Thank you for explaining about the funds and Purdey. I missed the story about Purdey's father being killed, I guess I'll have to re-watch after I finished the first round. Now I understand her character even better.
Funding was the bane of TNA's existence--they never had enough. Eventually the funding issues killed it. They really needed American money, but they didn't buy the show until it had already ended, sadly.
Purdey's father was "shot as a spy," as Steed mentions in House of Cards
. Her mother remarried a bishop, who Steed and Gambit later encounter when they go visit Roland. We actually hear a lot about Purdey's family, more than is usual for an Avengers character. People actually took it a little too seriously, and started telling Joanna how sorry they were that her father had died, when, of course, he was still alive.
Avengerdan wrote:They say what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Haven't we all had some tagedy in our lives - if not, we will be very lucky if we don't experience terrible sadness. I see Purdey as a strong character.
This is true--Purdey's essentially built herself back up from some pretty terrible lows. I think it's taken its toll on her, though--it's made her leery of letting anyway in past a certain point, and there's something a little bit loopy about her thinking. Someone who goes into the same profession that killed a parent has to have a couple of issues simmering on the back burner.
Laura wrote:^ Beautifully put. I think the character of Purdey is marvelous, and you can see that she tries to let Gambit in, but that hesitation inside of her is too strong.
Gambit, I think, both surprises her and terrifies her by a) getting under her skin and b) so darned persistent, even in the face of a lot of discouragement. I used to think she jsut enjoyed stringing him along, and yes, there's probably a little of that going on, but mainly she's doing a sort of complicated dance of both pushing him away and giving him just enough encouragement to keep him from giving up entirely. She's unwilling to take the risk, but she doesn't want anyone to have him, either. The fact that he gets shot a lot doesn't exactly make things easier, so she's stuck in this sort of strange sort of limbo with him, and that's where they're going to be until she works up the courage to let soemone in again.