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[livejournal.com profile] eretria asked me about Sydney and Sark. Fangirl's first OTP! I'm a little behind on these, but I am getting them done!

This was very much the pairing that first got me into fandom. I'm still friends with a lot of people I met through Alias fandom and specifically Sarkney fandom (ah! mushed up names!). I think what I really liked about it was that the idea of Syd being with Sark was tied to an idea of freedom for her. It didn't mean she would suddenly become a bad guy or anything, just that she could be freed from the expectations of life with Vaughn and the CIA. I always thought that Sark saw a part of her that was not quite so perfect and well-behaved and embraced that about her, rather than shying away from it like most of the other men in Syd's life. Also, they were pretty together and had awesome chemistry. I always thought the adventures Sydney could get up to with Sark were so much more interesting than what was going on on the show.

Beyond this, I kind of imprinted on Sark like a baby duck. So that character archetype is like catnip to me: amoral, self-serving, intelligent, sophisticated - a trickster who transgresses boundaries and can't be categorized easily, but one still capable of forming intense bonds to a very limited number of people. (See also: Gaiman/Carey's Lucifer, Alice Morgan, Krycek, Eric Northman, Loki obviously!) The ultimate survivor. Possibly why one of my favorite paintings is this really creepy Magritte, The Survivor.

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Date: 2013-12-19 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyoneill.livejournal.com
totally agree with that "type" of guy. Gawd, I remember the heydey of Sark/Sidney. So very lovely together. The good girl and the bad boy.

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Date: 2013-12-21 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Yes, the first three seasons were so great for them! And fandom was probably most active during season three, even as the show was plummeting in quality and sense-making.

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Date: 2013-12-19 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiet-rebel.livejournal.com
All of a sudden I have the song "Memories" in my head. Haha. Oh, Sarkney. They were one of my first fandom loves too. Alias taught me about fandom community and without it, I wouldn't have met so many people (like you!) on LJ! And speaking of fanfic, we were totally SPOILED as Sarkney fans. SO many amazing writers with this fandom and couple. SO many novel-length stories. I could get lost in Alias fanfic. It was an amazing time.

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Date: 2013-12-21 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
And speaking of fanfic, we were totally SPOILED as Sarkney fans. SO many amazing writers with this fandom and couple.
Yes! It's almost unfair, having that be your introductory fandom, because it was so awesome. Everything else was kind of downhill from there, haha.

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Date: 2013-12-19 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhienelleth.livejournal.com
*sniff*

I'm all nostalgic now. Man, do I ever miss this fandom! It was such a fun time, such a great and talented group of people. I've loved other fic and other pairings, but fandom has never reached this height for me again. The friends made and the closeness I felt with people I had never met in real life was simply magic. The sheer talent and storytelling...there were probably a dozen writers I could still name who were actively writing that pairing, and you knew whenever a new story popped up that it would be good.

And +1 on everything you said about Sark as a character. Loki absolutely fits that same mold. :)

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Date: 2013-12-21 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
fandom has never reached this height for me again
Yes! So much. Alias will always be the pinnacle of fandom for me. Being as young as I was then (I was only 15 or 16), it had a hugely formative influence on my life. I'm not sure I would've gotten through high school without that amazing group of women.

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Date: 2013-12-20 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistakency.livejournal.com
David Anders, are you really not aging well or is it just the close-up in your Wikipedia article??? QUESTIONS I NOW WILL BE ASKING MYSELF ALL NIGHT. It's weird, he has popped up in so many post-Alias things but no matter what, he will always be Sark to me. I didn't imprint on the character with the same depth/specificity you did but this made me realize that I have interpreted all his more recent roles through the lens of "how nice of him to take a break from terrorism to fight vampires and practice his American accent" lens. JULIAN SARK 4EVA

Did you ever feel like Sydney/Sark had a chance of happening on the show? I don't think I ever did, and that seems kind of.....weirdly dated now because it's like every show with Sark and Vaughn analogues nowadays presents both of them as possible choices (for better or worse). That may be completely off-base but I basically just wish we lived in a time and place where Syd and Sark's Morally Grey Adventures happened.

Oh wow, that painting! That's amazing. Alice Morgan probably has it framed above her fireplace.

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Date: 2013-12-21 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
this made me realize that I have interpreted all his more recent roles through the lens of "how nice of him to take a break from terrorism to fight vampires and practice his American accent" lens. JULIAN SARK 4EVA
Hahaha, that's amazing. HE IS LITERALLY ON EVERYTHING THO. Every time he shows up on something I'm like why am I even surprised at this point?

Did you ever feel like Sydney/Sark had a chance of happening on the show? I don't think I ever did, and that seems kind of.....weirdly dated now because it's like every show with Sark and Vaughn analogues nowadays presents both of them as possible choices (for better or worse).
No, I never felt like they could happen, and that's a really good point, because they probably would have happened had the show aired today. Although maybe it's for the better, since almost everything I ship now is slash and thus, because the world is depressing, has no chance of happening. Syd/Sark prepared me for the bitter disappointment to come.

Alice Morgan probably has it framed above her fireplace.
That mental image just made my day.

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Date: 2013-12-28 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whisperwords.livejournal.com
SARKNEYYYYYY man, I loved that 'ship harder than any other 'ship on that show. I read Sarkney into EVERY SCENE they EVER HAD together. Best 'ship ever.

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Date: 2014-01-03 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
I read Sarkney into EVERY SCENE they EVER HAD together.
So true man! The Sarkney goggles I had are far worse than any of the slash goggles I have now. Every time they even looked in the general vicinity of each other it was a declaration of love.

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Date: 2014-01-20 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] callherblondie.livejournal.com
Alias fandom was the absolute best. Sarkney was an epic ship, especially so for one that actually never happened on the show. I used to be really bitter about that, but now with the benefit of hindsight I'm kind of relieved it was never canon because Bad Robot would've just screwed it up. Ooops, guess I still am a bit bitter about the show. ;)

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Date: 2014-02-19 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
I apologize for this ridiculously late response, but YES. Alias fandom was kind of the best fandom has ever been for me, and I do miss it a lot. We were all so bitter and snarky together. It was the best of times.

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