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Another Character Meme!

1. Comment on this post with I VOLUNTEER!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

I was given the letter C by et_tu_lj. (Was given O by her husband. Will do that later, when I have 5 O characters. LOL.)

1. John Crichton, Farscape

When I was first watching Farscape, John Crichton was originally the only character I actually liked. This was purposefully done by the writers; the other characters weren't supposed to be likeable--they were escaped criminals after all, and the Farscape creators and writers strove to achieve certain details in their stories in a bit more of a realistic fashion than pretty much every other show ever. This also brings us to Crichton's character arc throughout the series, which ends up being pretty dark, but is a pretty realistic look at what would actually happen to a person going through all of these traumatic events. I find Ben Browder's performance on this show to be brilliant and inspired--he put a lot of work into this character, and it showed.

2. Chris Halliwell, Charmed

Chris' arrival at the end of season five and storyline in season 6 really rejuvinated this show.The mystery of who Chris was and what he was up to was something fresh and intriguing. It was also among the only storylines that ever acheived any level of continuity, and brought with it a depth not only to his character, but all the other characters as well. Watching his early episodes and catching all the clues to his identity is still fun even knowing the answers, and the scenes where each character learns who he is are the best in the series. Chris had a dry sarcasm that was uniquely his and yet he fit in to the dynamic of the show very well. Chris' storyline is hands down the best storyline from Charmed.

3. Cameron Mitchell, Stargate: SG-1

Yes, another of Ben Browder's characters. Pure coincidence. Hey, I didn't name them. Cam I feel can be underappreciated in the Stargate world. He led his team differently than both Sheppard and O'Neill did, but far from seeing this as a weakness, I think this is one of Cam's greatest strengths. He came onto the team as leader, a role he hadn't expected, when the original SG-1 team disbanded, and instead of doing what he was told and forming a new group from other SGC personnel, Cam went out and regathered the previous team (sans O'Neill), putting him in the position of leading a team that had much more experience than him in gate travel. He often deferred to their wisdom and experience, but never was he not the leader of the team. When a situation arose that required him to step up and make a decision he always did, and his team always followed him. Looking at the characters of Daniel Jackson, Sam Carter, and Teal'c, it is quite plain to me that they wouldn't have if they didn't respect him. Cam is also a lot more humble than both O'Neill and Sheppard, and tends to undervalue his own skills, though luckily everyone else around him does not.

4. Caroline Forbes, The Vampire Diaries

If I were to be honest with myself, Caroline is probably my favorite character from this show. Her character arc has been simply amazing. She starts out in season one as your typical shallow, insecure cheerleader, and the only people in her group of friends who actually liked her were Bonnie and Elena, the girls she felt she was in competition with. Seeing her transition from that into a  loyal friend (and actually a better friend to Elena than Bonnie) and a badass vampire while at the same time retaining some of that emotional fragility has been incredible. She's the one I'm constantly rooting for and I deeplhy hope she'll get a good ending.

5. Sam Carter, Stargate: SG-1

Yes, another SG-1 character. Probably not a coincidence this time, since Stargate is one of my biggest obsessions ever. I liked Carter right from the start--she was the perfect blend of military man O'Neill and nerdy scientist Daniel, and this gave her the unique benefit of being able to understand where both of them were coming from. She stood on her own strength but also deeply valued the bond of her team. She quickly became a pillar of the team dynamic. She had one season on Atlantis, which I thought was a mistake not because of her character or the actress but for writing and behind the scenes reasons.


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
LMAO! I love that you have Ben Browder on here twice. I knew you'd put Cameron, but I didn't think of Crichton at the time.

Re: Cameron. It takes a hell of a strong leader to assemble a team that's better than him at a lot of things, and not only have the wisdom and humility to learn from them, but also the confidence and courage to take charge of them and put them in their place when necessary. I hadn't thought about him that way, but you're right, and it makes me like him more to see it that way.
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