As with all under-appreciated shows, Bomb Girls was short-lived, but while it was on, I loved it fiercely. As with many great shows, I found it while perusing on Netflix and instantly loved it, and you should, too. Here's why:
5. Binge Watch-ability:
Okay, this is an obvious one, but you can sit down and watch the show, which follows in BBC tradition of being short seasons with longer episodes, in one weekend. It was truly a great show and while I was sad to see it go, I was thrilled when a TV Movie aired at the end of March to give me some closure, a service many a fandom does not get.
4. Multi-dimensional Plot:
The beauty of an ensemble cast is that you can follow a variety of storylines. If you don't care for Vera (said no fan of the show, ever), tune into Kate and Betty’s story, or maybe you like the trouble that seemed to follow Gladys. It had love, international intrigue, politics, and history. The show tackles many issues that women faced during this time: gender roles to start with, and ending with physical abuse and sexuality, with a whole host in between.
3. Interesting Historical Era:
World War II is a tough era to sell on TV. That being said, I found the show enthralling. Bomb Girls focuses on the lives and loves of the women who took over work in the bomb factories in Canada—a facet of war-culture I find fascinating. It was the intricacies of those lives and the other issues of the time the show tackled—traditional gender roles, PTSD, the race and class divide, patriotism/nationalism—that made the show a must-watch.
2. Attractive Men:
Who shall I start with? The sweet Ivan, the passionate Marco, or the mysterious Clifford? All attractive and all with many layers and flaws to both love and hate. Take your pick! It’s one of the more superficial reasons to tune into a show, but trust me, you’ll come for the beefcake, but you’ll stay for the story.
1. Tons of Shipping Potential:
My major ship in this show ended up being the one I never expected, and in fact, was headed by a character I never expected to see again after the first episode. Vera, a former wild-child, blossoms into a wonderful character after a factory accident takes away her beauty (at least in her eyes). The person to see her for the truly sweet and courageous person she is? Marco Moretti, of course. Vera and Marco were meant for each other, and I was totally in love with them. But if Marco and Vera isn’t your cup of tea, try Marco/Lorna, Kate/Betty, Kate/Ivan, Gladys/James, or Gladys/Clifford on for size!
Have you watched Bomb Girls or the subsequent movie? What do you think worked or didn’t about the show?
Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers.