Posts Tagged ‘Nathan Fillion’

Happy Canada Day from The Televixen!

Today is Canada’s 142nd birthday! And I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to some fine Canadians who keep us glued to our TVs week after week.


1) Kiefer Sutherland – Jack Bauer’s been saving the US since November 2001, and the actor that brings this character to life each season is Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer’s not only part of an acting dynasty, his grandfather is the reason Canadians have free health care!


2) Nathan Fillion – Whether he’s Malcolm Reynolds, Richard Castle or Captain Hammer, Edmonton native Nathan Fillion always brings a smile to this Televixen’s face.


3) Evangeline Lilly – Since the beginning of Lost, I’ve been fascinated by Kate Austen, and I couldn’t imagine her played by anyone else except the stunning Evangeline Lilly.


4) Joshua Jackson – I first fell in love with him as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, and was I ever thrilled to see him as Peter Bishop on Fringe. Joshua Jackson is a fine, often underrated Canadian export.


5) Cobie Smulders – Can you get more Canadian than Cobie Smulders? On How I Met Your Mother, she’s Canadian newscaster Robin Scherbatsky. And she has an alter ego – Robin Sparkles, a Canadian pop sensation. Her hit song “Let’s Go to the Mall” is appropriate for this holiday, as she declares, “I’m going to rock your body till Canada Day!”


6) Tahmoh Penikett – We loved him as Helo on BSG, and he’s proved to be a real asset to the Whedonverse on Dollhouse. He’s a fine Canadian actor, and his father was Premier of the Yukon.

7) William Shatner – He’s the original Captain James T. Kirk. What more can I say? Actually, I’ll let him say it:

To all my fellow Canadians, at home and abroad, Happy Canada Day!

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I Can’t Wait for Castle!

If there’s one new show I’m looking forward to – the almighty Caprica aside – it has to be Castle!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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It kind of reminds me of Bones, which is a good thing in my opinion. And I could think of nothing better than having Nathan Fillion on my TV screen once a week.

Are you looking forward to Castle? Think this show has a chance? Is ABC the network that will finally recognize and reward Fillion’s star quality?

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O Captain, My Captain! My Fave Sci-Fi TV Captains

I felt like writing a fun little blog post this evening, so I thought what better to do than honor my favourite Sci-Fi TV Captains.  So here they are, the top 5, and one honorable mention.


I’ll start with my honorable mention – Captain Hammer.  There’s only one reason this only ranks as an honorable mention on this list – Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog wasn’t on television.  But Nathan Fillion’s character from the infamous web musical is definitely worth recognizing!  Who doesn’t love a superhero, even if he’s arrogant, self-centred, and well, a bit of dick.


#5 – Captain John Hart, Torchwood.  Although he was only in a few episodes of this hit BBC series, every moment on the screen was memorable.  Not to mention that kiss between him and Captain Jack!  James Marsters is great, no matter what role he takes on, but he injected wit and sarcasm, as well as some healthy competition with Ianto Jones for Captain Jack’s affections.


#4 – Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Battlestar Galactica.  One of television’s most compelling, iconic characters EVER, Katee Sackhoff’s Starbuck is one complicated gal.  She’s got the skills that make her a good captain, but her attitude, inability to respect most authority, instability, and the distractions caused by her “special destiny” have kept her from achieving greatness.


#3 – Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, Firefly.  Known affectionately as “Captain Tightpants” to his legions of fans, Nathan Fillion’s Captain Mal is a fine leader on his ship, Serenity.  His mission – to keep his ship in the air, his crew safe, and to take a stand agains the corrupt Alliance forces.  Oh, and try to make some coin along the way.


#2 – Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood and Doctor Who.  He’s sexy, suave, passionately dedicated to his mission of intercepting whatever may slip through The Rift, and fiercely protective of his team at Torchwood.  He’s a fantastic leader shrouded in the mystery surrounding his origins.  He’s saved Cardiff and the world a few times over.  John Barrowman may be known by some for his work in musical theatre, but he’s truly made his mark on the TV landscape as this fantastic character.


#1 – Captain Lee Adama, Battlestar Galactica.  Jamie Bamber’s Lee Adama is a born leader, although he needed some coaxing.  As a captain, he helped save humanity from a Cylon holocaust on New Caprica, among other things.  And now he’s taken on another leadership role – as President of the Twelve Colonies.  His passion, insight, pursuit of justice, and ability to see most situations objectively make him tops on my list of captains.

Now that I’ve shared my faves, I’d like to know yours.  Share your picks for TV Captains in the comments below.

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