They've drafted James Marsters in. Essentially playing Spike- only without the bleached blond hair. Does he worry about typecasting?
I suspect that, at some point, he worries about putting food on the table and paying the rent just like we do and if it came down to playing "Torchwood Spike" or nothing, he took the job.
And he's the best thing in the show.
I don't watch Torchwood, but that wouldn't surprise me.
It's something of a shame that our artists today (no matter what field they are in) have to put mundane concerns over art, but that's how the world works.
You're not missing much. It's slick and heartless.
Actors have always had to contend with type-casting. Marsters probably has fun. In Torchwood he gets to wear a braided military jacket, flourish automatic weapons and fire off witty one-liners. I wouldn't mind being paid to do that.
There seems to be a thing about leading actors and nifty coats. Barrowman has his flowing army greatcoat. Spike has his jacket. The guy in Primeval (does anyone watch that?) has a funky coat too.
I'm sure there are more examples. There were when I started typing this, but they've gone...
I'd like a coat like Barrowman's.
And I've always fancied a duster- like they wear in the spaghetti westerns.
I enjoyed the first series but missed last night's episode. I thought the first series was very strong on dealing with morality, ends justifying means (or not) and the treatment of those we consider to be alien. However Capn Jack is a very naughty boy and often lets his hormones get the better of him. He is a great action man but a very poor boss! Not really a hero or a role model.
I have my doubts about Barrowman. I'm not sure he has the weight to carry the series. I preferred him in Dr Who. I think he's a supporting actor not a star.
The first series has been playing here on cable, and I just can't get myself to sit through an entire episode. The writing lacks wit, the characters all seem desperately shallow and cardboardy, and Captain Jack was a much, much more interesting character on Dr. Who. It's all a bit of a colossal disappointment, really.
I found series #1 terribly disappointing. If I didn't love Dr Who I really wouldn't have bothered with it.
The first episode of series #2 shows signs of improvement. Russell T Davies is on record as saying that the new secret ingredient will be humour. If nothing else there were some smart one-liners last night.
Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to download the British version rather than watch it on BBC America because I always fear that the Puritans, over here, will censor.
That's wise. I believe the versions shown on BBC America are around 4 minutes shorter.