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)