[The ‘Yours in Armitage’ series is a collection of posts documenting my changing perceptions about my celebrity crush on Richard Armitage, using excerpts from past correspondence to help me come to terms with the uncertainties. I’m sharing this writing exercise in order to illustrate the highs and lows a fan can go through]
November 9, 2013- the idea of a television role sounds appealing to me. I don’t see it as a step down. just because he was in The Hobbit doesn’t mean he’s automatically on the A list.
As a fan who came into the Richard Armitage fandom at the tail end of The Hobbit promotional tour, I always felt like I had missed out on seeing ‘the object of my affection’ weekly in television form. not that I would have been able to see Robin Hood or Spooks weekly anyway, since I live in the United States, but don’t ruin my pity party! when Richard was cast in Hannibal, I was excited for the opportunity to finally join in on the fun. it was broadcast on NBC, which made it readily available for me to see Richard on my screen week by week. only, once it did come to pass, I did what I almost always do with television shows these days: I recorded it to watch at a later date, which puts me weeks (if not months) behind. with this particular show it was due to the subject matter; psychologically scary and a bit on the gory side. with Berlin Station, it was inappropriate content (I saw those gifs on Tumblr…) that I didn’t want my preteen to unexpectedly wander into the room and see. confession: at present, I’ve only seen 3 full episodes of Berlin Station. I know, I know, such a sorry excuse for a fangirl! but it just didn’t grab me like I was expecting it to. like I wanted it to. like I needed it to.
Ideally I would prefer a weekly show that didn’t drag me down in heavy subject matter, or require me to watch each episode more than once in order to fully understand the plot. I’d like to see a character that told me a different story each week, instead of one long narrative stretched out over a whole season. when I watch a weekly television show I want to feel a sense of familiarity towards the main characters, a bond, like friends getting together as we share with each other the ongoing stresses and mishaps that make up our lives. and when those stories get scary, overly emotional, or confusing, my ‘friends’ will be there to either guide me through it or walk along side me as we experience it together. neither Hannibal nor Berlin Station did that for me. maybe another opportunity will present itself in the future.
Yours in Armitage,