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I was just discussing Victoria with my sister, and felt this wacky urge to squee about the dS fandom. That might sound weird at first, but the reason is like this -- a Pierce Brosnan Bond movie can afford to have not-so-spectacular Bond Girls in it, as long as the Villain more than makes up for the lack of sexy and pretty (see Sean Bean). More precisely, one can judge the mettle of a show by the calibre of its Villain.

Of course this doesn't apply in the exact same way when we talk about Victoria Metcalf, (for one thing, there is NO lack of sexy and pretty on the part of Fraser and the Rays), because she's only the Villain for one episode, but in terms of "fanon" I think she's very significant. I am one of the many fangirls who were sucked in to dS after reading one splendid fanfic; although my staple is F/K, that is not the only pairing I read. It doesn't matter which Ray is in the story with Fraser, however, because everytime Victoria shows up, some big sh*t is going down.

After having binge-read a tower of fanfics, I squeed at my sister about Victoria, "she is such a Magnificent Plot Device!" I mean, in any plot-driven story, when Obstacles must be overcome, the Villain hurts/threatens the Heroes in some way. Every fandom has specific Villains that are fan-favorites because of their unique abilities to touch/shake the heroes in the most vulnerable and defenceless place. Most often, a male villain kidnaps/injures one of the heroes to damage him physically, or a female villain deceives/betrays one of the heroes to damage him emotionally. That's a sexist generalization and stereotypical to boot, but it's so common on TV and even more in fanfiction.

That's where Victoria shines through! She can shoot a gun and chew gum at the same time; she had Fraser giving up everything to go with her even after she SHOT DIEF! She can do serious damage to Fraser, both emotionally and physically, and she sure ain't afraid to damage either Ray, and in doing damage to one, she also threatens and hurts Fraser. She's got the motive (Fraser ruined her plans *twice*!), the brains (she left no fingerprints etc), the looks (do I need to feel you for a pulse?), the determination (taking on a Mountie and a Chicago cop in the pursuit of revenge), the cold-blooded-ness (she SHOT DIEF ferchrissakes!!), and the chutzpah. And to top it all off, she's the Loose End that canon didn't tie off properly; she's still out there and she can come back at anytime to wreak havoc on the guys, and it's plausible because 3rd time's the charm and all that, and THEY WOULDN'T EVEN SEE IT COMING!! AUUGHH!! *covers eyes and hides* How many other fandoms can claim they have a cool Badass like Victoria?

so yeah, dS is AWESOME!

*is nuts*
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akite From: akite Date: November 20th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally, my fanon is that Vecchio killed her while he was undercover in Las Vegas. Victoris is an awesome villian.
akite From: akite Date: November 20th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Duh, that should be Victoria.
snarkyducky From: snarkyducky Date: November 20th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

that's a great fanon!

oh man! he just might at that, too! XD
(but i also fear for his life -- i mean, if Victoria went to Vegas first, she won't be too happy to see *him* there either...) criiiiinge
akite From: akite Date: November 21st, 2006 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: that's a great fanon!

Well, I look at it this way, Vecchio is going into Vegas as a powerful gangster. I don't see Victoria as having much power if she's on the run.
snarkyducky From: snarkyducky Date: November 21st, 2006 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: that's a great fanon!

i see what you mean :D
now that's much better!
oliviatocali From: oliviatocali Date: November 20th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good points :)
snarkyducky From: snarkyducky Date: November 20th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee thanks! ;D
i love your icon!!
oliviatocali From: oliviatocali Date: November 20th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks...it's snaggable, just give credit to skater_g8r!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 20th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes to all those things you list, which make Victoria a brilliant villain.

But I think you've forgotten one: She's complex, which makes her not only a good plot device, but also challenging and interesting to write.

Yes, she was cold blooded when she shot Dief and Jolly and tried to destroy Fraser. But if she's well written, she also does have feelings for Fraser, she can be insecure, she has depths. A villain who's nothing but cold and evil is boring, but Victoria can be written in many ways - insane, torn apart, pitiable, bitter... whichever path one choses to follow.
missapocalyptic From: missapocalyptic Date: November 20th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, forgot to login.
snarkyducky From: snarkyducky Date: November 20th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

thanks for the reminder..

i can see why i've stayed away from the stories where it's easy for the reader to sympathize with her -- because adding Fraser's broken pieces to hers is like .. double woobicide.. makes romeo and juliette look like starsky + hutch.. X(

oh yes! she is totally delicious in the hands of good writers, which this lucky fandom has in abundance :D
so much love for dS!
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