Roar Episode 6, The Woman Who Solved Her Own Murder, is one of the simplest to understand. It is about the origin of evil and violence. It is also a victory, however hollow, for women who have been victims of men who have been indoctrinated to hate from an early age.
Becky(Alison Brie) is dead. Her body has been found in the woods where she was camping alone. Two male detectives, pointedly named Detectives Durst and Bronson because there could not be any more masculine-sounding detective names, have been called to investigate. Death is not the only indignity for Becky, though, as she was found costumed in a sexy bunny costume. The detectives are misogynistic and dismissive of both Becky and the female police officer who found Becky. Making matters worse, Becky hasn’t gone on to a better place. She is stuck here watching as two worthless dudes try to decipher the clues and understand the pieces of her life.
They inspect her apartment and immediately believe she is a waitress or a prostitute or some other job they deem female-appropriate. In reality, she is a phlebotomist reeling from a tough breakup and taking a moment to wallow in her grief. When they visit her friend Christina, she learns how her friend views her. Although Christina loved her, she did understand that other women could be jealous of her. Unfortunately, most of what she tells the detectives feeds their narrative that she was manipulative and promiscuous. They are victim-blaming, which is all too common, especially in violent crimes and rape. Here, Becky is first able to affect the world around her. She makes the lights flicker.
Christina’s questioning leads them to Becky’s ex-boyfriend Todd who she is convinced is the killer. In reality, he is just a turd who cheated on her when he became jealous of the attention she received from other men. He has an alibi from the night of her death, though, as he was with an eighteen-year-old eating lasagna. There is a lot to be said here about youth-obsessed men. Becky becomes so enraged by this that she pushes Todd into Detective Bronson. The two detectives get into an argument about who is the bigger tool, and they separate. Becky stays with Bronson, believing he wants to solve her murder. Instead, she discovers he was only interested in her case because she looks similar to his ex-wife, to who he returns.
She now understands she shouldn’t rely on men to solve her murder. After watching as her crime box is put together, she revisits Christina and sees a picture of them. The photo also shows a leash and bunny ears that remind her of the costume she was dressed in and the leash used to strangle her. At first, she thinks it is Christina but later realizes her friend’s brother is a monster who spends all his time playing video games with an avatar that looks like the bunny costume she was found in. In the chatbox, she sees vile slurs about women. She is shocked by the level of hatred she finds there. It is the origin of true evil. It is an entire community of violent men who believe women have zero value and are there only to satisfy their sadistic needs.
Becky collects the photo and game controller that has the same number that was carved on her hand from her friend’s house and delivers it to Police Officer Andrews(Ego Nwodim). This is how she finally solves her own murder and moves on to hopefully a better place without terrible men who sow the seeds of depravity from behind their keyboards.
Two different times in Roar Episode 6, she experiences cramps that she describes as the worst menstrual cramps she has ever felt. This seems incredibly unfair that women can’t escape our periods even in death. The more involved she becomes in solving her case and the more power she has, the less she feels these cramps. The message is clear. Women are so much more than our ovaries. It is likely a comment on women’s bodies and how they are exploited even in death as well as simply allowing a bit of humor to come forward making the online community even darker.
Roar Episode 6 makes broad statements bout victim-blaming, youth admiration, female jealousy and friendship, workplace misogyny, and incel culture. The most essential truth, though, is that women are the source of our own power, and we don’t need men to solve our problems.
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