in the interest of distracting myself from Knee Pain Hell… When I first watched RTTE my biggest concern was honestly that there was a bit of an over-reliance on Strong Female Character tropes for Astrid, and that there wasn’t enough real substance to her as a person. I thought I could see that when I tried to isolate her from Heather and figure out what made the two of them different, there wasn’t really enough.
On a surface level, the two seem really similar, which certainly helps with the whole Best Friends deal, but there are a lot of distinctions between the two of them that got clearer for me the longer I sat with the characters. And the more I re-watched RTTE due to fibro pain, but I digress.
“If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may
not want to hug - which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to
stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what
happens when we hug each other.”