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A total Stephen Furst fangirl

I'm ashamed to admit it, but when Animal House: The Double Secret Probation Edition arrived in my mailbox from Netflix this afternoon, I squeeeed like a total fangirl. Animal House is juvenile and crude and everything else, but I love it simply because Stephen Furst is in it.

My fangirl-ishness when it comes to Stephen Furst dates from way back- about ten years ago actually- when Maryland Public Television was showing re-runs of St. Elsewhere every night. For those in the audience who have limited access to American television, St. Elsewhere was a large ensemble medical drama that originally aired here in the States in the 1980's. Stephen Furst played Dr. Elliot Axelrod for several years on that program and I, at fourteen years old, fell in love with him at first sight. I thought he was so adorable (in a let-me-pinch-your-cheeks sort of way). I wanted to kidnap him and make him my cuddly teddy bear. (Don't worry, though. I'm not a stalker. Really. I'm not. I swear. *g*)

Just to show you how bad my fangirl-ishness really is, I'm going to make a huge confession:

I started watching B5 because Stephen Furst was in the cast. No joke, I swear to the Great Maker.

Obviously, once I started watching B5 on a regular basis, I found many other things to like about the show. *g* But Stephen Furst was my primary draw.

I am very, very sad. *g*

(BTW, I have posted the completed "Missing Light: Five Things that Never Happened to Vir Cotto" on ff.net here. Yay! Vir love!)
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Sadness

Hehe, I think you have rather good taste, actually. Stephen Furst is adorable, plus I think he's a really good actor. How sad is it to buy "Danielle Steel's Zoya" just because Bruce Boxleitner and Melissa Gilbert are in it? And watch it while shout at the screen "Anna is evil, Anna is evil!! And you're married anyway, you cheating bastard!!"

Now, *that* is sad!! :-))

LOL

I don't think I've ever done anything like that. *g* However, I did watch an episode of Enterprise once simply because Andreas Katsulas was one of the guest stars and I couldn't really get over his not-Narnness. *g* (I'm not generally a big fan of Enterprise, although I'm trying to watch it more regularly this year in the hope that the Delphic Expanse arc will turn into something good.)

I thought of Stephen Furst as Elliot for a very long time. But now he will always be Vir to me. Stephen really grew in that role. Watching B5 again on DVD, I find myself gaining an even greater respect for his ability. When you get to second season, watch him when he's in the background, especially in Geometry of Shadows and The Coming of Shadows. He does a great job conveying Vir's discomfort with the whole situation and much of it is non-verbal.

Of course, as time went by, he managed to steal a few scenes of his own. *g*

There All the Honor Lies- the scene with Londo in the Zocalo really, really impressed me the first time I saw it.

Sic Transit Vir- Stephen was the one who held it together and brought the episode down to human level. He was very endearing and absolutely hysterical. The second scene with Ivanova is, in my opinion, the funniest scene in the entire series.

"There were other women, but I never got past one."
"You mean first base."
"No, I mean one. You see, we have six... um... we have six, you see..."


And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place- I believed that he was terrified by Refa and his telepath. I felt for Vir so much in this episode.

The Hour of the Wolf, The Summoning, The Long Night, and Into the Fire- Stephen's best work is in this mini-arc. His reaction takes during G'Kar's lashing were very convincing- I thought he really was going to throw up. And, of course, there is that wonderful scene after he assassinates Cartagia.

Stephen had less stuff to do post-Into the Fire, but he deserves praise for the way he subtly changed Vir after his moment as an unwilling assassin. From that point on, Stephen gave Vir a lot more gravitas. (The weight loss, BTW, couldn't have happened at a better moment in the series. It corresponded exactly to Vir's evolution as a serious character.)

Stephen Furst is Vir Cotto. I really can't imagine anyone else in the role. *g*