I have a one pet peeve when it comes to Jamie's work. He has a tendency to die, frequently, on screen. I'm still amazed Lee Adama survived to the end of Battlestar Galactica. Now, occasionally, a character dying is a necessity. For any actor who guest starred on Ghost Whisperer or Cold Case, the chances for their character having a long, happy life weren't good. I'm prepared for the worst. It's when a death wasn't in the book or when I find out the Forrester estate threatened A&E with ending the Hornblower series that I get irked.
Now, it would be easy for me to go on a rant regarding Archie Kennedy's end in Hornblower, but fandom is blessed with quite a lot of fic that can make us pretend certain events never happened (and that other events did ;). Which leaves me with, if I could change only one thing it would be Lord Tony Dewhurt's fate in the 1999 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
At this point, I'm not going into too much detail. I'm such a tease! This post is serving as lead in to Sunday's “Character of the Month” post. I'll just say, as a huge fan of the 1982 two part mini series The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews (so big a fan I got it on video when video was expensive), I was very familiar with the story. While I haven't read any of Pimpernel books, I've learned the 1982 adaptation is reasonably faithful to the original story. Even the 1934 film version ended much the same way as the 1982 version. And in ALL these versions, Lord Tony Dewhurst is very much alive. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the only time I've watched any of Jamie's work and was left truly shocked - given the way he died - and more than a little pissed off. So, if I had it within my fan super powers to do, Jamie's Tony would live!
But would you all do if you could? Would you alter a character's fate? Would you pair Jamie's character romantically with a character he didn't get to share enough time with on screen? I know I still hope to write my epic Battlestar Galactica Season 4 AU in which Lee Adama and Laura Roslin finally get together as they should be. ;) Would you stop a hair and makeup travesty?
Would you find a way to bring his character back? Fill in his backstory? Rewrite his history?
Be as sketchy as I was. Or be more creative than I was. Or link to fic or meta that you think did an awesome job of righting a wrong. Just spill!