Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci Fi - Ben Browder

I'm back, baby! And I brought a Sexy Guy of Sci Fi with me! Ben Browder gives us a double shot of hunkiness as John Crichton on Farscape and Cameron Mitchell on Stargate SG-1!

Ben Browder was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, earned a BS in psychology at Furman University, and then went on to study drama at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.

I first recall seeing Ben in the Sci Fi series Farscape, and I was a complete goner!

Farscape featured a diverse and eclectic ensemble of characters who are all on the run from corrupt authorities called Peacekeepers. They live inside a giant space-dwelling creature named Moya, which served as their ship.

In the first episode, the fugitives are joined by the main character, John Crichton, a modern-day American astronaut who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth. On the same day, another stranger is picked up by Moya: a stranded Peacekeeper named Aeryn Sun, who appears human.

Despite his best intentions, John does make a few major enemies; the primary of these is known as Scorpius. There are a few stand-alone plots, but the show centered on the unfolding events surrounding John's battle against Scorpius, John's special abilities with wormholes, and on another front, with his relationship (or lack thereof) with Aeryn Sun.

After Farscape ended, I was ecstatic to find out Ben was joining the cast of another of my favorite shows, Stargate SG-1!

Stargate SG-1 explored the missions of the Stargate teams as they traveled through wormholes created by an ancient "stargate" controlled by the military, located under the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado. In the first eight seasons, the mission of the SG teams was to explore the galaxy and search for alien technology and allies to defend Earth against the Goa'uld, a snake-like parasitic alien race that takes humans as unwilling hosts. SG-1 eventually learns that highly evolved but now impassive human-like beings, known as the Ancients, had originally built the Stargate network millions of years earlier, before they used their extraordinary powers to Ascend to a higher plane of existence. The fictional Ori, who belong to the same race as the Ancients but preach religious fundamentalism, assume the role of the main antagonists in seasons 9 and 10.

Ben joined the cast as a United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who is assigned as the new commanding officer of SG-1 at the beginning of season 9. He struggled to reunite its former members under his authority and commands SG-1 (with Lt. Col. Carter's assistance) until the end of season 10, later being promoted to Colonel.

Whether fighting aliens and his feelings for Aeryn in Farscape, or donning a military uniform and fighting the Goa'uld and Ori in Stargate SG-1, Ben's charm, bright blue eyes, and rockin' bod make him an obvious choice for my Sexy Guys of Sci Fi!

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