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April 4th, 2005


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04:05 pm - Doing the lemming thing, again
Stolen from kerravonsen, but it's all over my friendslist....

Post a list of 10 TV shows you watch (current or cancelled!)

Have your friends list guess your favourite character from each show

When guessed, bold the show and write a sentence about why you like that character

Post in your own livejournal if you want to play


Mind you, I'm cheating slightly by including two book series. :-)


1. The Sentinel - Jim. The super-senses are cool, but I like Jim because of his ingrained sense of honor and justice and loyalty. He may not be the most open guy, but if he lets you inside his heart, you'll never be outside of it again.
2. Stargate SG-1 - Jack. Because he is the king of sarcasm and bad jokes, because in spite of that it's clear how much he cares about his team, because he is smarter than he'll admit to being, and because he's just. so. goodlooking.
3. Buffy - Spike. Honestly? When I started watching BTVS, Spike creeped me out. Then there was this moment: "I know I'm a monster, but you treat me like a man." Watching soulless (and then souled) Spike fumble towards redemption...wow.
4. Quantum Leap - Sam. His combination of frustration and faith is funny, heart-wrenching, and utterly loveable.
5. Alias - Will Tippin. Loving, smart, willing to appreciate what he has. I love the guy for ignoring his unrequited love for Sydney, and just being the truest friend she could have, instead.
6. The Invisible Man (2000 version) - Darien Fawkes. Another master of the snark. Ex-con with an attitude and a fondness for appropo quotes to match my own.
7. Harry Potter - Remus Lupin. I have a deep soft spot for characters like Lupin; a sweet, intelligent, ordinary guy caught up in some inescapeable struggle.
8. CSI - Grissom. Very intelligent, well-read, nearly unflappable but certainly not emotionless. Still waters run deep. He'll go out on a limb to give someone a second chance. Also? Anyone who can quote Shakespeare in the morgue while looking at a dead body = my one true love. :-)
9. Touching Evil (USA version) - David Creegan. Not exactly sweet or ordinary (except around his kids), but this is a man in constant struggle, to conform to rules that (in his damaged brain) seem utterly arbitrary.
10. The Lord of the Rings - Samwise. He has been my role model, in loyalty, stubbornness, bravery, servanthood, and humility ever since I read LotR in childhood.

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From:jn_oscargrouch
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
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I'm gonna guess...Grissom for CSI. Jack or the Bradley Cooper (brainfart) character on Alias. Sam for LOTR.

Complete GUESSES. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Grissom, yes. Naturally.

Not sure anyone else will guess the Alias one, so I'm going to let your double guess in this time. ;-) The Bradley Cooper character is Will Tippin, and yes, he's the one.

Samwise? What would make you think that? (oh, okay, yes, Samwise)
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From:jn_oscargrouch
Date:April 6th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
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I got 'em all? Cool.

On Will, I remember you mentioning it at church.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:April 5th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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I'm gonna take wild guesses. Well one or two are based on things you've mentioned, but mostly wild guesses.

1. Blair
2. Jack
3. Spike
4. Sam
5. Weiss
6. haven't seen this
7. Remus Lupin
8. Grissom
9. The main guy, whose name I can't recall
10. Samwise Gamgee
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
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1. Blair - nope!
2. Jack - oh yeah, baby.
3. Spike - *jawdrop* I don't know how you guessed, but yeah.
4. Sam - yep
5. Weiss - nope, though I like him muchly
7. Remus Lupin - absolutely
8. Grissom - yep
9. The main guy, whose name I can't recall - I'm glad someone on my flist has seen this show! David Creegan, and yes!
10. Samwise Gamgee - indeed
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Spike - *jawdrop* I don't know how you guessed, but yeah.

I know how she guessed: I mean, it's not like she doesn't believe people couldn't consider Spike to be their fave, considering that Mistral is/was one of the people behind the scenes at The Bloody Awful Poet Society...
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
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*quickly visits link* Oh my, that looks like a fun site! Okay, I can see why she might have guessed, on principle anyway. :-) She guessed Spike like I guessed Munch, for her.

Oh yeah, thanks for the link.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:April 5th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Was, I'm afraid. I'm more than a bit disillusioned with Buffy fandom, so I'm way out on the fringes now. I think I'll stick to legacy fandoms like B7 from here on out. (Well, except for Harry Potter, maybe.)

Spike is a really good character for people who like redemption stories, characters striving to be better than they are, and who like thinking about the right path through a swamp of moral greys. He's one of the most complex characters in the Buffyverse, and he inspires a number of widely diverging views.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:April 5th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Seven out of ten, whoopee!

I guessed Spike because out of a vague sense that someone who liked the Sams Beckett and Gamgee might like stories about characters striving to do the right thing agains the odds. The one I'm surprised to be right about, though, is Lupin. That really was a stab, just based on you not seeming to be obviously the Snape type.

I don't know why I keep guessing Blair for people, except that I have this impression (not having seen TS) that he's the 'Daniel' of the show. Also, fannish types seem to mostly prefer sidekicks to leads.

The US Touching Evil was very enjoyable once I adjusted to the ways it differs from the earlier British version (though I still prefer the British, I'm afraid). One thing I particularly liked was the way handled Peter Wingfield's mini-arc, as if he were a regular character rather than a guest.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 6th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
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I guessed Spike because out of a vague sense that someone who liked the Sams Beckett and Gamgee might like stories about characters striving to do the right thing agains the odds.

Yep, that was a good guess. Creegan falls into this catagory, too, imo.

The one I'm surprised to be right about, though, is Lupin. That really was a stab, just based on you not seeming to be obviously the Snape type.

Well, I like Snape too. :-) I guess sometimes I'm more interested, though, in characters who are thrust into a personal struggle through no fault of their own, and in seeing what they do to deal with it.

I don't know why I keep guessing Blair for people, except that I have this impression (not having seen TS) that he's the 'Daniel' of the show. Also, fannish types seem to mostly prefer sidekicks to leads.

We do, don't we? Hmmm. There's an essay there. Re: Blair--well, he *is* the Daniel of the show, pretty much. Young hippie/academic in a cop's world. And he *was* my fav for a while, until I realized how much more like Jim I am.

The US Touching Evil was very enjoyable once I adjusted to the ways it differs from the earlier British version (though I still prefer the British, I'm afraid).

The Brit version is on my Netflix list. :-) I've heard many good things about it.

One thing I particularly liked was the way handled Peter Wingfield's mini-arc, as if he were a regular character rather than a guest.

Oh, yes! That ep, the last one with that character, ranks among my top 10 hours of TV ever.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 6th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
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I don't know why I keep guessing Blair for people, except that I have this impression (not having seen TS) that he's the 'Daniel' of the show. Also, fannish types seem to mostly prefer sidekicks to leads.

Oh, your guessing instincts aren't wrong -- Blair is the 'Daniel' of the show, and if you did a survey, he would come up as the most popular character. So much so, that if you read some of the fanfic, you'd start wondering why the show was called "The Sentinel".
So it's actually kind of non-conformist to like Jim the best. The other thing is that Jim has the "burnt marshmallow" appeal (hard on the outside, soft on the inside) that attracts the same kind of fans as those who like Avon and Snape.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 6th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Honestly? Had never thought of Jim and Snape in the same way before. Huh! Very interesting. Yeah--I can see the parallels. I guess I just don't cut Snape much slack (he's much more of a jerk than [canon] Jim), particularly after OotP.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 6th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Order of the Phoenix made Snape more of a jerk than he was in the earlier books. Before then, one could explain it as a combination of Harry's predjudice and unfortunate jumping-to-conclusions, but in Ootp Snape really was a jerk, really was completely unjust and unfair -- even though at the same time we discover that there are reasons why Snape would have an irrational predjudice against Harry.

I actually prefer the way Snape is written in some fanfic (such as that written by rj_anderson) than he is in canon, really. For I don't have any real hope, not after Ootp, that JKR will develop Snape in the way I want to see him developed. At this point, I almost don't care what happens with the War, or Voldemort, or any of them -- I just want to see a miracle: a reconcilation between Snape and Harry. And it would take a miracle, because both of them would have to turn completely around, not just one of them, as I had thought earlier. Because now both of them have done things to each other which are very hard to forgive -- they are now both in the wrong.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 6th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
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just want to see a miracle: a reconcilation between Snape and Harry. And it would take a miracle, because both of them would have to turn completely around, not just one of them, as I had thought earlier. Because now both of them have done things to each other which are very hard to forgive -- they are now both in the wrong.

Hmm. Yes, that's true--even before OotP, I thought it would take change on both parts, but after OotP, wow, it's going to take a lot of change. Even if Harry *doesn't* hang onto blaming Snape (a little bit) for Sirius' death.

I've had rather an admiration for Snape since Book 1, when he saved Harry's life without saying anything about it. And that admiration was dented when Snape let his grudges get in the way of doing the right thing, teaching Harry. I'm interested to see what happens in the next book. I haven't given up hoping for a miracle there, partly because it's one of the few twisty redemptive things that *could* still happen. [Sirius isn't getting a chance to fix up his life, after all.]
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 6th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I was also going to say that rj_anderson wrote the Best Ever post-OotP fic, Cold Water.

So perfectly canon, yet hopefully too.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
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1. Blair
2. Sam Carter
3. Giles
4. Sam
5. haven't seen this
6. Fawkes
7. Remus Lupin
8. haven't seen this
9. haven't seen this
10. gotta be Samwise
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
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1. Blair - no, though it's hard to pick on that show
2. Sam Carter - nope
3. Giles - no, though again, hard to pick (he's a librarian! and British!)
4. Sam - indeedy
6. Fawkes - Yes!
7. Remus Lupin - yeppers
10. gotta be Samwise - absolutely, it gotta. :-)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, if it's not Blair, it has to be Jim... and I agree it's hard to pick.

I thought it might be Sam Carter because you were comparing all these Sams once... but no surprise for Jack, he's my second-fave (by a close margin).

And no great surprise about Spike, he's an interesting character -- well, he can be written interestingly by those who write him well...

Lupin is such a sweetie. All that hidden angst, too.
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, if it's not Blair, it has to be Jim... and I agree it's hard to pick.

Blair was my favorite early on, but the more I saw of Jim, the more I grew to love him. (Doesn't hurt that we're extremely close, personality-wise.)

I thought it might be Sam Carter because you were comparing all these Sams once... but no surprise for Jack, he's my second-fave (by a close margin).

That was a fun post...but no, Jack rules for me. I watched the pilot about a year ago to see if I would like the show, and HE hooked me.

Lupin is such a sweetie. All that hidden angst, too.

*hugs Lupin* Yes, isn't he? I don't get people who say he's boring, because he's so not.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 6th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
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Blair was my favorite early on, but the more I saw of Jim, the more I grew to love him. (Doesn't hurt that we're extremely close, personality-wise.)

While Jim is my favourite (though not by a huge margin) I wouldn't pick him as someone 'extremely close, personality-wise'. There are aspects of Jim that I identify with, but also aspects of Blair too. So if you were to ask me "which of the two do you identify more with, Jim or Blair?" then I wouldn't really be able to give you an answer.

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From:izhilzha
Date:April 6th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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If I were asked that, I'd have to say, "In interests, I identify with Blair." But in the way I deal with life, particularly relationships, I identify with Jim. I keep fairly quiet, and once I decide someone is worth letting in, then whether they know it or not, they're part of me forever, and I'll do my best to be there for them and look out for them. And the guilt/failure complex? *raises hand* The glorious legacy of being an eldest child.

I was also amused to see that you Meyers-Brigged Jim as iSfJ, because that's how I came out on that test. *g*
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From:kerravonsen
Date:April 6th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I was also amused to see that you Meyers-Brigged Jim as iSfJ, because that's how I came out on that test.
Ah.
Wheras I come up as iNTj, which is why (a) I don't identify with either Jim or Blair (but with Avon, who is generally considered to be either iNTj or iNTp) but that I do find things to identify with in both of them: Blair being eNFp, I connect with the N -- the ideas, the imagination; while with Jim, it's the I and the J parts. If I had to live with Blair, he'd drive me round the bend just as much as Jim. 8-)
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From:reveilles
Date:April 5th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
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I love your icon! :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it great? I love snarky!Jack, esp when he just might mean it. :-) JD made it for me.
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From:reveilles
Date:April 5th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Who is JD?
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
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He Who Has No LJ. :-) *points to comments below* Ol' cyber-buddy of mine.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm probably too late to get any of the ones I know. :-)

-JD
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Aah, I'll try anyway.

Col. Snarky, the other two Sams, and your car. :-)

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:April 5th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Nice guesses. Yep. (lordy, I forgot I told you what I named my car *facepalm*)

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