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Day 14 - Favorite male character

Apparently when I do icons I can't post memes. So you get spammed with GIPs instead. Oh well. You get both today.

I have a favorite male character type. I like the cowboy archetype. I like men who take action, who do rather than wait. I like dangerous men. I don't mean bad guys, but guys who can be, if pushed, dangerous. But as much as I love my characters with edge, they also need a moral center. I could never watch "The Shield" or "The Sopranos" because those characters lacked a soul. They had no moral center and I always wanted them to be served real justice for the misery their self-serving ways caused. I can't even watch "Rescue Me" no matter how good the show or how much I love Denis Leary because the character lacks, well, strength of character. I can't enjoy a show where the only feeling the character elicits from me is pity.

So it's easy to pick my favorite male characters. Jack Bauer, John McClain, Eliot Spencer, Aaron Hotchner, Dean Winchester, Michael Westen. Mickey Kostmeyer (remember him?), Rick Simon, the whole A-Team … I've got a type.

I also have a favorite male character: Stingray. I've geeked out over the show and the character before: Stingray tag. I've even crowned him my favorite character. Don't you love it when you can quote past posts to answer current questions!

I can't say that this is my favorite show of all time, but the character of Ray is, far and away, my favorite character ever to exist. If I could bring one character to life from any media, ever, it would (without a second thought) be Stingray. He is everything I passionately love in a character. He is dark, mysterious and dangerous. He lives and works in a world of moral ambiguity, where being the good guy doesn't guarantee anything. He knows that evil exists, having not only seen it, but actually been part of it. Yet, even though he is more than capable of evil himself, he chooses to work for good. Ray stands out from other anti-heroes, though, in that he's not broody and angsty as some sort of self-flagellating penance over the mere capability of doing evil. The character, despite the darkness, manages to have many light moments. He even has a sense of humor that is allowed to come out. He is actually permitted to be happy at times.

Love. Love. Love the character.
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Ah, 80's television -- when main characters still smoked, no one wore seat belts and you could walk through airport security with a gun in your pocket. There's no such thing as airbags and the big bad guys are Soviet Agents. Back when armed raids on suspected criminal hideouts were done in street clothes and without tactical support. When high tech meant DOS 3.1, and information was displayed on a flickering green screen.

Despite all that, Stingray is an 80s show that actually holds up well. I wrote abut the show before, three years ago when I got bootleg copies of the show -- before it was released to DVD. Everything I said then still stands now. It even looks better now that I got the official, pretty version of the show.

Stingray is one of those shows that makes me wax philosophical. It makes me want to analyze the characters, expound on the themes it touches and explore the subtle nuances of character interaction and introspection. A lot of shows make me occasionally want to delve into show-based discussions, but every episode of Stingray provides numerous opportunities to discuss themes or characters or physiological truisms. In current television, only Burn Notice has the same effect on me.

I'm not sure if Myria likes the show. She doesn't dislike it, but the comments she keeps coming back to are that "It's a very quiet show" and "It's rather dark". They are both very accurate comments.

It is a very quiet show. Until she mentioned it, I never really gave it much thought, but the show really doesn't have a sound track. They do have music that plays over some scenes, especially over action sequences and they often use music that is present in the scene (ie from a jukebox). But for the majority of the show, when there is dialogue or even silent character interaction, it is often done without anything other than ambient sound. Interestingly enough, when they do have a montage of action with a musical overture, the music used is specially written for the scene. When there is a soundtrack it is very minimal. Ever since she mentioned it, it's so very obvious. It is very quiet.

It is also rather dark. It's hard to explain -- its not like 24 or other anti-hero shows. But the good guys don't always survive and winning doesn't guarantee that the winner gets what they wanted. Ray loses a good quarter of his clients. The situations he is put into are often dangerous and morally ambigious. Add to that the basic "Fugitive" drawback -- the hero always has to leave those he befriended -- and you get a show that is dark in tone. It's a tone that I really like -- I like the adult tone, where "necessary" and "right" aren't always the same and where doing everything right doesn't guarantee a "good" ending. Myr isn't so fond of it, but I like that she can recognize it.
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Cry Wolf


Quick Summary

Ray gets drawn into a case of a drugged-up TV star, Ty Gardiner, who tries to hire him despite Ray's misgivings. When faced with mobsters, Yakuza and feds, Ray find the most dangerous thing he has to face is Ty's self-centered stupidity.

Recap Comments )

Episode Recap )

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Music in the show )

Aliases used by Ray )

Favors Reclaimed )

Facts about Ray )

Any changes, additions or comments? Let me know. Please, feed my obsession.
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I belong to a Stingray group on Yahoo and we are talking about one episode (or so) a week. Because I know have the eps on tape and because it's something I've always wanted to do (Yes, I am that weird), I'm doing recaps/summaries/reviews of the episodes.

I'm posting them here because I can. I will cut them because they are very long and, you know, obsessive in a way most of my flist is not. But if you want to know about the show, read away. Otherwise, go ahead and ignore me. I expect to do an episode a week if I'm lucky, every other if I'm not.

I'm picking up near the end, episode 21 to be exact.

The quick summary of the show:

Stingray revolves around a mysterious man known only as Ray, who travels the land in a black '65 Stingray Corvette. His background is unknown. However, someone can contact him by answering a newspaper or computer ad to barter for a Stingray Corvette. He typically helps those who can't help themselves, but always asks a price: he requires that they help him out one time, sometime in the future, no questions asked. A favor for a favor. He is truly a man of mystery: no one ever knows his real name.

Pity me if you must, feed my obsesion if you can. *grin*
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The greatest person in the world, [livejournal.com profile] finabair has given me copies of Stingray. No, not the Gary Anderson puppet show, the drama that was on NBC in 1985.



Never heard of it? Doesn't really surprise me. You could say it ran for two seasons because technically it did, but it only had 25 episodes total. And NBC kept changing the air times and preempting it so, in all likelihood, most viewers didn't know it was even on. Even I, with my undying love for the show, didn't get to see all of them the first time it aired.

I can't say that this is my favorite show of all time, but the character of Ray is, far and away, my favorite character ever to exist. If I could bring one character to life from any media, ever, it would (without a second thought) be Stingray. He is everything I passionately love in a character. He is dark, mysterious and dangerous. He lives and works in a world of moral ambiguity, where being the good guy doesn't guarantee anything. He knows that evil exists, having not only seen it, but actually been part of it. Yet, even though he is more than capable of evil himself, he chooses to work for good. Ray stands out from other anti-heroes, though, in that he's not broody and angsty as some sort of self-flagellating penance over the mere capability of doing evil. The character, despite the darkness, manages to have many light moments. He even has a sense of humor that is allowed to come out. He is actually permitted to be happy at times.

More gushing inside )

I'm sure I'll obsess more here in the future. I mean, I need something to pass the time with until 24 starts in January.

So, you know, be warned.

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