Ok, so I don’t know what happened to the original post. Sometimes, WordPress can be a fkn koala. And, being lazy, I didn’t have a Back Up Plan (heh.) So I’ve had to wing it and rewrite some of this from memory, and I’m running late for work now so this is the best I can do!
At Sardonic, the subject of discussion was Moonlight. Maha had been twitterbombed to watch ML, finally succumbed to the pressure, and agreed to watch seven episodes. Why seven? Maybe it was her lucky number. Or she thought by then she would have stopped laughing. And be able to give an honest opinion.
But I was not going to give in. I had seen pictures of Alex as Mick St John, and was not interested. Not one bit. I had less desire to see ML than I had to see TOF, and although I did relent and see that sweet, charming, b.o.r.i.n.g movie, I wasn’t going to waste my time with ML. The hair, the shirts, all that Moonlight Meat – this was not McG! I wanted a rock hard six pack, beautiful hair, the CARGO pants and sea-foam green shirt. Mick St John and his ugly grandpa shirts paled in comparison.
Nope. I wouldn’t cave.
Or would I?? Judging by my post on the first ML page, it seems I had already resigned myself to being bullied into watching this VAM-pire show…
Yep, the hair. Not only did I hate it, I loathed it. I mean, who came up with that hairstyle for Mick? Seriously? Those bangs! I wonder if this was Alex’s hair style at the time and they just went with it, or did someone actually say they wanted Mick to have that hairstyle. Someone who hated him.
So there I was…..
I made it through the first episode. I didn’t think much of Beth. I hated fangs and vamp eyes. I liked Josef. I wasn’t going to be a MOONEY, that’s for sure. But to be fair, I had to watch more than one episode. Maybe not seven, like Maha. I couldn’t write this show off because of Mick’s hair. I had to give it a chance.
And then, somewhere between Aug 20 and Aug 26, Something Happened.
In less than a week, I had gone from being a McG only girl, to ‘loving’ Mick? Not yet a MOONEY, but I could overlook all of the above? Was I simply jumping on the Moonlight bandwagon? Did I just want to sit at the cool kid’s MOONEY lunch table? I don’t know, but I did cop some teasing about my apparent 360° turn.
At this point, I had visited the dvd shop and purchased The Back Up Plan. My love for this movie is well known. Come on, who couldn’t love a movie with JLo and ALo together? (Well, apparently most of the FUCUPS – but then again, they loved TOF.) Hmmm…Tractor Stan or Poor Poor Jack? Whilst browsing the shelves, I spied a single ML dvd. The last one? Or the only copy ever ordered? I picked it up, turned it over and pondered whether to cough up $56 for it. Would it be worth that much money? Not being a fully fledged MOONEY, I replaced it on the shelf. Nope, that awful hair wasn’t worth that amount of cash. I wasn’t a MOONEY yet!
I had to hold out being a MOONEY on principle. Surely I wasn’t such a pushover? I was still the recipient of MOONEY teasing….
It seems I loved the character of Mick, but I wasn’t totally sold on the show. What was the criteria for being a MOONEY, anyway? Did I have to love everything about Moonlight, or was loving Mick enough? Could I love Mick, but hate the moobies and hair? I watched scenes from different episodes, but I was adamant that I was not yet a MOONEY.
Fast forward to November. The FUCUPS had decided to do a ML rewatch. Maha put up another ML page. There were going to be Notes taken. This was hard core, serious stuff. And here was I posting this –
Clearly, I did want to sit at the cool kid’s lunch table. And we needed a new name for this rewatch.
It was established that the people doing this ‘rewatch’ were already MOONEYS, (well not me, not yet!) and so the new name for MOONEY rewatchers became…
And there it is. In black and white. Apparently, I wanted to be a MOONEY.
I embarked on a marathon episode watch. I started the rewatch late, and not wanting to be left behind, I had to catch up. And, AND…I was commenting. Not just how much I love Mick, but real comments on scenes. I wasn’t yet taking Notes – that was only for hard core, die hard MOONEYS. I still wasn’t there.
Could I be a MOONEY if I was making fun of the show? You know what? I sure could. Why resist anymore. Resistance is futile. So I shouted out to the world….
There was much rejoicing.
And NOW, I was ahead on the rewatch! I waited impatiently for the FUCEMMS to catch up and post Notes.
I was sad. I had finally come to the end of Moonlight. The final episode. Forever. Mick tried to forget forever, and here it was, right in his face.
F U CBS! F U.
Such extensive Notes, they were in two parts.
So, in conclusion…how did Mick St John turn me? Despite the hair, the shirts and the Moobies? Simple. Alex’s acting is so amazing, so incredible that he made me forget the hair, the shirts and the Moobies. He can act the sh.t out of a scene without saying a word. He was given the chance to express a broad range of emotions in Moonlight. Sure, the show was cheesy, campy, but it was well written and the writers ‘got’ the characters. Alex’s portrayal of Mick was so far removed from that of McG, it was like watching two different actors. Both characters are BAMFs, but there was a sensitivity and vulnerability to Mick, which we saw in every episode. The scene in the final episode, in the hallway outside Beth’s apartment…I have.no.words.
Alex’s superb depiction of a tortured soul, caught between two worlds, becoming human again only to sacrifice his humanity to save the woman he loved – that’s how Mick St John turned me. No more donuts, Mick 😦
I’m a MOONEY! Fk, YEAH!