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Sitting Pugs commented on my recent post “Paging head Cylon: Caprica”:
Ben Browder is one of the few male actors who can be cute, handsome, or hot…depending on wardrobe, hair and makeup.
Agreed. He looks good in anything. I have to admit I didn’t think he was all that back in 1999 when I first started watching Farscape. I only found him attractive when I saw him appear as Lieutenant Col. Cameron Mitchell in Seasons 9 and 10 of Stargate SG-1. The general populace is aware of him through his role as Sam Brody (Neve Campbell’s character’s boyfriend) in Party of Five. Browder escaped the trappings of his good looks in choosing the penultimate platform for the pretty boy television actor who wants to be something more: science fiction. He ended up writing two of some of the best Farscape episodes: “Green-Eyed Monster” (Season 3) and “John Quixote” (Season 4; this episode deserves a Proppian analysis) and a Stargate SG-1 episode: “Bad Guys.” One gets the feeling that he asserted much more creative control behind the scenes. Rumor has it that he’s agreed to direct Farscape webisodes for Syfy but that the Jim Henson Company is still looking for funds to finance the project.
I may be teasing him, but I admire him as an actor. He was perfect for Farscape – the tongue-in-cheek attitude, the pop-cultural references that just rolled off his tongue, the inclusion of elements of his Southern background including an accent that is mellifluous but not irritating, his execution of dark humor, fantastic sexual tension with women (and men), and his truly uncanny ability to act with puppets from the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Browder also did a great job of providing continuity and strength to the final seasons of Stargate SG-1 with the permanent departure of Richard Dean Anderson.
In his late 30s when he started Farscape and now in his late 40s, he looks fantastic for his age. Oh, yes and he looks good in anything: ugly yellow jump suits, leather, plain t-shirts, austere Soviet-looking Peacekeeper attire, black suit and tie, pink vaguely Indian looking attire, military duds, you name it. Well, maybe not the Easter bunny outfit. That’s just kind of funny.
I think Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica also fits Sitting Pugs’ bill.