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High Heel Samurai Act 5
August 1, 2008
Sisters stick together through thick and thin. In this episode of High Heel Samurai, Mia (Judith Kalaora) returns from a shopping spree on the would-be attacker’s dime. She brings her sister, Tori (Lauren Guglielmello) a peace-scarf. This offering is mean to symbolize the fact that Mia has changed her mind about allowing her younger sister to participate and be involved with the Guerrieri. Mia gives Tori her blessing when it comes to the fighting tournament. Mia’s relationship with Tori at times reminds me of the relationship between Prue (Shannon Doherty) and Phoebe (Alissa Milano) on the television show, Charmed. In fact, the chemistry between Kalaora and Guglielmello is so great on screen that at first I believed they were siblings in real life.

Apologies are not the only theme of this High Heel Samurai episode. The girls gather together and Mia tells them that the fighting tournament could possibly change the world. I had to pause to ask myself what she meant by this. Perhaps this is from a feminist standpoint – if a woman wins the fighting tournament, it could help with the debate of who is stronger: men or women. This statement definitely gives the viewer more insight as to Mia’s character and her motivation behind starting up the fight. Following this comment, the girls have their first meeting regarding who to allow into the final tournament. They all make a pact that they cannot walk away from the tournament once it starts. This again is very much like many of the “girl-power” shows out there – women making a pact to support one another and stay together. As a plot-point, then, themes that challenge this pact will be of interest to viewers.

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