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30 Days Of Telly #30

Day thirty, the saddest character death. Well there's a cheerful one to end on. I had a long think about this, but there's no real contest in the end. Wes's death in Angel still makes me more angry than sad, and although Captain Sheridan's death (or going beyond the rim, if you prefer, which could mean almost anything) is beautifully done, I don't know that I would class it as sad. It's the natural conclusion for his character. So what can it be but that of Leo from The West Wing? If you were a fan of that show, you'll know what I mean. It wasn't just that Leo died, it was that John Spencer died too, which made it all the more real. Leo was a wonderful character. He was beautifully played and beautifully written, and he was a guy that it was impossible to dislike. And then John Spencer died, and Leo had to go too. I knew that it was coming, but I had no idea when, and then suddenly at the end of one episode, when everything had been so happy, he's discovered in his hotel room, and it's just so unbearably sad. I suppose it's worse because it was a long running series, and the characters were like old friends by the end of it. And I was so very fond of Leo. It's a sign of a good show when you care so much, but that doesn't lessen the sting. Poor Leo. I really did feel that loss.

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elenopa
Aug. 5th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Of course, Marcus isn't dead, he's just resting.
swordznsorcery
Aug. 5th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Poor Marcus, he must be awfully chilly by now.
liadtbunny
Aug. 5th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Watching things where it's the last thing on an actor's CV and their character dies is horrible:(((
swordznsorcery
Aug. 5th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yes. I'm glad they never got around to killing off the Master back in the seventies. The story sounded like an interesting one, but I prefer him just disappearing in his TARDIS.
liadtbunny
Aug. 7th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
People keep saying how it was terrible Frontier in Space was as the final Delgado!Master episode and the ending is very huh? but they didn't know he was going to die. While I'm not keen on the serial as a whole it does have some of my fave Master scenes and Delgado is on top form, and as you say he didn't die so I can watch it.
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