This week, we want to talk backstories - namely, Matt Devlin's, in all its sketchy glory. Jamie definitely brings a lot of charisma and gravitas to every episode of L&O:UK, as do all the cast, despite the show's strict adherence to the L&O formula: procedural structure with emphasis on the finer details of the guest stars' characters backgrounds every week, not on the stars of the show. We do know some things about Matt, thanks to the series press notes and little bits and pieces that tumble out during dialogue, particularly his scenes with Ronnie, but there's still a lot left to discover. And we'll likely end up learning more - if you look at the Wikipedia page for Mike Logan (Chris Noth's character in the original show, who Matt is partially based on), a lot of his background bubbled up to the surface over the years. Then again, he was on and off various L&O series for a long time, and the U.S. seasons have three times more episode as the U.K. ones so there's a lot more opportunity there to flesh out each main characters' role in the process of solving the murder-of-the-week. Suffice to say, ultimately, it's unlikely Matt will get as detailed a back story as Lee Adama, or most major characters on other series.
So here's where you come in. And I'm not ashamed to admit I'm being slightly self-serving in this, because it's my birthday, and I want a present. ;) Write me Matty's back story! While watching the show, this kind of stuff has to have crossed all our minds, right? For those who write fanfic the lack of backstory is practically a gift; the less canon you have to work with, the more creative you can be! But to the point - I don't mean write an entire personnel file (Though the graphic implies that... sorry, I just thought it looked good, heh.) You can make it as detailed or as piecemeal as you like. If you each want to throw out one fact at a time and build off of that, go for it. It can be basic CV (Siblings names & how many? School background? First love?) or slightly off kilter (Goofy nicknames at police academy? Embarrassing cock-up on his first day as a PC?)... all good. So please step up, and don't be shy.
Did I mention it's my birthday? ;)
(If you are absolutely devoid of ideas, though that would make me *sadface*, I will accept picspam as well.)