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Beautiful Stark: A Picspam Celebration

Stark is a beautiful being.

(Images from Paul Goddard Down Under and Farscape World)





This has to be one of my favorite shots from the entire mini. Just gorgeous!

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And this has to be my favorite shot of all time. Stark looks so... beatific.



The S/Z 'shipper in me picked this one.



This moment of quiet angst is my second favorite shot of all time.



Stark with my other favorite character.



There is so much feeling and compassion in this shot.



Another corona image. The composition is just fantastic.



And thus ends tonight's dose of pure, shameless Stark squee. *g*
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Ooh! Evil! Yes, be evil! :)
Damn you, woman, stop tempting me!
*whistles innocently*
*whistles more innocently*
Argh!

*bangs head on desk*

That's just so unhealthy and wrong! Must... resist...
Why? I think they'd be very happy together, and have a much healthier relationship than John and Aeryn's on-again-off-again thing. :)
Okay, now I'm intrigued. Rationale?
John and Aeryn are all cats-and-dogs-fighting and tension and hot-and-cold (which is great television, but a really poor relationship), John's previous relationship was kinda fucked up (as we can see in flashback), Stark's wasn't - it was all supportive and devoted and stuff. Stark's just better at relationships, which, frankly, Aeryn needs if she's going to be having one at all, cuz she's a bloody Peacekeeper. Plus I'm told there might be something in S4 that supports it. And there's all that leaving-and-dying that I haven't seen yet, but, man, staying in that relationship after all that cloning business I hear about is really messed up. She could at least do herself a favor and date the guy who comes back from the dead when he dies. :)
Hmm. You know, you're the first person I've ever come across who's made a serious argument in favor of Stark/Aeryn, so I hope you don't mind if I grill you a bit. ;)

1) What would be your response to those who point to Stark's disturbed, super-intense stare at Aeryn in Self Inflicted Wounds as evidence that Stark/Aeryn is a bad idea?

2) Aeryn hates it when John is over-protective. Can you imagine how much worse Stark would be?

3) Do you really think Aeryn has the patience for Stark? Because as sweet and devoted as he can be, he is also unstable. He even flipped out and shouted at Zhaan once (Suns and Lovers). Zhaan handled it with gentle patience. I'm not sure Aeryn could do the same in her place.

Taking up a relationship with someone like Stark is a very serious, and, I think, difficult, endeavor. And I say this as someone who loves him dearly. Would Aeryn know what to do if Stark went into one of his screaming jags? Or if he started to bang his head against the wall or otherwise endanger himself in some way?
Heh. Okay, I'll play devil's advocate. :)

1. The guy's girlfriend was dying, Pilot was dying, everyone was dying, and he sounded more angry than anything. Do you blame the guy for sitting there, under a lot of stress and upset, and wondering "What makes you so special she'd die for you"? Of course, he might well get that question answered. And if anything, that'd be good for the relationship, because it means he wouldn't be going in blind to both her good and bad points. In that moment, he has a remarkably unvarnished view of her, disturbing Peackeeper associations and all.

2. For how long, though? John's stubborn, he's never going to lose that over-protective streak. Stark and Aeryn may have an argument, but he does learn to treat people differently. For instance, "What can I do?"/"What can you do that'd be most helpful to me?"/"Stay out of your way." Sure, funny exchange, but that's Stark's ability to let her be self-sufficient rather than hover kicking in between his first statement and his last. He gets solicitous, she gives him free reign to do what he needs to do, and he remembers she'd prefer the space.

3. She had the patience for Crichton, and he was hardly more stable. :) But the real answer is, you're assuming Zhaan's way of dealing with it was the most healthy, and I'm not sure it was. Zhaan dealing with that shouting that way was one of the most dysfunctional moments I've seen between them. What Zhaan did there was hand him a tool; Stark's not stupid and has already demonstrated a tendency to "up the crazy" when the behavior protects him or gets what he wants - if throwing a tantrum and shouting at Zhaan gets results, you don't think it's going to show up with more frequency? By not reacting to that as well as to more careful emotional control, Aeryn would give an external incentive for increasingly sane episodes, rather than increasingly insane episodes.
I have to admit, much as I adore the guy, I'm pretty much with hobsonphile on this one. But, man... Those are pretty darned good arguments. And I really, really, really want to see them explored in fic. Badly. :)
Okay, fine, then, I will. I just don't know if it'll be in time for your Starkathon fill-in deadline. :)
Damn, you're good. Eloquently reasoned. *g* A counter-argument regarding point three, though, namely:

3) Okay, yes, Crichton's not the poster boy for stability either. *g* But on balance, I think Crichton's is the more functional crazy. Generally speaking, Crichton can hold together in a crisis. Frequently, Stark cannot. References: Liars, Guns & Money, Green Eyed Monster (though, to be fair, he did ultimately come up with the plan to get them out of the giant space monster), Bad Timing (you may not have seen that one yet, so you may not know what I'm referring to, but it is another example, trust me). His tendency to decompose into panic, I think, would drive career soldier Aeryn up the wall.

Plus:

4) I don't really see any canonical evidence of interest on Aeryn's part. At all.
3. The Crichton thing wasn't really part of my argument. :) Yes, of course he's more functional than Stark. He's also pushier, more alpha-male, far more stubborn, obsessed with wormholes and his route home occasionally to the exclusion of common sense - and all of those drive Aeryn up the wall, too. The difference is, that's part of who he is, and he's not changing. Panic is part of what's been done to Stark, it's not a consistent behavior. But more than that, Crichton in a crisis is constantly challenging her, trying to take charge, trying to carry through his crazy-ass schemes, getting them into trouble as often as not. He can hold together, but it doesn't make him more dependable, it just makes him a more consistent. It's easy to know Stark's limits. It's easy to take charge of the situation, like her training tells her to do anyway.

4. I think this is in part a feature of how little screen-time Stark gets, versus how much Crichton gets. How many chances do Aeryn and Stark get for conversation, in which it could be revealed? Because, frankly, we don't see any signs of Aeryn's interest in Crichton until well after the event, when she admits it verbally, but not in any other way. She's not free with her emotions, she doesn't act out on them. In addition, Stark's in a relationship with someone else virtually every moment he's on Moya, save when he's crossing over Gilina, and Aeryn doesn't seem undisciplined enough to act out an attraction to someone else's mate. But at the end of SIW 2, despite the arguments and the stress and the anger earlier in the episode, she's still gone to the effort of comforting him with a concern and a gentleness (and a typical Aeryn bluntness) that she shows very, very rarely, and certainly not to Crichton.
I've been thinking about this some more, and figured I'd jump in to play devil's advocate to your devil's adovocate, although hobsonphile's already doing a nice job of that. :)

1) I agree with this in general, but I do also think that there is an element of, well, creepiness in that "you're very pretty" line that hints at the fact that Stark's attachment to Aeryn is not a healthy one.

2) Well, I can't really disagree with that. I think you know from first-hand evidence that my own personal version of Stark is capable of being accommodating in more or less that fashion, at least under the right circumstances. :) It is arguable exactly how much canonical support there is for that, though.

3) I think this is a teensy bit unfair to Zhaan. To be honest, I don't think long-term behavior modification was a concern for her at that point. Stark may still have been holding out hope, but it seems pretty clear to me that Zhaan had entirely reconciled herself to the fact that she was going to die. Which, even when you're dating a Stykera, has a tendency to put an end to the relationship. :) Given that laying a groundwork for future relationship dynamics wasn't really a concern for her, it makes sense to me that she instead opted to show him tenderness and compassion, rather than fighting with him and making their last days together worse.

Also, I really do have to agree with hobsonphile that I've never felt anything from Aeryn that would indicate that she had feelings of any sort for Stark. Mostly -- and especially in later S3 episodes that you haven't seen yet -- her attitude towards him seems to me to consist mainly of impatience and perhaps a rather abstract sort of pity. That bit in SIW where she offers him comfort is really the only one where I get a sense of any sort of emotional connection between them, and I suspect it had a hell of a lot more to do with Zhaan, and with Aeryn's own feelings of guilt, than with Stark. The fact that she never makes the offer again, even when (IMHO) he very obviously does need someone to "hover," strongly supports that.

But, again, I want to see you make it work. :)