Slightly more scope on this one in the challenge. Mind you, bear with me as I am still trying to keep my typing to the minimum…
From the list of “baddies” from yesterday, one thing is clear – the hateful types seem to be chaRActers which only ever were supporting roles. Which makes the whole thing a bit more difficult. The less we see of a character, the less we know about him – and the less opportunity for RA to add his magic and make us empathise with him, as he is wont to do. However, for the purpose of the challenge, I have settled on a character – whom I don’t exactly love. At least not more than I love Guy. But well, I am putting this out there:
I’m afraid, Mulligan had me at his first smile. Yeah, I am not too fond of the side parting, and his sense of style – oh gawd. Eh, what? There are worse things about him? Drug dealer? Let’s forget that for the moment and focus on this instead (see right):
Ok, ok, the peaches don’t qualify as a redeeming feature. And no, I am not really condoning crime. Chances are, I would’ve given a drug dealer boyfriend the push, too – despite snug bum. I am not going to play the blame game here, criticise Elly (although I think there is something to what Mulligan says to her in the confrontation scene at the end of the episode) and declare Mulligan her victim. He is not – he has had it coming. But by way of explanation why I do not hate Mulligan as much as (probably most) the fandom does: While he is a clever lad who is working to his own advantage, I did believe him that he had genuine interest in and affection for Elly. (I simply don’t believe that a drug dealer would really go so far as have a full-blown relationship with a woman, over time, just to use her as a drug mule.) He comes across as very likeable in some scenes (I love the “morning after” when he turns up in the kitchen and Elly is giving him the cold shoulder because she has mistaken the incoming text message), he is a good flirt. Placing drugs in her luggage and then sending her on a trip to carry the drugs actually seems a little bit unlikely to me – he’s invested too much in her to put her in danger like that. I think the script isn’t up to scratch there. But well, ok, I guess I see conspiracy everywhere when a chaRActer turns bad. Mulligan Protection Mode in full swing.
Maybe it is just his Irish name. How could I resist an Irish lad – especially when equipped with dark hair and blue eyes?
Ok, hit me. Give me all the reasons why I am wrong. I don’t mind. Everyone’s got to have a guilty pleasure, right? Who’s yours?
For eductional purposes – here are the Mulligan scenes in a YT clip by dolphen3: