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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, it's counter-productive to say anything before actually seeing the episode. And the fact that he'll be the lead I.O. on the case against Matt's killers, frankly, is piling the expectations on extra thick. BUT... I kinda feel like I can weigh in on this now, as it's something I've thought about for a while:

Understand that I'm not making any presumptions about Paul Nicholls or how the character will be written; I can't because I haven't seen any footage yet. But regardless of how it works out, I do feel like it's a bit of a missed opportunity for them to have cast another young, good-looking white guy. It's going to be hard enough for fans to accept Sam given the circumstances we talked about already (see previous thread), and sure you can make personalities very different (see: James vs. Jake) - but I guess maybe I was hoping too hard that they'd cast a minority actor or even a female, which would be a franchise first as they've never had a junior female detective. Shit, they could have even cast both ways. dramaturgca mentioned it to me and I agree, how amazing would it have been to have had two minority females as leads on a show? It shouldn't be such a big deal, but man it would be. (Actually, there would be one definitive way they could make Sam more interesting, and I'll be very curious if they decide to go down that road... anyone know what I'm gettin' at? See if you can figure it out from the Episode 13 description.)

Anyway... yeah. Obviously watching next week's, we'll see where it goes from there. I have to admit I'm curious about episode 12 as they're adapting the "24 hours in the life" format episode and I like episodes like that. (Of course, also trying to stifle the irritation that Jamie won't be a part of that episode. *big melancholy sigh*)
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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Hmm.. OK, it was a woman in the original episode, huh? Well, shit, then that doesn't bode well. What I was trying to get at was that if they made Sam gay, that would at least be a welcome, unexpected twist. (That episode description doesn't indicate whether the victim is a man or a woman. ;) )

charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I was hoping too hard that they'd cast a minority actor or even a female, which would be a franchise first as they've never had a junior female detective.

Agreed, although, Nina Cassidy was a female junior detective, I don't remember how many episodes though.

I was thinking the same thing. I was hoping for someone like David Ajala or young Indian actor like a Dev Patel (they could pick an unknown and really do something creative!). In terms of a female DS, I would even take Michelle Ryan just to make it a clean break.

Maybe they are going the Spooks/Mi-5 route and casting only young handsome actors to replace the young handsome actors that leave the show.

Going to a much needed happy hour now. :-)

Edited at 2011-09-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: September 23rd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Jealous. My happy hour is still 3 hours away!

Hey, I have no problem with the young and handsome part. ;) Just, y'know, variety is the spice of life. (We were wondering what Naoko Mori had been up to since poor Tosh got killed off on Torchwood. Wouldn't that be something, an Asian woman detective. And she kicks ASS.)

EDIT: You're right about Nina. Haven't actually seen too many of her eps, either. The mothership is so ginormous it's easy to get Swiss-cheese brain.
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