Gakked from [ profile] fan_eunice who said:

I think we should all do this about whatever our fannish bliss is at the moment. Lets make it so that today it is impossible to turn around on LJ without running into a list of joy about some show or another. Who's with me? C'mon, I challenge you. A list of ten things that you love about your current fandom(s) posted to LJ and a challenge to all of your f'list to do the same.

I'm in.

::clears throat:;

Hello, my name is Jane, and for the last year I've been a fan of a show called The Sentinel.

Why? Well…. Eye candy to die for, slash slathered thickly, little guppies and shirtless Jim -- no, hang on.


Not because of that.

Well, yes, because of that, but more than that.

More? There's more?

Oh, yeah. There's more.

The Sentinel, as a canon source, gets little to no respect from fandom as a whole and even, shockingly, from within its own fandom at times. The fic does, sure; some huge names started off there a decade ago, and the fandom's still very much alive. People love Jim and Blair on the page, maybe with some photos on the side to remind them of just how blue those guys' eyes were, how curly Blair's hair was and how buff Jim was in his boxers.

But watch the show? Enjoy the show? Admit that and pick up your 'sad loser' badge on the way to the door as you're booted out of the cool kids lounge with a derisive hoot of laughter.

For the record, phrased carefully, I'll say it again:

Hello, my name's Jane and for the last year I've been a fan of a show called The Sentinel.

Ten reasons why, in no particular order, some from the eye candy list, some from the more list.

1. An admirably diverse cast. Leading roles, secondary characters, heroes, villains, bit parts, love interests; non-white characters in abundance. Look at the three main characters; one white, one black, one Jewish and it's Simon who's in charge of the hero character at work, Blair who dictates the rest of his life and Simon who makes it possible for the Jim/Blair double act to open to a full house every night (watch Finkelman's Folly to see what would happen if Simon wasn't around. Bye-bye observer Blair, don't let the Cascade PD door hit your perky ass on the way out, huh, Hairboy?).

With all the current discussion of shows that fail or fall short in this area, TS doesn't get the credit it should.

2. Characters who change. Simon doesn't stay the gruff, disapproving man who took one look at Blair and dismissed him. Slowly, believably, they become friends and that friendship gives us some of the most touching moments on the show. In fact that deserves an entry of its own.

3. The Simon/Blair friendship.

2 (because I hadn't finished). Blair grows up as we watch. He's still got moments when his attitude towards women matches that of a 14 year old suffering from an excess of hormones but he mellows, matures, and the bright-eyed bounce of S1 is toned down until we see him, voice shaking, jaw set, take a metaphorical bullet for Jim.

Jim himself is in a constant state of self-doubt. His superpowers never sit comfortably with him and he questions his fitness to be a Sentinel more than once and you watch his friendship with Blair deepen and never, like Jim himself, quite trust it to be enough to overcome Jim's demons.

And sometimes, it isn't. Jim changes least because he's always changing, if that makes sense, but you've got to love a show that doesn't stick its characters in a box by episode 2 and never let them out of it.

4. This is about the show, but the characters are the show, and let's not dismiss the power of the pretty. Those three leads pack a punch. Hot, hot, hot, and not in a bland, plastic good-looking kind of way, either.
Plus, there's that indefinable quality of chemistry. The three of them were friends off-screen from all I've read, and I don't doubt it. GM and RB have the same ad-libbing, easy rapport that RDA and MS used to and it comes over.

5. Dialogue. I don't know the writers of this show too well but some of the dialogue is hilarious and they rarely get sentimental and gooshy.

6. Entertainment value. Look, I've watched some episodes upward of twenty times in the last year. I now ff to the Jim/Blair scenes because I know what's going on with the villains and I don't really care about them, but sometimes I watch every minute and this show has some great episodes. Flight. Warriors. Prisoner X. Blind Man's Bluff... 64 episodes and only a few clunkers (Inside Man. Let us not speak of that one).

7. A great premise. I love that Jim's powers aren't reliable, or due to being bitten by a spider or dropped in radioactive gunk. They're heightened senses, not supersenses in the comicbook tradition, and they trip him up as often as they help him. That's refreshing. I love the whole deal of them being there from birth and the time spent in Peru reawakening them after being repressed following Bud's murder.

8. The Loft. What? It's practically a character, just like Blair's Hair. I want that loft. I don't know why, because it would freak me out sleeping next to the railings and with no walls around me, but I crave that loft :;broods::

9. The slash. Do I need to go into detail, my little guppies? Didn't think so.

10. RB doing the shower scene in The Rig naked with GM a foot away.

What? I feel the love every time I watch that scene.

10b. All the characters who went on to be in other shows I love, because I get a kick out of spotting them. Buffy, Angel, SG-1, SGA, Eureka... that's just off the top of my head.

I leave you with a picture of the boys, just because.



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