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Four on the Floor #6: Best Teams of Savvy, Crackerjack Experts

The Situation: Let’s face it, sometimes you have a problem that’s just too big for one person–whether that person’s a swashbuckler, an ass-kicking chick, a P.I., or a Hollywood tough guy. In times like this, you need to turn to a group of experts. They could be ex-military, disgruntled conspiracy theorists, talented amateurs, or something else entirely.

The Criteria: I’ve always been partial to stories about a group of people with varying skills who come together to do something they believe in (I assume this is one of the reasons I love Michael Crichton novels and the works of Joss Whedon). So, while it might be just as effective to hire brainless muscle in certain situations, I would still prefer to give my money to a team that had the muscle, the tech guy, a mechanical genius, etc.

1. The A-Team (John “Hannibal” Smith, Templeton “Faceman” Peck, H.M. Murdock, & B.A. Baracus)

The show’s opening said it all: “If you have a problem. If no one else can help. Then, if you can find them, maybe you could hire the A-Team.” From expending a ridiculous amount of ammo to take down crooked businessmen to building an armored assault vehicle out of spare parts and a bicycle, these guys could do anything, all in the name of the helpless and the downtrodden.

2. The Lone Gunmen (John Fitzgerald Byers, Melvin Frohike & Richard Langly)

Sure, they’re paranoid conspiracy theorists more interested in debunking the Moon Landing than fighting regular crime, but when you get down to it, The Lone Gunmen can usually pull their shit together long enough to help out in a fight. If you need a computer hacked, a video analyzed, or sleazy photos to use as blackmail (and you can put up with an endless ramble about the “Magic Bullet” or Dungeons & Dragons), then the Lone Gunmen might be your guys.

3. The Team from Sneakers (Martin Bishop, Donald Crease, Erwin “Whistler” Emory, Carl Arbogast, & Darryl “Mother” Roskow)

What do you get when you combine a former 60s radical on the run from the Feds, a former C.I.A. agent, a blind sound specialist, a teenage hacker, and a daffy technical genius? You get the team from Sneakers. Whether you want to check your company’s security system or retrieve a top-secret, hi-tech dingus, these are the guys.

4. Angel Investigations (Angel, Spike, Charles Gunn, Winifred “Fred” Burkle, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, & Lorne)

There are things out there that normal folks (even the A-Team) can’t handle. If your little brother is possessed or your teenage daughter is dating a hell-beast from an unearthly slime-pit, your best bet is to go to the folks at Angel Investigations. They’ve had a lot of staff changes over the years, but given the choice, I’d have to go with the line-up from the first half of Season 5.

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Forget Democrats vs. Republicans…This is Way More Important

I’ve been re-watching the fifth season of Angel, and find myself drawn into the very argument put to that show’s staff by Buffy writer Doug Petrie.  So, in the interest of healthy discourse, I open the floor to you, Mr. and Mrs. Internet:

ASTRONAUT                               VS.                                      CAVEMAN

astronaut.jpg                                                                      caveman.jpg

         

Angel and the Dragon

If you’ve been reading Angel: After the Fall (and, quite frankly, why wouldn’t you be?), then you know that the dragon from the series finale has popped up in the book, essentially serving as Angel’s fire-breathing, reptilian steed–how’s that for shock-and-awe, kids? 

Now, the dragon’s name has yet to be revealed to the readers–although Angel did whisper it to Connor, and based on Connor’s reaction, it might be a tad ridiculous.  I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve come up with a few possibilities:

1. Dragon.  Yes, it’s obviously.  But, think about it, Angel’s got the kind of one-track mind that would come up with something that’s quick, to the point, and a tad obvious.

2. Bruce.  As in Bruce Lee.  As in Enter the Dragon.  I wouldn’t put it past Whedon to go ridiculously left of center.

3. George.  St. George, the patron saint of Great Britain, is famous for slaying a dragon.  Angel’s been around for a while and knows enough about history to think this might be a good idea.

4. Puff.  This is my personal favorite and it would fall in line with Angel’s occasional child-like naivete (oh please, let this be the dragon’s name!).

Anyone else have any ideas?