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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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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 should add, SIW2 is as far as I've gotten, so my evidence cna only go that far.) :)
3) 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.

Ah, but how is this more functional than Zhaan inadvertently reinforcing Stark's tantrums? Wouldn't Aeryn continually jumping in to cover for Stark's panic just encourage over-dependence?

4) Then again, Aeryn has also been known to mock Stark. (Reference: Meltdown)
3. She provides something for Stark to live up to, rather than act as a compensation for what he's already prone to. Aeryn likes to be in charge, and can get the job done, but she would prefer he be dependable. She's been military; she knows about not delegating more responsibility than someone can handle, but she's not going to make any secret of the fact that she wants to be able to delegate. Instead of spending valuable time arguing over who's more alpha in a crisis situation, she and a Stark capable of performing truly are a team, working with complementary talents rather than conflicting talents, and the experience of being able to work in harmony as a team is addictive - after a few experiences of it going right in small ways, Stark would try to come through for her more and more, to hold it together when she needed his support. Stark likes a support role, and he's good at it. Paired with Aeryn, they each work to their strengths, and they'd both have room to grow.

4. I'm not sure I've seen that one. Is it after SIW2?
4. Yes. As is Green Eyed Monster and Bad Timing.

Your arguments are so good, but the truth of the matter is, I just don't feel the pairing instinctively. Please, I entreat you: write it and convince me. If you can keep them both in character- and if you can pay decent respect to each character's canonical romantic attachments- I may change my mind. ;)
Sadly, I think I've agreed to do just that (as if I didn't have enough to write!). :)
(BTW, she's also been known to mock Crichton, and, uh, everything else that's vaguely humanoid...) :)