For a new TV character to be considered a candidate for the annual Toobits
Awards, that character has to have more than just an interesting personality and
appearance, and be played by a really good actor. That TV character should
bring something special to the Toobworld concept.
And a leading candidate this year for the Toobits Awards who fits that
description is Jaqen H'ghar, from Season Two of 'Game Of Thrones'.
It's more than German actor Tom Wlaschiha bringing a coldly charismatic
intensity to the role of Arya's personal assassin/guardian angel. And even
though Jaqen has a unique style of speech, ("The man needs the girl to give him
a name."), it goes beyond that as well.
It's because of the "Faceless Men" concept from the "Song Of Ice And Fire"
books by George R.R. Martin. The Faceless Men are a guild of assassins who can
"magically" change their appearance to become someone else. In the books, it's
because of skin masks (Shades of Hannibal Lecter!) - apparently of previous
victims - which the Faceless Men can wear and absorb traits of the previous
"owner". (I have not read the books, and am getting this information from a
"Game of Thrones" wiki. So I may not have that description exactly
At the end of Arya's storyline on the season finale, Jaqen left her and he
was now sporting a new face. It looked as though he just turned away and became
somebody totally different. Whether the splainin as far as the TV show goes
will coincide with that from the books or will just be chalked up to "magic",
remains to be seen. (Personally? I'd prefer the Toobworld splainin of muscle
manipulation, as seen in 'The Twilight Zone' episode "The Four Of Us Are Dying"
and in "Small Potatoes", an episode of 'The X-Files'.)
So here's why this is an important development for Toobworld......
For the purposes of the Toobworld Dynamic only, the events of 'Game Of
Thrones' takes place on another planet, not in the Age of Legends on Earth
Prime-Time. Instead I've placed the continent of Westeros and its neighbor to
the East across the Narrow Sea (where the Free Cities, Dothrak, Qarth, and the
Red Waste can be found) on Earth's "twin", Mondas - the planet of origin for the
original Cybermen in 'Doctor Who'.
"Mondas" supposedly means "Earth" in the old language, according to the
Doctor (And by "old language", I'm assuming he meant Old High Gallifreyan.), and
it was the Earth created by God. On the other hand, Earth Prime-Time is an
artificial construct built by the Magratheans to be a super computer on order
from pan-dimensional beings and based on a design by the previous super
computer, Deep Thought.
I wrote about Mondas and its place in the history of the Toobworld timeline
here. I am sure that one day I will have to amend that and add to it.
At any rate, when the population of Mondas was transformed into Cybermen,
I'm sure they didn't all volunteer for the conversion. And I think many of
those chose instead to not only rebel, but flee the planet altogether. Because
their timeline was farther along than that of Earth Prime-Time (having been
around a lot longer), they knew of their sister in synchronous orbit and
probably decided to go there in order to escape.
We met one of those surviving rebels from Mondas in "Probe 7 - Over And
Out", an episode of 'The Twilight Zone'. Her name was Eve Norta and she
encountered Captain Adam Cooke, who had just recently crash-landed on the planet
with no hope for rescue from his home planet (which was about to destroy itself
in internecine conflift.) Eve and Adam - yes, it was a "shaggy dog" story, but
it was not the Biblical version of the Garden of Eden, as that took place on
Eve Norta drew a crude map in the dirt to show Captain Cooke where she came
from. But since they still had a language barrier between them, he totally
misread her diagram. He thought it meant that she was from another galaxy and
that her planet moved away from its sun. As it turned out, Mondas did break
free of its orbit around Sol, but that would have happened after Eve's fellow
rebels escaped the Cybermen conversion.
When Adam asked her if there were others, Eve said no, that she was the
only one. Again, this could either have been his misinterpretation of what she
was trying to say, or we might have to assume that the dictum of Dr. House
existed even back in those prehistoric days - "Everybody lies." It's pozz'ble,
just pozz'ble, that for whatever reason, Eve Norta was driven away from the
refugees camp. And now she didn't want to lose this one chance to have "human"
contact again if Adam should find out why she was now on her own.
So it's going to be the Toobworld contention that Eve was not the only one
to escape from the planet Mondas. And with those other refugees came remnants
of their culture from life in the lands of Westeros (whatever their names may
have been by that point.) This would have included their own names which would
go on to survive down the ages - like Stark, Tully, Jaime, Robert/Robb, Jon
& Snow, Sam, Brandon, Ned, and the variants from Paetyr, Joffrey, Eddard,
The legendary cruelty of Queen Cersei may have been the
inspiration for the witch Circe. And someone must have brought along the
chronicles of the "medieval" life on Mondas, which somehow was found by the
televersion of George R.R. Martin (seen in a restaurant during an episode of
'Beauty And The Beast') and which he used to create his epic saga... once he
But those refugees may have brought along something else with them -
magic. It would have been in remission on Mondas by the time of rise of the
Cybermen; science held sway by that point. (Another 'Twilight Zone' episode is
also considered part of Mondasian history - "Number Twelve Looks Just Like
You". Not only is the timeline wrong for Earth Prime-Time, but replacing bodies
seems like the logical, previous step before Cyber-conversion.)
And one part of that magic that made the journey to Earth Prime-Time could
have been the Faceless Men's power to alter one's appearance. For alls we know,
it might have been Eve who used such a power, and if the others found out it
would be a good reason as to why they banished her.
This is why I was so psyched about this plot development in the story of
Jaqen H'ghar - we can now use this Faceless Men technique as another splainin
for recastaways. And if more than one Faceless Man can use the same mask, then
we have a splainin for multiple appearances by certain actors without falling on
the old "identical cousin" gambit.
However.... There is one downside to this development going into the
third season of 'Game Of Thrones' (for which we'll have to wait a year!) - It
probably means we have seen the last of
Tom Wlaschiha in the series.
If so, this man is going to miss that man.....
This morning I sat down to watch my recording of the season premiere of 'The Glades' and found that only the ambient noises - footsteps, jukebox music in the background, rustling papers, gators sliding into the water - could be heard. But everybody was moving their lips and you couldn't even hear a faint version of their dialogue. When the commercials came on, no problem, you heard everything. Unless it was an A&E interstitial promo. Very bizarre.
Luckily I just switched over to On Demand to watch it....
I'm expecting that when I finally get around to seeing the series premiere of 'Longmire' which followed, the same thing will happen......
Did anybody else have that happen to them? I also found my recordings of 'Veep' and 'Game Of Thrones' were in Spanish as well.
I think my latest DVR, Dmitri*, is plotting against me.....
* In order to keep track how many DVRs I go through, I've started naming them in alphabetical order. So it's Anatole, Bolivar, Clem, and Dmitri.....