Now that David Banner has edged out Sherlock Holmes, and Malcolm Reynolds has a stranglehold on Sylar, it looks like we’re ready to move onto the final eight characters in the TV Madness tournament.
Before we dive right into the next match-up, let’s take a quick look at which characters are left standing. The remaining match-ups are as follows, assuming that Reynolds holds onto his relatively big lead on Sylar:
- Buffy vs. Brisco County, Jr.
- Cameron vs. David Banner
- Jack Bauer vs. Malcolm Reynolds
- Seven of Nine vs. Raylan Givens
I have to say that I’m extremely surprised Brisco has made it this far in the tournament. I had no idea that he had such a following. I’m pretty sure that Bruce Campbell has been voting from multiple IP addresses, but I can’t prove anything (yet).
Three out of the eight remaining characters are female. Female characters started out in the tournament only making up 17% of the field. Now they represent nearly 40% of the remaining characters. Good job, ladies.
David Banner is another surprise to me, although I should’ve known that people wouldn’t be able to separate Banner from the Hulk. However, it seemed that people were able to separate Clark Kent from Superman, so I’m still a little confused.
I thought for sure, when this tournament started, that Chuck Norris (Cordell Walker) would still be around. Thank you, everyone, for realizing that he’s all roundhouse kicks and no badass. [Checks behind back to make sure Chuck Norris isn’t getting ready to roundhouse kick my head off.]
Here’s a picture of how the tournament has turned out so far. Click to enlarge.
OK, now for the first match-up of these here quarter finals.
Raylan Givens is cool. We’ve all established that. He’s one of the coolest cats on television. So, what does the coolest man on TV do when faced with a threat from outer space? Now there’s a question! How does Raylan deal with a physically-enhanced human/cyborg mash-up designed for fighting? This will be a tough one to figure out.
Raylan Givens – He’s had one of the toughest roads to get to this point. First, he had to take out Walter White, who might just be the most popular and talked-about character on television right now. Then he had to fight Cordell Walker, who I was sure would be the recipient of the “Chuck Norris can defeat anything” voting contingent. Finally, in the last round, he had to take on the beefy, blood-thirsty Spartacus. The only thing is, those were all regular people. Seven of Nine is anything but ordinary.
Seven of Nine – Her path to this point hasn’t been easy, either. First, she took out the bruiser B.A. Baracus. (She came within just four votes of elimination there.) Then she had to take out my personal favorite of the tournament, The Tick, which she did with ease. On paper, her hardest match-up came from Fox Mulder, who has had numerous run-ins with extraterrestrial life. The hard-fought battle ended with Seven of Nine named the victor, by one vote. That’s how close it was.
Final Word: I love Raylan. It’s hard for me to vote against him. Really hard. But I’m sitting here looking at the match-up and wondering if Raylan stands a chance, since the only other character with any experience fighting aliens lost to Seven of Nine. Do regular guns even have an effect on a Borg? If guns don’t work, then what will Raylan do? I think I have to vote Seven of Nine here, even though I really, really hate to. Plus, we all know that Raylan gets distracted around sexy blondes.
Raylan Givens vs. Seven of Nine
- Seven of Nine (63%, 53 Votes)
- Raylan Givens (37%, 31 Votes)
Total Voters: 84