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I think my love for James Spader probably happened because I watched Secretary in my 20s and it intrigued me as a great film and also opened me up to a world I never knew existed at that point. I won't get into details about BDSM or anything like that because I think we're all tired of the great "50 Shades Debate" and blah blah blah. I just want to focus on James Spader.
I remember him being in Mannequin but he was such a dweeb in that movie that he never registered on my radar. It was always his voice that got me. I still want every great book I own on audio and narrated by Mr. Spader and I will never have trouble falling asleep again. His voice just lulls me. That's all I can say.
In his younger days he always played the asshole and he did it so well. I don't even know if he's ever not played the asshole until like Stargate. (I can't claim to have seen everything he's ever been in. For example, I didn't watch Boston Legal, although I probably should.) His characters would often show us glimpses of the broken man underneath and I always thought Spader did that pretty perfectly. He just has eyes that can portray something else despite what his lines are in the script.
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I was excited when I learned that he would be returning to TV in The Blacklist and I'm a huge fan of that show. It's so Spader I just can't even. His character, Raymond Reddington, was written with him in mind. I don't know if that's a fact or not but it sure does seem that way to me.
My whole #SpaderSunday thing started off as a little joke on Facebook and now it's taken off and I have friends who actually look forward to it. And I do too. Because it's James Spader. And you can do everything you can to find a flaw in him but you won't be able to. I don't care if you find him attractive or unattractive or whatever. You can't deny his amazing acting abilities and if you try and deny how awesome his voice is, well, you're just wrong. :)
I mean, come on! Even Buffy Summers loves James Spader! (Welcome to the Hellmouth, Episode 1) And I haven't found one person who doesn't love Buffy Summers and I would consider her a good role model.
So #SpaderSunday leads to Monday. I'm a fan of Mondays now because of the good shows I'm watching right now and most air on that day. I'm really into The Fosters and I have been since it aired. It's a good show and even though sometimes the drama is so out there even I have a hard time comprehending the actions and thoughts of some of the characters, at the end it's all about family and love and acceptance and those are things I can get behind.
Recovery Road didn't make me as mad as I thought it would. I was really hoping it wasn't going to be a show that romanticized addiction and it definitely isn't. I feel it's portraying an accurate account of how things go and could possibly be an eye opener to many youth who have that whole idea in their heads that having a lot of problems makes you the coolest person ever somehow. (I've seen this a lot and it creates so many negative stigmas for people of all ages regarding addiction and mental health and I'm beyond over it. These aren't fun things to live with. And they don't make you feel awesome all the time if you're suffering from them. They just don't.)
Both The Fosters and Recovery Road are on Freeform (the channel formerly known as ABC Family) and although many are deterred by that fact alone from even giving any of their shows a try, I will tell you that it's not the wholesome Family Channel programming that we remember before ABC became involved. I'm 32 and I'm wondering "Is this what teenagers are doing?" I'm not THAT old yet, right? :)
The highlight of my Monday nights now is The Magicians on SyFy. I cannot wait to see what my buddy, Eliot and the rest of the characters are up to. I ordered book one from the library and I'm like 11 in line to get it so I have NO idea when I'm going to be able to read the books, but I'm on my way there anyhow. I heard some of my friends are planning on catching up soon so I hope they want to discuss this awesomeness soon because once again I feel alone in a fandom.
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I'm planning on having a fantastic week. I hope you all do the same! Thanks, as always, for reading. Stay cool! And it's ok to have a Good Monday! I believe in you. <3