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100 TV Shows-#22-Spooks (MI5)


Smooth Operator
The Cost of Favours
Victory Celebration
Lost Asset
A Night At The Opera
Jools Siviter/OFC
Thin Walls
Negotiation at the Nineteenth Hole (Crossover-Flight of the Phoenix/Spooks)
Out of the Frying Pan (Spooks/House MD crossover)
Same Old Scene Torchwood/NCIS (and a bit of MI5/Spooks)
Time is a Lion
The Good Life
Jools Siviter
Good Thing Going
Tosh, Ruth (GEN!)
Green Light

So, here's the thing...I haven't watched an episode since the 4th Series. I really don't care about any of the characters introduced since the 2nd series. Of those, I barely care about Ruth and Harry and I mostly only cared about Zoe and Danny. I never liked Tom because he was whiney and his girlfriend in the first series was even whinier. I think you all know how I feel about characters who whine.

Basically I only care about the first series, of which I only care about two episodes and I only care about those two episodes because of this man:

This completely evil, sexy, bad-ass mofo, who totally owns my heart and soul and points nether.

I watched the series on PBS and wasn't all that impressed. Too dark. Too angsty. Yes, that's right. Yours truly found a show too dark and angsty. I was totally skeeved out by the death of Helen Flynn. The two pivotal episodes made almost no impression.

Then I got hooked on House and realized...hey, wasn't that....and signed up for a Rare-a-thon at fryandorlaurie, choosing to write about Jools because hey that would be fun. So I bought the DVD of the first series and re-watched AND FELL IN MOTHER-FUCKING HARD-CORE DEEP TO MY INNER MOST BEING LUST with Jools.

Based on a few scenes in two episodes, I created a whole fanon and a passion for this character. Because of a single glance, I envisioned a whole past relationship between Jools and Tessa. I then sent a set of the DVD's to beta_goddess and we became mutually obsessed. Writing that first Jools/Danny fic was some of the most fun I've ever had in fandom. I'd sit at the Desk of Doom and pretend I was really working under-cover for Jools. Beta_goddess and I sent ideas back and forth. As much as I loved House the character, I was never quite as IN LOVE with him as I was with Jools. Jools is (as you've all heard me say before) the missing link between Britcom Hugh and House. Plus he's clean-shaven and impeccably dressed and EVIL and says things like this:

I mean, we Wagner fans are a rum lot. I myself like to bugger skinheads in my spare time. So kindly don't tell me what I can and cannot do.

And you don't want to know what kind of back-story and fanon the Jools-lusters (we should have a tie) have created just from that line alone.

I still have one epic Spooks story somewhere on the back burner which is the one about Jools and Peter Salter The first time I saw the Traitors Gate, I had no idea who Anthony Head even was! Also it should be noted that there's a great fandoms collide moment in The Rosebed Memoirs, because even though they don't share a scene (except in my naughtiest fanon) the episode has both Hugh Laurie and Noako Mori! Not to mention the Keeley Hawes Ashes to Ashes and therefore Life on Mars connection.

I understand it's still considered on of the best written, acted blah blah blah dramas in the UK but for me it's all about those two episodes and ALL ABOUT JOOLS!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 23rd, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
You know i would have sex with ANY character Hugh played (well, not Dr. Cockroach) but given the body count on Spooks I might not survive any encounter with Jools, sexual or otherwise.

and the character who drove me nuts on Spooks was that bratty little kid.
May. 23rd, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Possible TMI:
Given my particularly perverse fantasies involving Mr. Siviter and a cast of at least ... well let's just say many others, my health and well-being aren't really the biggest concern.

Well the bratty kid was the child of the WHINEY girlfriend of the equally WHINEY Tom. I really did hate them all, and then he got involved with Christine Dale (the actress of which then turned up as one of the doctors in Broken) she turned into a big ol whiner too. I really HATE whining. (Hence my loathing for a certain sniveling Welshman.)
May. 23rd, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
the bratty kid nearly got them all killed fucking playing around with the security system, too. I would have grounded the crotch dropping for life.
May. 23rd, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching around season 4 or 5 I think. It seemed pointless getting to know the characters when you were aware they were all going to die horribly as soon as there was a handy gun/explosion/deep fat fryer available.
May. 23rd, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. That deep-fryer was just so far over-the-top it kind of poisoned me early on and then when Danny's death was also completely gratuitous. BLECH! But IF they managed to get Hugh back for just one scene of one episode, I'd be on that like ugly on moose.
May. 24th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
OMGyesJOOLS!!! I hunted up the first series on your mention, and it was well worth it. Jools is amazing. Total sexy bastard, emphasis on the bastard. And the sexy. Oooh, it's a toss-up....

Couldn't care less about the rest of them, except Tessa, as I've been crushing on Jenny Agutter since Logan's Run.

And I've gleefully saved this post to "Memories" for the fic index, thanks!

May. 24th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's a tribute to Hugh's talent that he made that character so memorably awesome in just two episodes. I love knowing that there are other Jools-lusters out there. It's definitely the bastard that MAKES him sexy.

Did you ever see Peter Firth's appearance on Top Gear? It includes him telling a story about trying to chat up Jenny Agutter and getting totally shot down? Here's the link. The Jenny bit comes at about 4:28.
May. 24th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Uhh...where's the link?

May. 24th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
May. 24th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
"I can think of several." I can just *hear* her saying that with that lovely cut-glass voice of hers!


May. 26th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I LOVE to imagine Jools and Tessa having elegant hate!sex while throwing little snarky epithets at each other.
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