Daily Archives: February 18, 2012

Strike Back Saturday #2: Captive Soldier


The amazing Strike Back viral video, made as a test promotional tool, offers a tour de force performance by RA packed into one very intense minute. Personally, I think it’s a shame they never used Sean’s video. Even if you’ve seen it before as many times as I have, it’s worth another look. (And since the weather is nasty and I haven’t been able to get my nap yet, here’s another post!)

I was inspired so much by Sean’s video and editing skills and RA’s performance I wrote my own narrative based on the video, entitled Captive. My Captive video features narration by yours truly with images from the viral vid. You can watch it below.


Glamour Guy is back beautifully turned out and wearing an attractive little smug.

I think my computer just caught fire.

No one needs to teach Sir Guy how to smoulder. He's already earned an A.

Smugly confident, Sir Guy makes one fine-looking dark knight.

One of my all-time fav Sir Guy poses, this combines a smirk with a very smug attitude. "Yeah, baby, I'm hot and I know it."

( Author’s Note: Obviously I am not getting enough sleep. I put this together late last night but never actually published it. Well, tante mieux que jamais!)

So many “s” words work when describing the multi-faceted Sir Guy of Gisborne. Sexy, sensual, seductive, swaggering, slinking, scowling, snarling, screaming, surly, suspicious, sly,sarcastic, even sweet at times. But we’ll just focus on three for this photo essay on our ever-expressive Sir Guy. Tomorrow–Strike Back Saturday (John Portah, another SND hero).

One more for Guyday Friday: Smirking, smouldering, smug


(I wrote this as a salute to the effect he had on me and quite a few others after seeing and hearing Mr. A at last year’s Hobbit press conference ~)

There are some who eschew guys who pass up a razor,
Preferring a clean-shaven face.
As for me, I don’t agree.

I don’t think it’s so weird to fancy a gent with a beard;
Facial hair—oooh, that air of masculinity!
That alpha maleness lurking in the vicinity
Of a handsome hirsute face
makes one’s heart quicken its pace . . .
(Downy-cheeked lads just lack a certain—virility.)

And when the beard that’s sprouting out
Graces not some average lout
But Our Man who outshines all the rest of ‘em. . .
Hip, hip hooray! Oh, glorious day!
Mr. A, you rock that beard, I have to say.

When we first caught a glimpse of The Hirsuteness
Bearded Beauty extraordinaire,
what gorgeousness was there!
What a sexy, sexy beast we saw in you, my dearest Armitage . . .

At that table you dominated,
For your words our breath was bated,
as we waited, anticipated the Bearded Beaut.
(You sexy brut!)

Still, just watching gave us pleasure—
The Little Black Shirt encased our Biceped Treasure
Sitting so still and so attentive as others chattered.

And when your question came,
(darling girl, why a query so—lame??)
Sexy Rich, you did not disappoint us.
Deep blue eyes flashed ‘neath bold brows
Deep, dark voice, tinged with a growl!
White teeth gleamed–that wolfish smile–
Crinkled brow, that teasing style—
Hearts palpitated for quite a while . . .

The Bearded Beaut, a bit flirtatious,
a bit sarcastic, a little dang’rous,
You proved your point, proved it so well—
Such gravitas! Such—regal-ness—

You owned the room,
You wowed the geeks! They must confess . . .
That PJ’s Pick has the finesse
To strut his stuff (OMG, you’re really BUFF! But I digress . . .)

As alpha dwarf, you’ll reign supreme!
The finest dwarf Middle-Earth’s ever seen.
O Bearded One, you I adore,
And when you shave that chin once more
And bid farewell to your lovely beard,
Some will likely feel a little blue, ‘tis true,
For the beard has grown on us,
As well as you.
(But it looks better on you . . .)

(photos/screencaps courtesy of RANet)

More RA Poetry: The Bearded Beauty

Strike Back Saturday # 1: Sgt. John Porter


Porter comforts Katie and gives her encouragement. "Trust me."

John Porter. Katie's hero, and mine, too.

Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln with fellow cast members and crew rehearsing a scene from the first ep of Strike Back. Richard trained heavily to be able to undertake the physicality of the role, pushing himself to be as authentic as possible.

When you look up the definition of “hero” in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Sgt. John Porter right there front and center.

John Porter as we came to know him in those six hours of the original SB, earned my respect, my admiration and my compassion. Here is a man who is a good soldier, competent, reliable, resourceful, intelligent and brave. When a mission he is leading in Iraq goes awry and one of his men ends up dead and another critically injured, Porter goes into a sort of tailspin. He leaves behind his military career, separates from his family, struggles to find work and to come to terms with what happened during the disastrous extraction.

Working in a dead-end job as a security guard, Porter never completely gives up on regaining his reputation and his honor. He still keeps fit; he wants to be as ready as he can be just in case that opportunity comes . . .

Richard, a self-described pacifist, said he initially was not interested in playing this type of role. But he decided to go back and take a second look; to see if he could craft a dimensional character and not just a killing machine. Richard sought to find the soft center in the tough-as-nails soldier. And that is just what he did. If I ever ended up in the same sort of desperate situation as Katie, the kidnapped journalist, I would want a man like John Porter–relentless and sometimes ruthless, a real bad-ass when needed, but also capable of tenderness and kindness–to come to my rescue. And yes, he is glorious to behold. Strong, handsome, commanding.

At some point in our lives, we all need a hero we can believe in. And Richard Armitage gave us just that.
I have made several SB videos; this was the first, based on the first two eps of the series and set to a song by Enya.
“Katie’s Hero” is our hero, too.

(screencaps and promos courtesy of RANet)