain. He’ll live his own code and do right by those closest to him. He’ll make his own way in whatever world in which he’s thrust.

On a final note, that story that Amy Marie told about a scene from 11.22.63 wherein James Franco’s character can’t believe the treatment a Black woman receives at a gas station. That happened to my parents in the 1970s! They got gas somewhere and the guy behind the counter realized that it was a Black guy and a White woman together as a couple. And when my mom and dad offered to pay, the guy told them, “I’ll let you pay this time because you already got gas, but don’t come back here.” WTF!?

So glad for how far we’ve come, I don’t care how the news makes it sound. Things are awesome and will only get better. And that’s the message Legends of Tomorrow, and superhero properties on the whole, brings to us.

Keep up the great work, ladies!

Your Faithful Listener,


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