Fix it Felix wife: While Felix takes it (relatively) easy this time, Ralph and Vanellope go to the internet in an attempt to defend Vanellope’s home, Sugar Rush, from impending destruction. Ralph inadvertently triggers a cascade of events that threatens to bring the web to a grinding halt. Wreck-It Ralph has always been heavy on the references—the original included a slew of prominent video game characters such as Pac-Man and Zangief. Ralph Breaks The Internet takes things up a notch by removing the guard rails.
In our review, we lauded the film’s willingness to poke fun at the Disney canon in surprising ways—even when those moments clashed with the film’s digital background. Consider Vanellope’s collaboration with a slew of Disney Princesses, which we previously covered. “Vanellope embarks on an unexpectedly self-deprecating journey through Disney history. It’s an absolutely well-executed, humorous scenario, overflowing with outstanding touches, such as the reappearance of almost all the original voice actresses. While it is somewhat manufactured, it is also acceptable to just appreciate Disney’s self-awareness. It is irrelevant whether Cinderella would actually crush her glass slipper into a shank and brandish it at a little child.”
However, when Vanellope befriends her ancestors and Ralph destroys the internet, Fix-it Felix and Calhoun are trapped in Litwack’s arcade, where they raise a tiny army of endearing but irritating kart-racing characters. Calhoun was once engaged to Dr. Brad Scott (a Hero’s Duty scientist). The two seemed to be entirely happy and in love with one another, to the point that he gave her the pet moniker “Dynamite Gal.”
On the other hand, Calhoun neglected to do a perimeter check on their wedding day, and a giant Cy-Bug flew into the church through the window. Before anybody can intervene, her fiancé is devoured and murdered by the Cy-Bug, prompting Calhoun to pull out multiple rifles and begin shooting. Calhoun has been scarred by the events and has developed a reputation for being a vindictive lady, but her attitude quickly transforms when she falls in love with Felix.
They do push you to do it as planned a few times, but then they let you free. And it’s enjoyable since Jane Lynch comes from a similar background; she spent years doing stand-up comedy. And, ironically, I was in Talladega Nights with Jane Lynch and John C. Reilly in 2005. That was another instance of improv being encouraged.
And she’s plain amusing. Thus, even when you’re just reading the words, you’re trying not to laugh, lest you ruin a take, but then when you’re free to improvise, it’s so ridiculous—particularly given how different these personas are. To be able to play with this tiny little munchkin and this glamazon.
Sergeant Calhoun was initially intended to be a guy, but the producers believed that making her a woman would add to her intrigue.
Her design is reminiscent of fierce female troops from Alien and Metroid, such as Ellen Ripley and Samus Aran.
Calhoun’s character has several parallels to Samus Aran from the Metroid video games. When Samus is not wearing her Power Suit, she has a striking resemblance to Calhoun. With their capacity to absorb the qualities of everything they devour, the Cy-bugs are similarly comparable to Metroids. They are not deliberately malevolent but are very effective bioweapons.
Additionally, her history is a gender-swapped satire of the “women in refrigerator” cliche prevalent in many video games.
Calhoun’s name is not given until the film’s conclusion and is previously referred to solely as “she” or “ma’am.” Tamora is only provided her first name in the official character bio on the official website in the prequel comic Hero’s Duty.
Her attire and demeanor are reminiscent of Commander Shepard’s female counterpart (Mass Effect).
Tamora’s surname, Calhoun, might be a reference to one of the Half-Life video game series’ characters, Barney Calhoun, a security officer in Half-Life: Blue Shift and a member of the Resistance in Half-Life 2 (and subsequent Episodes).