Rain, Rain, Come Again!

Michelle Rodriguez as ‘Rain Ocampo’ in “Resident Evil: Retribution”Killing time at the AV Club site while waiting for my dinner to cook, I noticed a link to an Insider article titled “Why Can’t Michelle Rodriguez Stay Dead?” Naturally I clicked it as hard as I could… and almost had a nerdgasm when I realised what it was about! As you might have surmised from my lackluster review of the last Resident Evil movie (Afterlife), I was starting to get a little tired of the franchise and its arbitrary plotting, so I probably wouldn’t have bothered watching the just-released trailer for the fifth instalment (Retribution) of my own volition… but ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod, M-ROD IS BACK!!! Don’t ask me how, don’t ask me why, ‘cuz I don’t care…  Rain Ocampo lives to sneer and glare another day!!! And I’ll only have to wait another eight months (or so) to see it for myself… ack!!!

MULTI-SPOILER: In recent years M-Rod’s high mortality rate in movies (and TV shows) has become a bit of a running joke, but that’s set to change according to The Insider, as more and more of her deceased characters come back to life for no apparent reason. Hurrah! Unless they’re just bringing her back so they can kill her off again… in which case, boo!

Oh, and to answer the question posed in the article’s title: Because she’s too awesome to die, that’s why!

UPDATE (22/1/12): If you can overlook the slightly random question order, there’s a great interview with M-Rod over at Collider, which includes a couple more spoilers about her role in the new Resi movie, as well as her Fast & Furious resurrection! Dig this quote:

For a long time I was kind of pissed off they kept on killing me off. I was like, “what am I doing wrong? Just because I’m not ripping off my clothes, how long do I have to endure this before people start appreciating me?” (laughs) And then they started bringing me back so I was like “cool.”

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About deecrowseer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action.
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