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08 November 2008 @ 11:16 am
Eleventh Hour's Rachel/Hood the next Mulder/Scully?  
Yes, the similarities between the two shows has been mentioned here and there, but they were based on the premise and not the relationship factor. Now I could be completely wrong, completely crazy, completely something, but I think it's possible that the Eleventh Hour's Hood/Rachel could become this decade's X-Files's Mulder/Scully. I know, I know it sounds crazy because on the surface other than the FBI being involved and them being male/female leads, how could I even entertain the thought? I mean, hello, it's MULDER AND SCULLY!!!

First a little description of the show and the two leads if you haven't heard of it/watched it. 11H is about a scientific advisor to the FBI, Dr. Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell) who investigates cases that are unexplainable to the general law enforcement/regular FBI agents. What winds up being the case is that Hood solves them with his genius-level knowledge of all things science-y, but it usually comes off looking like the crack side of science. Agent Rachel Hood (Marley Shelton) is the latest in a long line of handlers for Hood. He needs handlers/protectors because he just says what he wants to, not rudely or without tact, but more because he's in his own head so much of the time that he just doesn't think to bother with the normal pleasantries. He's not mean, or a jerk, it's just that his brain is always working at 100mph and he wants to get things done. But because of that, there have been some assassination attempts on his life; Rachel is the latest because his way has made those before her quit.

Okay, moving. Now, how are the two shows alike:

1. The FBI is involved. And while technically the cases aren't unexplained phenomena the likes of which we saw on the XF, they are explained only by what generally amounts to Hood figuring out some crack-form of science.

2. Hood while the science-guy, figures things out by going into flights of crack-science theory in much the same way that Mulder did about unexplained phenomena, while Rachel/Scully stands/stood by and has/had the crack-theory explained to her in all of its cracky ways. (Although, admittedly in 11H, the crack is science.)

3. Hood is pretty much useless in a fight. (Sorry, Mulder). Like with Scully, Rachel is the one who comes in and kicks ass, brandishing her gun in such a way that she does NOT get her ass kicked and generally is an all-around bad ass.

4. Like Mulder, Hood has tragedy in his past (of a totally different nature, but still there). Mulder lost Samantha to aliens; Hood lost his wife to cancer.

5. The two leads have such ridiculously immense chemistry that practically every word and look said to each other comes across as flirting despite the fact that really, truly they are not.

6. The way Hood says her name when something bad is happening to her; oh, the softness that is contained in that single word. *Sigh*

7. Others in the bureau (including former FBI associates) look down on Rachel because of the work she is doing now.

8. Erm, Marley Shelton (like Gillian Anderson) has big, blue eyes!

9. Both leads are very charismatic together and on their own.

10. Finally, we're already seeing the two "choose" each other in small ways as how it built and began with Mulder and Scully having each other.

Look, I admit it's nowhere near as good as XF (not to say that it isn't a good show, it is), but I just see so much potential for the same kind of powerful type of relationship that Mulder and Scully had without the show (or even the relationship) being a rip-off. It doesn't come across that way, and I'm not insinuating that it is. The shows are different types of animals, it's just that there are enough similarities there that I can see the potential.

Does anyone agree? Or, uhm, even watch 11H on my flist?
la_tantela_tante on November 8th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
well you've talked me into it with this analysis. (and i love rufus sewell.) i'm dl'ing the first ep as i type. i wish hulu had it but ah well. so i'll let you know what i think.
Arabian: Rose_Thinkingarabian on November 8th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I think only five episodes have aired at this point, so you're not too far behind. And note that I wasn't really struck with this idea until the third episode (I believe), so it's not right away.

Oh, if you love Rufus Sewell -- as I do, it's why I decided to watch it -- you'll love him in this.
faith5by5_1013: Veronica Mars: Music is Lovefaith5by5_1013 on November 8th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've never seen this show, but your analysis makes me want to! I miss The X-Files! I was such a Mulder/Scully shipper.
Arabian: Veronica_Anime-Stylearabian on November 8th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Again, it's not as good as XF, but I do think that it has the potential to give us a relationship on the level of Mulder/Scully with Hood and Rachel. Check it out if you can, it's only five shows in, so if you can, it should even be pretty easy to download.
eolivet on November 10th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Aww...I take it this means you've abandoned LoM? :( (but...Jason O'Mara! :p )
Arabian: TVarabian on November 11th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
No, of course not. I just can tape two shows at the same time with my DVR. :D I've already done my LoM promotion, but I wanted to promote 11H too. I love both shows.