So CBS tweeted that Christine Lahti has been cast in a recurring role on our Show. Naturally, we all assume she is going to be MommaMcG. But…is she? What if we don’t get to see Mum? Maybe Mummy is/was a CIA agent, and Christine plays her boss or something. Maybe before we get to see Mum, she gets killed. Again. For realz this time. (OMG, surely Show wouldn’t let Steve find his mother only to take her away again? How much more can our boy taaaaaake???)
Should this happen, maybe Ms Lahti comes in to investigate or to talk Steve out of revenge. You just never know with our Show. Sometimes what we expect is not what we get (I use Agent Weston as an example :))
But let’s assume Christine has been cast as Steve’s mother. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy. She’s a terrific actress and in my opinion, she can play angst extremely well. I can’t wait to see the scenes between her and Steve – the reunion, the confrontation, the accusations, the explanations. It should make for some great viewing. I hope she demands a strong storyline from the writers – because surely, this has to be the biggest thread throughout the show so far. I mean, our boy was TORTURED! and ALMOST DIED! because of good old Mum. And we haven’t seen the fallout from Steve’s capture and torture in NK – and there had to be some sort of reaction because, despite his SuperSEAL status, he is Only Human – so we deserve to see something of it now, when he realizes all that he went through was because of his mother.
Welcome to our Show, Ms Lahti! Hope you’re ready for the cray cray! Only for you will I give up my wish for Lynda Carter to be MommaMcG 🙂
AtPlenkov runs excitedly into the H50 Writer’s Room. ‘Hey you guys!’ he says, hardly able to contain his enthusiasm. ‘You know how we figured Shelburne would be some obscure dude from Poppa McG’s past? Someone who killed Wo Fat’s father and the only person in the whole wide world who strikes fear into Wo Fat? A real bad ass mofo? – well, I’ve got the. most. brilliant idea…’ The writers look uneasily at each other while AtPlenkov claps his hand and smiles gleefully. ‘Why don’t we make Shelburrrrrrrnnnnnne……McG’s Mother?’ I think it would be awesomesauce!’ The writers groan. ‘You guys can make it work, right? Just take whatever we previously discussed about Shelburne, change a few things around, and hey presto! we have a great new twist!’
The above scenario is what scares me the most about the big reveal on the identity of Shelburne. I fear AtPlenkov spent a lot of time online and on Twitter, where -from what I could see – the general consensus was that Shelburne was, indeed, Steve’s mom. If the character of Shelburne originally started out as someone else, could they now weave any previous references to SB around the reality of it being Momma McG? And…make us believe it? I await Season 3 with much trepidation and anxiety.
But anyway…let’s talk about Momma McG. Before we can decide which actress we think should portray her, I guess we need to throw around a few ideas about her first. So, how old is she? John McG was born in 1942, which makes him around 35 when Steve was born. Let’s say Momma was anywhere up to ten years younger than John. So she could have been born between 1942 and 1952, which would now make her between sixty to seventy years old. I’m going to say early sixties.
Do we want Momma to be ‘motherly’ or do we want her to be a BAM? Well, if she’s the only person in the whole wide world who Wo Fat is scared of, I’m going to say BAM – maybe not as BAM as she was twenty years ago, but when Steve knocked on her door, I’m pretty sure she wasn’t just about to pull a tray of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. I do suspect that when 3.1 opens, she won’t be BAMY right away – there will be tears and hugs for her boy.
tvguide.com suggests Sigourney Weaver or Geena Davis for their impressive combat/shooting/action skills in previous roles. However, I don’t think Mom needs to be bad ass in a physical way. I’m leaning towards Wo Fat fearing her more for what she knows rather than for her kick ass ninja skillz. Any woman who can leave her kids and let them think she’s been dead for almost twenty years – she has to be strong of character and will. To be fair, we need to know why she pretended to be dead. As a mother, I would say the only good reason for what she did would be to ensure the safety of her children. If their lives were threatened in any way and faking her death was her only option to see that they came to no harm, I’ll cut her some slack.
So now that my favourite choice of Olivia Newton-John 🙂 is out of the way (Livvy would have been baking cookies for the reunion. And brownies. And pouring a big glass of milk for Steve), what actresses can we consider? My top pick would be Helen Mirren, but I’m pretty sure she sticks to movies nowadays.
How about Linda Hamilton? She’s a little young, being born in 1956, but I think she could pass for a woman in her early sixties. Or too much like Chuck?
So I got to thinking about TV shows in the 70’s – actresses who fit the age for Mom now. Charlie’s Angels? (RIP Farrah.) Nope, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith don’t have what it takes. Dynasty – I laugh and giggle. The Bionic Woman! I loved Lindsay Wagner! I wanted to be Jamie Sommers back in the day. (Maybe I just wanted a bionic dog like Max.) I’m not ruling Lindsay out just yet.
Enough with the 70’s shows.
I liked Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor in 24. She was a strong woman, capable of running the good ol’ US of A. But she had her softer side too. She’s also available now since NBC recently cancelled her latest show, Awake.
Wait, I forgot about Wonder Woman! For me, she’s the front runner right now. Yeah, ok – I know Lynda Carter isn’t the greatest actress around, but I really feel she could pull it off. I don’t think Mom will be in the show very much. The whole Shelburne storyline is getting old. So Lynda wouldn’t have to act a whole lot.
I want to see this face when episode 3.1 airs.
Then again, there’s Jamie Lee Curtis, Jessica Lange, Glenn Close…the list goes on and on. Who’s your favourite contender and why?