Sweet/Vicious is the perfect description for Jules.
As we meet her on Sweet/Vicious Season 1 Episode 1, she's a sorority sister, she doesn't drink and she doesn't swear. But the once good student was treated badly and discovered playing by the rules isn't as easy as it's cracked up to be.
She's a very sweet girl who felt she had to turn vicious in order to get some things done.
When we first encounter Jules, she's handing a young fellow his ass, quite handily, I might add.
Jules: Do I have consent, Will? I want you to think about Beth. The music you played to drown out her screaming. The fear in her eyes when you held her down, when you forced yourself into her.
Will: No, no, please no. Please, I'll do anything.
Jules [smacks him]: I'm sorry. I thought no meant yes. My bad. You didn't stop when she said no, did you, Will? [punches him]
Will: No, no, I didn't stop. I didn't. I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to hurt anyone! I'm so sorry.
Jules: If you ever do to anyone else what you did to Beth, I will be back.
Her mission seems quite simple, and one that the police used back in the '70s. The tactic at the time was called Scared Straight. Then it meant taking kids to prisons and giving them close encounters with what kind of people troubled youth would become if they stayed on the same life course.
Jules' program is a bit more simple. Do it again and the next visit won't be quite a comfortable. The guys get off easy being beaten and stabbed, most likely knowing fully well it's a woman doing it to them. They cry, wet themselves and feel humiliated. Then they band together and talk about how big the guy was and how brutal the attack.
It's not ideal, but like Jules says, there are a lot of bad things happening and people get away with it.
Reading through comments on YouTube under clips and promos for Sweet/Vicious, this one is going to be a hard sell. Despite the current populace out gunning for President-elect Trump and calling him out on sexual misconduct, it appears to be a pick and choose topic.
What a person gets away with is almost wholly dependent upon his popularity. That's discussed to some degree in the interview I had with Eliza Bennett, who plays Jules. That's why, especially in a university atmosphere, it's extremely difficult not only to point the initial finger at your accuser, but to press charges and have them stick.
Look at the situation Jules is in now. Her best friend's boyfriend, clearly loved by one and liked by many, raped her. He used the pat language available, referring to it as their little secret, and no doubt giving her reasons she should tell anybody. Would anyone believe her given his social status?
The kinds of evidence required to prove rape are often over-exaggerated. If you don't have extensive bruising and defensive wounds from fighting back, you may not even be believed. But shouldn't no be enough? Why should you have to want to get yourself more seriously injured just to prove someone has done you wrong?
So, for these and many other reasons, justice often isn't served in sexual assault cases. Jules has obviously made it her mission to right those wrongs. It can't be easy.
She's a sorority sister, and it's already been proven she's struggling to keep herself together after her rape. Her grades have dropped, she's missing sorority meetings, she's losing the trust of her sisters and she doesn't have a man in her life. But she meets one, a nice one, in the premiere.
Tyler seems good for Jules because he sought her out due to her interest in books. That he noticed her doing something other than standing around being pretty is unique in the world of college students. He tried to impress her and was a little bit bumbling. He seemed as sweet as Jules.
But their lives are about to collide in a completely different way.
Ophelia, unlike Jules, has no passion for anything. She's extremely intelligent, but can't be bothered going to class. She likes drinking, smoking pot and having sex. She's a bit of a loner, but has an awesome best friend in Harris, who has her back.
Then she catches sight of Jules and her senses are ignited. She needs to know more. She put the key pieces together pretty quickly, but not that it was a girl fighting on behalf of others. That intrigued her even more. It also changed both of their lives forever.
Tracking Jules' phone was an invasion of privacy, but thank goodness she did it. Jules was in trouble. Would the guy have really killed Jules? We'll never know, but Ophelia managed to crack his skull in the right location to end his life.
That's not something either of them could have ever imagined and it binds them together forever. As awful as it really is to think about what just happened, from an entertainment perspective, it sure set the ball rolling.
There's no going back now. They're in it together and they have to trust each other. They would have never wanted to get to know each other if not for the strange circumstances of Jules' vigilantism and Ophelia's inability to butt out of it, but in the long run, they're going to be great for each other.
After all, look how great they were singing from the Wicked soundtrack! That was a great scene that took the two and put them on even footing.
Jules will lose a little bit of her tacky sweetness and Ophelia may be able to tone down her bad habits. Jules could use loosening up a little bit, at least as much as Ophelia needs to stop drinking until she wants to throw up. I think they'll even each other out.
And despite the surprise that they just murdered Tyler's brother, something tells me Jules and Tyler are going to find their connection regardless. Their sparks were pretty hot. Here's hoping Ophelia's car is found safe and sound, body still burrito wrapped in back.
Batman and Non-Robin have work to do. They need to fight for the women whose voices can't be heard. For everyone stuck in a situation like Jules' that's impossible to weather on their own.
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