Today's Fictional Fancy comes to us from Becca, who blogs about food, life and "where DIY meets Geekify" at Radical Geekery. (Becca was featured as a Geek of the Week in January.) Becca couldn't resist the allure of getting to gush about her favorite fictional loves, and awesomely volunteered to write two FF posts. I couldn't very well say no, particularly since she wanted to write about one of my longtime favorite secret agents.
Like most people, you enter into geekdom with a single fandom and then it spirals out of control from there. Mine happened to be ALIAS, but I didn't realize it until years later. ALIAS is the first show that I had seen from start to finish and own all the DVD's for. I have a special place in my heart for the kickass Sydney Bristow, but I do tend drool over her counterpart, Michael Vaughn. (And just a side note, I'm going to give a few spoilers for the show, so be prepared.)
Michael Vaughn first shows up after Sydney Bristow finds out that she hadn't been working for the CIA for the past five years and Vaughn happens to be her contact. He first comes as a soft spoken agent, but you come to find out there is more to him then that mischievous and adorable smile. He sticks up for Sydney when his superiors don't think she is worth it, he stands up to her father, Jack, helps her take down SD-6 and ends up falling in love with her. I mean, who wouldn't want to be Jennifer Garner in the photo below?
Vaughn is a steady hand to Sydney's more reactive character, and as a newly married woman (when I started watching ALIAS), he reminded me of my husband. His smile, his laugh, his attitude, his demeanor. Plus, he could kick ass as much as anybody else even though he does get shot, stabbed, electrocuted and just about every other sort of abuse you can heap on an agent in a spy show.
Some of my favorites episodes are the ones where he "dresses up." Unlike Sydney who has worn an endless supplies of outfits, Vaughn doesn't really get to do that, but he gets the occasional piercing, tattoo and eyeliner (ooh baby!). On the rare occasion that he does, it sure makes me blush a bit. Here is one of my favorites from when he goes into a German Industrial Goth Bar. It totally makes the boy next door turn into one of the bad boys.
Throughout the show you grow to love Vaughn, and like any good relationship, you have those moments of hate. Especially when he is *GASP* is married to another woman. I remember watching the show and thinking that I could ring his little neck for that stunt. But, in the end he redeemed himself by shooting her to protect his beloved Sydney. This is defintely a show I would recommend because of the relationship between Sydney and Vaughn, and, well, you and Vaughn, because I guarantee that you will develop one. Give it a try; I promise you'll fall in love with that boy next door grin and those bad boy tendencies.
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