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A multifandom meme from selenak:

List Your Top Six Favorite Shows (except for the first three, these were pulled out of a hat)

1. Babylon 5
2. M*A*S*H
3. Battlestar Galactica
4. Buffy/Angel
5. Farscape
6. Stargate SG1/Stargate Atlantis

1. Who is your favourite character from #2? [M*A*S*H]

Radar, because he is cuteness personified. The fact that Webster's does not have a picture of Radar next to the definition of the word "cute" is a travesty. He is so cute, he warps time and space with the power of his cuteness. Out of all the characters in all the television shows I have ever watched, only Vir Cotto from B5 has a chance in hell of beating Radar in a cuteness competition. And for me, Vir's biggest fan, that's saying something.

Radar, the tiny, ever-huggable one, is everyone's kid brother or son, and like all little brothers, he has a streak of sneakiness which is only enhanced by his eerie sixth sense. To put it simply, Radar earns his sobriquet by knowing everything - not only when the choppers are coming, but also who's sleeping with whom, what's going on in the front office, and what Henry Blake needs before Henry even knows he needs it. If you want to know the choicest bits of gossip floating around the 4077th, ask Radar, because he's always all ears. And amazingly, he only sometimes uses this power for evil. *g*

Radar is gentle, open, and sensitive by nature and given to performing shy, simple acts of kindness for his friends. When Henry misses out on the birth of his child in Showtime, Radar finds a baby for Henry to hold - and for Radar, this is the most natural gesture in the world. Likewise, after overhearing Henry's emotional call to his wife in Life With Father, he produces a handkerchief and then leaves because he knows it would embarrass Henry if he stayed and watched him cry. Radar is also doing countless little things for Hawkeye because he just likes to do them. Is it any wonder, then, that Hawk tells Radar in OR that Radar is one of the only things he'll miss when he goes home.

Radar is heartbreakingly in (platonic) love with both Henry and Hawkeye. I say heartbreaking because I'm spoiled enough to know that the first relationship is doomed and that the second will ultimately take a fall. On the other hand, the looming betrayal of Radar's innocence is another major reason I'm drawn to him - the same reason I was, and still am, drawn to Vir on B5.

2. Who is your least favourite character from #4? [Buffy/Angel]

I've never really been a big fan of Lorne. He is interesting and funny on occasion, but not enough to justify the heaps of time wasted on long karaoke numbers. Apologies to any Lorne fans out there!

3. What would a crossover between #1 and #5 include? [Babylon 5 and Farscape]

Er, that is the mutliverse fic I still have to finish, wherein a pre-series Chiana falls into a wormhole and ends up stranded on Babylon 5 mid-2258. Resourceful young woman that she is, she immediately gravitates to the strip club, plays our two favorite alien ambassadors against each other in a grand, subtexty battle of lust, then disappears into the sunset with some valuable property stolen from both, leaving said alien ambassadors to lament that they were snookered - and, of course, to argue over who gave her the better time. *g*

4. Who is your favourite ship from #6? [The Gates]

I don't really 'ship in the Gate-verse. I'm quite satisfied exploring the various relationships in both shows without bringing in a romantic element. From a strictly platonic standpoint, though, I'm very fond of Bra'tac and Teal'c - which makes sense given my recent Jaffa infatuation, not to mention my attraction to father-son relationships in general.

5. If you were to set one person from #3 and one person from #6 on a blind date, who would they be? [Battlestar Galactica and The Gates]

Does it have to be romantic? Because again, the gen idea comes to mind first: namely, Elizabeth Weir and Laura Roslin, a pair that I imagine would have quite a bit to discuss regarding leadership in wartime and all the possible traps into which one can fall while prosecuting same.

6. If you could meet one person from #4 and spend the day with them, who would it be, and what would you do? [Buffy/Angel]

For simply hanging out, Xander is by far my number one choice. We could order pizza, one of my weaknesses, and have a B5 mini-marathon. Dude, it would be a total geek-out session.

7. If you could change one thing about #2's plot line, what would you change? [M*A*S*H]

Frank needs to come out of the closet. *eg*

Actually, in all seriousness, I wish Frank weren't such a caricature. Of course, I recognize that M*A*S*H is a comedy, which means some exaggeration is going to be part of the package, but given the richness of Hawkeye, Trapper, Henry, Radar, et. al., I think the show could only be improved by giving Frank more than one dimension. As it stands now, I find him painfully unfunny much of the time, which has everything to do with the writing and nothing to do with the actor, who does very well with what he's given.

I also find Colonel Flagg equally unfunny, and he needs to go away.

8. Explain a relationship between two people (not necessarily romantic) from show #5, and why you like the relationship between them. [Farscape]

The relationship between Stark and John is one of the greatest largely unexplored relationships on Farscape because, as I've remarked in the past, it is both poignant and slightly messed up. They meet each other under very extreme conditions - i.e., the shared experience of physical and mental torture - which guarantees a bond - and, on Stark's side, a bit of worship ("Crichton will fix it!"). Then, Stark's lover sacrifices herself in part so John and Aeryn can remain together, the result of which is almost certainly a boatload of resentment on Stark's side and a boatload of guilt on John's. Then, added to that, we have the mystery of the virtual reality game and John's abuse of Stark in the miniseries. We only hurt the ones we love, as they say.

9. If the lead title characters (first name in the credits) from #1 and #3 were both drowning, and you could only save one, who would it be? [Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica]

I'm sorry, Sheridan, but I have to save Dad. Mom needs him to save the human race - and for other things. *eg*

10. If you could change the title characters' order in the credits for #4, what order would you choose? [Buffy/Angel]

I believe the credit order for both shows is appropriate. No changes needed.

11. If you were able to add a new character, any kind of character you wanted, to the storyline for #6, what would the character be like and what would their role be? [The Gates]

We've already seen a Jaffa who surrendered to the Ori, but given the frighteningly plausible argument Baal presented to Teal'c regarding the new Jaffa nation's vulnerability - and given the upcoming democratic elections - I would like to see a strong peace faction rise up in the face of what were surely heavy Jaffa casualties in the first Ori assault, headed by a Jaffa who equals Bra'tac and Teal'c in charisma and intelligence. Someone, in other words, who can give our protagonists a run for their money and highlight exactly how fragile freedom can be.

12. What happens in your favourite episode of show #2? [M*A*S*H]

The Sniper, from memory: A young, confused enemy soldier starts firing rounds into the camp. Radar and Henry get trapped in the shower. Radar attempts to run to the office to call for help, but the hail of bullets makes that impossible and he has to run back into the shower tent. In the process, he loses his towel, which is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen, made all the funnier when he realizes what's happened, shrieks, and jumps into a stall. Henry, deciding that Radar would look "mighty silly" with a hole in his head, tries to reason with the sniper from the safety of the shower. He is answered with another series of shots, and he and Radar cling to each other for protection.

Eventually, Henry and Radar manage to escape by hiding behind an ambulance, and they rejoin the rest of outfit, all of whom have hunkered down, I think, in pre-op or post-op (I'm not quite sure). While all of this is going on, the wounded are still streaming in, which presents a problem. Hawkeye and Trapper want to put up a white flag so they can run out and get the wounded. Frank vehemently opposes this idea, but he is overruled, as usual. The sniper fires at their white flag, but they still manage to retrieve the casualties.

Later that night, Frank goes out with his gun to take out the sniper and prove his manhood to Margaret, but he chickens out and ends up hiding instead. Hawk finds Frank in his hiding place and they have words. Then they hear noises coming from the mess tent. Going together to investigate, they find someone lurking in the shadows, and Hawk tackles the figure. When the lights are turned on, the lurker is revealed to be Radar, who, having been deprived of food for hours, is desperate for a sandwich.

Eventually, HQ sends in an air attack to subdue the sniper, and the sniper puts up his own white flag. Hawk, being a doctor first, goes out to treat the sniper's injuries.

I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a bit. You'll have to forgive me - what I remember most about this episode is Radar's naked bum. *g*

13. If you could kill off one of the characters of #1, who would it be and how would you do it? [Babylon 5]

I find myself in the same position as selenak. Quite a few major characters die during B5's canon, so in some cases, JMS has done the work for me. And as for the survivors, there really isn't anyone in particular whose demise I crave.

14. If you got the chance to visit the set for either show #3 or show #5, which would you choose? [Battlestar Galactica and Farscape]

BSG is the only one of the two that is currently filming, so it seems the logical choice.

15. So, I saved the best question for last. If you could date anyone from any of these shows, which show and which person?

Either Radar or Vir, because they are both so deeply charming and almost quaint in their blushing sexual innocence - and because they would both be cuddly, stable, reliable partners.

Tags: babylon 5, bsg, buffy & angel, farscape, m*a*s*h, meme, stargate

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