SWARM and The Women Who’ve Fallen Through the Cracks

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Swarm is a satirical and twisted murder-filled series that hyperbolizes Beyonce’s infamously reactive and severe fanbase, “The Beyhive.” Lead screenwriters Donald Glover (Childish Gambino, writer of the hit show Atlanta) and Janine Nabers define the series as “Black women slipping through the cracks.” Dominique Fishback plays Dre, who has been a devout fan of a fictional singer, Ni’jah, since childhood. Dre’s other obsession is her best friend Marissa (Singer/performer Chloe Bailey). After a tragic event, Dre goes on a killing spree, combing the internet for Ni’jah haters. The events of every episode are based on true crimes and events that involved real women.  

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Immediately, we think of Dre as a villain who encounters other dysfunctional women as the plot progresses, but the messages of the trauma experienced through the view are the bigger principle. Dre is a foster child with many past homes and a history of sexual abuse who ultimately stays within the system until adulthood. She initially comes on screen being openly sexually objectified by her best friend’s slimy boyfriend. After the tragedy, she builds conflict in audiences with events like exercising her killing abilities on a co-dependent stripper friend’s (Paris Jackson) abusive boyfriend. The scene isn’t over, and we are reminded that Dre has one only true idol of loyalty and regard, and that’s Ni’jah. 

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Swarm also depicts scenes of Black female strippers that have given completely to prostitution, yet the show reacts in protectiveness for Dre when necessary and entertains us with comradery and playfulness. The themes for the women in this series are often depicted in difficult circumstances, while the series still tries to remind us of the humans behind the trauma, including Dre. As Dre continuously pursues Ni’jah, she is lured into a cult/covenant of women led by Eva (Billie Eilish), who promises her Ni’jah tickets. Eva learns Dre’s deadly tendencies while attempting to rehabilitate and house Dre long-term. Here we get to learn a bit of what made and makes a killer through the actress Dominique’s powerful presence, which is empathized by the captivating Billie Eilish. Unfortunately, her needs were beyond Eva’s skills in counseling, and the results were chaotic and disturbing. No person is immune to Dre’s wrath, as we see when she attempts to settle down and couple with a woman in her new identity as a lesbian. She is unable to shake her obsession and is sold to us in a scene so rich in emotion. Dre’s limitations and easy-to-kill reactions show where her true love can only exist.

The ongoing themes of oppressed and abused women are outlined in this series, especially those involved in criminal behavior. The series details the Snapped woman who is a victim of the circumstances of her environment, even vile serial killers like Dre who could only be tamed by her god/idol.