We’ve all seen it on TV: the formulaic competition between the sexes in which the woman naturally triumphs in a stereotypically man’s domain. I happened to stumble upon an outlandish example of this phenomenon in an episode of Hawaii 5-0 several months ago (the modern remake of the 1970s-era original). The “star” of the show is a vigorous, highly trained man in his mid-thirties. In his perilous law-enforcement post, he often fights bad guys. Literally. And so does his Mom.
Her own post is full of international intrigue. The details aren’t important; what I’m leading up to is a scene in which the leading man, while pursuing one of his cases, happens to find himself going toe to toe in confined quarters with an unknown but very, very able opponent.