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13 April 2011 @ 16:31 Memories
TW: The Listener Pimp Post  
Okay, I give up, I have a new fandom. I have icons ... it is now a fact. I want to write fic for it, but that's going to have to wait, since I have my three charity offers to finish first :). Doesn't mean I can't pimp though ::g::.

The Listener

This is the season 2 cast, they had a few changes from season 1.

Okay, I'm not going to lie, I haven't seen season 1 yet and, reading between the lines, I think what they did was say to themselves, season 1 is good, but it is not great, let us revamp a little bit and try again. All I can say is I love season 2.

The Characters
Toby Logan from The ListenerToby Logan
So Toby (Craig Olejnik) is the main character. He's a 30 year old paramedic in the Toronto service and he happens to be telepathic. He's been telepathic his whole life and been a little afraid of it, but he's slowly coming to terms with it. He never knew his father and was raised in foster homes, his mother is assumed dead. In season 2 Toby teams up with the IIB (a special unit of the RCMP) and helps them solve some of their more difficult cases, while attempting to do his own job and lead a normal life.

Did I mention he rides a motorcycle?

If you've seen Thirteen Ghosts, Craig was the Torn Prince :).
Osman "Oz" Bey from the ListenerOsman 'Oz' Bey
Oz (Ennis Esmer) is Toby's partner in the paramedic service. Oz knows about Toby's secret and supports him most of the way (also urging Toby to exploit his gift occasionally). In season 2 Oz has a love interest, Sandy, the triage nurse, but when has that ever stopped slashers? Oz is a loveable sidekick to Toby's more serious character and he's brilliant.
Sergeant Michelle McCluskey from the ListenerSergeant Michelle McCluskey
Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) has risen quickly through the ranks to Sergeant and sometimes has trouble in believing it's not all down to luck. She is, however, a very good cop. The first thing she does when she meets Toby is arrest him, but she soon gets over that.

Michelle is played by Laren Lee Smith, who you may have seen in Mutant X and CSI. She's brilliant.
Corporal Dev Clark from the ListenerCorporal Dev Clark
Dev (Rainbow Sun Francks) is the communications specialist and Michelle's partner on the force. He seems to be able to find anything using a computer. In other words he's a gorgeous geek and another wonderful option for slashing Toby :D.
George Ryder from the ListenerGeorge Ryder
Ryder (Arnold Pinnock) is Toby and Oz's boss and he keeps a close eye on them. Oz always seems to be in trouble. I don't know about s1 but in s2 Ryder is more the comic relief with a little bit of seriousness thrown in occasionally. I find him highly entertaining.
Dr. Olivia Fawcett from the ListenerDr. Olivia Fawcett
Olivia (Mylène Dinh-Robic) is an E.R. doctor and Toby's ex-girlfriend. They are still good friends and occasionally they hint that Toby would like to get back together. She also knows about Toby's gift, being one of his two confidants at the beginning of the season. When Toby's telepathy starts to effect his health, she is there for him.
Sandy from the ListenerSandy
Sandy (Tara Spencer-Nairn) is the triage nurse and Oz fancies her something rotten. Their on going relationship if well done with out being over done. She has Oz right where she wants him. She doesn't know about Toby as yet.
Alvin Klein from the ListenerAlvin Klein
Alvin (Peter Stebbings) is the legal brains in IIB. He knows Toby is on the books as a confidential informant, but has no idea what he really does. The interplay between him and Michelle is highly entertaining.

What is not to love about this show. You have a telepathic paramedic who is a little unsure of his power. You have lots of lovely men to pair him with for the slashers and lots of lovely strong female characters to pair him with for the het shippers. There are also plenty of characters for other slash, femslash and het pairings.

The plots are entertaining, with no huge holes. The characters are likeable, but have struggles as well. We are given background information like crumbs which gives plenty of wiggle room, but enough to work with.

Admittedly, if you started in season 1, you probably have a beef about certain things that I will not mention because of spoilers, but the season 2 cast is superb. People should be watching this and writing hot fic!

Comms I have found so far
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Zephyrustwig_tea on 13th April 2011 18:07 (UTC)
aslfhasdlhf TORONTOOOOO. I love shows based in my hometown that aren't trying to hide the fact that it's toronto. All the little shout-outs to OCAD, UofT, and just in the first episode... At the moment I'm just having a little hometown pride. Also because it's canadian for ONCE I actually get to watch it legitly online for free! huzzah! :)
Beren: Listener - eyesberen_writes on 14th April 2011 07:05 (UTC)
Canada finally seems able to be Canada in some shows, which is cool :). I love Canada, I want to visit again.
Indigo Catindigocat on 13th April 2011 18:52 (UTC)
The first thing I think when I learn that a show is set in Toronto is where's the Forever Knight Crossover fic?

My second thing I'm thinking since Rainbow is in the series is where's the Stargate Atlantis crossover fic?

I'm going to have to watch that show.
Beren: Listener - deep thoughtsberen_writes on 14th April 2011 07:09 (UTC)
LOL - FK forever! *looks longingly at box sets* No, my do work now!

I just want to know ... where's the fic!!!??? I've found one. Google says there's some on FF.net, but I have not been brave enough to look yet.

As you can tell by my ramblings you can jump straight in with s2 without much bother, and I have seen that around, not seen much for s1 though.
Zephyrustwig_tea on 13th April 2011 21:04 (UTC)
aaaaaaaaaaaand 5 episodes in and they're talking about trans issues in a serious way HEARTS IN MY EYES, OH CANADIAN TELEVISION WHY DON'T I WATCH YOU MORE OFTEN?
Beren: Listener - deep thoughtsberen_writes on 14th April 2011 07:10 (UTC)
Is that s1 or s2?
Zephyrustwig_tea on 14th April 2011 15:29 (UTC)
s1, I love watching things through from the beginning so I'm going through the first season (it kills me not to know things like "why Toby told Oz about his gift", which you find out in episode 3), even though bits are kind of clunky I'm still liking it :)
sukunami: Boondock01terrayndian on 14th April 2011 01:51 (UTC)
I have to admit that I never expected a second season out of that show. I'm certain you've already heard the same from others, but yeah, I saw the first three episodes and was bored out of my mind with the series. It should have been an instant hit with me given the telepathy, paramedic goodness, and hints of a mysterious background... but I never connected with the show. The characters fell flat for me, the drama felt pushed, and the romancing was a little painful to watch.

All in all, I'm glad that you are enjoying the second season. I think I'll continue to avoid it, but I'm certain that you'll be able to do some amazing things with the ideas of the show. They are great ideas, but unfortunately, they weren't executed well. I'll just have to wait for your ficcage to actually enjoy the characters. ;)
Beren: Listener - deep thoughtsberen_writes on 14th April 2011 07:02 (UTC)
Did you see any of the second season or just the first? If you've seen some of the second then ignore everything I am about to say ;) ... if not read on ::g::.

Soph said the same thing when she saw the beginning of the first season on a plane, and I have to admit, I saw part of the first ep a few months ago and was not impressed. However, I think they really did revamp for season 2 ... it might be worth checking out at least one ep. I just happened to catch one on TV and there was nothing else on so I didn't switch over and I was hooked.

I would suggest the second of the season, because that's where the interaction between the cops and Toby starts properly and it gives a good indication of how it's going to go.
sukunami: beltsterrayndian on 15th April 2011 02:08 (UTC)
Sadly, I think I've been tainted by the episodes I have seen. To begin with, I'm hypercritical with the shows I watch, and not liking the first episodes, I would see those same faults in the second season even if they aren't there. I wish I could sit back and enjoy it, but yeah, it's liking eating a bad part of an apple, and even if the rest of the apple is perfectly fine, I'm still going to throw it out.

That isn't to say that I won't enjoy whatever you may write for the series. Heck, that's one of the many reasons I love your HP fanfic. I loved the first three books of HP, and then the series went downhill when the editors stopped doing their job. I particularly hate how Draco was never properly developed as a character, but you do a lovely job with him. In the same way, I'm curious what you'll pull out of 'The Listener'... well, if you get time for ficcage when you have so many other things on your plate. ^^; I honestly have no clue where you get your inspiration from.
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