One of the first things you notice when visiting Square Eyed for your dose of TV-related waffle, is our banner. And I’m not gonna beat around the bush, it’s something that we’re quite proud of. The idea is that it kind of works like a rotating wall of fame, that shines a spotlight on six deserving TV personalities, that will change every so often.
As this is the first banner it was incredibly hard to narrow it down to just these six. We wanted people that represent every colour of the TV spectrum. Whether it was a character from a universally acclaimed sci-fi series or a polarising contestant from an entertainment juggernaut.
So now it is of the utmost pleasure that I give to you the Square Eyed Banner of Fame – Class of July 2011.
1. Casey Klein (Lizzy Caplan)
Who? - One of the main characters form Square Eyed’s “Show of The Mo”, Party Down.
Why’s she on the wall? - Party Down was something that I recently just stumbled upon almost by accident, and it would be a fair assessment to say that I kind of became obsessed with it. Casey is the female lead and love interest for ex-actor Henry. What makes Casey great is that she doesn’t take any crap, she’s funny, sarcastic and yet ever so slightly vulnerable.
Where have I seen her before? - Actress Lizzy Caplan has also appeared in quite a few rather good projects including Freaks & Geeks, Mean Girls and Cloverfield but perhaps most notably as Jason Stackhouse’s V-dealing hippie chick Amy Burley in True Blood.
2. Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas)
Who? - Badass of Hollyoaks village.
What’s a bloke from The ‘Oaks doing on the wall? - I could write an essay about how people should give Hollyoaks a bit of break. And one day I will. Until then we’ll just have a Hollyoaks classic in Warren Fox on our banner.
Warren was once the resident badass/psycho, yet no matter how many horrific things he did (ie. merked fools) he never seemed like a bad guy. He even did a soap-opera classic and came back from the dead.
He done anything else? - Well, as a matter of fact, yes. He was Alex Dempsey in Sky1 football classic Dream Team.
3. Sharon Agathon (née Valerii) / Number 8 / Athena / Boomer (Grace Park)
Who? - Two of main characters of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.
And why’s she special? - For those of you that haven’t seen Battlestar Galactica (otherwise known as ” the majority”) something needs to be explained real quick. *Puts glasses on, adjusts tie and stretches fingers* Basically there are these bad robots (Cylons) that look like humans and because of this there are multiple versions of the same person. Make sense? Good.
We discover early on that a character by the name of Sharon Valerii is in fact two people, Boomer & Athena. If I say anymore we’ll be deep in what is known as “spoiler territory”. The long and short of it is, while there have been many TV characters over the years that I have cared about, none have quite had the same effect of me as these two. And that’s because BSG dosen’t pulls any punches. Horrible things happen to good people, good guys do appalling things and bad guys are sympathetic. No one exemplafies this more than Boomer & Athena and I’m not gonna lie, there were times when I lost sleep fraught with worry over them.
What’s she doing now? - You can see actress Grace Park in another re-imagined series – Hawaii Five-0.
4. Cher Lloyd
Who? - Contestant of 2010′s UK X Factor.
Seriously? WTF? - Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Cher Lloyd was a great X Factor contestant. She made her mark in her first audition by signing a song that that was current (ie. not “At Last”, “Amazing Grace”, “Don’t Stop Believing”) and yet wasn’t “Bad Romance” (say what?).
Whilst it could be argued that since then she’s gradually been watered down into Simon Cowell’s idea of what’s current, she was still one of those acts that people were interested in seeing each week, whether you were one of her “Brats” or a just a plain hater.
5. Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris)
Who? - Class simpleton in Glee.
OMG! I love Glee, but why her and not Sue Sylvester? - Glee’s always a hard sell to people that didn’t see if before it became GLEE, and I get that. I managed to get addicted to Glee’s charms before it aired in the UK (because I’m so freaking ahead of the curve), which mean I first watched without any real idea of what it was. While Sue Sylvester is a frequent highlight, my personal favourite is Britney.
Known for her dead-pan delivery of brilliant one-liners such as “this room looks like the one in that spaceship where I got probed”, Brittany adds an element of quirkiness that borders on the surreal. Her popularity seems be causing her to become a more prominent character, and I’m just hoping that the writer’s don’t over-use her and jump the proverbial gay shark.
I swear I’ve seen her somewhere - The cool thing about Heather Morris is that she was brought in originally as a choreographer, and before Glee she was a backup dancer on Beyonce’s world tour.
6. Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)
Who - One of many heart-throbs that reside in Bon Temps, on True Blood.
Why him and not Eric or Bill!? - It could be argued that Bill and Eric are somewhat more badass then J-Stack. However, there’s only so many times I can hear them say something along the lines of “Hmmm, there’s something about that Sooookie”. Yes, Jason is known for being a bit of a dick-led moron, but what make this guy so likeable is that he’s a classic case of what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Which happens to be a man that’s as he is stupid and handsome.
Can I see anymore of this man? - Believe it or not (and you better believe it) Ryan Kwanten is only a bloody Auzzie, and therefore is obviously of Home & Away fame.