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top 10 TV action heroines who aren’t Buffy Summers (cuz I’ve never seen ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’)

Nathaniel R. of The Film Experience is running another of his famous blog-a-thons today: this one’s on Action Heroines. Rather than yabber on about Ellen Ripley and Sarah Conner and Princess Leia, I thought I’d look at the action heroines on TV who thrill me the most, and make me wish I could be just like them when I grow up:
10) Jamie Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), The Bionic Woman
Cuz she buzzed me with her kick-ass feminism before I even knew what feminism was.

9) Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), Alias
Cuz she loved a man, and lost him, and for that someone must pay.

8) Officer Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), Farscape
Cuz she was strong enough to admit she was weak, but she would’ve kicked your ass if you’d suggested as much.

7) Juliet Parrish (Faye Grant), V
Cuz she didn’t hesitate to take up arms against a sea of reptilian troubles.

6) Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), Battlestar Galactica
Cuz she’s frakked up enough to be a man, but she’s still a woman.

5) Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Cuz she put her Klingon husband in sickbay with their wrestling… or was it their lovemaking?

4) Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Doctor Who
Cuz she’s smart enough to choose sneakers for running away from vicious aliens on distant planets.

3) Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), The X-Files
Cuz she had a gun and she wasn’t afraid to use it… and she was so smart she almost never had to anyway.

2) Zoe (Gina Torres), Firefly
Cuz she said things like, “Jayne, you’ll scare the women,” and was only half joking to not be including herself among the girly girls.

1) Colonel Samantha Carter (Amanada Tapping), Stargate SG-1
Cuz she can reprogram an ancient alien computer on the fly, she kicks Gao’uld and Ori ass, she sacrificed her own romantic happiness for the sake of the entire planet Earth, and she can do anything a man can do even if she keeps her sexual organs on the inside.

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