Unlike Zoe Saldana's, Cataleya Restrepo,
(Avenging the Death of her family, at the hand's of Gangster's), Mia's motives are unknown.
It's made clear to the Audience at the start of Hit and Miss, that Mia is Transgender, by way of a nude scene, which has
as much coldness as Mia's character, (no subtlety here guys)
After which Mia, goes to visit her Mobster boss,
who describes her lovingly as a "Fu***** machine", in his Nightclub (can't be Mafia without owning a Club, Capisce?!),
where she learn's she is a mother, and that the woman
she fathered, mothered? her son with? confused? You will be! (#Soap), is ill, and dying, making 24hrs in Mia's life, more stressful than 48, in Jack Bauer's. Just to prove how hard she is again, Mia goes back to her dingy Apartment, smokes, Oh this gal smokes like an trooper, in almost every scene, her Assassin Codename could be, Malbrough, and Hit's her punchbag weedily, (Cataleya could take this girl in five second's), before driving off to visit her Ex lover, and mother to her children, (i guess this could have been a Comedy "My Two mom's", Instead of My Two Dad's) where she inform's the Kids, matter of factly, "I Used to be a man once", and "I'm a woman trapped in a man's body". Just like that.
I Think you can tell by now, Hit and Miss is cliche central, and full of stereotyping of Transgender women, we even get to
see Moody' Mia, do a bit of torchlight, crooner singing down at
Tony Soprano's, because Trans woman are all angsty and hormonal right? Uh! This first episode gave me such a headache, i'm am so bored, of having all the Transgender cliche's dragged out before an Audience, on the rare occassion a Trans character, is given time on TV, Firstly the entrance to Mia's character, immediately loses any sympathy with the Character right there, shooting a man in the back, is about the most cowardly thing someone can do, so right away
your alienating the Audience, maybe it was done for shock value, but that seem's to be Hit and Miss's, modus operandi'. to shock, such as the scene, where Mia undresses, purely to beat the Audience over the head with a sledgehammer, that Mia is Transgender, by showing her breasts, and flashing her piece for five second's (I'm not talking about her gun, Capisce?!"), I'm not being sarcastic here, well, i guess i am,
but i have to be, because i dont want this turning into a rant.
Hit and Miss, is another production, which so far, (this first episode) re-enforce's every negative stereotype portrayed by the Media, that Transgender/Transsexual woman, are selfish, cold, schizophrenic character's. every time i see a Transgdener person in the mainstream news, it's always someone who has attacked someone, or been attacked, or is a victim, so Producer's take note, because it's 2012 Hello!
Where are the Transgender lawyer character's? Artists? The Julia Robert's roles?
There's a beautiful moment in "Colombiana", where Zoe Saldana's tough assassin, Cataleya, relunctantly let's her guard down, allowing her boyfriend, to be tender with her, her femininity, (Despite Cataleya always being slinky in film) truly comes through, and her tough, aggresive nature drops for a moment, it's romantic and warm, and there is none of that to be found in Hit and Miss. Chloe Sevigny (Mia), is a good Actor no doubt, but between her performance here, and the writing, it's as if she's been told to Act overtly butch, because she is a Woman, playing a Woman who, was born a man. (Which she emphasises with no subtlety at all, to her new found children), who now and again, flashes a fake, prostethic penis,
and goes around killing people. Shock tactics.
There was nothing, to inform the people watching about what a Transgender person is, what they feel, or even Mia herself, other than, she took time out from shooting people in the back, to visit her Dying one time girlfriend, so perhaps she
has some, empathy.
During Casting for Hit and Miss, a call was put out by the Producer's seeking an "Unknown" Transgender woman, with no Acting experience, to play the part of Mia, knowing the Business, i kind of found it Hard to believe, that a
Tv Company would risk a (reportedly) expensive TV show, A million pound's plus minimum, on an unknown, inexperienced lead, but wether this was merely,
A publicity stunt, it has robbed someone the chance to bring some depth, grace, and humility to the character. Hit and Miss
is as old, as it's look, it's pin sharp photography, let down by A Dated visual look borrowed from the 70s, care of every east end gangster film ever made.
Producer's, the next time someone makes a Transgender themed Drama, it's time for something new, to come into the World.