Fitzg’s Journeys – RA and the Paternal Element Part 1

Fitzg returns this week with an interesting topic: the paternal element of some of RA’s characters.

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4 thoughts on “Fitzg’s Journeys – RA and the Paternal Element Part 1

  1. John Bateman could have been the son of a minister, could he? Re John Porter, I think it is possible that he and his wife had to marry because she got pregnant with Lexi. They seem very young for a daughter of her age. So maybe his wife wasn’t really ready to be an army wife and support her husband? It may not have been what she wanted from life.

  2. @Jane, that is a good point about Porter and his wife (Diane?) She was another who incurred some fan dislike.  Bateman a parson’s son? 😀 Could be; the children of clergy are as apt to “go bad”, as any, no doubt. Possibly even more rebellious than some. I was really concerned with Lucas of S7 – sometimes the three series seem completely discrete entities – or at least S9 somewhat divorced from the preceeding series.

  3. Hi Fitzg,

    Thanks for another insightful and thought provoking essay.

    Yes, Porter was estranged from his daughter.  And yet, when Porter thought that his captors were going to kill him in SB series 1, episode 5 or 6 (I think), he whimpers “Lexie”.  One has to think that a man who knows he is about to die has the most important person in his life on his mind as his last image to take with him–in this case, his daughter Lexie.

    As for Lucas?  The death of Dean was heartbreaking–especially since Lucas had made such an effort to try to save Dean, despite Dean being a typical rebellious teen.   And I would have liked to have seen the Spooks writers do more with how Dean’s death devastated Lucas to his core–more than just a single reaction shot.

    In both examples of paternal characters above, Richard Armitage brilliantly conveyed a pathos that was heartfelt, sincere, and authentic.   Mr. Armitage’s character portrayals touch my heart like no other artist, ever.

    Cheers!   Grati  ;->

  4. Oh Dean. The Dean episode had an effect similar to that of the Meg episode in reaction to it. That is interesting, Gratia, to have something more than one facial expression in the effect on Lucas. I liked that it was reflected in Ros’ expression, which was probably as much concern for Lucas as regret for a senseless death. However, I think the ethos of Spooks is – we move on. Still….

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