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03 June 2005 @ 04:57 am
Because Casey Novak is Love  
I own and/or belong to several Yahoo groups. One such group, that does not claim a particular fandom but rather accepts all fandoms and original works, recently had a few things to say about our Casey Novak and why--generally--they didn't like Casey.

I responded and someone suggested that I post my response to my journal. So I am.

Spoiler Warning: My explanation of why I adore Casey spoils Night/Day, Goliath, and probably several other episodes. It also contains character assumptions not confirmed in canon. Consider yourself warned.

I adore Casey because of her imperfections, her goofiness, her blue collar background struggling to fit into a white collar and now perverted world. She's strong, she's opinionated, and she doesn't do anything half-assed or cautiously. She swings for the fences EVERY time because she knows that is how you get the job done.

She has no political aspirations and she cares very deeply for the victims. If she believes in you, she's your hero. If she's after you, you better run, because she's gonna be your worst nightmare. She just doesn't give up. Even when it doesn't go her way, she dusts herself off and gets back in the saddle because that's all she knows.

In Night, when she was being beaten, she got up to defend herself not once but FOUR times. She took numerous blows to the head, was beaten with her own baseball bat, was hit with a lamp, and was choked and she never cried or begged or even screamed. She said one word: "No." The word that is supposed to define 'non-consensual'. She said "No" and kept getting up. She kept fighting back. Over and over until finally she couldn't anymore.

Did Casey curl up in a ball and let someone else take over for her? No. She wanted to prosecute the case. She was ready to go into court bashed up and bruised and nail that bastard's ass to the ground. She told Branch "No one wants to win this case more than I do." Casey Novak is not a quitter.

Did she distance herself from the sister of the man who beat her? No. She convinced the woman to testify and showed up on the morning of her testimony simply to wish her luck. She sat in on that trial every single day, waiting for that woman to get her justice. Casey Novak is not a hater.

In Goliath, when faced with the impossible task of taking on the DOD, did Casey wonder how pursuing that case would affect her career? No. She wanted those soldiers' stories to be heard in open court. She wanted to tell the DOD that people were watching them, that people were going to hold them accountable. When Branch took her to task for subpoenaing Donald Rumsfeld and accused her of being a liberal conspiracy theorist, told her that he had fired people before and would again, did she back down? No. She told Branch where he could stick his judgmental attitude and she got him to back down.

Don't get me wrong. I loved Alex. I still do. I just saw Loss for the first time the other day and it was crushingly painful to watch those last ten minutes. I have written and am still writing A/O. But the fact of the matter is Alex is gone. And Casey is there.

I love Casey because I can relate to her much better than I ever could Alex.

Alex: remote, wealthy, politically ambitious, icy, perfectionist, compassionate, righteous, precise. I'm not so much like Alex.

Casey: goofy, passionate, opinionated, still learning, fiery, bumbling, funny, snarky, caring, a survivor, trying again and again to get it right. I'm much more like Casey.

Casey is the Everywoman. Thrown into the deep end and told to sink or swim. She's too damned stubborn to sink but she has a hard time of swimming too. So instead, she's just herself. Alive. Imperfect. Surviving.
My State of Mind: pensivepensive
What the Voices in My Head Hear: Hi-Di-Ho--Blood, Sweat and Tears
haags_elfjehaags_elfje on June 3rd, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
I couldn't say it better!
seftiri: rummyseftiri on June 3rd, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ;)