Victoria Not Evil?
There are some who maintain that Victoria is not evil. Were we watching the same episode? It doesn't get much worse than Victoria when it comes to evil unless you descend into the realm of psychopathic dementia. In the case of demented psychopaths, you almost have to feel sorry for them because they're suffering from mental illness and are probably not responsible for their actions. Victoria, on the other hand, is not demented, she is just bad. Her conscience apparently doesn't kick in when the goals are whatever Victoria wants.
She is guilty of:
- Shooting Fraser's beloved wolf. (She needed to steal Fraser's gun in order to frame him for Jolly's murder. Ray speculated that Dief was probably trying to stop her.)
- Endangering her lover's life, (She sent him on the diamond exchange knowing how dangerous it was. Of course, this was after he had turned her down after her request to have him go with her.)
- Coercion and extortion; (If you don't, there's a key in Ray's house…")
- Reneging on a promise to her lover not to frame his friend; (She calls Internal Affairs after Fraser has agreed to exchange the diamonds for her.)
- Betrayal of honor among thieves; (She steals from Jolly and then murders him.)
- Using Fraser's passion for her to set him up.
- She shoots at Ray and Fraser in the train station, not caring whether she hit them or others in the crowded station.
She does all of the above with the goals of getting the money and getting Fraser, in more ways than one. That she displays a modicum of human concern does not exculpate her and relieve her of the description of evil. Assuming that after the diamond exchange, Fraser wouldn't go with Victoria, she had already planned to kill him with Ray's back up gun--"no loose ends." Of course, she couldn't bring herself to do it and, instead, kicks him out of the car.
She doesn't shoot Fraser, according to her "no loose ends" plan, not because she is not evil but because she loves him. She has another opportunity to kill him but doesn't--on the train platform. Evil people can love. She shows pain and regret at the end when Fraser is shot because she loves him and she's lost him again. That doesn't relieve her of being evil. It shows that she is human and can feel love and pain and regret. I have to add of course that she doesn't have the diamonds either.
Just as Fraser is good and can forsake his ideals for love and need, so is Victoria evil and can forsake her evil schemes for love. She can feel human emotions including love, regret, emotional pain, greed, lust, revenge, etc.
What could one imagine that Victoria is thinking when she calls internal affairs after promising Fraser that she wouldn't if he will make the diamond exchange for her? Ray is an entirely innocent man. What motivates someone to frame an entirely innocent man? Greed? Love of the very possessive and "I don't give a damn" variety? The love she felt for Fraser was hardly of the selfless kind. She wanted him to come with her. She recognizes as much as he does that they should be together. But what kind of love is this? I'll frame your friend, force you to come with me by framing you for murder and theft and shoot your dog, If she truly loved Fraser with the kind of love that a good person is capable of, she would have gone to Chicago and tried to persuade him to have a permanent relationship. She wouldn't have had to try very hard.
Let us also not forget (as I have recently posted to a couple of newsgroups) that the horrible Victoria knew where the stolen half a million dollars was when Fraser turned her in. I do not for one moment buy the theory that she was made into a bad person by her years in prison. She was bad when she went in and remained bad throughout her prison term. A poor innocent victim who was coerced into participating in a robbery that turned into felony murder might have volunteered the information concerning the location of the money to the authorities. But, of course, Victoria was no poor innocent victim. Alternatively, Victoria could have traded the information concerning where the money was for a lighter prison term. Of course, Victoria would never do something like that. She wanted the money for herself. What are a couple more years in prison when you can have the half a million dollars, that you helped steal, all for yourself.
Let us also not forget the very convenient death of Victoria's sister and the "Death in the family" sign on the restaurant. I can’t help but wonder why the writer of the episode, Paul Haggis, threw in the warning from Jolly to Fraser—“You think you know her. You don’t.” Jolly should have heeded his own warning.