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16th-Sep-2007 10:56 am
Gabriel / Sylar
So this week's poll over at FADPOV is "Who wins the Coat of Awesomeness Award?"  And for some unknown Godless reason, Spike's leather duster is winning out over Sylar's black coat.  Why aren't you people doing something to rectify this situation?  Huh?

And before you ask, yes, I do rank Sylar's coat ahead of Captain Jack's aviator coat.  Jack's coat billows and flaps, like an insecure puppy that's begging for your attention.  Sylar's coat just calmly assumes you will understand that it is awesome without any additional prompting.

Dean Winchester's leather jacket?  Please.  

Though if Metallicar had a jacket, I admit I would be tempted to vote for it.  I think we all know who the REAL cool guy on that show is.
16th-Sep-2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
LOOK NOW! Do I get a prize???
16th-Sep-2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! You win...you win...uh, you win this picture, in which there is borderline adorkableness but NO, I repeat NO, dancing!

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16th-Sep-2007 06:54 pm (UTC) - THANK YOU!!!!
*oh dear, my inbox layout means i'm staring at his crotch now*
16th-Sep-2007 07:08 pm (UTC) - Re: THANK YOU!!!!
Riiiiight. Thaaaaaat's why you're staring at it. :P
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16th-Sep-2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Captain Jack was in a few episodes of the new Doctor Who, and has a spinoff now called Torchwood. And I like Torchwood, and I like Captain Jack, but...COME ON. Nothing is more awesome than the Hot Black Coat of Serial Killing!!! Except, maybe, the serial killer wearing it. (Lord, I cannot believe I just typed that sentence.)
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16th-Sep-2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah...that makes it SO much more acceptable! LOL
16th-Sep-2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Either it's early or I am Mohinder, but I can't find the poll. I wanted to do my part and rock my vote, but it's just not working out for me. Did I miss it or something?
16th-Sep-2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
When you go to the homepage, it should be in the upper-right corner. The home page has been widened a bit because there was a lot of whitespace--you might check to see if you need to scroll over to the right a little.
16th-Sep-2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I totally knew that. I was just um.... testing you to see if you knew where it was. And you did, so um, good work on that! Vote confirmed and recorded!
16th-Sep-2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
You were probably just distracted with worry over the fact that sooner or later, I was going to pull out this icon to use on you again...
16th-Sep-2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
NOOOOO!!! I was not prepared! That could seriously damage my early afternoon productivity. ::tries to look away... and fails:: Remind me to never again reveal my weaknesses in any place to which you have access.
16th-Sep-2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Of course, an appropriately crafty member of Team Sylar, knowing my own weaknesses, would just make up a batch of Ice Cream icons to throw at me in revenge... ;P
16th-Sep-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have considered it, but I am out of icon spaces! But just you wait... A few of the ones I have now will be cycling out soon. Plus, I have other means of distraction at my disposal. ::rubs hands together evilly::
16th-Sep-2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
*gasp* Your moral turpitude astounds me. I shall be taking notes on it, for self-improvement purposes!
16th-Sep-2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha!! You rock. The two people I live with both voted for Spike. Grrrrrr. But I am happy to see you rectified the situation (although, it does pay to have multiple email addies for just this situation...)
16th-Sep-2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Well. Obviously I am not devious enough to be worthy of my Team Sylar membership, as that option never occurred to me before. But of course, that would be cheating, and cheating is wrong, even if those other coats are less special and don't deserve the honor...
17th-Sep-2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Just to play devil's advocate, what's the big deal about Sylar's black coat? He only wears it in, like, two episodes, and while it's a perfectly nice coat, there's nothing particularly noteworthy about it apart from the man who's wearing it. It doesn't even fulfill the primary function of a coat, i.e. warmth, since Sylar feels the need to layer a hoodie under it. ;)

I'd probably vote for one of the others, except I've never seen an episode of Supernatural, Buffy, or Torchwood/Dr. Who in my life (although the latter condition is soon to be rectified.)
17th-Sep-2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Well, the coat has extreme iconic significance because for a number of people--myself included--that's the moment where we went from simply thinking "this character is very complex and absolutely fascinating to watch" to being completely stunned by how attractive he was. And by stunned, I literally mean unable to think. That was not a feeling I'd ever had before toward Sylar, and I also am not the sort of person who has completely thought-stopping reactions of attraction like that towards men, real or fictional--I didn't even do that when I was a teenager. That's what got me started in the online community: I was trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that there were a lot of other people who saw him in that episode--in that coat--and were having the same extreme reaction.

I'll generalize, though anyone from the TWoP boards who disagrees with my take should say so: the obssessive discussion about the character over the summer has been as much about trying to figure out why his appearance and behavior in Landslide flipped some switch inside our brains to make us feel that way about him, as it is just about Sylar. People call out different moments in the episode that were the flipping point for them, but they all involve that coat, so it is a big part of the discussions. It has now reached a point where mentions of the coat are as much tongue-in-cheek as anything, but still, it was a large factor.

And the coat itself is important. I've never seen one quite like it before, and frankly if I saw a man wearing it real life I probably would not be impressed. But on him, it somehow adds to his appearance. He actually does wear it in at least 3 prior episodes (5YG, the Isaac murder scene in .07%, and the Dale murder scene in Unexpected) but he never has it buttoned up--it's just hanging open and it could be any old trenchcoat. Buttoned, you can see that it's unusual and distinctive, a visual symbol of what he wants out of life. It's also got a rather theatrical appearance, which makes it a perfect match for Sylar's theatricality. And its tailored lines and buttons are vaguely uniform-like, which I think is why it gives him a more commanding presence even though it's slightly feminine. And of course, because I did not find him intensely attractive before he wore it, it's just impossible to separate out how much of Sylar's attractiveness is due to the man himself, and how much is due to the way that coat makes him look. The Ramones t-shirt makes me think, "He's cute in an odd sort of way." That coat makes me think...things I really shouldn't say online, in case any of my real-life friends ever find this LJ.

And also? I never cared for Buffy, and I never liked Spike. And I've been doped up on allergy medicine all weekend, so I'm amusing myself by trying to keep a BtVS character from winning a silly online poll. Benadryl helps you make your own fun. (Perhaps I should have just gone with that as a short, non-BA-in-popular-culture-fueled answer? Yeah, probably.)

Also also? Torchwood is fun. I need to find out if anyone has managed to write slash about it, considering that the text of the show pretty much consists of slash.
17th-Sep-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Do you really have a BA in Popular Culture? 'Cause if you do, that's awesome. (Which is not to say that you're not awesome if you don't.)

When you put it that way... I'll probably vote when FADPOV does a "Best Man-Cardigan" poll. And post a rant about how Sylar deserves to take down that hoor Fred Rogers. (What? Of course Mr. Rogers should appear on a FADPOV poll. Where would SF be without make-believe?)
17th-Sep-2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, I have a BA in POPC. I kind of fell into it accidentally. Spring of my freshman year, I said, "Well, my scholarships pay for 18 hours of classes and I'm only taking 15, what else could I take?" (I was that kind of geek.) The POPC department was offering a class in fantasy literature, and I was hooked, and changed my major the next year. Of course I've done nothing with it in my working life, but it was a wonderful degree to earn.

Best Man-Cardigan. Ha! I had asked if I could review the "Jim Henson's The Storyteller" DVD since it was fantasy-related. Now I'm going to have to see if there are Mr. Rogers DVDs...
17th-Sep-2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Voted and confirmed! Yay!
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