Michael Vaughn [a.k.a. Michael Vartan]
Posted Dec 31, 2003 @ 8:00 PM
btw a couple of days ago my sister and I were watching a marathon of all Alias episodes, and in the horribleness that was Reunion, I recognized a location that was 2 blocks from where I used to work. remember in the scened that passes off as Mexico where Syd goes to get intel on Sark, well that is an indoor swapmeet near downtown Los Angeles, where I used to go to get some of the best seafood that they sell just around the corner, they must have filmed there in early August,just my luck I stopped working around there in late July.
Posted Dec 31, 2003 @ 9:54 PM
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 2:40 AM
Tonight's moment is one that had us up on Saturday night screaming like a bunch of teenage girls thanks to a certain clip? at Alias-Media. Oh, yeah, we've arrived at 'Prelude.' There was the beginning of The Vack Attack and a certain trip to the airport that's still my favorite Boyfriend moment of the season:
VAUGHN: You should go.
SYDNEY: Vaughn, why are you doing this? My life is already a disaster and now yours is too.
VAUGHN: What happened between us, everything - the way it is - isn't anyone's fault, Sydney. And even though everything's changed, some things don't. I'm not going to lose you twice.
And then they hug. And both of them have a moment where they obviously want to kiss which was better than if they had kissed since he's still married. At this point I noticed that he hands her her bag but doesn't say anything. It's almost as if he can't so he's letting her know that she needs to leave in a nonverbal way. He can hardly even look at her, as if even that was too much. He doesn't even watch her walk away. I just thought that was a great way of indicating how much this is affecting him. It took everything he had to give her that speech and now he's trying to get her to go before he says or does something he probably shouldn't. You know, like kissing her.
Sweet Lord in a Lincoln I was nearly moved to tears when I first saw this. Finally the Boyfriend we all know and love came back to us. And he did it by running away from the COW and to Sydney's rescue. That's what I call perfection. Then there's the scene itself. When it starts he's very business-like, giving her the details of her escape plan. And then he immediately tries to get her to go because he can feel the emotion building. But bless Sydney and her need to ask him why. Without that we would have never gotten to see his choked up confession of love and devotion in that sexy as hell gravelly voice of his.
That last speech he gives her is my favorite Vaughn dialogue of the season. He knows she has a tendency to blame herself so he takes care of that and then he reassures her that he still loves her and that he will do anything to protect her. And what I really love is that he says he's not going to lose her twice, not that he can't or that he doesn't want to but that he won't. He's making a promise to stand by her and he implies a similar one to Jack later in the ep when he asks, "What did you have in mind?"
The fact that he loves her is important but even before he fell in love he swore to be there when she needed him. That's where they started on the pier and that's what he's doing in this scene which given the situation is even more important than telling her that he loves her. They can't do anything about the way they feel at the moment but he can be her ally. And that's one thing that never changes.
Another is the hotness of Boyfriend. This ep brought us a veritable Skittles rainbow of Boyfriend flavors: Angry!Boyfriend: Episode One: I Ain't Afraid of No Jack, I'mTooSexyForThisJeep!Boyfriend, Angry!Boyfriend: Episode Two: Yeah, Bristow, You Better Walk Away., and finally ProtectandServe!Boyfriend.
Tomorrow night Boyfriend puts on something black and sexy to do some funky Sydney poaching. Plus we get a heaping helping of Vack. Oh, yeah...
Only 10 more days to brand new Boyfriend.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 9:22 AM
I just re-read the script for "The Kiss," and it only confirms what we were all saying last week about why they had to kiss each other in that moment. Some people thought it was inappropriate, but the script makes it clear that it was less about making out, and more about taking solace in each other after the culmination of everything they'd worked so hard for. I always wished that we could have seen more of the immediate aftermath of the raid, though, like what happened when everyone went back to the ops center and how it turned out that Sydney and Vaughn didn't end up going home together. 'Cause as much as the kiss wasn't about making out, it was still really hot, and looked like it was going to lead to the first ever SpySex encounter.
Oddly enough, this is my favorite part of that scene. Because Boyfriend's mouth is telling Syd she should get on that plane, but the look in his eyes and the way his Adam's apple bobs right after he says it practically screams, "don't go." It kills me every time. It's almost like Vaughn's trying to force her to leave so he won't do something stupid, like run away with her and never look back. You can also tell that knowing he may never see her again is absolutely killing him. It's heartbreaking, but such a great moment.
VAUGHN: You should go.
Of course, "What did you have in mind?" is my absolute favorite line and scene of the episode. I could wax poetic about the Vack all day long, but that scene just kicks so much ass. You can almost see Vaughn's stock rise 10 points in SpyDaddy's eyes when he figures out that Vaughn was the one who helped Syd disappear. But my favorite thing is what Michael does with his eyes when he answers SpyDaddy, 'cause you can tell Vaughn's contemplating the end of his marriage and career and he's still willing to risk it for Syd. That's why we love him so much.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 3:47 PM
I just got done watching The Mists of Avalon, and Jesus hair or no, Michael still looked disturbingly hot. I'm now of the opinion that Vaughn needs to go on a mission requiring him to ride a horse and brandish a sword.
ETA pretty pictures.
Edited by kenyaj, Jan 1, 2004 @ 4:02 PM.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 3:57 PM
In regards to the VAnDaL moment... Besides the awful blue/green screen background, this scene ripped me up inside. I thought it was really interesting and rather telling that Syd was the one who broke away from the non-kiss first, but Vaughn just accepted it, even though it was killing him, you could tell.
Oh, and Boyfriend got another convert. My friend came over yesterday, and I showed her the first episode of season two. We ended up watching all 22 episodes, one after the other. The reason? She couldn't get enough of Vaughn. It's a beautiful thing, seeing a newbie's first reaction to Shirtless!Vaughn and Spy!Sex. Hee.
ETA: "Brandishing" and "sword"... why hello gutter, how are you today?
Edited by phoenixwolph, Jan 1, 2004 @ 3:58 PM.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 4:10 PM
That was so distracting. At first, I wondered if the show ran out of money and couldn't afford a location shoot at a municipal airport, but it's probably just the case that they couldn't shoot at a real airport for security/terrorism reasons. Still, the shot just after Sydney and Vaughn pull back from the hug looks so fake that it almost takes you out of the moment.
Besides the awful blue/green screen background
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 6:30 PM
I did find a blurb in US Magazine about MV and JG where a psychic predicted they would have problems in 2004 because of work related stress, but that they would survive as a couple if they separate their work life from their personal life. I hope the psychic wasn't predicting the continuation of the trianvil. That would stress anybody out.
I wonder how many Alias converts the Vaughn thread is responsible for. I have been trying to get my gay friends in London to watch by tempting them with stories of hot looking guys who brandish weaponry and a hot babe who wears a lot of cool costumes, but they never seem to be awake when it is on. I may have to buy them the S1 and S2 DVD's at some point.
Edited by Houdini, Jan 1, 2004 @ 6:32 PM.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 7:57 PM
Sounds like that was it. Poor ali. Oh well. I've heard the entire feature is only a page, and half of that is the picture -- not that I'm complaining about that. At any rate, welcome home! We missed you.
And I just have to say, if the issue of Redbook that the MV article is in is the one with Angie Harmon/Jason Sehorn on the cover, I'm going to be sick.
Hee! Today's Vaughn thread is brought to you by the word "brandish." I never really how guttery that word could be before today.
hot looking guys who brandish weaponry
ETA: Um, how have I never seen this picture before? Nice arms, Boyfriend.
Edited by kenyaj, Jan 1, 2004 @ 8:13 PM.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 8:56 PM
Welcome back, ali, and thanks for the great subbing job, kzingirl! **extends candy dish to both**
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 9:18 PM
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 9:36 PM
Wow. Those are some nice guns Boyfriend has. I think I don't spend enough time at Alias-media. (Thanks, kenyaj for letting me know about the TV guide award clips.)
Oh, the airport scene, the highlight of the season so far. *sigh*
Over the holidays I did a season 1 VSR marathon with my DVDs. I watched only the V/S scenes and FFed through everything else (well I did watch Vack and Syd/SpyDaddy scenes too). I enjoy the plot twists, action scenes and double agent aspects of of the show as much as the next person, but the heart of the show will always be the VSR. That's why this season feels so off to me b/c they've screwed with the (IMO) most compeling part of the show.
I'm saving my S2 VSR marathon for my vacation next week. I'm going to visit my sister who told me about Alias. (I started watching S1 epi 5 and now I always say to her she should have made me watch the pilot.)
Welcome back ali and thanks kzingirl for filling in.
Welcome to the new folks!
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 11:06 PM
In any event, the picture phoenixwolph linked to is gorgeous.
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 11:25 PM
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 11:37 PM
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 11:42 PM
This morning, as my friends and I were recovering, we started watching the S1 DVD. I may not have been completely coherent, but I was enough so to pause on this, so that we could all drool. I think it's the only scene that we were actually yelling at Syd to get out of the frame.
Happy 2004 everyone and welcome back, ali!
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 1:08 AM
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 3:37 AM
Welcome back, ali. If y'all don't mind I'd like to do one last moment since it is easily my favorite ep of the season. That's right, we've finally arrived at Breaking Point, the ep that made us all sigh with relief and at the hotness of Boyfriend and the Vack.
Can we just declare the entire ep a VAnDaL moment? Cause it was. You want proof? Here it is:
Exibit A: Boyfriend snarks on Lindsey. Sure it looks like he tszujed the front of his hair one too many times but that doesn't diminish his rebel hotness.
Exhibit B: "I'm not concerned about myself right now!" Nor is he concerned about the COW. His only concern is for Sydney. As it should be.
Exhibit C: "If something happens to Sydney..." Awww, the first appearance of the Vack Attack. Boyfriend wants in and convinces Spy Daddy that he's willing to do whatever it takes cause he can't lose her twice. Also the slight accent he places on the "ney" in "Sydney" is very sexy.
Exhibit D: The man with the plan. Boyfriend knows his shit and contibutes the FEMA component to the master plan. Which considering Jack and Sloane are uber-experienced is pretty impressive.
Exhibit E: Bill Vaughn's kid. Okay so he gets a sign for his answer to that question and math isn't his strong suit but he does it all while looking fine.
Exhibit F: He's smarter than he looks. Good call. And how cute is he when he's beaming with pride after recieving a backhanded compliment from Spy Daddy?
Exhibit G: He can snake his camera into a terminal like nobody can. Sloane tries to snark on him about sending in a camera with Jack and Boyfriend is totally vindicated. And was he not wearing the RONG? And how hot does he look in his laptop screen light?
Exhibit H: "You're starting to like me again." Best line of the entire episode. And also totally appropriate given that this is the ep that began VBR's VAnDaLization of Boyfriend. Also he was totally rocking that zip up. Look at that neck. Yummy.
Exhibit I: "Can I just say: Love." Truer words have never been spoken. In fact that's why this ep is an entire VAnDaL moment unto itself. It's basically the story of Boyfriend doing whatever it takes to save the woman he loves with her kickass Spy Daddy. And, you know, looking really hot (It's gotta be those nice pores.) while doing it.
Exhibit J: I'm Michael Vaughn. I'm here to rescue you. We don't see much of Boyfriend after Exhibit I (or at least much that we want to think about) but as usual he's working the black tactical gear (with a beanie!) like only he can.
Exhibit K: The COW gets bitch slapped. Okay, so Boyfriend wasn't in the moment but I believe the phrase "icing on the cake" is appropriate.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled VAnDaL mistress, ali. Thanks for the candy and gold stars for everyone.
Edited by kzingirl, Jan 2, 2004 @ 3:43 AM.
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 8:11 AM
The interview was taped at her parents and you get to see them, her grandmother and MS, the yellow lab. No questions or discussion of MV.
Edited by Houdini, Jan 2, 2004 @ 8:12 AM.
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 9:21 AM
Totally, because it was, as was "Conscious," IMO. Boyfriend's always at his best when he's proving his devotion to Sydney and when he's far, far away from the COW.
Can we just declare the entire ep a VAnDaL moment?
Thanks for being an awesome substitute, Ms. kzingirl, and also for all the pictures. I had to mop up the drool after looking at this one in particular. You can't really tell from the picture, but the lighting in that scene was awesome and made MV look even hotter than usual.
Other than the fact that he looked hot, the only thing I remember about that movie is the beginning when he woke up in bed after some obviously wild sex. I can't imagine why that particular memory sticks out in my mind.
Remember when the friend informs Adam that the gym was sold and he was offered a new job?
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 9:41 AM
Uber-props to kzingirl for subbing so well, and big welcome back to ali!
Vaughn should wear a zip-up more often, 's all I'm sayin'...
Edited because I'm so stoopid sometimes...
Edited by phoenixwolph, Jan 2, 2004 @ 9:42 AM.
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 12:47 PM
Okay, I must see this movie now. Because the whispered "We'll have to be quiet" from the *edited* version of The Myth of Fingerprints gives me the vapors.
Add me to that list! How did I not know there was post-coital MV in this movie? It should be illegal the number of times I watched the side of the road sex scene (complete with moaning, thank you very much) the weekend I rented The Myth of Fingerprints.
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 1:45 PM
Fuck you, Lifetime.
Seriously ali, you must rent the un-cut version, even if you only watch the 1st few minutes. The moaning alone is very well worth $3.50 (or whatever Blockbuster is charging these days). I won't even mention the thrusting...
Edited by JeS 47, Jan 2, 2004 @ 1:46 PM.
Posted Jan 2, 2004 @ 2:20 PM
bottleredhead, I thought about you when they said we'd be flying just south of KC. Sent you some Vartan vibes.
Aw, thanks, ali.
Moaning and thrusting, huh? Just another guttery day in the Vaughn thread!