Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci/Fi - John Barrowman

Ok, Ok. I know I said I was going to do this monthly, but now I'm considering weekly. A girl has the right to change her mind, right? Besides, there's just too many sexy hunks in the sci/fi genre. Blame the media!

Today's Sexy Guy of Sci/Fi is John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series Torchwood. John is mainly known for his starring roles on the West End stage, but has also served on the judges panel for shows like Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? He sings, he acts, he dances. He's dreamy and yummy, and lives in the UK with his partner, Scott. (damn!)

A former Time agent, we first meet Captain Jack in an episode of Doctor Who, where he runs into the Ninth Doctor and his companion, Rose Tyler. Jack is basicallly scavenging the universe for tech and selling to the highest bidder. A life he is enjoying to the max, until The Doctor and Rose show him what it means to make a difference and save lives.

Jack decides to travel with the pair and ends up facing one of The Doctor's greatest foes - The Daleks. Jack gives his life in the fight, but Rose uses the power of the Time Vortex and inadvertently brings him back to life. But something goes wrong. Because Jack finds himself not only alive again, but discovers that he comes back EVERY time he is killed. Poor Jack really tests this discovery, and has been shot, stabbed, strangled, electrocuted, buried alive - you get the picture.

He chases after The Doctor and Rose and ends up stranded in the past, forced to live his many lifetimes in the hopes of finding why he is the way he is.

Enter Torchwood, an organization established by Queen Victoria to aid in defending Great Britain against the alien threat in the universe. Public enemy number one is declared as The Doctor himself, who even though he's saved the earth more times than anyone can count, is seen as a big chunk of the problem. Jack grudgingly becomes involved in the group, mostly because it gives him access to the technology and information he thinks will help him in his own pursuits. He ends up in charge of Torchwood Cardiff, which happens to be on a time rift, therefore attracting all sorts of alien life and alien problems.

The Torchwood base is underground, filled with vaults of confiscated technology, dangerous aliens in cryo chambers, high tech computer gadgetry, and everything else needed to keep the world safe.

Jack is an excellent leader, but he does let his emotions get in the way at times. He loves his team. Some of them, a little more than others.

But that's ok, because Jack doesn't discriminate when it comes to relationships or sex. Men, women, aliens - Omnisexual Jack turns up his magnetism and uses it to his fullest, which makes him sizzle no matter who he's flirting with!

And yet, because he can't die, Jack posesses this deep rooted sadness, because he has to watch as everyone he cares about grows old and dies. And yet - Jack still throws caution to the wind and sprints into action, a wink and a smile at the ready for whatever each adventure brings his way.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack with such heart, charisma, and boldness - I truly believe no one else could do it. That smile and those baby blues nearly do me in at times.

And so I say "All Hail Captain Jack!"

He can come to my rescue, anytime!

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