Hematite Badger (hematitebadger) wrote,
Hematite Badger
hematitebadger

30 days of TV: Day 14(ish)

Day 14 - Favorite male character

This was a tough one. I fall in love with characters the way I fall in love with shows, and well-developed, appealing characters are the reason I fall in love with shows. There's a long, long list of loves in my televisual history. Matt Parkman. Ned. Chuck Bartowski. John Casey. Sam Axe. The Middleman. Mulder. The eleventh Doctor. And that's just off the top of my head. But the top of my list at the moment is Charlie Crews of Life. Unique among quirky cops for his depth and realness, the feeling that every one of his quirks actually meant something and came from a real and personal place. Charlie was developed beyond his stereotype, and he was a deeply layered character. He had been mentally saved by forcing himself into a Zen mentality and physically saved by becoming a cold and focused instrument of violence when necessary, and those facets coexisted without ever feeling forced. The gentle, eccentric genius and the living weapon cohabitated in the same soul effortlessly, and neither was ever a facade for the other. Charlie was multifaceted in a way that few characters manage, and that's what takes him to the top of my list.
Tags: 30 days, non-fic
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