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Day 14 - Favorite male character

This is pretty easy -- I am going to go with the character who immediately popped into my head. Spy Daddy from Alias, aka Jack Bristow. Do I even need to explain?

First of all, he's amazing. He's living, like, a quadruple life! He's funny. He's pithy. I really relate to him, which I know sounds sort of stupid, but whatever -- the first time I watched Alias, he was literally the only character I liked. Well, him and Anna from K-Directorate. He's willing to do anything and sacrifice anything in pursuit of his goal, which is to keep his daughter safe, even from himself. He will kill, lie, steal, torture, maim, live an entire fake life, and even sacrifice their relationship to make sure that she stays safe. That man is driven, and focused, and determined, and also amazingly talented and totally awesome.

(Also, he's played by Victor Garber, who is hilarious, and has an incredible sense of comedic and dramatic timing.)

Pre-Alias, the answer to this question would have probably been Commander Riker. Heh.

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Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

I have a time limit on this post, because in 10 minutes my corn muffins will be ready to take out of the oven! So, in ten minutes, episodes of television I've watched more than five times:

+ The first episode of Farscape!!!!! (Oh, Aeryn Sun, you can be more!)

+ Every single episode of the first four seasons of The West Wing -- holy crap, y'all, is "Celestial Navigation" one of the best episodes of television ever made or what?! And "What Kind of Day Has It Been" and "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" parts 1 & 2!!! Woo!!! Oh, wait, plus, like, the entire last half of season two, jeez -- "17 People" and "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail" and "Ellie" and "The Fall's Gonna Kill You" -- this is my comfort television, okay? Because I would definitely never have voted for freaking Bartlett, who I hate more and more every time I rewatch episodes, but I'd sure as hell vote for CJ, Josh, and Toby.

+ Every episode of seasons 3 & 4 of due South (the Ray Kowalski seasons, for those not in the know!) -- although I've seen "Burning Down the House" and "Asylum" more than most of the others.

+ The first season of Alias -- again, this is comfort television for me. The first half of the season particularly, when Sydney is still struggling to come to terms with how everyone around her is either betraying her or she's lying to them except two people. Two people!

+ The first season of Leverage, which at this point I have watched with, like, four different people to get them into the show, plus I sometimes turn it on in the background when I'm having a bad day, because nothing improves my day like Parker, Hardison, and Eliot jumping off buildings and, I don't know, identifying the type of gun someone is using by the sound of the shot. (It's a very distinctive sound.)

I know there's a ton more, but that's the buzzer for my corn muffins. Post!

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I like to have TV or movies or music on in the background while I work. Sometimes I stream stuff from Netflix or Hulu, or I turn on Create TV, my favorite PBS channel.

Today I am watching Firefly. Oh, Firefly. It is not without its problems (a huge amount of problems), but I love it anyway. Buffy is an okay show, Angel is great, but Firefly is my favorite -- which is funny, because it wasn't until [ profile] casacorona sat me down to watch the whole series that I even liked it or took it seriously.

My favorite episode is "Out of Gas" and always has been. Sometimes my favorite character(s) or part(s) of a show will change over time, but this has not.

Oh, and in case you have never seen it, [ profile] heresluck did my favorite Firefly fan vid, set to "Thistledown Tears" by Jeffrey Foucault. You can watch it streaming here at

I have also started my semi-annual rewatch of Alias. I ended up not watching it last year, so my dose of Jack Bristow is totally overdue. I loooooove Jack Bristow. It took me a while, the first time I watched Alias, to really warm up to him -- but by the third season, he was my favorite, with Irina Derevko and Weiss close behind. I can take or leave Sydney and Vaughn and their drama; Jack Bristow is pretty much where it's at. I'm about halfway through the second season, which is probably my favorite part of the whole show. The last half of the second season is amazing! I've already watched "Phase One" twice, and I'm really looking forward to "Endgame," "Second Double," and "The Telling" -- and then! Then I get to watch season three. Oh, the first few episodes of season three are so great!

I mean, I have a lot of deep thinky-thoughts about Alias and Firefly both, and there are places where I feel like they really fail me -- and, particularly in Alias, I have a really tough time relating to the characters and understanding their motivations.

But today is not for thinky-thoughts. Today is for watching "Objects in Space"!


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