Sorry for the absence of TV Madness on Friday. I came down with a vicious bout of strep throat and didn’t have an ounce of energy to do anything, let alone write. If I would’ve written, I’m sure it would have been even more nonsensical than my writing usually is. So, on that note, let’s continue on with the tournament and hope that I don’t contract any more bacterial infections.
Our last match-up pitted two of TV’s most brilliant minds against each other: Lex Luthor and Sherlock Holmes. It seems that the fact that we were dealing with the Lex Luthor from ‘Smallville’ made it a little easier for people to pick Sherlock as the winner. The other match-up was extremely close, but Echo eked out a win over Dean Winchester by a total of two votes.
The two new match-ups we have today are going to be tough to figure out which character would actually win. In the LED bracket, we have super-spy (and ultra-cool dude) Michael Westen facing off against Adam West’s Batman. In the LCD bracket, we have a match-up that somehow flew under the radar when I was pointing out my favorite first-round contests. A first-round heavyweight battle doesn’t get any crazier than a Raylan Givens versus Walter White showdown. Who the hell knows how that would end up?
This is a very interesting match-up indeed. On one hand, you have a trained spy who seemingly knows how to do everything. On the other, you have an indelible TV character who has lodged into our brains as one of the greatest heroes of all-time. I wonder what will come into play here. Will nostalgia take over and cause most of us to vote for Batman? Or will newcomer Michael Westen be able to best this early version of the Dark Knight? Will they both cancel each other out because they both only use their powers for good?
Michael Westen – There isn’t anything he can’t do. He’s a one-stop shop for everything espionage-related. Personally, I think he has a leg up on Adam West’s Batman, because let’s face it, West was corny. Yes, it’s fun to think back on that show, but if we put both of these guys in a steel cage and say “Fight!,” I’m sure that Westen will come out the victor.
Strengths: Like I said, he can do anything. His skills range from hand-to-hand combat to all sorts of weapons expertise. He’s not only good at kicking ass, he’s also great at stealth and disguise. If he doesn’t want you to know he’s there, you won’t.
Weaknesses: Michael routinely has his judgment clouded whenever one of his loved ones is in trouble. It’s really the only way to get to him. I doubt that Batman would take one of Westen’s friends hostage.
Batman (Adam West) – Don’t get me wrong, I loved watching the old ‘Batman’ episodes when I was a young lad, but I just don’t think that this version of Batman has the wherewithal to go up against TV’s ultimate spy.
Strengths: The nostalgia factor comes into play here big time. A lot of people may say, “Well, he’s Batman! Surely I can’t vote against Batman!” Oh, and he has the power to conjure up visible exclamations like “POW!” and “OOF!” whenever he fights.
Weaknesses: He just doesn’t have the combat ability that a character like Michael Westen has. I feel like he’s just outmatched here, but we’ll see what you voters think.
Here’s a great match-up if there ever was one. Both of these characters have very strong fan bases, and both of their shows seem to be at the peak of their respective popularity. They’re two of the most memorable TV characters on active shows. They’ve both seen their fair share of violence, and they both have their own ways to deal with it.
Raylan Givens – I can’t think of a character on TV right now that I like more than Raylan Givens. It’s like the show transplanted a Wild West sheriff and stuck him in modern times. He’s cool and collected, but he still knows exactly what’s going on every second.
Strengths: Raylan has two really amazing capabilities. First is that he’s a quick draw with a gun and can put just about any man down. Secondly, and even more importantly, is that he doesn’t have to use the first ability as much as you think he would. That’s because Raylan is a very logical thinker and can reason with people by just talking to them. It really comes in handy when you can keep your enemy talking instead of trying to kill you.
Weaknesses: Like Michael Westen, Raylan’s weakness has to do with his family and loved ones. He doesn’t think all that clearly when their lives are threatened.
Walter White – Bryan Cranston’s performance as Walter White is just as unsettling as John Lithgow’s performance as the Trinity Killer on ‘Dexter’. Cranston used to make me laugh. Now, he’s unrecognizable. Walter White is easily one of the most unstable characters in this whole tournament – a high school chemistry teacher turned drug dealing badass who isn’t afraid to kill people. He strangled Krazy 8 with a bike lock! Dude be crazy.
Strengths: He’s nuts. I guess teaching high school kids for that long will knock a few screws loose. Whatever it is, Walter will stop at nothing to get his way. If anyone gets in his way, he eliminates them. There’s something so intimidating about that bald-headed goatee staring back at you.
Weaknesses: He has lung cancer, so that could really slow him down in a fight.