On Answering the Television Meme

A few days ago I posted a television meme; I’d name off seven television series, and my readers could guess who my favorite characters were from those series.

Well, that didn’t generate a lot of response. :p

The five that weren’t guessed:

  1. Animaniacs
    This one was mildly tricksey. It’s Pinky, of Pinky & the Brain fame. I have to admire the dogged randomness of Pinky. I have to admire the writers who could come up with the truly random nonsense Pinky could say. I couldn’t write dialogue for Pinky. 🙂
  2. Father Ted
    Father Dougal Maguire. From babbling on television about a “spider-baby” to convincing a cardinal to become a hippie atheist to wrecking a funeral by getting the hearse to explode, Father Dougal was whole lots of awesome. Also, he reminds me of Pinky; I’ve sometimes described Father Ted as “Pinky & the Brain with priests.” If you’re familiar with both shows, you’ll know exactly what I mean. 🙂
  3. Homicide
    Detective Meldrick Lewis.
    Meldrick Lewis was just the normal guy on the force, with a snarky demeanor and a penchant for not suffering fools gladly.
  4. South Park
    The Mole.
    As I said to readers, there are some tricksey things here. I loved The Mole in South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. From his mother saying he had been grounded because “he said naughty things about God,” to The Mole’s dying words, “Fuck you, God, you fucking pussy,” I had to admire the audacity of Matt Stone and Trey Parker for including a militant atheist character in the South Park-verse.
  5. Star Trek: Voyager
    Chakotay, believe it or not, but it’s more for the character’s untapped potential than for what the series actually did with the character. First season Chakotay was really interesting guy, with all sorts of inner turmoil. And then the series seemed to forget he existed. I always liked Robert Beltran’s performance.

So, there you have it. 🙂

And to some random Google searcher out there, I have my doubts, actually, that LEGO James Bond would work. I mean, yes, you could build all sorts of impregnable fortresses with LEGO, and matching unisex jumpsuits are easily done in LEGO, but I don’t think you actually need a special LEGO series to create your own brick James Bond adventures.

Now, give me LEGO Doctor Who, and I’ll be happy forever. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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