Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Talk: Sidekicks!

M: We focus so much on main or title characters in books, movies, tv shows; but really, it's the sidekick(s) that really make a good book/movie/show a great book/movie/show. So who's your favorite? (And yes, please imagine the voice of Boomer, the teacher in Sky High: "SIDEKICK!")

I prefer the non-people companions, such as Dug the dog in Up! or Inspector Gadgets's dog. I also like Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. :) For people sidekicks, well, I love Sky High and I thought the whole sidekick vs. heroes aspect of the story was brilliant. I loved all of the sidekicks and their quirky superpowers such as glowing, turning into a guinea pig, melting into a puddle... I also want to give an honorable mention to the Scoobies because they really were the support team Buffy needed to defeat all sorts of weird evils. :)

Jennifer: I LOVE this question! There are so many great sidekicks to choose from, but I'm going to pick two that are actually played by the same actor, Adam Baldwin: Jayne Cobb from Firefly and John Casey from Chuck. Adam Baldwin is a big, intimidating guy so he naturally fits in the roles as the "muscle" but he's also incredibly funny. The "Jaynestown" episode of Firefly, where Jayne finds out that he's somehow become a folk legend in this small town, is HILARIOUS. And while I usually dislike Jeffster on Chuck, put them together with Casey and it's comic gold. You want Adam Baldwin on your side!

1 comment:

burkie said...

siiiiiiiiiidekick!!! :)

i love this question, too. my favorite is one you've probably never heard of: Artemus Gordon, sidekick of Jim West from the original TV series "Wild Wild West." ((if you've only seen the movie with will smith & kevin kline, i feel sorry for you as it may be the very worst movies based on a TV show of all time.))

i'll choose a sidekick you know, too: Landry from Friday Night Lights. oh, and Mma Makutsi from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.