It’s no secret that 2018 is shaping up to be the year of awesome female TV characters, what with the return of Roseanne, another season of Big Little Lies to look forward to and myriad other wicked women leading the charge on network and cable channels alike.
Case in point? This weekend’s debut of the new Canadian cop drama The Detail. Behind the scenes the show is run by two talented scribes, Ley Lukins and Adam Pettle, plus there’s a female Canadian TV mastermind on board as a producer (Ilana Frank of Saving Hope and Rookie Blue fame) and there are also three (three!) women heading up the charge on screen; Shenae Grimes (90210), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street) and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope).
We’ve seen the pilot and while we don’t want to give too much away, this powerful trio had us thinking: women are naturally gifted police officers. And here are just seven reasons why.
They’re in touch with their emotions
The pilot of The Detail kicks off with Det. Jack Cooper (Grimes) breaking up with her boyfriend of a year and then having to keep her emotions in check at work. But, despite some raised eyebrows from her peers, her partner Det. Stevie Hall (Griffin) and her boss Staff Inspector Fiona Currie (Crewson), she actually manages to use those emotions to get inside of a killer’s mind. Hey — having all the feelings can be hard, but if you direct them in a constructive way you may just find yourself solving a killer case.
People may underestimate them
It’s a sad truth that not all people respond well to females in positions of authority, and that certainly applies to cops. The good thing about that is that some people will immediately underestimate a female cop, thinking that she’ll be too emotional or will forgive a person for a crime. But as we’ll see on this show, that’s definitely not the case, and that means being underestimated can be a secret strength.
They’re driven to prove themselves
Men still outnumber women in a number of different workforces, but it’s especially apparent in the precincts out there. And that’s why many females will naturally work even harder to prove themselves, as Staff Inspector Curry hints at during one memorable scene involving a line about a vagina.
They know how to multitask
Yes, yes, men know how to multitask too. But in terms of balancing kids, a household, a demanding job, a personal relationship and finding time for friends? Well that’s just another day in many women’s lives. The mental load is real, but sometimes — like when it comes to balancing a crazy caseload — that actually works out in a woman’s favour. Especially on this show with so much juicy side drama to look forward to.
People open up to them
Women aren’t just naturally more emotional than many (but not all) men, they also tend to be more empathetic. And when you’re empathetic to a person’s plight, they’re often more likely to open up to you. If you’re a cop or a detective that’s a good thing. It won’t always mean a killer is ‘fessing up to his or her crimes, but it could be as simple as a witness giving up a crucial piece of evidence that you need to solve the case.
Women are the masters of disguise
Okay so no one had to go undercover in the premiere of The Detail, but given the nature of the series we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before someone has to don a wig or some unsual makeup in order to get an inside beat. And if you think about it, a woman has so many more options than a man when it comes to disguising herself.
Those killer instincts
A woman’s intuition is nothing to scoff at; it’s why doctors tell new moms to go with their gut if they think something is wrong with their baby, it’s why women are able to open up lines of communication in their relationships if they feel something is off, and it’s why female cops are able to follow their gut and turn that lead into something even more concrete. Need more evidence? Watch the way Jack ignores the naysayers to follow her own instincts in order to find a killer in Sunday night’s premiere.