Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
Ever since I was a child I have always loved bit or supporting characters more than the primary ones. I liked Robin more than Batman, and preferred Watson over Sherlock. My favorite character in Star Trek was not Kirk, Spock or McCoy but Scotty. In a lot of ways I never outgrew this.
Part of this is because I can make up my version of their backstory, and it is easier to make up plotlines in my head for them without running into a wall that is official cannon. Obviously I am not the only one or there wouldn’t be so much Draco Malfoy fan-fict. But it’s not just the theater of my mind, I’d like to see more official story lines for my favorite C-listers.
Sometimes this becomes a reality. As a kid my favorite Star Wars character was Wedge Antilles. The Survivor of the battle against both of the Death Stars. (If I was an uber geek I would bring up that Keyan Farlander was the surviving Y-Wing pilot in The NewHhope, and that he flew high support, in a B-Wing during the second Battle, but I am not that geeky, oh wait I am.) Wedge is in all three movies, but Wedge really comes into his own in the EU. He is the main character in The Rouge Squadron, books, comics and games. The term for a character who rises from minor importance to pivotal player in a plot line is “Wedge Antilles Class Character.”
But sometimes when a beloved character gets more screen time it doesn’t work out the way I had hoped. I love the thought provoking anime and manga Gunslinger Girls. And by far my favorite G.G. is Claes. The mild mannered anti-terrorist cyborg whose handler’s death made her suitable only as a genie pig, and who lived a life bound by a subconscious order to be gentle and kind when she wore her glasses. Heck I even named my pet goat after Claes. And I loved the story arc when she had to take to the field because she was the only one of the gunslingers who could pass a diplomats daughter that a group of terrorist where trying to kidnap. But still when we got to see a day in Claes life, it was well boring. How much fun is it to follow a lab rat around when the other girls are of saving democracy?
With that in mind here are some characters i Wish would get more screen time.
Dr. Albert Marconi. John Dies at the End, is a cool quirky funny horror story about two slackers who will save the world, as long as they don’t have a date, or a pickup basketball game or something good isn’t on TV. I love David Wong and John Cheese as characters but let’s face it, the dog was better at making plans on how to save the world than they were. Marconi however is a perfect foil for these slacker generation heroes.
Marconi is an ex-priest Vegas showman who is so powerful that he can exercise a demon over the phone. He is accompanied by two hot twin assistants who undoubtedly would do anything that employer would ask of them. He has nearly reached enlightenment, after a series of Indiana Jones type adventures. He is a Mary Sue in a good way that contrasts with the main characters slacker-tude.
He is so perfect that I really expected him to be revealed as the villain in the end of the story. He does have a hidden agenda but it to benefit mankind and stop the evil ultra-dimensional daemon’s army form invading the Earth. Yes he uses Dave and John as pawns, but well come on even the dog has a better idea of what is going on than they do.
I think that a Dr. Marconi TV show would just rock. Sure Wong and Cheese could show up but the main character would be the good doctor. It would probably have to be on a cable channel keeping with the R-rated nature of the movie and book. And the writers would have to create some kind of over lapping story arc to prevent it from becoming a monster of the week show. But I think my man Marconi could more than pull it off. Especially if Clancy Brown reprises the role. And come on wouldn’t you pay good money to see two hot twins going all Bruce Lee on a CGI demon?
Jules Winnfield: Before I saw Pulp Fiction I thought it was a movie about John Travolta’s Vincent Vega. But let’s face it Vinnie Barbarino is a terrible gangster. He spends most of the movie fighting irritable bowel syndrome, he leaves his gun lying around so boxer Bruce Willis could pick it up and kill him with it half way through the movie, he nearly gets his boss’ wife killed oh and how could I forget. “He Shot Marvin in the Face!” It is more than implied there was a reason he was shipped off to exile in Europe before movie.
On the other hand Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules is the real deal. He (mis)quotes scripture before a hit. Mainly to scare the hell out of potential victim. He suddenly becomes religious when he thinks that gunshots that should have killed him seem to have curved around him and his partner. The thing is, he is right! Watch that scene again. Vincent and Jules were standing right between the gunmen and the spot where the bullets impacted on the wall. It was a M***** F***ing miracle! Only Vincent isn’t smart enough to get that fact.
Jules however has a kind of religious conversion. He is enough of a changed man to talk “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny” out doing something stupid and forcing him to kill them. But he also keeps the brief case thus finishing his final job for his boss. With the life of killing behind him he plans on wandering the world, looking for the reason that God had saved him.
Without the miracle Jules is an interesting thug and a killer. We get a few tantalizing insights to him, such as he has a vegetarian girlfriend and that pretty much makes him a vegetarian too, and that he never gave a man a foot rub. But after the gunfight and his realization he becomes fascinating.
I would love to see a movie, read a book, or watch a TV show about his travels after his epiphany. Kind of like Touched by an Angel but with gngstas. Jules could be God’s instrument of destruction. Of course there would be a fallen angel out there (please let it be played by a hot chick) trying to thwart God and his OG. Man that sounds good. Why isn’t someone making this right now?
Some had theorized he appeared in another Q.T . Movie. Personally I don’t see Jules also being Rufus, the black pianist in Kill Bill, besides the fact that they were both played by Samuel L. I don’t see the pianist’s back story of all the great 60’s bands he played with matching up with Jules background. I mean he could have lied about that part, but I don’t care if it was the DVAS, there is no way that Jules would go out like a punk. He would have at least taken Bud out.
Darcy Lewis. Whenever I get on a rant about what I fear Disney is going to do with Star Wars, I get stopped with the simple argument. “Disney did OK with the Avengers.” And well dang it they did really good, for the most part on all of the Phase One movies. Even with occasional missteps like Iron Man 2 and the original Thor movie. And one of the best things about the Phase Ones is Darcy Lewis. Who is she you ask?
Darcy is Natalie Portland’s character’s intern. A snarky hipster girl played with devilish glee by Kat Denning. Come on you remember her, she’s the one who keeps running over the god of thunder and then offering to give him mouth to mouth.
Thor: Dark World is one of the rare sequels that is better than its predecessor. But last year we all heard rumors about how terrible it was going to be, and that Josh Whedon had to parachute on to the set and re-write it. Though latter he said he just polished the script up. It is hard for me not to believe that the parts he wrote was Darcy’s dialog. Did you notice how her dead pan Sinicism would fit in perfectly at Sunnydale High?
When it was announced that smoking hot Kat Denning would be in Thor everyone thought she would be Hela or Lorelei, a sexy canon bad girl, but instead she was an entirely new character. I have been in love with Miss Denning since I saw her Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. And she is still cute as a button wearing a knit cap and those hipster glasses, but it really is her wit and humor that makes her so attractive in the Thor movies. Maybe I have lived in Portland to long that I think the embodiment of hipster culture is sexy.
Like Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, Darcy is a normal human in a world of superheroes and laser gun toting raccoons. She not even super smart like Natalie Portman’s character. The team took her on because they thought she was a science major, when in reality she was a political science major. She is a perfectly relatable character in a world of spandex and capes. If she did have a superpower it would be the power of snark.
Of all three characters mentioned here Darcy has the best chance of branching out. She already been in the comics. Unlike Portman who I doubt would demean herself by appearing on TV, Darcy would be a natural for Agents of SHIELD, Denning already has television cred with Two Broke Girls and a slew of cameos on prime time TV. And maybe Joss would write her episode. I can defiantly see her bonding with Skye over a latte while Fitz goes all googely eye over their visitor. A cameo in a captain America or in a Black Widow & Hawkeye movie is also not out of the question.