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Trust me, I'm being just as uncommunicative in real life right now. I am in hide mode.

That aside: random buzzy thought of fannish potential.

I was looking at a write-up for Manhunter (the original, half-decent Hannibal Lekctor movie).

Dosk has a really strange theory he keeps advocating (I'm going to start fandom-hopping, please keep up) that Barnaby from Midsommer Murders (the cracked out "high-light" of ITV's afternoon schedules) is Jim Bergerac (from Bergerac, the Jersey-based cop-show that is equally incestuous but slightly more believable) in a witness protection programme. Twenty years later. This might sound patently silly if it weren't that Midsommer!canon is spectacularly weird to start with - compared with Barnaby's secret post-college work-experience with MI5 in Soviet-era Berlin smuggling out dissidents; Jim Bergerac sounds more feasible.

Like I was saying, Manhunter, besides being an actually good movie featured Will Petersen as a smart yet vulnerable profiler called Will Graham, pulled from semi-retirement and family-life to encourage Hannibal to put together a profile of another disturbed serial killer.

Graham is ludricrously pretty - and better known as Grissom from CSI. For those with only a (tiny) passing knowledge of the show, the cool guy who solves everything. He's an etymologist/crime-scene specialist who always has that little crucial fact that brings everything into focus - he is also just pure cool. FYI, I prefer him with the Beard. A while back, I read a really smart, interesting and really-rockin' fanfic that posited that Graham turned into Grissom on a witness-protection scheme and just moved specialism a little bit. And the crows came home to roost and go after another cute and slashable forensic techs.

So, there was Will Peterson looking like a Bright Shiny Slashable chunk of youthful-but-battered cuteness.

And my brain went Hodgins.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, Hodgins is the self-styled "King of the Lab" in Bones. An incredibly diverse specialist with a mysterious past (and like Grissom, he likes to keep it that way) -- he's a guaranteed cert to find that one piece of evidence (TM) that solves the case so Bones and Booth can put away the bad guy. There is one hell of a physical resemblance. Something to do with the cute grin, curly hair and aura of geek cool that makes him my special favourite in the world of unconvincing and bizarre crime-drama.

Secondly, Hodgins is an etymologist. He also specialises in mass spectrometry, geology, metal analysis, conspiracy theories and experimental (and often messy) forensics. He would rather nobody ask anything about his background as one of the few survivors of a Getty-style dynasty that secretly funds the entire lab-based operation. Eccentric and slightly weird, moving in mysterious ways, trapped in peril?

So, my thought:
Is Grissom also a survivor of a mysterious Getty-style dynasty with a slightly-younger and marginally more social cousin? Did they ever breed bugs together, compare weird forensics and worry about colleagues that get kidnapped by recurrent serial killers and placed in situations of explosive and lethal peril? Do they have to fight off bean-counters who ask whether all those melons were really necessary? Do they have the admiration of more lowly but engaged specialists who look up to them as role-models?

And do bears poo in the woods? /Susan

Do the Powers that Be randomly kill off intriguing supposedly-minor characters in pursuit of ratings?

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On other news, my stitching just went epically wrong as the two pin-cushion panels destined for a needle-work-gifting-thing turned out not to be the same size and I am seriously pissed off with myself for that one.
  • I saw Manhunter years ago and the soundtrack is so dated it makes me laugh now. But great movie! =)
    • It's always the people who try to sound cool that come off the worst. [especially the 50+ sex pistols tribute act that confronted me on early-morning TV today, hiding in their little rehearsal shed and trying to look grrr with bondage jackets and poorly-dyed bald spots]
  • Hey you. I am now giggling over the bizarre Midsommer canon and halfway convinced of the Bergerac connection.

    I read a really smart, interesting and really-rockin' fanfic that posited that Graham turned into Grissom on a witness-protection scheme and just moved specialism a little bit.

    Ooh, I think I've read that - was it the one where Grisson ends up with Greg and Sarah gets poached by the FBI?
    • Dosk is very pleased about this. Just so you know.

      I'm going to try tracking it down in the morning. Almost certainly Grissom/Greg, though. The FBI can have Sara. And the most unconvincing romance since Buried On Sunday.
      • Since I haven't seen Buried on Sunday I can't possibly comment - but I was never convinced by Gil/Sarah in the slightest, much as I liked Jorja Fox.

        The fic I was thinking of was Still Waters Run Deep by Tzigane and Zaganthi.
    • This is why you are so smarter than me. Also, your powers of fic-finding leave me in serious awe.

      I just made the "dueSouth is Paul Gross" connection - actually that sounds like an Arrogant Worms song, it should be an Arrogant Worms song - and got Paul with his shirt off administering to his island parish in a film that doesn't have the faintest clue what genre it is trying to be. Suffice to say, the love interest is even more unconvincing that Grissom/Sara.
    • I just re-read Tales of the City - "Still waters run deep" was Mary-Ann's yearbook quote.
      • Hah, so it is. What a bizarre connection!

        And I found the fic fast because the last time I wanted to reread it I actually remembered to bookmark the authors' website for once!
  • Oooh, that is a very intriguing fic bunny. *ponders happily*

    I read a really smart, interesting and really-rockin' fanfic that posited that Graham turned into Grissom on a witness-protection scheme and just moved specialism a little bit.

    You wouldn't know where to find that, would you? That sounds like something I'd enjoy. If not, no worries; I can poke around.

    I really liked Petersen in Manhunter. In fact, that's the movie that got me to dig up some of his other films. The Staircase is worthwhile, if odd; a quiet little movie. The squid movie is very silly but still watchable. But I'm particularly fond of Curacao if only for the nekkid scene. Well, hello thar, young Mr. Petersen. Nice bum. Very nice, indeed.
    • I don't know if it was the fic Buzzy read, but I've read one where Gil used to be Will Graham too - Still Waters Run Deep. It starts off from the end of the Paul Millander plotline and the authors warn for "Non-con and extreme violence" so avoid if that isn't something you can read. From what I remember, that is all right at the start and the rest is the aftermath and Gil's past coming to light with interference from the FBI - and the Gil/Greg is rather sweet.
    • It's almost certainly janne with her finger on the fanfic.

      (uh, that sounds wrong, sorry)

      Squid movies? I love things with tentacles.

      (uh, that sounds very wrong, I just like cute octopuses)
      • The squid flick is The Beast, one of those cheesy made-for-TV monster movies that the SyFy Channel loves to air on weekends. This one's better than most of the genre, which isn't necessarily saying much. Entertaining, and clearly not to be taken seriously.
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