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Topic: POLL: HAL vs FLIGHT - WHO IS THE MOST TRAGIC CHARACTER?

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WHO IS THE MOST TRAGIC CHARACTER? [16 vote(s)]

HAL YORKE (Being Human)
68.8%
ALBERT FLIGHT (Ripper Street)
31.3%
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As I don't know Hal (yet!) I haven't voted but I definitely think that Hal wanting his death but not being able to achieve that because he is immortal and has to live with his struggle/guilt/complex emotions forever (if I've understood it right) is very tragic. Flight is definitely all about survival - everything he has done is because he wanted to survive. As I say I don't feel qualified to offer more than that as I haven't watched Being Human so don't know Hal's story or motivations.

It certainly sounds like Hal is probably an even deeper and more complex character than Flight. Adding the supernatural element to Hal's story adds a layer that doesn't exist for Flight , his story is grounded in the reality of 19th century London, its poverty, its crime and the treatment of the Irish at this time. It sounds like we all agree that Flight's future has more possibilities for optimism.

This is a really interesting poll - I'm glad that other people question the motivations and depth to the characters like I do - it's good to know I'm not alone!

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Rosie - if you're into the whole analising character thing, then I'm almost wary of recommending that you get aquainted with Hal.....it can lead to serious obsession!

The biggest tragedy of all is that he is no longer on my tv....



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fifi wrote:

Rosie - if you're into the whole analising character thing, then I'm almost wary of recommending that you get aquainted with Hal.....it can lead to serious obsession!

The biggest tragedy of all is that he is no longer on my tv....


 THIS!



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RPLovesIpswich wrote:

As I don't know Hal (yet!) I haven't voted but I definitely think that Hal wanting his death but not being able to achieve that because he is immortal and has to live with his struggle/guilt/complex emotions forever (if I've understood it right) is very tragic. Flight is definitely all about survival - everything he has done is because he wanted to survive. As I say I don't feel qualified to offer more than that as I haven't watched Being Human so don't know Hal's story or motivations.

It certainly sounds like Hal is probably an even deeper and more complex character than Flight. Adding the supernatural element to Hal's story adds a layer that doesn't exist for Flight , his story is grounded in the reality of 19th century London, its poverty, its crime and the treatment of the Irish at this time. It sounds like we all agree that Flight's future has more possibilities for optimism.

This is a really interesting poll - I'm glad that other people question the motivations and depth to the characters like I do - it's good to know I'm not alone!


 Rosie, if you are as drawn to in-depth characters as we all are, acquaint yourself with Hal Yorke should be at the top of your lsit, really it should.... there are infinite layers to his character, quite literally..possibly moreso than any other character I have 'met' in visual media or literature (aware how big a statement that is!). No you are sooo not alone!



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It sounds like an acquaintance with Hal Yorke is going to be well worth it Domino, but with Fifi's warning that it could lead to serious obsession, it might need to wait until I've done my exams at the end of May (3 hours of media law and 3 hours of public administration for my MA in Journalism)! Particularly as one of my friends is already thinking of staging an intervention over my Flight obsession after I jokingly said this weekend that I wanted to get a pet so I could name it Albert Flight! I think I realised that things might be going too far when I emailed a friend yesterday to find out her flight details and spelt flight with a capital F!

Rosie

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best of luck with your exams Rosie!goodluck

Straying a tad off topic here........ Far be it for me to encourage an obsession... but there are worse things to be obsessed about! At least you are clear it is a fictional character, there is no harmng anyone. Distraction and escapism are important things in life as long as they are in balance with everything else..... and is it obsession, or passion?

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Thanks for the good luck message, Domino!

And thanks for the reassurance regarding obsession/passion ;)



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Yes....Good luck, Rosie!

To continue wandering off topic...... I agree with domino that Hal is the most complex and compelling character - ever!  Hence my obsession.  My passion for him is an entirely different kettle of ball games......

And yes - this entire forum is simply littered with casual BH quotes - and phrases such as "an aquaintance with...." (which you were so led into saying, Rosie!) can cause much amusement (...or is that just me?!) 

I truly envy you being able meet Hal for the first time....the perfect reward getting through your exams!



-- Edited by fifi on Monday 28th of April 2014 09:17:59 PM

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Thanks for the good luck Fifi! I'm looking forward to finding out why "an acquaintance with" is amusing!
If I watch too much Ripper Street (is there such a thing?) I find myself talking like a Victorian but nobody else seems to get it!

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Last week would say Hal without another thought, warming to Flight now, but still Hal for me... Having two persona's gives him more than an edge....

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